ONS: 04 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 5, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria and Morocco signed a joint venture to construct a gas pipeline that will connect the two nations as well as some other African countries to Europe.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian mourners held a memorial at the stadium of the local Chapecoense soccer team, which was all but wiped out in an air crash Monday in Colombia
  • ASIA: Indonesian rescuers recovered body parts in the sea where a police plane with 13 people aboard is believed to have crashed.
  • EUROPE: Italians started to vote in a referendum on constitutional reform which will decide the political future of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Four men who had gone missing after an illegal smuggling tunnel connecting the Gaza Strip with Egypt collapsed on them have been confirmed dead.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Trump campaign won key states, despite having spent half as much money as Clinton, by utilizing an algorithm to locate the highest concentration of “persuadable voters” and generate “thousands of variations” of messages targeting those voters, the data companies he hired said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Cuba: Nine days of national mourning comes to an end as Fidel Castro is buried
    • Castro’s cremated remains are to be entombed next to Cuban independence hero Jose Marti’s mausoleum in Santiago’s Santa Ifigenia cemetery.
    • Santiago de Cuba is considered the “birthplace” of Castro’s Cuban Revolution. The Castro family estate was 60 miles to the north, and starting at age 7, Castro spent much of his childhood at boarding schools.
    • Raul Castro announced that, respecting Fidel’s wishes, no streets, plazas or public buildings will bear Fidel Castro’s name, and no statues or monuments will be built in his honor.
    • Sources: WP, AFP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Nigeria and Morocco signed a joint venture to construct a gas pipeline that will connect the two nations as well as some other African countries to Europe. (Reuters)
  • Region: Dominic Ongwen, the former child soldier who became a Lord’s Resistance Army warlord, will go before war crimes judges at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday. (AFP)
  • Gambia: A day after winning the election, Adama Barrow, the president-elect of Gambia says he is keen to form a new cabinet to get started with reforms. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Mauricio Macri said that court investigations into against jailed social justice activist Milagro Sala are justified. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: Mourners held a memorial at the stadium of the local Chapecoense soccer team, which was all but wiped out in an air crash Monday in Colombia. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro stated that he will protest his country’s suspension from the Mercosur bloc to international authorities. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines has asked Bangladesh to share details of its investigation into an $81 million cyber-heist from the Bangladesh central bank after the proceeds ended up in Manila. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Speaking at an international conference, President Ashraf Ghani says that the $500 million that Pakistan has pledged for reconstruction of the country would be better spent on fighting terrorism. (RFE/RL)
  • Indonesia: Rescuers recovered body parts in the sea where a police plane with 13 people aboard is believed to have crashed. (AP)
  • Uzbekistan: Polls opened in the country’s first presidential election since the death of authoritarian leader Islam Karimov who ruled the country for 27 years. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Eurozone finance ministers meet Monday as far apart as ever on the debt relief measures demanded by the International Monetary Fund for it to back their bailout program for Greece. (AFP)
  • Austria: Polls opened in an election that could deliver the first freely elected far-right head of state in Europe since World War Two. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Citizens started to vote in a referendum on constitutional reform which will decide the political future of PM Matteo Renzi, who has promised to resign if he loses. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Four men who had gone missing after an illegal smuggling tunnel connecting the Gaza Strip with Egypt collapsed on them have been confirmed dead. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: A court upheld three death sentences and seven life terms against a group convicted of killing police including an Emirati officer in a bomb attack. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The government sent truckloads of food, heating oil and drinking water to residents of areas retaken from the Islamic State group in and around the northern city of Mosul. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Trump campaign won key states despite having spent half as much as Clinton, by utilizing an algorithm to identify the regions with the highest concentration of “persuadable voters” and generate “thousands of variations” of messages to target those voters, the data companies he hired said.  (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 53km S of Shemya Island, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 27km
    • Map
  • 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

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05DEC)

  • Global: International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development – 1985
  • Global: World Soil Day – 2013
  • Greece: Deadline for deal on bailout review
  • Russia: Turkish PM Binali Yildirim to visit, meet President Putin (to 06DEC)
  • United Kingdom: Supreme court to hear government’s Brexit appeal (to 08DEC)

 

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