ONS: 30 January 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 31, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The African Union will gather to choose a new leader and decide on Morocco’s application for readmission.
  • AMERICAS: US President Donald Trump’s Muslim-majority nation travel ban continues to face international criticism and legal challenges indicating a constitutional showdown.
  • ASIA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte extended his crackdown on drugs until 2022, despite admitting widespread corruption in the country’s police force.
  • EUROPE: Belgium handed over Mohamed Abrini, a bomber at Brussels airport last year, to France and charged in connection with the 2015 Paris attacks.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman want to “rigorously” enforce the Iran nuclear deal, despite Trump’s long opposition to the agreement.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australian technology companies are petitioning the Australian government to act in response to US President Trump’s changes to visa laws.

 

TOP STORY

  • Canada: Quebec City mosque “terrorist attack” kills six.
    • Six people have been killed and another eight wounded in a shooting at a mosque, the Islamic Center in Quebec City.
    • In what was described as a coordinated attack, witnesses say at least two gunmen wearing black fired indiscriminately into the dozens of worshipers — including families — in the mosque.
    • Two suspects were arrested, but police have not yet identified a motive in the shootings.
    • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau called the shooting a “terrorist attack on Muslims.”
    • The Islamic Center in Quebec City — alongside many other Canadian mosques — has previously experienced attacks of threats and vandalism, and some Islamophobic graffiti.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, USA Today, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The African Union will gather to choose a new leader and decide on Morocco’s application for readmission. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: Two military helicopters crashed in a strife-torn part of North Kivu province with at least four crew members on board. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Turkey reopened its embassy in the capital Tripoli after a closure of almost three years due to the volatile security situation. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Haitian President-elect Jovenel Moise said he believed US President Trump’s business background would give him a better grasp of bilateral relations. (Reuters)
  • Region: Canada will offer temporary residence permits to people stranded in the country as a result of US President Donald Trump’s travel ban. (AFP)
  • United States: President Trump’s Muslim-majority nation travel ban continues to face international criticism and legal challenges indicating a constitutional showdown. (CNN)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro demanded state-owned oil giant PDVSA the company root out corruption. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US will stay committed to remaining a Pacific power under President Trump, US Embassy to Australia’s political counselor John Hennessey-Niland said. (AP)
  • Australia: US President Trump will honor a deal struck under his predecessor to accept refugees from remote Pacific camps, PM Malcolm Turnbull said. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The ruling National League for Democracy party condemned the assassination of its legal adviser U Ko Ni, demanding arrests be made. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte extended his crackdown on drugs until 2022, despite admitting widespread corruption in the country’s police force. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Two children were killed and three others wounded by a bomb that went off on the southern island of Basilan. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Belgium handed over Mohamed Abrini, a bomber at Brussels airport last year, to France and charged in connection with the 2015 Paris attacks. (INDE)
  • Macedonia: PM Nikola Gruevski’s party VMRO-DPMNE failed to form a new government with the Democratic Union for Integration. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: The country opened the biggest trial yet over the failed JUL2016 coup, trying 270 suspects including, in absentia, the alleged mastermind Fethullah Gulen. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: A public petition to cancel US President Trump’s planned state visit has surpassed one million signatures. (CNN)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman want to “rigorously” enforce the Iran nuclear deal, despite Trump’s long opposition to the agreement. (AFP)
  • Iran: Tens of thousands of mourners have attended the funeral of 16 firefighters killed in the collapse of a Tehran building this month. (AP)
  • Israel: Israeli police say a 03JAN attack by an Arab resident in the port city of Haifa earlier this month was a “terror” attack. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia called on international organizations and other countries to provide aid for residents of the Syrian city of Aleppo. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: A suspected US drone strike killed two men believed to be al Qaeda militants in the central Shabwa province. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Australian technology companies are petitioning the Australian government to act in response to US President Trump’s changes to visa laws. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 27JAN: 394 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 27JAN: 64
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 27JAN: 0
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 27JAN: 1,888 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 27JAN: 670 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 20JAN:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 20JAN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 20JAN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31JAN)

  • Myanmar: Deadline for commission’s report on 09OCT16 violence
  • South Korea: Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Park Han-chul to retire
  • Sri Lanka: Anniversary of Colombo Central Bank bombing – 1996
  • United Kingdom: Parliament to debate Brexit legislation (to 01FEB)

 

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