ONS: 03 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 4, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The World Food Programme reports that 3.6 million people in South Sudan face severe food shortages – the highest levels ever experienced at harvest time.
  • AMERICAS: Fidel Castro’s ashes arrived at Santiago de Cuba, the so-called birthplace of the Cuban revolution.
  • ASIA: An aircraft operated by the Indonesian police disappeared with 15 people on board; there are no reports of survivors.
  • EUROPE: A Bosnian war crimes prosecutor has indicted six Bosnia Serbs for their roles in killing dozens of Muslims during the wars that tore Yugoslavia apart in the 1990s.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian troops regained control of another strategic town, bringing 60 percent of eastern Aleppo under regime control.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Islamic state group has told its members to stop using WhatsApp, suspecting the US-led coalition is using the app to track and kill their members.

TOP STORY

  • China: Beijing lodges a protest with the US over Trump’s Taiwan call
    • The Chinese foreign ministry says Beijing has lodged “solemn representations” with the US over the call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan’s leader.
    • Trump’s transition team said he and Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen noted “close economic, political, and security ties” in their phone call.
    • The telephone call was seen as a boost for the Taiwanese leader time her government is under pressure from Beijing to improve the island’s relations with China.
    • The Chinese ministry spokesman said: “It must be pointed out that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory. The government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing China.”
    • China urges Trump’s incoming administration to handle Taiwan-related issues “cautiously and properly,” to avoid “unnecessary interference” in the China-US relationship.
    • In a Twitter message, Trump declared that he had not initiated the contact, but rather Tsai Ing-win “CALLED ME.”
    • Sources: NYT, WSJ, BBC, RFE/RL, AFP, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Benin: Authorities shut down four broadcasters close to the opposition, sparking criticism from activists. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The country detained two Iranian citizens and sentenced them to 15 years in prison on terrorism charges. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The World Food Programme reports that 3.6 million people in South Sudan face severe food shortages – the highest levels ever experienced at harvest time.

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights called on the country to release a social activist who has been jailed since the beginning of the year. (Reuters)
  • Cuba: Fidel Castro’s ashes arrived at Santiago de Cuba, the so-called birthplace of the Cuban revolution. (AFP)
  • United States: A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiring with two former European officials to sell $17 million worth of weapons to undercover informants posing as Colombian rebels. (Reuters)
  • United States: A sixth US Navy official has been sentenced to time in federal prison after he admitted taking more than $350,000 in bribes and sexual favors from an Asian defense contractor. (WP)
  • United States: Police in California seized more than 200 pounds of heroin worth about $11 million in a tractor trailer they pulled over for speeding. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Kabul released a statement declaring that US President-elect Donald Trump has assured Afghanistan’s leader in a phone call that his administration stands ready to up support to the country if necessary. (AFP)
  • China: President Xi Jinping has stressed further military reform by downsizing the army while improving its combat capabilities and optimizing the structure.
  • Indonesia:  An aircraft operated by the Indonesian police disappeared with 15 people on board; there are no reports of survivors. (EFE)

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: A war crimes prosecutor has indicted six Bosnia Serbs for their roles in killing dozens of Muslims during the wars that tore Yugoslavia apart in the 1990s. (RFE/RL)
  • Lithuania: The country’s president urged Donald Trump to uphold the United States’ security commitment to Europe and NATO. (AP)
  • Norway: The country urged US President-elect Donald Trump to enunciate a clear and predictable policy on Russia as soon as possible, amid growing concerns about increasing Russian military activities in the Arctic region. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s supreme court upheld the death penalty against Iranian businessman Babak Zanjani for corruption. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The Foreign Minister called the US Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years proof that Washington cannot be relied upon to act on its commitments. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Government officials say the death toll from a 24NOV suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group has risen to 92, including about 40 Iranians. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The King replaced the labor minister after recent statistics showed a rise in unemployment. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Government troops and allied forces advanced overnight seizing Aleppo’s Tariq al-Bab neighborhood from rebels, which means the government has now retaken around 60 percent of the east of the city. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Islamic state group has told its members to stop using apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, suspecting they are being used by the US-led coalition to track and kill them. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 02DEC: 319,592 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 02DEC: 121,771
      • Deaths as of 02DEC: 135
        • 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 29NOV: 1,832 (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 29NOV: 651 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 01DEC:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 01DEC: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 01DEC: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

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