ONS: 03 December 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 4, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Canadian government suspended the deportations of Burundi nationals lacking proper papers, citing the violence and political instability.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil’s lower house speaker has triggered impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff.
  • ASIA: Afghan officials scrambled to establish the fate of Taliban supreme Mullah Akhtar Mansour, after intelligence sources said he was wounded in a firefight.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Turkey of plans to adopt further sanctions to punish Ankara for shooting down a Russian warplane.
  • MIDDLE EAST: British fighter jets have taken part in their first airstrikes in Syria, hours after UK lawmakers voted in favor of bombing ISIS strongholds there.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US and China have reached an agreement on guidelines for requesting assistance on cyber crime or other malicious cyber activities.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Terrorism still possible motive in California mass shooting.
    • At least two gun-wielding ­assailants opened fire on a holiday party in San Bernandino, California, killing 14 people in the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre three years ago.
    • Chief Jarrod Burguan of the San Bernardino Police Department identified the two suspects as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27.  Family members said they were married with a six-month old daughter.
    • Federal authorities were not ruling out the possibility of terrorism, officials said , because of what appears to be detailed planning involved in the attack, including the number of suspects involved, the tactical clothing worn by the suspects and the attempted plan for escape.
    • Police detained a third potential suspect on a nearby street, but as of late Tuesday, had still had not determined whether the man was involved in the attack.
    • President Obama said the killings were yet more evidence of the need for stricter gun laws.
    • Coverage: Guardian, LAT, NYT, NYT-2, USA Today, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: Nigeria has cut a fine imposed on MTN Group by more than a third to USD 3.4B and given the South African mobile phone operator until the end of the year to pay. (Reuters)
  • Burkina Faso: Five terrorist suspects were arrested ahead of the 29NOV presidential and general elections. (Xinhua)
  • Burundi: The Canadian government suspended the deportations of the country’s nationals lacking proper papers, citing the violence and political instability. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country’s lower house speaker has triggered impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. (AFP)
  • Canada: The provincial government of British Columbia has decided to provide USD 750K for refugee resettlement. (Xinhua)
  • Guyana: The government announced the start of a seven-month security exercise to avert possible terrorist threats. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: The Canadian government said it had registered serious concern with Thailand and China over a decision by Bangkok to send back to China two Chinese refugees who were awaiting resettlement in Canada. (Reuters)
  • Region: Myanmar authorities have repatriated 48 more verified Bangladeshi boat people home. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Japan’s ruling parties and China’s Communist Party resumed their regular consultative meeting for the first time in more than six years, in another sign of improving relations. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan officials scrambled to establish the fate of Taliban supreme Mullah Akhtar Mansour, after intelligence sources said he was wounded in a firefight. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Turkey of plans to adopt further sanctions to punish Ankara for shooting down a Russian warplane. (Reuters)
  • Region: The EU is close to a deal on sharing airline passenger information which security experts consider vital to stop extremists traveling to and from the Mideast. (AP)
  • Denmark: Voting is under way in a referendum on whether the country should change its opt-out system for EU justice and home affairs, affecting its membership in the European cross-border crime agency Europol. (DPA)
  • France: The country plans to change the constitution to allow it to extend a state of emergency “to a maximum of six months.” (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel demolished the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of masterminding the killing of a Jewish settler couple. (AFP)
  • Iran: An Iranian news website, 7sobh.com, is reporting that authorities have detained poet and songwriter Yaghma Golrouee. (AP)
  • Iraq: Millions of Shiite Muslims, beating their heads and chests in mourning, packed the city of Karbala for the culmination of one of the world’s largest religious events. (AFP)
  • Syria: British fighter jets have taken part in their first airstrikes in the country, hours after UK lawmakers voted in favor of bombing ISIS strongholds there. (CNN)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US and China have reached an agreement on guidelines for requesting assistance on cyber crime or other malicious cyber activities. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Momotombo, Nicaragua
    • Lava fountain with dark ash plume. (Wired)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 03DEC: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 03DEC: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 03DEC: 596,893 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 26,076
      • Deaths as of 03DEC: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 03DEC: 971
      • Deaths as of 03DEC: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 03DEC: 1618 (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 03DEC: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04DEC)

  • Global: Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in South Africa (to 05DEC)

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