ONS: 04 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 5, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN voiced alarm over the spread of HIV in Egypt, where new cases is up by 40 percent a year.
  • AMERICAS: In Honduras, electoral authorities restarted the count of ballots of the presidential election amid protests by supporters of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla.
  • ASIA: The Philippines suspended a dengue fever vaccine, after the drug’s manufacturer said new evidence showed it could worsen symptoms in some cases.
  • EUROPE: In Malta, police arrested eight nationals in connection with the car bomb murder of blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordan warned the US of “dangerous consequences” if it recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australia’s competition regulator will investigate whether Facebook and Google are hurting consumers, content creators and advertisers.

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: Large scale US-South Korea air force drills begin.
    • The US and South Korean air forces began a huge combat exercise that will include simulated strikes on mock North Korean nuclear and missile targets.
    • The annual drills, known as Vigilant Ace, are aimed at developing interoperability between the two countries’ air forces.
    • Some 230 aircraft will participate, including some of the Pentagon’s most powerful warplanes, such as stealth F-35 Lightning II fighters and B1-B Lancer bombers.
    • North Korea state media said “ceaseless large-scale war games” by the US and South Korea are “creating a situation that a nuclear war may break out any moment.”
    • The drills come a week after North Korea said it tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile ever in defiance of international sanctions and condemnation.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Human Rights Watch said President Joseph Kabila’s regime drafted former rebel fighters from Uganda and Rwanda to suppress the DEC2016 demonstrations. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The UN voiced alarm over the spread of HIV in the country, where new cases is up by 40 percent a year. (AP)
  • Kenya: The main opposition group, National Super Alliance, says police detained one of its advisers, David Ndii. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Emmerson Mnangagwa swore in cabinet ministers, their deputies and ministers of state for provincial affairs at State House in capital Harare. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his government will launch a cryptocurrency to fight what he calls a financial “blockade” by the Trump administration against the socialist-run country. (AP)
  • Honduras: Electoral authorities restarted the count of ballots of the presidential election amid protests by supporters of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla. (AP)
  • United States: The country quit negotiations on the global New York Declaration migration pact because it was “not compatible with US sovereignty.” (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Australia: New legislation to confront foreign interference in Australian politics was introduced to parliament. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: The country plans to allocate more land for camps housing Rohingya refugees as concerns grow over possible outbreak of disease. (Reuters)
  • India: Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, submitted nomination papers to succeed his mother as president of main opposition Congress party. (AP)
  • Pakistan: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will meet with top leaders and seek common ground on the counterterrorism fight. (AP)
  • Philippines: The country suspended a dengue fever vaccine, after the drug’s manufacturer said new evidence showed it could worsen symptoms in some cases. (WSJ)

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM Theresa May is in Brussels for crucial Brexit negotiations, with the outcome poised to set the agenda for the departure terms between Britain and the EU. (AP)
  • Malta: Police arrested eight Maltese nationals in connection with the car bomb murder of blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. (BBC)
  • Russia: The Russian justice ministry will start registering some foreign media as “foreign agents” this week. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Faced with charges of sedition, former Catalonian cabinet members Oriol Junqueras, Joaquim Forn and two civic group leaders were refused bail by the country’s Supreme Court. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The government suspended a foreign aid project after an investigation found taxpayers’ cash was being diverted to extremists in Syria. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Jordan warned the US of “dangerous consequences” if it recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (BBC)
  • Bahrain: The country’s leading Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, a central opposition figure, was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Yemenis sheltered as Saudi-led fighter jets pounded the positions of Houthi rebels in capital, Sanaa. (AP)
  • Yemen: The country’s internationally-recognized government said it would grant amnesty to anyone who cuts ties with Houthi rebels. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Australia’s competition regulator will investigate whether Facebook and Google are hurting consumers, content creators and advertisers. (CNN)
  • Technology: Chinese President Xi Jinping urged “respect (for) cyberspace sovereignty” during the keynote speech of the three-day World Internet Conference. (DPA)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Ockhi
    • Location: 643 MN S of Karachi, Pakistan
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Wind: 80 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 (05DEC)

  • Global: International Volunteer Day – 1985
  • Global: World Soil Day – 2013
  • Belgium: Japan and EU to negotiate a free trade deal (to 08DEC)
  • Dominican Republic and Haiti: Discovery Day – 1492
  • Kuwait: Annual Summit of Gulf Arab heads of state (to 06DEC)
  • Russia: Battle of Moscow Day – 1941
  • Switzerland: UN Human Rights Council to convene for an extraordinary meeting to discuss the situation of the Rohingya in Myanmar

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