ONS: 01 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 2, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Zimbabwe, new President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed a new Cabinet that favors ruling party loyalists and military figures, who helped oust former leader Robert Mugabe.
  • AMERICAS: Argentina ended its search for survivors from the San Juan submarine, two weeks after the vessel went missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members aboard.
  • ASIA: Emperor Akihito will step down on 30APR2019, the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in two centuries.
  • EUROPE: Russia plans to bar US media from accessing the lower chamber of the Duma in retaliation for the withdrawal of a Kremlin-funded television station’s credentials in the US.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi-led military coalition must fully lift its blockade on Yemen, where 7 or 8 million are “on the brink of famine,” UN humanitarian affairs chief Mark Lowcock said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter Lite, the space-saving version of Twitter’s main app, launched in 24 countries, mostly in emerging markets across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Taliban gunmen attack Peshawar College, at least nine dead.
    • Gunmen have stormed a college in the city of Peshawar, killing at least nine people and injuring 36.
    • Five attackers were killed in a subsequent gunfight with police, but it was not immediately clear if more were at large.
    • The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), or the Pakistani Taliban.
    • The faction is also known as the Fazlullah branch of the TTP, who Pakistani officials claim is settled in Afghanistan and orders attacks on Pakistani soil from there.
    • The attack occurred on Eid Miladun Nabi, a major Muslim holiday celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NBC, NYT, USA Today

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Unidentified men assaulted journalists attending a press conference organized by the lawyers of jailed opposition figure, Andre Okombi Salissa. (AFP)
  • Niger: The government gave the US permission to fly armed drones out of the capital, Niamey, in a major expansion of the American military’s footprint in Africa. (NYT)
  • Zimbabwe: New President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed a new Cabinet that favors ruling party loyalists and military figures, who helped oust former leader Robert Mugabe. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The Argentine navy ended its search for survivors from the San Juan submarine, two weeks after the vessel went missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew aboard. (AFP)
  • Honduras: The country entered a fifth day of political limbo, with a long-delayed presidential vote count that has sparked unrest likely to take up to two more days before yielding a winner. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Negotiations between the government and its opposition will resume 01DEC to resolve the country’s economic and political crisis, the first formal talks collapsed in JUL2017. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: Former top officials of state oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, Nelson Martínez and Eulogio del Pino were arrested as part of a controversial government corruption crackdown. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Japan: Emperor Akihito will step down on 30APR2019, the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in two centuries. (NYT)
  • Japan: A Japanese court convicted US military contractor Kenneth Shinzato of murder and rape charges in the death of an Okinawa woman and sentenced him to life in prison. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Four or more Taliban militants disguised as women attacked a university dormitory in Peshawar, killing at least nine people and wounding at least 30 others. (NYT)
  • Philippines: The country put on hold its dengue immunization program after new findings that severe cases of dengue can occur among those vaccinated without prior infection. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Akhmed Chatayev, a former Islamic State fighter suspected of masterminding the 2016 attack on Istanbul airport, was killed during a special operation in ex-Soviet Georgia last week. (Reuters)
  • Austria: The country’s new conservative-far right government is likely to be sworn in on 20DEC. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The State Duma plans to bar US media from accessing the lower chamber of Russian parliament in retaliation for the withdrawal of a Kremlin-funded television station’s credentials in the US. (AP)
  • Spain: A Spanish Supreme Court judge is reviewing jailing orders against two Catalan pro-independence activists and eight former members of the separatist regional cabinet ousted over a month ago. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Saudi-led military coalition must fully lift its blockade on Yemen, where 7 or 8 million are “on the brink of famine,” UN humanitarian affairs chief Mark Lowcock said. (Reuters)
  • Israel: A soldier has been stabbed to death in the southern city of Arad, in a suspected terror attack. (BBC)
  • Lebanon: Burning garbage as a result of government mismanagement may be a serious health hazard to Lebanese people, Human Rights Watch said. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Syrian insurgents brought down an army helicopter southwest of Damascus, near the Israel-occupied Golan Heights. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: In the US, the son of a Russian lawmaker, Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in a cyber-crime ring that stole and sold people’s credit card numbers. (Reuters)
  • Communications: Twitter Lite, the space-saving version of Twitter’s main app, launched in 24 countries, mostly in emerging markets across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Ockhi
    • Location: 953 NM N of Diego Garcia
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 59km NNW of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 52.7 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 58km NNE of Kerman, Iran
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 17NOV: 60,576 (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 17NOV: 122,996 (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 17NOV: 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 19NOV: 2,103 (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 19NOV: 733 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02DEC)

  • Global: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – 1949
  • Cuba: Armed Forces Day – 1956
  • Laos: National Day – 1975
  • United Arab Emirates: National Day – 1971

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