ONS: 04 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 5, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya deported South Sudanese rebel spokesman James Gatdet Dak to South Sudan.
  • AMERICAS: Roy Barreras, Colombian senator and member of the government negotiation team with the FARC, said a new peace agreement would be ready by 20NOV.
  • ASIA: In Indonesia, tens of thousands of hardline Muslims are marching against the governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahja Purnama, demanding he is prosecuted for blasphemy.
  • EUROPE: UK PM Theresa May is expected to tell European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Brexit is still on track despite the 03NOV UK high court ruling.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russian and Syrian government forces began a 10-hour ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which Russia says will be the last chance for rebels to leave in safety.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Alphabet Inc.’s Google hit back at EU accusations that it abuses its dominant position with its internet shopping and advertising services.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Pro-Kurdish leaders, MPs arrested; car bomb kills at least eight.
    • The two co-leaders of the country’s pro-Kurdish opposition party, People’s Democracy (HDP), were detained along with at least nine other MPs.
    • The detentions mark the government’s most significant step yet against pro-Kurdish politicians since it began a sweeping crackdown in response to the failed coup attempt in July.
    • The internet monitoring group Turkey Blocks said access to social media sites Twitter and Whatsapp was blocked in the country following the detentions.
    • Hours later, a car bomb attack by Kurdish militants in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir killed eight people and wounded more than 100.
    • EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc is “extremely worried” by Turkey’s actions and called a meeting of EU national envoys in Ankara.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, Reuters-2, Reuters-3, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Kenya deported South Sudanese rebel spokesman James Gatdet Dak to South Sudan. (AP)
  • Egypt: The country raised energy prices as part of austerity measures aimed at securing a three-year, USD 12B International Monetary Fund loan. (FT)
  • Nigeria: The country’s National Judicial Council watchdog asked a group of judges facing corruption investigations to step down pending resolution of their cases. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: A court ruled the country’s spy agency illegally kept phone numbers and email addresses of people they were not directly investigating over a 10-year period. (AP)
  • Colombia: Roy Barreras, Colombian senator and member of the government negotiation team with the FARC, said a new peace agreement would be ready by 20NOV. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said his political opponents “must learn to co-exist with the revolution” and to accept the principle of democratic governance. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: The country’s Appeal Court upheld the five-month prison sentence of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: Commander of US Forces Korea Vincent Brooks said a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system would be deployed to South Korea within eight to 10 months. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Tens of thousands of hardline Muslims are marching against the governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahja Purnama, demanding he is prosecuted for blasphemy. (BBC)
  • Myanmar: A humanitarian crisis in the country has worsened in recent days amid heightened security after a militant attack in the embattled Rakhine state. (WP)
  • South Korea: President Park Geun-hye took sole blame for a “heartbreaking” scandal amid rising suspicion that she allowed a mysterious confidante to manipulate power. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: UK PM Theresa May is expected to tell European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Brexit is still on track despite the 03NOV UK high court ruling. (Guardian)
  • Region: Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev warned of Russian influence in his country and across the continent and said Europe needed to take a stronger line. (BBC)
  • Region: Germany summoned Turkey’s envoy, warning that a crackdown against terror should not be used as an excuse to silence the opposition. (AFP)
  • France: Paris police and city officials are clearing out up to 3,000 migrants who have gathered on the city sidewalks. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: An undisclosed number of suspects who stormed Saudi diplomatic missions in the country early this year were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to six months. (AP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces stormed and began to liberate the eastern Mosul neighborhoods of al-Karama, al-Zahra, al-Qudes, and al-Tahrir. (CNN)
  • Syria: Russian and Syrian government forces began a 10-hour ceasefire in the city of Aleppo, which Russia says will be the last chance for rebels to leave in safety. (BBC)
  • Syria: Syrian rebel groups in Aleppo are planning to defy an ultimatum from Russia to abandon the city, insisting promised safe passages out of besieged areas do not exist. (Guardian)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Alphabet Inc.’s Google hit back at EU accusations that it abuses its dominant position with its internet shopping and advertising services. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Meari
    • Location: 361 NM W of Andersen AFB
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 6 mph
    • Map
  • 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 28OCT: 195,186 (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 28OCT: 107,704
      • Deaths as of 28OCT: 106
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (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 01NOV: 1,813 (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 01NOV: 645 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27OCT:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, 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, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 27OCT: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 27OCT: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05NOV)

  • Global: World Tsunami Awareness Day – 2015
  • Iran: Anniversary of Prime Minister Jaffer Sharif-Emami’s resignation – 1978
  • Israel: US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank Rose to visit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (to 07NOV)
  • Nicaragua: Anniversary of Sandinistas (FSLN) winning elections – 1984
  • Nicaragua: OAS election observers to visit (to 07NOV)

 

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