ONS: 07 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 8, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Voting in Ghana’s presidential election began amid widespread concerns about the credibility of the country’s electoral commission.
  • AMERICAS: US President-elect Donald Trump laid out a military policy that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State militancy.
  • ASIA: China urged the US to block Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen from passing through the US, following a protocol-smashing phone call between her and Donald Trump.
  • EUROPE: EU antitrust authorities slapped HSBC Holdings, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Crédit Agricole SA with fines worth a total of USD 519.7M for colluding in the manipulation of a benchmark interest rate.
  • MIDDLE EAST: British PM Theresa May said she would deepen defense cooperation with Gulf countries and work with them to push back “against Iran’s aggressive regional actions.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: Beijing-based live streaming websites shut down thousands of illegal accounts after new regulations by Chinese internet authorities came into effect.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Regime forces retake Aleppo’s Old City as rebels discuss withdrawal.
    • Rebels left the last areas they held in Aleppo’s old city, as government forces moved to split the remains of the rebel enclave.
    • Sources within the armed opposition said most groups agreed in theory to a withdrawal plan, but that a small number of powerful, hardline groups were resisting that call.
    • Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped in the shrinking rebel-held portion of the city with food, fuel, and medical supplies almost exhausted and no safe route out.
    • If Aleppo — Syria’s former commercial hub — is captured by government troops, it would be a turning point in the conflict, putting the four largest cities in Syria and the coastal region back under state control.
    • Secretary Kerry and Russian FM Lavrov will meet in Germany for talks to end the Aleppo crisis.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, BBC, CNN, WP

 

AFRICA

  • The Gambia: The country’s high court released a further 12 political prisoners, adding to hopes of an end to years of repression after long-ruling President Yahya Jammeh lost elections last week. (Reuters)
  • Ghana: Voting in the country’s presidential election began amid widespread concerns about the credibility of the country’s electoral commission. (AP)
  • Morocco: At least four people died and 22 went missing when a migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the country’s northern coast. (EFE)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The country welcomed a decision by the EU to end its so-called “common position” on the island country, paving the way for political and economic cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • United States: President-elect Donald Trump laid out a US military policy that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State militancy. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Talks between the government and opposition will be “revived” on 13JAN after a review phase of the discussions is undertaken. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China urged the US to block Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen from passing through the US, following a protocol-smashing phone call between her and Donald Trump. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: Kem Sokha, the leader of the country’s opposition party, returned to parliament after receiving a royal pardon. (AFP)
  • India: Thousands of Indians flocked to the seaside grave of Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a day after a burial ceremony of the reclusive but hugely popular leader. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Communist rebels warned President Rodrigo Duterte they may be forced to end their months-long cease-fire if he does not suspend the government’s counterinsurgency program and withdraw troops from rebel-influenced areas. (AP)
  • Thailand: The country opened an investigation into the BBC service for alleged defamation and blocked access to an online profile of the country’s new king. (Guardian)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU antitrust authorities slapped HSBC Holdings, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Crédit Agricole SA with fines worth a total of USD 519.7M for colluding in the manipulation of a benchmark interest rate. (WSJ)
  • Region: Senior Ukrainian officials said Ukraine feels let down by the EU for not keeping to a promise to give its citizens visa-free travel in the bloc. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Delegates from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party voted in favor of scrapping rules that allow the children of immigrants to be dual citizens. (AP)
  • Italy: A parliamentary source said Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will hand in his resignation on 09DEC. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg says security problems are undermining peace efforts in the country’s eastern Donbass region. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: British PM Theresa May said she would deepen defense cooperation with Gulf countries and work with them to push back “against Iran’s aggressive regional actions.” (Reuters)
  • Region: Several Israeli surface missiles struck near the Mazzeh airbase outside Syrian capital Damascus without causing any casualties. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country was set to sign preliminary agreements with Total and Shell to develop major oil and gas fields as it seeks to boost its output. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Islamic State militants launched an overnight attack against Iraqi security forces in the southeastern part of Mosul. (AP)
  • Syria: Two Turkish soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack in the northern town of al-Bab. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Beijing-based live streaming websites shut down thousands of illegal accounts after new regulations by Chinese internet authorities came into effect. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 19 km SE of Sigli, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 8.2 km
    • Map
  • 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 (08DEC)

  • Bangladesh: 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Civil Society Days to be held in Dhaka (to 09DEC)
  • Caucasus Region: Ministerial meeting on Nagorno Karabakh to be held on sidelines of OSCE council in Hamburg
  • Eurasia Region: Anniversary of the establishment of the Commonwealth of Independent States – 1991 (08DEC)
  • Germany: 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council to be held in Hamburg (to 09DEC)
  • Germany: European Central Bank’s Governing Council to hold monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt
  • Greece: Planned strikes against austerity measures
  • Kuwait: Saudi King Salman to visit oilfield
  • United States: Anniversary of President Clinton signing NAFTA into law – 1993
  • United States and Russia: Anniversary of President Reagan and USSR Chairman Gorbachev signing nuclear agreement – 1987
  • Catholicism: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

 

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