ONS: 06 December 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 7, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A series of Boko Haram suicide attacks in Chad killed 19 and injured 130 others.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela will permit jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to vote in legislative elections.
  • ASIA: Senior sources within the Afghan Taliban cast doubt on the authenticity of an audio message purporting to prove its leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour was alive.
  • EUROPE: Authorities in the UK are treating a London stabbing attack that injured three people as a “terrorist incident.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed the governor of Yemen’s Aden province and six of his bodyguards.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook, Google, and Twitter are quietly stepping up efforts to combat online propaganda and recruiting by Islamic militants while trying to avoid the perception that they are helping the authorities police the Web.

 

TOP STORY

  • Venezuela: Polls open in legislative elections.
    • Venezuelans will elect a new legislature in a vote that could hand the ruling Socialist Party its first electoral defeat since 1999.
    • Polls indicate growing disenchantment with the government, even among its working-class base, thanks to a weak economy, production shortages, and high inflation.
    • President Nicholas Maduro, whose term only expires in 2019, dismissed pre-election polls as unrepresentative of the electorate.
    • With a simple majority, the opposition could free jailed opposition leaders, open investigations of state agencies, interrogate cabinet ministers, and pressure for the publication of economic indicators such as inflation.
    • Coverage: Reuters, LA Times, Guardian, Foreign Policy

 

AFRICA

  • Region: More than a dozen of the continent’s governments pledged to restore 100 million hectares of natural forest by 2030. (AP)
  • Chad: A series of Boko Haram suicide attacks killed 19 and injured 130 others. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The country’s two rival parliaments announced an initial agreement to end the country’s political crises. (Xinhua)
  • Seychelles: The country will go into a presidential election runoff after all six candidates failed to secure an outright majority of the vote. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Cristina Fernandez inaugurated a major railway electrification system. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: A sunken galleon off the Caribbean coast could hold up to four billion dollars’ worth of gold coins. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The government will permit jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to vote in legislative elections. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Senior sources within the Taliban cast doubt on the authenticity of an audio message purporting to prove Mullah Akhtar Mansour was alive. (AFP)
  • Australia: PM Malcom Turnbull unveiled a new strategy to combat the growing use of methamphetamine in the country. (AFP)
  • India: Russian warships arrived in Visakhpatnam to participate in scheduled joint naval exercises. (TASS)
  • Myanmar: Former junta leader Than Shwe endorsed his one-time nemesis Aung San Suu Kyi as a “future leader” of the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Armenia: Voting began in a referendum on proposed constitutional changes which the opposition says are aimed at keeping long-serving President Serzh Sarkisian in power. (AFP)
  • France: Polls opened in regional elections, the first voting in the country since the Paris attacks. (BBC)
  • Poland: The Defense Ministry is considering asking for access to US nuclear weapons through a NATO sharing program. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Authorities are treating a London stabbing attack that injured three people as a “terrorist incident.” (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The International Committee of the Red Cross is seeking permission to work in territory controlled by the Islamic State. (AFP)
  • Region: A top Iranian advisor said that the future of President Bashar al-Assad could only be determined by the Syrian people and this was a “red line” for Tehran. (Reuters)
  • Israel: PM Benjamin Netanyahu rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry’s warning that the country is in danger of becoming a binational state. (AP)
  • Yemen: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed the governor of Aden province and six of his bodyguards. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook, Google, and Twitter are quietly stepping up efforts to combat online propaganda and recruiting by Islamic militants while trying to avoid the perception that they are helping the authorities police the Web. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes:
  • Volcanoes:
    • Colima (Mexico): Authorities warned of falling ash after a massive eruption of gas. (ABC)
    • Momotombo (Nicaragua): The volcano erupted for the first time in 110 years. (Telegraph)
    • Mt. Bromo (Indonesia): Authorities raised alert levels and closed sites in Java to tourists in anticipation of possible volcanic activity. (Jakarta Post)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 06DEC: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 06DEC: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 06DEC: 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 06DEC: 77 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 06DEC: 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 06DEC: 584 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07DEC)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of Afghan President Karzai’s swearing-in ceremony – 2004
  • China and Japan: Senior officials to hold a meeting in Xiamen discussing a range of maritime issues (to 09DEC)
  • Pakistan and Bangladesh: Anniversary of beginning of Pakistan’s civil war – 1970
  • Ukraine: Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels
  • United States: Pearl Harbor Day – 1941

 

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