ONS: 30 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 31, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan authorities shut down private television and radio stations as thousands of supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga gathered in a Nairobi park where he was due to take the presidential oath in an act of protest.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos froze peace negotiations with the ELN rebel group after bomb attacks blamed on the guerrillas killed seven police officers.
  • ASIA: The Afghan government said the Taliban would have to be defeated on the battlefield after US President Donald Trump rejected talks with the militants.
  • EUROPE: The US published a list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 oligarchs, as part of a sanctions law aimed at punishing Russia for meddling in the US election.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The opening of Russia’s Syria peace summit was delayed by at least two hours, as key players boycotted the event.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US military is reviewing its guidelines for the use of wireless devices at military facilities after revelations that popular fitness apps can be used to expose the locations and identities of individuals working in sensitive areas.

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Rebels surround presidential palace and control capital, Aden.
    • Southern Yemeni separatists took control of the port city of Aden, confining the internationally-recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to the presidential palace.
    • In response, PM Ahmed Obaid Bin Daghar is preparing to flee the country ‘imminently.’
    • The separatist forces did not enter the palace itself and were stopped by Saudi Arabian troops who have been guarding the palace for the past months.
    • At least 36 people have been killed and 185 wounded due to the violence in Aden since Sunday, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
    • The Saudi-led Arab coalition called for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen’s interim capital of Aden.
    • Separately, at least 15 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on a checkpoint in the country’s southeast.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AJ, Guardian, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Kenyan authorities shut down private television and radio stations as thousands of supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga gathered in a Nairobi park where he was due to take the presidential oath in an act of protest. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The Nigerian air force killed at least 35 people in attacks on villages in the state of Adamawa in DEC2017, Amnesty International said. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said anyone who acts corruptly must be punished regardless of identity, in a message reflecting national discontent with scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Since SEP2017, 19 US tourists who visited Cuba reported the same symptoms as the American diplomats thought to have been the targets of mysterious attacks in Havana between NOV2016 and AUG2017. (EFE)
  • Argentina: President Mauricio Macri announced government job cuts aimed at reducing the deficit and attacking a patronage system in place for decades. (BBC)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos froze peace negotiations with the ELN rebel group after bomb attacks blamed on the guerrillas killed seven police officers. (AFP)
  • United States: Russian election interference has not stopped and can be expected in the 2018 US vote, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The government said the Taliban would have to be defeated on the battlefield after US President Donald Trump rejected talks with the militants. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The Pentagon has restricted public information about US war efforts in the country. (AP)
  • China: Working conditions for foreign correspondents in the country deteriorated last year, with journalists reporting being beaten, detained and harassed. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A roadside bomb killed eight people in the northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, apparently targeting Shiite Muslims. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Growth in the Eurozone shot up in 2017, putting Europe on par with levels of expansion not seen since before the financial crisis. (AFP)
  • Russia: The US published a list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 oligarchs, as part of a sanctions law aimed at punishing the country for meddling in the US election. (BBC)
  • Spain: Catalan parliament speaker Roger Torrent postponed a vote for a new regional head, but insisted self-exiled, former leader Carles Puigdemont was the only viable candidate. (Reuters)
  • Sweden: Swedish prosecutors charged Rakhmat Akilov in an APR2017 terrorist incident, where he rammed a truck into a crowd in Stockholm, killing five and injuring 14. (AP)
  • Turkey: Eleven senior members of the Turkish Medical Association who spoke out against Ankara’s military offensive in a Syria were detained. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel is reopening its embassy in Jordan after the two countries put a monthslong diplomatic spat behind them. (AP)
  • Region: International aid groups say about 8,500 Syrians are still locked up behind barbed wire in a no-go section of Jordan’s second-largest refugee camp. (AP)
  • Region: The Turkish military struck eight targets in northern Iraq, destroying shelters, hideouts and arsenals that belonged to militants. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Saudi authorities released all remaining detainees from Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which was used as an interrogation center in a crackdown on corruption. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The opening of Russia’s peace summit was delayed by at least two hours, as key players boycotted the event. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US military is reviewing its guidelines for the use of wireless devices at military facilities after revelations that popular fitness apps can be used to expose the locations and identities of individuals working in sensitive areas. (WP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Cebile
    • Location: 707 nm SE of Diego Garcia
    • Wind: 115 mph
    • Movement: SW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Fehi
    • Location: 206 nm SSW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: S at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Mayon, Philippines
    • The threat of catastrophic mudflows is building on the volcano’s slopes as lava eruptions continue. (AFP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20JAN: 61,613 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20JAN: 123,087 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20JAN: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • 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 29JAN: 2,143 (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 29JAN: 750 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31JAN)

  • Brussels: Ad Hoc Liaison Committee supporting Palestinian statehood to meet in Brussels
  • China: British PM Theresa May to visit (to 02FEB)
  • Nauru: Independence Day – 1968
  • South Sudan: Ceasefire to end between armed groups in Darfur region of South Sudan (began 30NOV)

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