ONS: 04 December 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 5, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: China has announced USD 60B of assistance and loans for Africa to help with the development of the continent.
  • AMERICAS: In Ecuador, the National Assembly passed a constitutional amendment to lift the country’s presidential term limits as violent street protests escalated.
  • ASIA: Russia’s top intelligence agency has warned that 10 Syrians linked to the Islamic State group have entered Thailand to target Russians.
  • EUROPE: In Russia, the US Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law has been declared an “undesirable” organization, under a controversial law targeting foreign groups accused of political meddling in the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia says it has launched an investigation after an aid group says its coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen struck one of its clinics.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Nigerian Communications Commission has sharply reduced a hefty penalty slapped on South African telecoms giant MTN over unregistered SIM cards.

TOP STORY

  • Germany: Parliament approves military mission to aid anti-ISIS campaign.
    • The German Parliament voted overwhelmingly to send reconnaissance planes, a frigate and midair fueling capacity to the Middle East to aid the campaign against the Islamic State in Syria while refraining from direct attacks such as bombing raids.
    • Germany will not join countries like Britain, France, the United States and Russia in conducting airstrikes.
    • This will be Germany’s biggest current military operation abroad.
    • Even in Germany, where there has traditionally been reluctance to engage in military missions abroad, the government’s decision to take direct action in Syria has been largely met with support.
    • The mandate is initially set for one year but can be renewed.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: China has announced USD 60B of assistance and loans for Africa to help with the development of the continent. (BBC)
  • Burkina Faso: President-elect Roch Marc Christian Kabore has said he will change the Constitution to usher in the Fifth Republic. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Sixteen people have been killed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, after firebombs were thrown into a restaurant, officials say. (BBC)
  • Liberia: The country has released its last two known Ebola cases from hospital and started the countdown to being declared free of the virus for a third time. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Thousands of Cubans backed up in Costa Rica and Panama in a frustrated bid to reach the United States will not be permitted to transit through Guatemala. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: The National Assembly passed a constitutional amendment to lift the country’s presidential term limits as violent street protests escalated. (AP)
  • United States: The Army grounded all aircraft in active-duty units across the country for the next five days in order to review safety and training procedures. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: South-East Asia’s migration crisis is likely to restart as soon as the weather improves, an Indian Ocean migration summit in Bangkok heard. (DPA)
  • Japan: The US is hastening the return of some land it holds in Okinawa, seeking to soothe local resentment over the huge American military presence on the southern Japanese island. (AP)
  • Kyrgyzstan: The country banned an American rights researcher Mihra Rittmann from entering the country. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Russia’s top intelligence agency warned that 10 Syrians linked to the Islamic State group have entered the country to target Russians. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: South Korea will offer a total of USD 3M in aid to Greece, Serbia and Croatia to help them cope with the growing refugee crisis in the region. (Yonhap)
  • Denmark: Voters rejected a government proposal to replace the nation`s current opt-out of the EU`s Justice and Home Affairs rules with an opt-in model in a referendum. (IANS)
  • Russia: The US Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law has been declared an “undesirable” organization, under a controversial law targeting foreign groups accused of political meddling in the country. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia says it has launched an investigation after an aid group says its coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen struck one of its clinics. (AP)
  • Region: Two Palestinians stabbed an Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron overnight, moderately wounding him before they were shot dead by soldiers. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Islamic State (IS) released a new video where children, recruited by jihadis, were seen killing six alleged supporters of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. (IANS)
  • Syria: The mission to target so-called Islamic State militants in the country could take some time and will require persistence, PM David Cameron has said. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Nigerian Communications Commission has sharply reduced a hefty penalty slapped on South African telecoms giant MTN over unregistered SIM cards. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Etna, Italy
    • Lava fountain with three-kilometer ash plume. (Wired)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 04DEC: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 04DEC: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 04DEC: 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 04DEC: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 04DEC: 971
      • Deaths as of 04DEC: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 04DEC: 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 04DEC: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05DEC)

  • Nothing to report

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