ONS: 06 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 7, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: There are 1.25 million people are facing starvation in South Sudan, double the number from last year, according to a UN report.
  • AMERICAS: A man opened fire inside a church in Texas, killing around 26 people and wounding 20 in what Gov. Greg Abbott called the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history.
  • ASIA: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull announced new rules to make all federal politicians declare their citizenship status.
  • EUROPE: Catalonia’s sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont denounced Spain as undemocratic and that his colleagues were jailed “unjustly.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia said the Yemeni rebels’ missile attack on the Saudi capital Riyadh could be considered an Iranian act of war.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the tech companies that displayed Kremlin-linked ads during the 2016 election could help the US “retaliate” against Russia.

 

TOP STORY

  • Japan: US President Trump talks tough on North Korea, trade.
    • US President Donald Trump continued his tough line on North Korea, promising to work in solidarity with Japan to confront “the North Korean menace.”
    • At an afternoon news conference with PM Shinzo Abe here, Trump declared, “the era of strategic patience is over” with North Korea.
    • US President Donald Trump hinted at the possibility of a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea, were the country to release a number of Japanese citizens abducted by the regime more than two decades ago.
    • Trump said Japan would shoot North Korean missiles “out of the sky” if it bought the US weaponry needed for doing so, suggesting Tokyo take a stance it has avoided until now.
    • Trump saluted PM Abe as among his best friends, but he railed against what he said were chronic trade imbalances with Japan.
    • Coverage: CNN, Fortune, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The country announced presidential elections to replace President Joseph Kabila will take place on 23DEC2018. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The country summoned several western ambassadors over criticism of the detention of a human rights lawyer investigating the case of a murdered Italian student. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Chief Edwin Clark, who leads the Pan Niger Delta Forum, called on militants not to resume their attacks until they had further time to negotiate their demands with the government. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: There are 1.25 million people are facing starvation in the country, double the number from last year, according to a UN report. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • United States: A man opened fire inside a church in Texas, killing around 26 people and wounding 20 in what Gov. Greg Abbott called the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history. (AP)
  • United States: A massive leak of financial documents – dubbed the Paradise Papers – indicates Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has links to a company controlled by associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (RFE/RL)
  • Venezuela: The head of the opposition-controlled parliament, Julio Borges, called the Supreme Court’s ruling against the legislative body’s first VP, Freddy Guevara, “absolutely political.” (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Philippine authorities were on the lookout for Amin Baco, a Malaysian who could be the new leader of pro-Islamic State groups in Southeast Asia. (Reuters)
  • Region: India began a joint military exercise with Bangladesh in its northeastern states of Meghalaya and Mizoram. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan and US military authorities are investigating reports that as many as 13 civilians were killed in an operation in the northern region of Kunduz. (Reuters)
  • Australia: PM Malcolm Turnbull announced new rules to make all federal politicians declare their citizenship status. (BBC)
  • Vietnam: The death toll of Typhoon Damrey rose to at least 49, in one of the country’s worst natural disasters in recent memory. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • France: China urged the French government to take more effective measures to ensure the safety of its nationals visiting the country. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Russian politicians downplayed leaks in the Paradise Papers concerning Russian officials and state companies, insisting the deals were legal. (AFP)
  • Spain: Catalonia’s sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont denounced the country as undemocratic and that his colleagues were jailed “unjustly.” (AFP)
  • Spain: Just one in seven people from Catalonia believe the current standoff between Barcelona and Madrid will end in independence for the region. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: British PM Theresa May called for a new “culture of respect” in public life amid spreading allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in British politics. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia said the Yemeni rebels’ missile attack on the Saudi capital Riyadh could be considered an Iranian act of war. (WSJ)
  • Region: The Saudi-led coalition closed Yemen’s air, sea and land borders to contain “the continued smuggling of missiles and military equipment to the Huthi militias loyal to Iran.” (AFP)
  • Iraq: The Iraqi Supreme Federal Court ruled that no region or province can secede, as the government seeks to prevent a repeat the Kurdish independence vote. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: President Michel Aoun said political leaders are responsive to calls for calm and national unity after PM Saad al-Hariri’s shock resignation. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Yemeni forces ended a hostage crisis with 29 police and six civilians dead, a day after the attack claimed by the Islamic State group began. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the tech companies that displayed Kremlin-linked ads during the 2016 election could help the US “retaliate” against Russia. (The Hill)

 

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 03NOV: 60,478 (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 03NOV: 122,968 (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 03NOV: 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 (07NOV)

  • Austria: OPEC press conference launching the World Oil Outlook to be held in Vienna
  • Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia: October Revolution Day – 1917
  • Liberia: Presidential runoff election
  • United States: Several states to hold elections for congressional and gubernatorial seats

 

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