January Week 3

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22nd January 2017:

  1. About 2 million people in 75 countries across the globe flooded the streets to march for human rights on January 21, US President Donald Trump’s first day in office
  2. The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has stopped inquiry into doping use by 22 Russian athletes that was launched last month, as investigators have failed to find any sufficient evidence of wrongdoing by the sportsmen
  3. US President Donald Trump will hold his first meeting with a foreign leader, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, next week and will meet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on January 31
  4. President of Sinn Fein Gerry Adams says pulling Northern Ireland out of the EU along with the rest of the UK will “destroy” the 1998 Good Friday Accords that were instrumental in ending violence in Ireland
  5. The representatives of Syrian opposition groups have arrived at Kazakh capital of Astana for peace negotiations, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Anuar Jainakov said
  6. The leader of French far-right National Front party and a presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said at the Freedom for Europe conference that 2017 would be the year of “awakening” for the continental Europe
  7. Russia is not conducting talks on creating military bases in Libya, Viktor Ozerov, head of the Russian Federation Council’s defense committee, said
  8. Millions of previously classified documents that were recently made public by CIA chronicle the spy agency’s investigations into UFO sightings and psychic powers
  9. Boris Gryzlov, chairman of the Supreme Council of the United Russia party, proposed Dmitry Medvedev as head of the party at the session of the Supreme Council
  10. Saudi Energy Minister said that all of the countries participating in the 2016 Vienna oil output cut deal between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC states are expected to fully implement the agreement in February
  11. German politicians have joined the chorus of European officials growing increasingly concerned for the future of the US-European relationship under Donald Trump. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier remarked that Trump’s inauguration meant that “the old world of the 20th century is over for good



21st January 2017:

  1. Senior member of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, Alexei Pushkov has praised US President Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, saying that it reflects a new period in global history
  2. Apple is facing a potential class action lawsuit for not implementing a technology that would prevent people from texting while driving. According to the lawsuit, Apple has had this technology since 2008, but has not implemented it due to fears that it would lose a significant portion of its customer base
  3. The Turkish parliament (Grand National Assembly) has approved constitutional amendments that give more power to the president
  4. Security forces are searching for militants and their accomplices in the Kizlyar region of Russia’s republic of Dagestan
  5. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia opposes interfering in internal affairs of other countries, the United States should deal with its domestic issues by itself
  6. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that the position of the new US administration on Ukraine could promote the crisis settlement
  7. Six Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bombers attacked Daesh terrorists in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province on Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry said
  8. Moscow will do its best to maximize its participation in the implementation of the output oil reduction deal, the Russian energy minister said
  9. Leaving the European Union’s single market will have disaster consequences for the economy of the United Kingdom and will instigate Scotland to withdraw from the United Kingdom, member of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade from the United Kingdom David Martin said
  10. Delegations of Russia, Turkey and Iran arrived in the Kazakh capital for intra-Syrian talks, according to Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Anuar Jainakov
  11. Azerbaijan and Iran have started to discuss the integration of  bankcard systems of the two countries



20th January 2017:

  1. The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, expressed hope in tackling the technical details concerning the allocation of the fourth tranche to Kiev
  2. The 2016 Vienna oil output cut deal between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC countries will hopefully stabilize the oil industry and the global economy, providing short-, mid- and long-term stability
  3. Kiev is slowing down the Minsk peace process which is evident from the results of the first Contact Group meeting conducted this year, Dmitry Balakin, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said
  4. Alibaba founder Jack Ma blames the problems of the United States on the United States itself, as the country has spent trillions of dollars to wage war, instead of investing in infrastructure and its own people
  5. Notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been delivered to the United States after being extradited from Mexico
  6. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refuted allegations that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed cyber attacks against the United States
  7. Press service of the Russian Central Military District said that Russian troops deployed at the 201st military base in Tajikistan carried out counterterrorist drills
  8. Head of the Russian delegation said that almost 20 Russian food sector companies are participating in the third Bengal Global Business Summit held in the Indian state of West Bengal
  9. The research team of the Superconducting Metamaterials Laboratory at the NUST MISIS in Moscow is studying the possibility of creating a practical foundation for the concealed transmission of data using unique metamaterials obtained at the laboratory
  10. An agreement with Turkey on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline was approved by Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma
  11. The amount of monetary gold in Russia’s international reserves grew by 14.7 percent [199 tonnes] and totals 51.9 million troy ounces [1,614.27 tonnes], according to the statement of the Bank of Russia
  12. The European Parliament has rejected a blacklist of countries at high-risk of money laundering put forward by the Commission, as it contains no tax havens or even EU countries implicated in the wake of the LuxLeaks, Panama Papers or Bahamas Leaks scandals
  13. The UK Government has wasted US$123 million on a competition to develop technology that will capture carbon emissions. The project was cancelled according to a report, after the Energy Department failed to agree the long-term costs of the competition with the Treasury
  14. Increase in Saudi Arabia’s shale oil output in 2017 is estimated to be at up to 300,000 barrels per day, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Falih said
  15. Law enforcement authorities in Washington, DC are prepared to handle unrest by demonstrators protesting President Donald Trump and his proposed policies, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent said



19th January 2017:

  1. The governments of the United States and Cuba have signed a bilateral treaty delimiting the maritime boundary in the eastern gap of the Gulf of Mexico, the US Department of State said
  2. Russia and Iran have great opportunities for cooperation, in particular in the sphere of developing the Caspian regional transport and logistics center, Russia’s Minister of North Caucasus Affairs Lev Kuznetsov said
  3. China will allocate an additional 200 million yuan (around $29.3 million) in humanitarian aid to Syria, Chinese President Xi Jinping said
  4. An Ankara court has ordered the arrest of two people who were earlier detained over the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov
  5. The Saenuri Party decided not to expel South Korean President Park Geun-hye
  6. The start of Brexit talks will not trigger a wave of hate crimes against EU citizens residing in Britain, Andrew Bridgen, MP from the Conservative Party said
  7. A number of important deals have recently been signed between Syria and its regional neighbour Iran on the post-war reconstruction of the war-torn country
  8. According to a defense industry source, Russia will carry out first flight tests of a missile for its revived combat railway-based ballistic missile systems in 2019
  9. In an unbelievably brazen and somewhat unnerving report, CNN decided to openly brainstorm what would happen if President-elect Donald Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence were assassinated at Friday’s inauguration ceremony. Their conclusion? That a member of the Obama cabinet would be selected to take over as president.
  10. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that destruction of US-Russia relations is the key mistake by the outgoing Obama administration
  11. The United States has received an official invitation from Moscow to take part in the Astana meeting on Syria, US State Department spokesman John Kirby announced



18th January 2017:

  1. President Milorad Dodik of Republika Srpska, which is one of two entities comprising Bosnia and Herzegovina, was sanctioned by the United States for “defying the Constitutional Court” of the federated state and obstructing peace agreement in violation “of the rule of law.”
  2. Retired Gen. James Cartright has been pardoned for making untrue statements to US federal investigators, outgoing President Barack Obama announced
  3. Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has attacked the former deputy director of the CIA, Michael Morell, for suggesting that Edward Snowden should be an inauguration ‘gift’ from Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump. Zakharova also revealed that Snowden’s asylum in Russia has been extended for ‘a couple of years.’
  4. Ankara created conditions for negotiations between Moscow and the Syrian opposition and acted as a guarantor of the ceasefire, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said
  5. As the loaders pack the trucks with the Obamas’ belongings to move them out of the White House, their residence for the last eight years, the outgoing US President has rushed to fill dozens of positions with his colleagues
  6. The largest drug distributor in the United States agreed to pay a record $150 million fine to settle charges stemming from its failure to disclose to the federal government suspicious opioid orders, the US Department of Justice said
  7. China’s first ever consul to the Russian city of Vladivostok Yan Wenbin assumed office on Wednesday, the city’s administration said
  8. The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) published more than 12 million pages of declassified documents on its website that were previously publicly available only at the National Archives in Maryland, the CIA said
  9. Former US President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to hospital with an undetermined condition, his chief of staff said Wednesday
  10. Crimea intends to strengthen its economic cooperation with a range of European and Asian countries, including China, India, Italy, and Vietnam, Crimea’s Deputy Prime Minister Georgy Muradov said
  11. Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is poised to begin production of sea ferries, cruise liners and yachts for Arctic tourism at its Helsinki shipyard, which is currently loaded with orders for the construction of icebreakers for the Russian shipping company Sovkomflot
  12. Iran has not yet established dialogue with the incoming US administration, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said
  13. The potential Sino-American economic confrontation under Donald Trump will prompt China to make the New Silk Road a cornerstone of its economic strategy and that Russia is likely to play a bigger role in the Beijing-led project
  14. Pakistani PM Mohammad Nawaz Sharif is expected to meet US President-elect Donald Trump after his inauguration.
  15. Canada will have a special secretary within the foreign affairs ministry to build ties with the incoming administration of US President-elect Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced
  16. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz states that the EU should not dependent on the United States in terms of domestic and foreign policy


17th January 2017:

  1. Most countries are sharing the Russian positive assessment of the implementation of the so-called joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program, and the work on this issue is expected to continue with the new US administration, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said
  2. The Canadian federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has launched an investigation into the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s holiday in the Bahamas
  3. Poland no longer has any issues with the Constitutional Tribunal, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said, commenting on the critical assessment of the situation in the country by the head of the Venice Commission.
  4. Ukraine filed a lawsuit against Russia with the International Court of Justice in the Hague on Monday, claiming that Russia had violated the international conventions for the fight against the financing of terrorism and elimination of racial discrimination, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.
  5. Marine Le Pen, the head of the French far-right National Front party and presidential candidate, said that she would recognize Crimea as a part of Russia if she wins the presidential election.
  6. The administration of US President-elect Donald Trump will consider an official invitation to attend Syria crisis settlement talks in Kazakhstan but will not take part until it forms a vision on how to resolve the crisis
  7. Mexico intends to seek dialogue with US President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, although at the moment it remains uncertain about future relations with the United States, Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade said
  8. The RT broadcaster will join the internal information network of the United Nations in mid-January, the broadcaster’s Managing Director Alexey Nikolov said
  9. The US Federal Reserve System needs to be independent in order to help the US society become fairer and to reduce the gap between the classes, said Anthony Scaramucci, US President-elect Donald Trump’s adviser on reaching to business communities and a member of his Transition Team,
  10. The relations between the European Union and the United States will be “stronger than ever” in the next six months, Anthony Scaramucci said
  11. Greece could respond to lenders’ demands of deeper public sector cuts with a new referendum on austerity, its State Minister Alekos Flabouraris warned on Tuesday.
  12. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday he has agreed on the date of his visit to Washington with Donald Trump after the US President-elect’s inauguration.
  13. Russia and China are setting up a joint Differential Corrections and Monitoring (SDCM) high-precision satellite navigation system, China National Space Administration (CNSA) chief representative in Russia Zhang Yuan said Tuesday.
  14. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he sees attempts in the United States to “delegitimize” US President-elect Donald Trump using “Maidan-style” methods previously used in Ukraine.


16th January 2017:

  1. US President-elect Donald Trump has suggested that anti-Russian sanctions could be lifted in exchange for a bilateral agreement on reducing nuclear weapons
  2. Trump calls NATO obsolete organisation since it is not much engaged in counterterrorism
  3. In his first post-election UK interview, US President-elect Donald Trump praised the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and promised a quick bilateral trade deal
  4. Crimea has prepared a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on human rights violations on the peninsula in the period when it was part of Ukraine, the head of the Crimean committee on inter-ethnic relations said
  5. Outgoing US Vice-President Joe Biden flew in Ukraine on Monday for a swansong meeting with the Eastern European nation’s President Petro Poroshenko
  6. A joint-working space center of Russian and Chinese specialists could be built in Russia’s southeastern Zabaikalsky Territory
  7. UK Foreign Secretary welcomed US President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to sign UK-US trade deal as reflecting mutual interests.
  8. Russia’s presidential business ombudsman Boris Titov has arrived in Washington for the swearing-in ceremony of next US President Donald Trump
  9. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz thinks that the EU could gain a lot from potential improvement of US-Russian bilateral relations after Donald Trump’s inauguration
  10. The talks on Syrian settlement in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, previously scheduled for January 23, could be postponed
  11. A flight recorder of a Boeing cargo aircraft that crashed near Bishkek has been discovered, a source in the Kyrgyz government said
  12. The European Union will have to prove EU and NATO’s usefulness to US President-elect Donald Trump, Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said
  13. France will ensure all Syrian opposition groups would be presented in the forthcoming talks on Syria
  14. Germany keeps working with the upcoming US administration to preserve agreements on Iran’s nuclear program
  15. The French Commissioner in charge of Economics and Financial Affairs has warned that, unless countries in the Eurozone single currency area embrace economic convergence, the whole project could collapse
  16. Israeli forces began the construction of road to connect illegal settlements in the West Bank to the country
  17. Andrej Holm, State Housing Secretary of the Berlin city government, has been dismissed after lying about his full-time employment by the East German Ministry of State Security