ONS: 05 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 6, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the Gambia, defeated President Yahya Jammeh will hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow in JAN2017.

  • AMERICAS: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor with US President Barack Obama at the end of DEC2016, becoming the first Japanese leader to visit the US Naval base in Hawaii that Japan attacked in 1941.

  • ASIA: Philippine VP Leni Robredo resigned her Cabinet post after citing irreconcilable differences with President Rodrigo Duterte.

  • EUROPE: The British Supreme Court began a series of hearings to decide whether or not parliament should give the government authorization to begin Brexit negotiations.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government and allied forces seized the Qadi Askar neighborhood from rebels in east Aleppo overnight, and now hold around two-thirds of the former rebel bastion.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The Saudi Sakina counter-terrorism campaign has reported a drastic decline in the online activities of the Islamic State group this year.

TOP STORY

  • Italy: PM Matteo Renzi to resign after referendum defeat.

    • Italian PM Matteo Renzi’s heavy referendum defeat has left the country facing political and economic uncertainty.

    • As a result, Renzi will resign.

    • The thorough rejection of Renzi’s referendum to streamline lawmaking was a significant boost for the country’s surging populist forces, but also risks financial upheaval as Italy’s weak banks struggle to contain the fallout.

    • European politicians reacted to Italians’ rejection of proposed constitutional changes and the resignation announcement of PM Matteo Renzi with a mixture of anxiety and satisfaction.

    • Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan skipped a meeting in Brussels, as he is considered among possible successors to Renzi.

    • Coverage: BBC, Reuters, Reuters-2, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • The Gambia: Defeated President Yahya Jammeh will hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow in JAN2017. (Reuters)

  • Kenya: Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of striking doctors demonstrating over pay and conditions outside the country’s health ministry. (Reuters)

  • Libya: Libyan loyalist forces have seized full control of the coastal city of Sirte from the Islamic State jihadist group, according to an official spokesman. (AFP)

  • South Sudan: China despatched the first 120 of a 700-member peacekeeping infantry battalion to the capital Juba. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Bolivian authorities filed a criminal complaint against an airport official for allowing the LaMia Flight 2933 plane to depart for Colombia even though its flight plan was in violation of international aviation safety standards. (WSJ)

  • Brazil: Brazilians marched in cities across the country, protesting against corrupt politicians and fears that Congress will try to scupper a huge anti-graft probe. (AFP)

  • United States: The US Army will not approve an easement necessary to permit the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, marking a monumental victory for protestors. (WP)

  • United States: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor with US President Barack Obama at the end of DEC2016, becoming the first Japanese leader to visit the US Naval base in Hawaii that Japan attacked in 1941. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said he hopes for progress in peace treaty talks with Russia but that the decades-old issue cannot be settled in one meeting. (Reuters)

  • India: Authorities put police on high alert, fearing civil unrest after southern state Tamil Nadu leader Jayalalithaa Jayaram suffered a cardiac arrest. (AFP)

  • Philippines: VP Leni Robredo resigned her Cabinet post after citing irreconcilable differences with President Rodrigo Duterte. (AP)

  • South Korea: President Park Geun-hye appointed four assistants to the independent counsel who will lead a special probe into her ongoing corruption scandal. (Yonhap)

  • South Korea: The Korea Internet & Security Agency said a series of cyber attacks may occur over the next year with the aim of stirring increased political and social instability in the country. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Region: Arms manufacturers in Europe and Russia gained market share in 2015, but international sales were still dominated by their US competitors, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said. (AFP)

  • Britain: The British Supreme Court began a series of hearings to decide whether or not parliament should give the government authorization to begin Brexit negotiations. (AFP)

  • France: PM Manuel Valls will announce he is running to become the Socialist candidate for president in elections next year, according to close sources. (AP)

  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to secure the backing of her Christian Democrats for a fourth term in office at the conservative party’s annual conference. (DPA)

  • Russia: A retrial of opposition leader Alexei Navalny for embezzlement opened after the original 2013 guilty verdict was overturned by the Supreme Court. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said it is “possible” the fight to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State could be complete before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. (Reuters)

  • Syria: Syrian activists say Russian and Syrian aircraft have stepped up their assaults on the rebel-held province of Idlib, a day after air raids killed more than 60 people. (AP)

  • Syria: Government and allied forces seized the Qadi Askar neighborhood from rebels in east Aleppo overnight, and now hold around two-thirds of the former rebel bastion. (AFP)

  • Syria: Russian and US experts will meet in the coming days to determine the routes and timing for a total rebel withdrawal from eastern Aleppo, Russian FM Sergei Lavrov said. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: IT security has become increasingly important to craft companies of Germany, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (Xinhua)

  • Communications: The Saudi Sakina counter-terrorism campaign has reported a drastic decline in the online activities of the Islamic State group this year. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report

  • Earthquakes: 148km NNE of Palue, Indonesia

    • Magnitude: 6.0

    • Depth: 522.2 km

    • 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 04DEC: 1,841 (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 04DEC: 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 (06DEC)

  • Austria: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit Vienna to bid farewell to the staff of the UN agencies (to 09DEC)

  • Belgium: Trial of former LRA commander Dominic Ongwen to start at the ICC

  • China: President of the Republic of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba to visit (to 09DEC)

  • Russia: Turkish PM Binali Yıldırım to discuss joint energy projects with PM Medvedev

  • Russia: Council of Europe (CoE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland to visit Moscow to meet with President Putin and FM Lavrov (to 07DEC)

  • Spain: Constitution Day – 1978

  • Venezuela: Planned next round of full government-opposition talks

  • Venezuela: Anniversary of Hugo Chavez’s election victory over Henrique Salas Romer – 1998

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