ONS: 07 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 8, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: After 42 days without a new case, the WHO officially declared the end of a 17-month Ebola outbreak that killed nearly 4,000 people in Sierra Leone.
  • AMERICAS: Authorities in central Mexico are investigating whether forensic services officials illegally transferred more than 100 bodies of crime victims from morgues to two mass graves.
  • ASIA: Amidst tight security, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $12 billion in financial assistance to Kashmir during a speech in Srinagar.
  • EUROPE: Germany’s BND reportedly spied on its allies and various international organizations such as the Red Cross.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 19 people have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes between pro-government forces and rebels in Yemen’s south.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Chinese E-commerce giant Alibaba announced a multi-billion-dollar deal to take over leading video streaming service Youku Tudou.

TOP STORY

  • Asia: Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Singapore where he outlined regional policy, concluded a free trade agreement, and shook hands with Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou.
    • The meeting between Xi and Ma was an important symbolic step and the first between leaders of the Cold War rivals since 1949.
    • Both sides agreed to prioritize mutually-beneficial economic development over political tensions.
    • Hundreds of Taiwanese wary of Beijing’s influence protested the summit in Taipei, accusing Ma of arranging the visit to boost the political fortunes of his Kuomintang party.
    • Earlier in the day, Xi met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and announced measures for expanding strategic and economic ties.
    • On the South China Sea, Xi reiterated that China would stand by its territorial claims.
    • Coverage: NYT, WP, WSJ, Guardian, BBC

AFRICA

  • Sierra Leone: After 42 days without a new infection, the WHO officially declared the end of a 17-month Ebola outbreak that killed nearly 4,000 people. (Guardian)
  • Somalia: Floods have displaced over 42,000 people, most in areas already plagued by violence linked to al-Shabaab militants. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: According to a UN report, dozens of children have been massacred in the country’s ongoing civil war between government and rebel forces. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The death toll continues to rise after a dam holding back waste water from an iron ore mine burst, flooding nearby homes. (BBC)
  • Colombia: Rodrigo Tovar, a former paramilitary leader, was convicted in a US court on drug trafficking charges. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities are investigating whether forensic services officials illegally transferred more than 100 bodies of crime victims from morgues to two mass graves. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A dozen of Taliban militants have been killed during a military operation in southern Helmand province. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: Police arrested seven suspected Islamist militants, including four Pakistani nationals, accusing them of planning to commit acts of violence. (AFP)
  • India: Amidst tight security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $12 billion in financial assistance to Kashmir during a speech in Srinagar. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: The BND intelligence agency “systematically spied” on its allies and various international organizations, including the Red Cross. (Der Spiegel)
  • Netherlands: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called for an ambitious free trade agreement between the European Union and Japan. (Kyodo)
  • Slovenia: Frustrated by a lack of action by the EU on the migrant crisis, Prime Minister Miro Cerar is considering construction of border fences. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: European Parliament President Martin Schulz arrived in Tehran for talks to step up dialogue between the Islamic Republic and the EU. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq and Syria: According to a senior US military official, the pace of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq is set to increase again after a brief lull. (Reuters)
  • Yemen:  At least 19 people have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes between pro-government forces and rebels. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Business: Chinese E-commerce giant Alibaba announced a multi-billion-dollar deal to take over leading video streaming service Youku Tudou. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Megh
    • Location: 455 NM S of Masirah Island
    • Wind: 58 mph
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: 47km SW of Ovalle, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 22.6 Mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes:
    • Mount Barujari, Indonesia
      • The volcano erupted again with the potential collapse of its dome and flow of hot lava. (Xinhua)
    • Mount Rinjani, Indonesia
      • Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways cancelled flights to and from Bali due to concerns about residual volcanic ash. (Bloomberg)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • 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 07NOV: 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 07NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
      • Cholera – Tanzania
        • Cases as of 07NOV: 971
        • Deaths as of 07NOV: 13
        • Sourcing: WHO
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 07NOV: 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 07NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08NOV)

  • Myanmar: General election

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