ONS: 06 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 7, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Aid agencies warned that their inability to operate in South Sudan due to ongoing violence could lead to a famine.
  • AMERICAS: Cuban President Raul Castro arrived in Mexico for the first head-of-state visit in 13 years.
  • ASIA: Vietnam and Japan agreed to conduct their first-ever joint naval exercise.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police detained 20 suspected Islamic State militants in Antalya.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir visited Oman to discuss the situations in Syria and Yemen.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades discontinued his Facebook account due to a hacking attack.

TOP STORY

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): The full text of the final agreement was released for public review.

○     The agreement would tie together 12 countries that account for 40 percent of the world’s economic output by lowering tariffs and other barriers to trade.

○     The TPP standardizes international rules in areas such as intellectual property and dispute resolution between governments and investors.

○     The released text also included a side deal that would allow workers to unionize and organize strikes in Vietnam.

○     President Obama notified Congress of his intention to sign the TPP but faces opposition from unions, environmentalists, and public interest groups.

○     Opponents believe the deal does not adequately address concerns about currency manipulation, environmental degradation, and labor rights violations

○     Coverage: Guardian, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WSJ,

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favour of setting a two-term presidential term limit. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Hundreds of British tourists remained stranded in the Sharm el-Sheikh resort after the government suspended flights scheduled to evacuate them (AP)
  • South Sudan: Aid agencies warned that their inability to operate in the country due to ongoing violence could lead to a famine. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Raul Castro arrived in Mexico for the first visit by a Cuban president in 13 years. (AFP)
  • Region: The White House threatened to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison by executive order if Congress continues to block the facility’s closure. (AFP)
  • Bolivia: Congress voted to hold a referendum in February on whether President Evo Morales can run for re-election in 2020 (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Vietnam and Japan agreed to conduct their first-ever joint naval exercise. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Security forces killed at least 30 militants loyal to the Islamic State in Nangahar Province (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: Police questioned former premier Mahathir Mohamad after he called on the current prime minister to step down over a financial scandal. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The country’s Parliament passed a bill including austerity measures required by international lenders for additional bailout money (Xinhua)
  • Macedonia: All four major political parties reached an agreement to form an interim government (dpa)
  • Turkey: Police detained 20 suspected Islamic State militants in Antalya. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir visited Oman to discuss the situations in Syria and Yemen. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebels consolidated significant advances in the west, recapturing the village of Atshan. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Five soldiers were wounded in an explosion in the town of Arsal along the Syrian border one day after a suicide bombing killed six people there (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades discontinued his Facebook account due to a hacking attack. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05A (Megh)

○     Location: 515 NM E of Socotra Islands, Yemen

○     Wind: 46 mph

○     Movement: WSW at 7 mph

○     Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

○     Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

■     Cases: 28,607 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)

■     Deaths: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC

○     Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)

■     Suspected Cases as of 06NOV: 575,281 (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: 24,388

■     Deaths as of 06NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

○     Cholera – Tanzania

■     Cases as of 06NOV: 971

■     Deaths as of 06NOV: 13

■     Sourcing: WHO

○     Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

■     Cases as of 06NOV: 1611 (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 06NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07NOV)

  • Nothing to Report

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