Situation/Intelligence Reports

Saudi Arabia: Oil Prices Fall As Saudi King Eases Succession Fears

Oil prices fell Jan. 26 after new Saudi Arabian King Salman announced he would retain Ali al-Naimi as the country's oil minister, Reuters reported.

Yemen: Drone Strikes Car, Kills Militants

A suspected U.S. drone struck a car in the Yemeni province of Marib and killed three suspected al Qaeda militants, Reuters reported Jan. 26, citing local officials.

Tunisia: Parliament Will Likely Reject New Government

Another Tunisian party said it will not approve the new government formed by Tunisia's prime minister-designate, Habib Essid, Reuters reported Jan. 26.

Russia: Sberbank May Finance Turkish Stream, Executive Says

Russia’s Sberbank is willing to finance a pipeline that would reroute Russia's natural gas flows to Europe through Turkey, bypassing Ukraine, the bank’s deputy chairman Sergey Gorkov said, Anatolia news agency reported Jan. 26.

Iraq: Clandestine Group Works Against Militants In Mosul

Former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to Islamic State positions in the militant-controlled city of Mosul, AP reported Jan. 26, citing Iraqi lawmaker Hakim al-Zamili.

Ukraine: More Than 100 Rescued From Mine, Hundreds Remain Trapped

Around 110 of the estimated 500 miners trapped in the Zasyadko mine have been rescued, according the ministry of defense of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, RIA Novosti reported Jan. 26.

Japan: December Trade Deficit At Record Low

Japan’s exports in December increased 13 percent year-on-year due to a weaker yen, driving down its trade deficit to the lowest in 18 months, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 26.

Greece: Syriza In Coalition, Finland To Talk Bailout

The left-wing Syriza party and the nationalist Independent Greeks party have agreed to form a coalition after Syriza's win in the parliamentary elections, Ekathimerini reported Jan. 26.


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