ONS: 05 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 6, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Niger will allow US forces stationed there to arm the drones being used to track jihadists, having previously allowed their use only for surveillance.
  • AMERICAS: One of the most prominent Venezuelan opposition leaders, Freddy Guevara, has sought refuge in the Chilean ambassador’s residence after being targeted for arrest by the Supreme Court.
  • ASIA: President Trump kicked off a 12-day Asian trip and is looking to present a united front with the Japan against North Korea.
  • EUROPE: A possible meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump would serve the cause of international peace, ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Yemeni Houthi rebels targeted an airport in Saudi Arabia’s capital with a ballistic missile, according to Yemen’s Houthi-controlled Defense Ministry.
  • TECHNOLOGY: President Trump’s brief Twitter lockout has underlined concerns about the safeguards on social media platforms.

TOP STORY

  • Saudi Arabia: Authorities arrested 11 princes and 38 other high-profile individuals, as part of a sweeping anti-corruption campaign.
    • In addition to royals, others arrested include former government ministers, deputies, and businessmen.
    • The arrests are widely interpreted as a power play by King Salman and his son the Crown Prince Mohamed.
    • Those arrested are being held in hotels around the capital, Riyadh.
    • The most high-profile arrestee has been identified as Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the Kingdom’s wealthiest men.
    • The incumbent Economy and National Guard ministers were removed from their posts.
    • Sources: NYT, WSJ, Reuters, AFP, AP

AFRICA

  • Niger: The country will allow US forces stationed there to arm the drones being used to track jihadists, having previously allowed their use only for surveillance. (AFP)
  • Libya: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim held a phone conversation with his counterpart Fayez al-Serraj to discuss the situation of three Turkish nationals kidnapped in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur regretted entry of government forces into a camp for internally displaced persons without coordination with the mission. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Venezuela: One of the most prominent opposition leaders, Freddy Guevara, has sought refuge in the Chilean ambassador’s residence after being targeted for arrest by the Supreme Court. (AP)
  • U.S.: Russia is currently gathering necessary documentation to file a lawsuit against the administration’s move to block Russian diplomatic property in the country. (Tass)
  • Chile: Police have arrested a former secret service agent sentenced to jail for human rights abuses during the military government led by General Augusto Pinochet. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Australia: PM Malcolm Turnbull has rejected an offer from New Zealand to take 150 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centers. (The Guardian)
  • Japan: US President Trump kicked off a 12-day Asian trip and is looking to present a united front with the country against North Korea. (Reuters)
  • Vietnam: Floods inundated swathes of the central and southern parts of the country  in the wake of a typhoon that left at least 27 dead. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Several European countries have criticized the detention of an Egyptian human rights lawyer who is helping investigate the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni. (Reuters)
  • Russia: A possible meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump would serve the cause of international peace, ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov told reporters. (Tass)
  • Slovakia: The far-right People’s Party-Our Slovakia lost regional elections, turning the country against the trend of far-right gains. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Afghanistan: A U.S. soldier has died from wounds sustained during an operation in eastern Logar province. (AP)
  • Yemen: Houthi rebels targeted an airport in Saudi Arabia’s capital with a ballistic missile, according to Yemen’s Houthi-controlled Defense Ministry. (CNN)
  • Yemen: A suicide car bomb killed eight soldiers in the temporary capital of Aden city in front of the well-guarded headquarters of the security forces. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • President Trump’s brief Twitter lockout has underlined concerns about the safeguards on social media platforms. (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Typhoon Damrey
  • 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06NOV)

  • Global: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict – 2001
  • Dominican Republic: Constitution Day – 1844
  • Germany: Paris Climate Agreement Summit to open in Bonn (to 17NOV)
  • Morocco: Green March Day – 1975
  • Portugal: Feast of Saint Nuno of Saint Mary – Unknown
  • Tajikistan: Constitution Day – 1994
  • Vietnam: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum to open (to 11NOV)

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