ONS: 31 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 1, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rights groups criticized the Kenyan government’s move to block live coverage of a mock inauguration by the opposition as a “violation” of the public’s right to information.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, rebel group ELN called for a new ceasefire and the resumption of frozen peace talks with the government.
  • ASIA: The Afghan intelligence chief and interior minister traveled to Islamabad to discuss cooperation on security issues with Pakistani officials following a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey that its operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria should not become an excuse to invade the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Hassan Rouhani says the people of Iran will continue supporting the Islamic Republic despite foreign pressure.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google pulled one of the world’s largest gay dating apps from the Indonesian version of its online store in response to government demands.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Trump delivers first State of the Union address.          
    • A bullish US President Donald Trump proclaimed a “new American moment” as he delivered his maiden State of the Union speech to Congress.
    • Trump called for unity and touted what he sees as accomplishments on foreign policy and the economy.
    • Trump wanted to extend an “open hand” to work with both parties on issues like immigration but he spent most of the address facing Republicans while seldom glancing at Democrats.
    • The speech touched on a wide-ranging number of topics, also including infrastructure, national security and health care.
    • Republicans were often on their feet and applauding, while Democrats — some of whom boycotted the speech — quietly glowered, except for when they expressed open hostility to Trump.
    • Coverage: ABC, BBC, NBC, Reuters, VOA

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Rights groups criticized the government’s move to block live coverage of a mock inauguration by the opposition as a “violation” of the public’s right to information. (AFP)
  • Namibia: President Hage Geingob suspended foreign travels of all ministers, deputy ministers and political office bearers with immediate effect, to save on costs. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: This month, 21 people have died from Lassa fever in the country. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The regional yellow fever outbreak has killed 81 people in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Rebel group ELN called for a new ceasefire and the resumption of frozen peace talks with the government. (AFP)
  • Mexico: More than 5,000 federal security forces are being deployed across the country as violent crime has surged in popular tourist areas such as Los Cabos and Cancun. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Afghan intelligence chief and interior minister traveled to Islamabad to discuss cooperation on security issues with Pakistani officials following a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan. (RFE/RL)
  • Region: China issued a strong rebuke against rival Taiwan for its canceling of flights between both nations. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea is planning to show off dozens of long-range missiles at a 08FEB parade, the day before the Winter Olympics is set to begin in South Korea. (CNN)
  • Indonesia: Authorities in the province of Aceh ordered Muslim flight attendants to wear headscarves when flying into the ultra-conservative Islamic region. (Reuters)
  • Vietnam: The government jailed three activists after finding them guilty of posting video clips on social media critical of the communist government. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey that its operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria should not become an excuse to invade the country. (Reuters)
  • Region: Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni said on Rome has a duty to appeal a decision by European authorities to move the bloc’s medicines agency EMA to Holland from Britain. (Reuters)
  • Germany: German police raided properties and made arrests across the country in an operation to crack down on human traffickers. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: One soldier was killed and two wounded in clashes that took place in the country’s east. (RFE/RL)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: At least two people have been wounded in a rocket attack from northern Syria on a Turkish border town. (AP)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani says the Iranian people will continue supporting the Islamic Republic despite foreign pressure. (AP)
  • Kuwait: The OPEC member plans to spend more than half a trillion dollars by 2040 to boost its oil and gas output and refining capacity. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google pulled one of the world’s largest gay dating apps from the Indonesian version of its online store in response to government demands. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Cebile
    • Location: 627 nm SSE of Diego Garcia
    • Wind: 140 mph
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Fehi
    • Location: 238 nm WNW of Kingston Island
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: S at 19 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 35 km S of Jarm, Afghanistan
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 191.2 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (01FEB)

  • Asia: US special envoy for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will visit Japan and South Korea (to 06FEB)
  • Ireland: Saint Brigid’s Day/ Imbolc – Unknown
  • Latin America: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to visit Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Colombia (to 06FEB)
  • Malaysia: Federal Territory Day – 1974
  • Mauritius: Abolition Day – 1835
  • Nicaragua: Air Force Day – Unknown
  • Rwanda: National Heroes’ Day – Unknown
  • United States: National Freedom Day – 1865

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