ONS: 06 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 7, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya, Attorney General Githu Muigai said any attempt to hold a parallel swearing in of a president would amount to treason.
  • AMERICAS: The US views Venezuela’s plans to launch a national crypto-currency to evade US sanctions as a sign of the regime’s increasing desperation.
  • ASIA: The Australian parliament legislated for marriage equality, passing a bill almost unanimously to allow two people, regardless of sex, to marry.
  • EUROPE: The EU escalated legal action against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for their failure to meet migrant quotas.
  • MIDDLE EAST: During a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, Qatar signed a deal to buy 12 French Rafale fighter jets.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The collapse of Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate has not diminished the militant group’s ability to inspire attacks on Western targets via the internet, US national security officials said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Jerusalem: Hamas calls for intifada in response to Trump’s decision.
    • The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas called for a new “intifada” or uprising against Israel after President Trump said the US would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and begin moving its embassy to the city.
    • Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for 08DEC to be a day of rage and for the Palestinian Authority to stop security coordination with Israel and “enable the resistance in the occupied West Bank to respond to this blatant aggression.”
    • Israel said it was deploying military reinforcements to the occupied West Bank.
    • The first intifada began in the late 1980s but consisted largely of rock throwing, while the second intifada began in 2000 and killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings.
    • For Israelis, the country basked in the glow President Trump’s speech recognizing Jerusalem as their capital.
    • Coverage: AP, CBS, USA Today, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Uganda’s military says it has begun withdrawing dozens of its troops from peacekeeping duty in Somalia. (AP)
  • Kenya: Opposition leader Raila Odinga rejected US advice to cancel a planned mock inauguration of him as president, saying he doesn’t recognize the legitimacy of President Uhuru Kenyatta. (AP)
  • Kenya: Attorney General Githu Muigai said any attempt to hold a parallel swearing in of a president would amount to treason. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US views Venezuela’s plans to launch a national crypto-currency to evade US sanctions as a sign of the regime’s increasing desperation. (MH)
  • Honduras: President Juan Orlando Hernandez expressed openness to a review of a disputed vote count in his bid for re-election. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Chinese state-run conglomerate Sinopec is seeking more than USD 23M in damages from the country’s state-run oil company, PDVSA. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with India after an Indian drone allegedly crashed in Chinese territory. (Reuters)
  • Region: Prolonged displacement of Rohingya refugees in Bangladeshi camps poses a “grave security risk,” raising the specter of militants recruiting among the displaced and launching cross-border attacks on Myanmar. (AFP)
  • Australia: The Australian parliament legislated for marriage equality, passing a bill almost unanimously to allow two people, regardless of sex, to marry. (Guardian)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea says a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if, as it continued to lash out at a massive joint military exercise between the US and South Korea. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU escalated legal action against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for their failure to meet migrant quotas. (FT)
  • Region: Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Athens for the first official visit to Greece by a Turkish president in decades. (AP)
  • Region: Hundreds of Catalan protesters marched in Brussels to show support for deposed president Carles Puigdemont and their drive for independence from Spain. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A trial against Selahattin Demirtas, the leader of the country’s pro-Kurdish opposition party, on terror charges opened in the capital, Ankara. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: No British citizen who has fought for so-called Islamic State should be allowed back into the country, Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Qatar: During a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, the country signed a deal to buy 12 French Rafale fighter jets. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: President Bashar al-Assad’s negotiating team is set to arrive in Geneva on 10DEC to participate in peace talks. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Syrian government troops and allied militia cleared the last pockets held by the Islamic State group on the west bank of the Euphrates River. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: US defense and technology firm Raytheon Company formed Raytheon Emirates, a new subsidiary headquartered in the capital, Dubai. (Xinhua)
  • United Arab Emirates: The country was “surprised and disappointed” to be included by the EU in its list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The collapse of Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate has not diminished the militant group’s ability to inspire attacks on Western targets via the internet, US national security officials said. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (08DEC)

  • Albania: National Youth Day – 2010
  • Bahrain: IISS to host International Security Conference in Manama (to 10DEC)
  • Falkland Islands: Battle of the Falkland Islands Day – 1914
  • Guam: Our Lady of Camarin Day – Unknown
  • Macedonia: Saint Clement of Ohrid Day – 2007
  • Northern Mariana Islands: Constitution Day – 1977
  • Panama: Mother’s Day – 1930
  • Romania: Constitution Day – 1991
  • Uzbekistan: Constitution Day – 1992

 

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