ONS: 05 December 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 6, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An ex-Seleka rebel leader said he would block upcoming elections in the regions of the Central African Republic under his control.
  • AMERICAS: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a decree that removes marijuana from the country’s list of hard drugs.
  • ASIA: Authorities in Malaysia detained five men suspected of ties to the Islamic State.
  • EUROPE: The annual OSCE ministerial summit failed to reach a consensus on the conflict in Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: France no longer sees Bashar al-Assad’s departure as a necessary prerequisite for a political transition in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Authorities in Thailand arrested a Canadian man alleged to be a high-level operative in Silk Road, the now-defunct online black market.

TOP STORY

  • Middle East: Turkish forces enter Iraq on training mission.
    • Officials in Ankara confirmed that approximately 150 troops and 20-25 tanks were deployed near the northern Iraqi town of Bashiqua to train Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting the Islamic State.
    • Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi called the deployment “a serious breach of Iraqi sovereignty” and demanded that Turkey immediately withdraw all forces within Iraq’s borders.
    • According to US officials, the Turkish deployment is independent of the US military and coalition, train, advise, and assist missions, which have expanded in scope over the last week.
    • Turkey enjoys good relations with Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish government, despite strained relations with its own Kurdish minority and the ethnic group’s YPG militia in Syria.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, Guardian

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The country’s former spymaster denounced a five-year jail sentence handed down to one of his top lieutenants. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: An ex-Seleka rebel leader pledged to block upcoming elections in the regions of the country under his control. (AFP)
  • Seychelles: The main islands began voting in presidential elections. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least three people were killed in suicide attacks in Borno state. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Chile: President Michelle Bachelet signed a decree that removes marijuana from the country’s list of hard drugs. (AP)
  • Cuba: Officials will meet with US representatives to begin resolving claims made by companies whose assets were seized during the 1959 revolution. (NYT)
  • Panama: The government said it wants the UN to back its “reconciliation” process looking at the 1989 US invasion. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A massive fire engulfed a market in a main business hub in central Kabul. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: At least ten people were injured in a series of bomb blasts targeting a Hindu religious gathering. (AFP)
  • India: At least two persons were injured in twin explosions in the northeastern state of Assam. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: Authorities detained five men suspected of ties to the Islamic State. (Xinhua)
  • South Korea: Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Seoul, calling upon President Park Geun-hye to resign. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Two suicide bombers were reportedly flagged to European and international law enforcement authorities before they conducted the Paris attacks. (DPA)
  • Region: The annual OSCE ministerial summit failed to reach a consensus on the conflict in Ukraine. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: Authorities will deport an Australian man who reportedly joined a group fighting Islamic State jihadists in Syria. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities arrested an Israeli national wanted by Interpol for running an organ trafficking ring. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: An extremist blew himself up after being pursued by authorities, killing three people. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: France no longer sees Bashar al-Assad’s departure as a necessary prerequisite for a political transition. (AFP)
  • Syria: A senior al-Nusra Front commander was killed by a roadside bomb. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Tech: Authorities in Thailand arrested a Canadian man alleged to be a high-level operative in Silk Road, the now-defunct online black market. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Southeast Indian Ridge
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 6.2 miles
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Etna
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 05DEC: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 05DEC: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 05DEC: 606,183 (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: 34,205
      • Deaths as of 05DEC: 77 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 05DEC: 971
      • Deaths as of 05DEC: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 05DEC: 1621 (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 05DEC: 584 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06DEC)

  • Pakistan and India: Anniversary of Pakistan severing ties with India – 1971
  • Spain: Constitution Day – 1978
  • Venezuela: Venezuela’s parliamentary election
  • Judaism: Hanukkah Begins (to 14DEC)

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