ONS: 04 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 5, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The U.S. military for the first time conducted two airstrikes against Islamic State group fighters in Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier and former Taliban captive, will serve no time in prison for deserting his post in Afghanistan, a military judge decided.
  • ASIA: North Korea ruled out talks and threatened to increase its nuclear arsenal in a fresh warning to the U.S. as the President set off on a tour of Asia.
  • EUROPE: The Belgian justice minister says his government will have no influence over the future of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont after Spain issued a European warrant for his arrest.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UK rejected a Russian bid to attach conditions to the extension of a UN-led panel tasked with identifying chemical attacks in Syria’s six-year war.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  A British MP said that some of the same Russian-linked Twitter accounts that allegedly influenced the American presidential election were also deployed in the UK.

 

TOP STORY

  • Myanmar: US Senators from both parties proposed sanctions against the country’s military, in response to human rights abuses against the Rohingya minority.
    • The sanctions in question comprise travel and financial restrictions, as well as cutting off military aid.
    • The measures face opposition from other lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who wish to avoid damaging Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s first democratically elected leader.
    • Some officials in both the US and Myanmar fear that sanctions would upset the delicate power sharing balance between Myanmar’s civilian government and military.
    • A US official in Bangladesh said that the solution to the crisis lay in eventually returning the Rohingya refugees to their homes in Myanmar.
    • Coverage: AFP, NBC, Reuters, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Liberia: The country’s Supreme Court said it would decide next week whether a runoff vote for the presidency will go ahead. (AFP)
  • Libya: A militant accused of playing an instrumental role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks is scheduled to appear Friday in federal court in Washington. (AP)
  • Somalia: The U.S. military for the first time conducted two airstrikes against Islamic State group fighters in the country. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The head of the government delegation in the dialogue with the National Liberation Army (ELN) expressed satisfaction with the completion of the first month of the ceasefire. (EFE)
  • United States: Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier and former Taliban captive, will serve no time in prison for deserting his post in Afghanistan, a military judge decided. (AFP)
  • United States: The government released a scientific report that says climate change is real and affecting the daily lives of Americans. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The Supreme Court is blocking one of the nation’s most prominent opposition leaders from leaving the country and requesting that his immunity from prosecution be lifted. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: Hundreds of protesters in Melbourne and Sydney over a situation on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, where refugees and asylum seekers have been in a limbo since the government closed down a detention center this week. (DPA)
  • Bangladesh: Rohingya refugees are continuing to enter into the country at a fast pace, with over the last 48 hours some 4,000 crossing across the border from Myanmar. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: The government ruled out talks and threatened to increase its nuclear arsenal in a fresh warning to the U.S. as the President set off on a tour of Asia. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Belgium: The justice minister says his government will have no influence over the future of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont after Spain issued a European warrant for his arrest. (AP)
  • Russia: The government has reacted to Canada’s imposing sanctions on 30 officials linked to human rights violations by announcing “mirror-image” measures. (AFP)
  • UK: The government has conceded that EU27 nationals coming to the country at any point before Brexit day in 2019 will have their rights protected. (The Guardian)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Eight border guards were killed in clashes with militants near the Turkish frontier. (RFE-RL)
  • Syria: Government forces will advance soon to take Raqqa city, which U.S.-backed fighters seized from Islamic State last month, a senior Iranian official said. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The UK rejected a Russian bid to attach conditions to the extension of a UN-led panel tasked with identifying chemical attacks in the country’s six-year war. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • UK:  An MP said that some of the same Russian-linked Twitter accounts that allegedly influenced the American presidential election were also deployed in Britain. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 27OCT: 60,362 (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 27OCT: 122,957 (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 20OCT: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 10OCT: 2,090 (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 10OCT: 730 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

  • Global: World Tsunami Awareness Day – 2015
  • Japan: US President Trump to visit (to 07NOV)
  • Nicaragua: Municipal Elections
  • Panama: Colon Day – 1903
  • United Kingdom: Guy Fawkes Night – 1605

 

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