ONS: 05 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 6, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya, opposition strategist David Nidi was released after being briefly detained on suspicion of inciting violence.
  • AMERICAS: The Organization of American States refused to back the presidential election results in Honduras, citing irregularities and errors in the process.
  • ASIA: The UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feldman began a rare four-day visit to North Korea, the first by a senior UN official in six years.
  • EUROPE: Russia listed Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as foreign agents, which could cost them their reporting credentials in the Russian parliament.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia formed a new military and trade partnership separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google will dedicate more than 10,000 staff to rooting out violent extremist content on YouTube in 2018.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: International warnings as Trump delays Jerusalem status decision.
    • President Donald Trump faces a key decision this week over Jerusalem’s status, potentially reversing years of US policy and prompting a furious response from the Palestinians and the Arab world.
    • Trump delayed a decision on the highly contentious issue — a crucial question in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — after public warnings from allies and private phone calls between world leaders.
    • The diplomatic adviser of President Mahmoud Abbas, Majid Khalid, said the Palestinian leadership would “stop contacts” with the US if President Donald Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
    • Turkey warned the US that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is ‘red line’ for Muslims.
    • The EU, which supports a two-state solution to the conflict, warned against doing anything that would jeopardize the peace process.
    • Israeli’s defense minister Avigdor Lieberman however urged Trump to grasp a “historic opportunity.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, AP-2

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Opposition strategist David Nidi was released after being briefly detained on suspicion of inciting violence. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Switzerland will return to the country around USD 321M in assets seized from the family of former military ruler Sani Abacha via a deal signed with the World Bank. (Reuters)
  • Tanzania: Journalist Azury Gowanda, who reported on a string of murders of officials and police, has been missing for the past two weeks. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Organization of American States refused to back the presidential election results in Honduras, citing irregularities and errors in the process. (VOA)
  • Honduras: Hondurans spilled into the streets of the capital, Tegucigalpa, in defiance of a curfew imposed after a controversial presidential election. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The UN said the Mexican government is struggling to keep journalists safe and prosecute their oppressors. (Reuters)
  • United States: The US Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries, despite continued legal challenges. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Australia, concerned about China, will ban foreign political donations to crackdown on external interference in domestic politics. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Scores of al-Qaida figures, including senior leader Omar Khatam, were killed in coalition operations in the country’s eastern and southern provinces. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Amnesty International called for a “strong resolution” from a rare UN Human Rights Council special session over the country’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feldman began a rare four-day visit to Pyongyang, the first by a senior UN official in six years. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Region: A Spanish judge withdrew the arrest warrants for ousted Catalan leader Carless Puigdemont, who has been fighting extradition from Belgium. (AP)
  • Germany: German police raided apartments and other properties across the country in their investigation of the JUL2017 G20 rioting in Hamburg. (AP)
  • Russia: The Russian Justice Ministry listed Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as foreign agents, which could cost them their reporting credentials in the Russian parliament. (AP)
  • Turkey: Trial began for a group of Istanbul academics on charges of engaging in “terrorist propaganda” for signing a declaration calling for an end to hostilities against Kurdish rebels in the country’s southeast. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Ukrainian police detained former Georgia president, Mikheil Saakashvili, who has emerged as an anti-corruption campaigner in his new country. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia formed a new military and trade partnership separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council. (Al Jazeera)
  • Region: A key regional summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries was cut short, with all delegates leaving Kuwait after a closed session. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iraq: Iraqi and Kurdish judiciaries are violating the rights of Islamic State suspects, Human Rights Watch said. (Reuters)
  • Syria: A bomb blast killed eight people and injured 16 others on a bus in the Syrian government-held city of Homs. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Clashes in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, have killed at least 234 people and wounded 400 since 01DEC. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google will dedicate more than 10,000 staff to rooting out violent extremist content on YouTube in 2018. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Ockhi
    • Location: 483 NM SSE of Karachi, Pakistan
    • Movement: NE at 11 mph
    • Wind: 70 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 01DEC: 61,474 (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 01DEC: 123,065 (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 01DEC: 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 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)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06DEC)

  • Austria: Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia to meet with OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs in Vienna
  • Belgium: European Commission to unveil proposals for a post-Brexit, 19-country Eurozone
  • Croatia:  Dubrovnik Defenders’ Day – 1991
  • Ecuador: Quito Day – 1534
  • Finland: Independence Day – 1917
  • Kazakhstan: Prosecutor’s Day – Unknown
  • Spain: Constitution Day – 1978
  • Ukraine: Armed Forces Day – 1993
  • United States: Donald Trump Jr. to speak to House panel in Russia probe

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