January Week 4

These news updates are intended to provide an overview of daily news from media sources. To get our daily analysis and intel updates on financial and geopolitical events, you can subscribe to our premium podcast series.


29th January 2017:

  1. The White House stated that a phone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump was a “significant start” to improve the relations between the two countries
  2. Drivers from the New York Taxi Worker’s Alliance refused to work at New York’s JFK Airport for an hour in solidarity with those protesting the detention of refugees and legal immigrants to the United States following the country’s dramatic new travel bans
  3. Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull discussed the relations between the two countries and the situation in the Asia-Pacific region
  4. Angela Merkel will be the only candidate of the country’s ruling coalition for a chancellorship in the September parliamentary vote, the CSU leader said
  5. Donald Trump is expected to hold phone talks with the leaders of a number of countries, namely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and South Korea
  6. A federal judge has granted a stay blocking the federal government for deporting any immigrants currently being held at US airports due to President Donald Trump’s new immigration bans
  7. Mexico is surprised and disappointed by the recent statement made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has supported the decision of US President Donald Trump to build the wall on the US-Mexican border, the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs said
  8. UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday that she did not agree with the recent developments in the US migration policy creating difficulties for Muslims and refugees arriving in the United States and would respond if the rights of Britons were affected by the ban
  9. Over 150,000 people have signed a petition urging France’s center-right The Republicans’ presidential hopeful Francois Fillon’s wife, who had allegedly been paid from the state funds for a fake job, to return the money to the National Assembly
  10. China was Germany’s top trading market in 2016, local media reported Sunday, citing the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)
  11. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble called Germany’s refugee policy in 2015, allowing hundreds of thousands of refugees to enter country “mistake” and stated that the social standards in Germany were much higher than in most European countries, which was why so many refugees fled to the country
  12. According to reports, German Social Democratic Party chose former European Parliament President Martin Schulz as a chancellor candidate and the SPD chief.
  13. US housing prices are bound to fall from their current near-record highs if the US Federal Reserve goes ahead with another rate hike and halts mortgage-backed security (MBS) reinvestment in order to fend off the heat from the White House and Congress stemming from concern about the bank’s bloated balance sheet
  14. Athens refused to extradite 50 Turkish citizens that are accused in Turkey of being members of terrorist organization, according to local media reports
  15. US President Donald Trump is considering sending more troops to Afghanistan, according to the Wall Street Journal
  16. Afghan counter narcotics minister has urged greater efforts to fight drug addiction against the backdrop of political and security instability, Afghanistan is currently one of the main sources of drugs. Besides the drugs, some drug-making substances were also destroyed in an operation, including approximately one ton of morphine and 15 tons of ammonium chloride



28th January 2017:

  1. President Donald Trump said in an interview that he will prioritize persecuted Christians applying for refugee status in the United States
  2. Donald Trump has signed an executive order that initiates an extensive vetting process for people coming into the United States
  3. The initiative for California to secede from the United States, or ‘Calexit,’ could potentially be placed on the 2018 ballot as proponents are now able to collect signatures for the measure
  4. “The entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental” to America’s interests, President Donald Trump’s executive order states
  5. President Donald Trump signed an “executive action” to significantly strengthen and rebuild US defense systems and signed an executive order that would start the process of rebuilding the American military
  6. The lower house of the Irish Parliament has voted 90-53 to become the first nation in the world to completely divest itself of fossil fuel investments
  7. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has decided to allocate an additional $47.5 million for the protection of Mexican immigrants in the United States in view of the emerging tensions between the two countries
  8. The UK will be much better off after leaving the EU and its protectionist policies, Professor Patrick Minford CBE, former economic adviser to Margaret Thatcher and member of the Economists for Brexit campaign group said
  9. Japan’s Foreign Ministry has reshuffled diplomats responsible for Russian-Japanese relations amid peace treaty negotiations, the ministry said
  10. According to a Hamas, one of the leaders of the Palestinian Haman movement Ismail Haniyeh visited Egypt where he discussed Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, as we as intra-Palestinian reconciliation with the country’s authorities.
  11. French police searched the office of La Revue des Deux Mondes magazine, where Penelope Fillon, the wife of French enter-right presidential nominee Francois Fillon, used to work and received 5,000 euros gross per month salary
  12. Seeking to improve the nation’s demography, the Iranian parliament passed a new law allowing young fathers to go on paternity leave
  13. White House press office said that Donald Trump in a phone conversation with Shinzo Abe reinstated Washington’s commitment to ensuring Japan’s security and the two agreed to cooperate on North Korean nuclear threat response
  14. Tehran will reciprocate the “insulting” US temporary ban on entry for Iranian nationals until the restrictions are lifted, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said
  15. UK Prime Minister agreed with Turkish Prime Minister on closer cooperation in fighting terrorism
  16. More than a dozen people have been prevented from boarding flights to the US despite holding valid US visas while others have been detained in US airports, as airlines try to comply with new travel restrictions
  17. The US, UK, France and Australia will run a war games drill in the Persian Gulf that will simulate a confrontation with Iran
  18. Serbian Prime Minister Alexander Vucic and Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci had a phone conversation, in which they agreed to continue dialogue and to keep working on maintaining peace and stability, Serbian media reported
  19. Trump has accepted Merkel’s invitation to come in July at the G20 summit in Hamburg and also has invited the Chancellor to visit Washington



27th January 2017:

  1. Slovenia’s parliament has passed a package of amendments that will allow to practically close the borders to migrants in case of sufficient parliament support
  2. TransCanada has applied to the US Department of State for a presidential permit to get an approval of the Keystone XL pipeline construction
  3. Small-time cannabis users in Israel holding fewer than 15 grams of the plant could see the legal ramifications of their possession significantly reduced.
  4. John McCain claims that Donald Trump’s pledge to renegotiate NAFTA is fraught with unintended consequences, including a threat to more than 100,000 jobs in the US state of Arizona
  5. Russian Ambassador to Venezuela Vladimir Zaemsky has stressed that the Russian Foreign Ministry’s recent statement on the situation in Venezuela is nothing but a call for dialogue
  6. The international community perceives Russia as an important military and political player amid its operation in Syria, outgoing German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said
  7. In the coming decade, the power surplus in the Nordic region is expected to rise five-fold. Despite this fact, Norwegians are likely to pay 30 percent more for their electricity bills. The reasons? The EU’s perennial quest for cutting greenhouse gas emissions is one such reason
  8. The Russian president will visit a number of Central Asian republics soon
  9. The Northern Ireland Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) will join the Scottish National Party (SNP) to challenge the UK government’s hard Brexit legislation, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said
  10. Senator John McCain has seemingly got hysterical amid reports about the possible lifting of US sanctions against Russia
  11. A terrorist cell, linked to the Daesh, was dismantled in Morocco, according to Morocco’s Interior Ministry
  12. The super-rich in Britain are paying US$1.25 billion less in taxes than they were in 2009, despite a special unit being set up to stamp out aggressive tax avoidance, with many exploiting image rights abroad to reduce their tax burden in Britain



26th January 2017:

  1. Cuba wants to maintain a respectful dialogue with the United States under the leadership of US President Donald Trump
  2. Researchers in the UK claim that they have uncovered a massive network of over 350,000 dormant Twitter bots, which had been used to increase users’ follower numbers, boost interest in topics to help them trend, and send spam
  3. German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said that the country would abolish an “outdated and unnecessary” 19th-century law requiring government permission to prosecute someone accused of insulting a foreign head of state
  4. Google is hopping on the bandwagon against fake news started by Facebook. The search-engine giant has now permanently blocked 200 publishers since instituting a new policy to combat fake news
  5. Ted Cruz said he would assist President Donald Trump with any congressional action needed to execute executive orders on immigration and public safety as soon as possible
  6. A group of people was arrested in Lebanon on suspicion that they could be spying for Israel, Israeli media report citing Lebanese security services said
  7. Wall Street hedge fund manager and financial analyst Mitch Feierstein claims that Donald Trump came to power just in time to prevent billionaire George Soros and Bill and Hillary Clinton achieve a Trans Pacific free trade deal hidden from the public
  8. US President Donald Trump claims that Daesh terrorist group would have disintegrated if the United States were to take control of the oil
  9. The Northern Ireland Assembly will be dissolved on Thursday paving the way for the snap parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2nd
  10. China does not meet all necessary US criteria to be labeled a currency manipulator, People’s Bank of China Deputy Governor Yi Gang said
  11. At least four senior staff serving in US President Donald Trump’s administration have private server-based emails accounts
  12. Syrian opposition deliberately refused to examine the proposals on constitutional change presented by the Russian delegation, adviser to the opposition delegation in Astana Yahya Aridi said
  13. Former leader of the Austrian Green Alternative party (the Greens) Alexander Van der Bellen officially took office as the 9th Austrian President on Thursday
  14. India’s strategic pact with UAE marks yet another milestone as it aspires to become a more active player in West Asia
  15. The US Congress is moving forward on a $12-$15 billion supplemental that will pay for the construction of the border wall between the United States and Mexico, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said at a press conference
  16. Russia plays an important role in settling numerous conflicts in the word, Spanish King Felipe IV said at a Royal reception held in honor of the diplomatic corps



25th January 2017:

  1. The US Senate unanimously confirmed Nikki Haley as the next US ambassador to the United Nations
  2. Genetically-modified apples will make their US debut in February 2017. The apples, altered to decompose more slowly, will be sold in a pilot program in ten grocery stores in the Midwest
  3. Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said that Mexico will not agree with unfavourable changes in NAFTA and may withdraw from the deal
  4. Venezuela is still ready for improving relations with the United States, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said adding that that process of normalizing ties would highly depend on the policy of the new US administration
  5. Donald Trump announced that if the city of Chicago cannot get its wave of killings under control, the US government will send in its own federal forces to restore law and order there
  6. The FBI’s wiretapping on telephone calls between US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser and Russian Ambassador to Washington revealed nothing improper
  7. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu assumes that the Syrian talks in Astana has potential to become an important turning point for the future of the Syrian settlement
  8. The demands of the Syrian opposition to withdraw Hezbollah and Iranian militias from Syria are “mean and weak,” Iran will not consider them, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Ansari said
  9. Russian, Iranian and Turkish experts will meet in one or two weeks to elaborate the mechanism of monitoring the Syrian ceasefire
  10. According to the Iranian deputy foreign minister, the country intends to participate in the upcoming Geneva talks on Syria
  11. The UK government will publish a white paper detailing its plan on the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said
  12. The Polish Interior Ministry plans to amend the existing migration rules preventing people seeking asylum from entering the country
  13. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier confirmed that he was leaving his post, with his last meeting with a foreign minister of a different country
  14. French financial prosecutors opened probe into presidential hopeful and former Prime Minister Francois Fillon’s wife’s work as his parliamentary assistant amid no tracks found of her actually bearing responsibilities, prescribed by the post
  15. India has aligned its outward foreign investment norms with Financial Action Task Force guidelines that prohibit funds transfer to select nations without proper scrutiny
  16. A former Israeli chief rabbi has taken a plea deal in a Jerusalem court for corruption and will now serve three and a half years in prison
  17. Trump ordered the Secretary of Homeland Security to identify sources of funding to construct and operate new immigration detention centres



24th January 2017:

  1. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved Rex Tillerson as next US Secretary of State
  2. Arguments in a Seattle federal court has begun on whether the government should stop Microsoft from alerting their users when a government agency requests their personal information
  3. The Polish Foreign Ministry declassified a document dating 2008 on changing the country’s foreign policy in order to improve relations with Russia
  4. Madonna is back-peddling as fast as she can after saying on Saturday that she has thought “an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” at the Women’s March in DC
  5. The former head of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), Wang Tianpu, has been sentenced to 15 and a half years in prison over corruption allegations
  6. US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal will harm American workers, Senator John McCain said
  7. Lithuania plans to build a fence on the border with Russia’s Kaliningrad Region for geopolitical reasons in addition to economic ones, Interior Minister Eimutis Misiunas said
  8. Scientists from China, where paper was first invented about 2,000 years ago, say they have developed a new form of the material that is fire and water-resistant
  9. Russia’s Rosatom has submitted to build new nuclear power plants (NPP) in South Africa, CEO Alexei Likhachev said
  10. German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel will not run for the chancellorship
  11. President Donald Trump has dismissed US ambassadors appointed by President Barack Obama. 80 US diplomats are expected to leave their posts around the world
  12. Iran will pay Turkey a $1.9-billion compensation package in accordance with a decision by the International Court of Arbitration which ruled in favour of Turkey in a gas pricing dispute in February 2016
  13. US Senator Bernie Sanders vowed in a statement on Tuesday to do everything in his power to block the Keystone and Dakota Access pipeline projects reauthorized by Trump



23rd January 2017:

  1. US President Donald Trump, in a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, underscored the importance of military and intelligence cooperation between the United States and Israel
  2. The number of new births in China increased by 1.3 million to reach 17.86 million last year due to the government’s newly adopted two-child policy. But this is not enough to cover for a shrinking workforce as the country’s giant population ages
  3. The Kremlin expects that the date of a possible phone conversation between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be agreed soon
  4. All Syrian humanitarian issues should be resolved in order to avoid Libyan scenario – UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said
  5. There is currently no discussion of the establishment of Russia’s new military bases abroad, Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, said
  6. Russia has started a pilot project to help India increase the speed of its trains. This is the first time Russia has entered India’s vast and heavily used rail network. Both sides are hoping the initial partnership will blossom into meaningful collaboration
  7. Iran wants Russia to take part in the construction of the country’s ninth gas pipeline, National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Managing Director Hamid Reza Araghi said
  8. President of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani said he would declare the autonomous region’s independence from Iraq if Iraqi Vice President Nouri Maliki returns to the post of the country’s prime minister
  9. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is not planning to meet US President Donald Trump in the near future, Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal said
  10. Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced in an interview on Monday he will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an upcoming business trip to Israel
  11. Turkey is set to begin rebuilding infrastructure in northern Syrian cities, which have been cleared of Daesh militants.
  12. The first piece of health reform legislation introduced in the US Congress since Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump would give individual US states a choice – keep Obamacare or provide alternate coverage while receiving the same subsidies from the federal government, Senators Bill Cassidy and Susan Collins said
  13. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Donald Trump and Theresa May will discuss trade relations between their countries in a meeting in Washington, DC on Friday
  14. US President Donald Trump has resigned from his post in the Trump Organization.