ONS: 03 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 4, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa dropped his education minister, a day after reappointing him to a cabinet which gave top posts to senior military officials.
  • AMERICAS: President Donald Trump changed his story on why he fired Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, now suggesting he knew at the time that Flynn had lied to the FBI.
  • ASIA:  U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said that the potential for war with North Korea is “increasing every day” after Pyongyang’s latest missile launch.
  • EUROPE: The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) elected a new leadership duo from its nationalist wing, despite street protests.
  • MIDDLE EAST: CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that he sent a letter to a top Iranian military official warning him that the United States would hold Tehran accountable for any attacks it conducted on American interests in Iraq.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Britain’s top cybersecurity agency warned the British government to stop using Kaspersky Labs software on all government computers over concerns of Russian hackers.

TOP STORY: Special Counsel Robert Mueller removed one of his top FBI Investigators this summer from the Trump-Russia case

  • The agent in question, Peter Strzok, was found to have anti-Trump personal text messages on his phone.
  • Strzok was regarded as one of the Bureau’s leading counterintelligence officers, including experience investigating possible mishandling of classified information by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
  • The agent was reassigned to the Bureau’s HR department.
  • Although Strzok’s removal occurred in August, the anti-Trump communications were only just publicized.
  • Sources: NYT, FOX, CNN, NBC

AFRICA

  • Botswana: A government spokesman has dismissed reports that Zimbabwe’s former vice President Phelekezela Mphoko was deported from the country. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Government forces have arrested the Darfur region’s most powerful militia chief Musa Hilal, a onetime ally of President Bashir. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Emmerson Mnangagwa dropped his education minister, a day after reappointing him to a cabinet which gave top posts to senior military officials. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Honduras: The government imposed a curfew in efforts to curb violent demonstrations due to a neck-to-neck presidential race, local media reported (Xinhua)
  • United States:  The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses. (Reuters)
  • United States: President Donald Trump changed his story on why he fired Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, now suggesting he knew at the time that Flynn had lied to the FBI. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Members of the government and opposition coalition failed to reach a deal in talks in the Dominican Republic aimed at resolving the nation’s protracted political crisis, but planned to meet in two weeks to try again. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • North Korea: U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said that the potential for war with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is “increasing every day” after Pyongyang’s latest missile launch. (Xinhua)
  • Tajikistan: A border guard was killed and four others injured after clashing with armed drug traffickers who were trying to cross the border from Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Thailand: More than 800,000 people have been affected by the current floods in the south, with several provinces being critically inundated, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. (EFE)

EUROPE

  • France: President Emmanuel Macron called on Iraq to dismantle all militias, including the government-sanctioned, Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF). (Reuters)
  • Germany: The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) elected a new leadership duo from its nationalist wing, despite street protests. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin has asked the Prosecutor-General’s Office to review the implementation of laws and regulations affecting the right of Russian citizens to assemble and demonstrate freely. (RFE-RL)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that he sent a letter to a top Iranian military official warning him that the United States would hold Tehran accountable for any attacks it conducted on American interests in Iraq. (ABC)
  • Palestine: Mahmoud Habash, an advisor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said that if President Trump were to do recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it would amount to a “complete destruction of the peace process.”(LAT)
  • Yemen: Shia rebels have claimed that they launched a missile toward an under-construction nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Britain’s top cybersecurity agency warned the British government to stop using Kaspersky Labs software on all government computers over concerns of Russian hackers. (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Ockhi
      • Location: Approximately 765 MN SE of Masirah Island
      • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
      • Wind: 90 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 (04DEC)

  • Belgium: Belgian court to make final ruling on Spain’s request for Carles Puigdemont’s extradition
  • China: Constitution Day – 1982
  • India: Navy Day – 1971
  • Russia: Foreign Ministers of Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan to meet in Moscow (to 05DEC)
  • South Korea: South Korean and US Air Force to hold Vigilent Ace drills (to 08DEC)
  • Ukraine: Treason trial of former President Viktor Yanukovych in absentia set to begin
  • United States: OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to meet in Washington, DC (to 08DEC)

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