ONS: 02 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 3, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Pentagon gained approval from the Nigerien government to fly armed drones out of Niamey, an effort that will put more firepower in the region, and also require more U.S. troops.
  • AMERICAS: The Honduran government has suspended constitutional rights to give the army and police more powers and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew to contain unrest triggered by a contested election.
  • ASIA: Thousands took to relief camps in Sri Lanka and southern India on Saturday to escape rising floodwaters after Cyclone Ockhi killed at least 26 people.
  • EUROPE: A retired CIA analyst has dismissed Turkish accusations that he was involved in last year’s failed coup, saying he was a “choice target” following a warrant for his detention.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel launched surface-to-surface missiles at a military installation outside the Syrian capital Damascus overnight, Syrian state TV reported.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian lawmakers declared that they probably will ban all U.S. media from entering the Russian parliament in retaliation for a U.S. decision to block Moscow-funded broadcaster RT from Congress.

TOP STORY

  • United States: The Senate passed the GOP tax overhaul bill 51-49, following a flurry of last-minute deal making
    • Many provisions were not worked out until the last minute, with Democratic senators pointing out handwritten corrections in the text of the bill.
    • Republicans were able to unite around their first legislative priority for this administration, with only one holdout dissenting vote.
    • Widely seen as a tax break for the wealthy, fierce opposition from the Democrats has panned the bill an unjust redistribution of wealth.
    • Projections suggest that over the coming decade, this bill could increase the deficit by over $1 trillion.
    • Sources: CNN, BBC, WaPo, NBC

AFRICA

  • Congo: The US and French embassies in Brazzaville said Congolese authorities had beefed up security at their buildings after receiving threats. (AFP)
  • Niger: The Pentagon gained approval from the Nigerien government to fly armed drones out of Niamey, an effort that will put more firepower in the region, and also require more U.S. troops. (WaPo)
  • Nigeria: Nearly 1,300 Nigerian migrants were brought home from Libya in November, the head of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Honduras: The government has suspended constitutional rights to give the army and police more powers and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew to contain unrest triggered by a contested election. (Reuters)
  • United States: A U.S. Navy commander was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison for his role in a fraud and bribery scheme that cost the government about $35 million. (AP)
  • United States: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not leaving, President Donald Trump tweeted, after U.S. officials said the White House had a plan for CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Thousands took to relief camps in Sri Lanka and southern India on Saturday to escape rising floodwaters after Cyclone Ockhi killed at least 26 people. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Two members of the security forces were killed and six others were injured in three back-to-back explosions in the city of Jalalabad, said Attaullah Khugyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar’s provincial governor. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Four or more Taliban militants attacked a university dormitory in Peshawar, killing at least nine people and wounding at least 30 others. (NYT).
  • Philippines: Three government forces were killed and six wounded in separate attacks on Wednesday by suspected communist rebels in the Philippines, police and the military said. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Austria: The main conservative and far-right parties plan to use Britain’s departure from the European Union to renegotiate the bloc’s main atomic pact so as to reward countries free of nuclear power. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Police investigated a possible explosive containing nails close to a Christmas market in Potsdam, reviving fears of a repeat of last year’s terror attack (AFP)
  • Kosovo: Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj was removed from an international arrest warrant issued by Serbia, lifting an obstacle to him travelling outside the country. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: A retired CIA analyst has dismissed Turkish accusations that he was involved in last year’s failed coup, saying he was a “choice target” following a warrant for his detention. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has arrived in Cairo to meet with Egyptian officials and discuss cooperation before heading on to Jordan, Pakistan and Kuwait. (AP)
  • Syria: Israel launched surface-to-surface missiles at a military installation outside the Syrian capital Damascus overnight, Syrian state TV reports. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Clashes erupted in Sanaa killing several, witnesses said, as talks between feuding rebel allies failed to broker a truce. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communication: Russian lawmakers declared that they probably will ban all U.S. media from entering the Russian parliament in retaliation for a U.S. decision to block Moscow-funded broadcaster RT from Congress. (WaPo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Ockhi
      • Location: 959 NM S of Karachi
      • Winds: 100 mph
      • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • 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 (03DEC)

  • Global: International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 2006
  • Latvia: Commemoration Day of Victims of Genocide Against the Latvian People by the Totalitarian Communist Regime in Latvia – 1998
  • Pakistan: US Secretary of Defense James Mattis to visit for talks on bilateral and regional matters
  • Russia: Lawyer’s Day – 2008
  • Turkmenistan: Good Neighborliness Day – Unknown

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