ONS: 06 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 7, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The trial of the Lord Resistance Army’s Dominic Ongwen began before the International Criminal Court.
  • AMERICAS: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s upcoming visit to the US naval base at Pearl Harbor will not be to apologize, but to ‘honor the war dead.’
  • ASIA: The International Organization for Migration said around 21,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks to escape violence in neighboring Myanmar.
  • EUROPE: In France, Bernard Cazeneuve will replace Manuel Valls as prime minister as Valls declared his presidential bid.
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Hassan Rouhani says his country will not allow incoming US President Donald Trump to “tear up” Tehran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online.

 

TOP STORY

  • Taiwan: Trump phone call political fallout continues.
    • Whether by accident or design, US President-elect Donald Trump is signaling a tougher American policy toward China, sparking warnings from both the outgoing Obama administration and Beijing.
    • Taiwan indicated 02DEC’s phone call between leader Tsai Ing-wen and Trump does not signal a change in China policy and simply reflected “a way for us to express our respect for the US election.”
    • China’s controlled early response to the Trump-Tsai conversation is consistent with Beijing tendency to adopt a “wait-and-see approach” toward new leaders, like Trump.
    • China is holding out for Ms. Tsai to acknowledge the “one-China” principle, that Taiwan is a part of China and not a separate nation.
    • Coverage: AP, USA Today, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Libyan forces were securing the last few buildings where Islamic State militants had been making a final stand in their former stronghold of Sirte. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Suspected Islamist militants attacked a prison in the central town of Niono and freed all the prisoners. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The US State Department said the violence in the country – ethnically motivated hate speech, targeting of civilians and sexual violence – is becoming widespread and cannot be ignored. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: The trial of the Lord Resistance Army’s Dominic Ongwen began before the International Criminal Court. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela called for a negotiated solution to the dispute about its membership in the South American trade bloc, Mercosur. (Xinhua)
  • El Salvador: Ambassador Jose Atilio Benitez Parada was stripped of immunity from prosecution, so he can face accusations for arms trafficking. (AP)
  • Mexico: Police in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz say 14 criminal suspects were killed in a gun battle with a patrol of Mexican marines. (AP)
  • United States: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s upcoming visit to the US naval base at Pearl Harbor will not be to apologize, but to ‘honor the war dead.’ (AP)
  • United States: An overseas tip about an imminent bombing of the Los Angeles Metro forced heighted security across the city’s vast transit system. (LAT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The International Organization for Migration said around 21,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks to escape violence in neighboring Myanmar. (AFP)
  • China: A Human Rights Watch report said the country’s parallel justice system for Communist Party members relies heavily on torture and is “abusive and illegal.” (AFP)
  • India: Jayaram Jayalalithaa, the powerful and popular chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu, died after she failed to recover from cardiac arrest. (WSJ)
  • South Korea:  According to close political sources, President Park Geun-hye has considered accepting calls from the ruling Saenuri Party to let the embattled president resign in APR17. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: New King Maha Vajiralongkorn appointed top army brass to his powerful advisory body, including three generals linked to the ruling junta. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: According to the EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, the UK will have to reach a Brexit deal by OCT18. (BBC)
  • France: Bernard Cazeneuve will replace Manuel Valls as prime minister as Valls declared his presidential bid. (NYT)
  • Germany: A German court ruled that energy suppliers can claim compensation over the country’s nuclear power phase-out in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Binali Yildirim said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be able to rule by decree under a proposed new executive-presidential system. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Police detained Fatih Gursul, a former adviser to the main opposition party leader, over alleged links to the group led by the US-based Islamic preacher blamed for the JUL16 failed coup. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani says his country will not allow incoming US President Donald Trump to “tear up” Tehran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers. (AP)
  • Israel: In a first such move, the country denied entry to a foreign activist involved in efforts to boycott the Jewish state. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A Saudi court sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom’s arch-enemy, Iran. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russia said it would hold talks with the US on a total rebel withdrawal from Aleppo, where the army and opposition are still fighting. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian government says it rejects any cease-fire for embattled Aleppo unless it includes the departure of all rebels from the eastern part of the city. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 05DEC: 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 05DEC: 652 (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 (07DEC)

  • Global: International Civil Aviation Day – 1994
  • Ghana: Presidential and Parliamentary elections
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the fall of Taliban bastion Kandahar – 2001
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of Hamid Karzai sworn in as President – 2004
  • Equatorial Guinea: International Court of Justice to rule on case against France
  • Iran: Oil Ministry to announce successful bids on oil and gas development
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Awami League winning parliamentary elections – 1970
  • United States: Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attacks – 1941

 

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