ONS: 07 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 8, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN talks to implement the landmark Paris climate pact opened in Morocco.
  • AMERICAS: Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega looked on track to win a new term in elections, with partial official results showing his Sandinista National Liberation Front party well ahead.
  • ASIA: Hong Kong will “fully implement” a ruling by China, barring two elected pro-independence lawmakers from the city’s legislature after they deliberately misread their oaths of office.
  • EUROPE: Rival leaders from divided Cyprus are meeting for UN-backed peace talks in Switzerland.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces retook key town Hamam al-Alil from the Islamic State group, a crucial objective of the offensive to wrest back the city of Mosul.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China adopted a controversial cybersecurity law to counter what Beijing says are growing threats such as hacking and terrorism, although the law has triggered concern from foreign business and rights groups.

 

TOP STORY

  • Sweden: WikiLeaks’ Assange to be interviewed over 2010 rape allegation.
    • Swedish authorities said a postponed interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about a rape allegation made against him in Sweden in 2010 will be held on 14NOV.
    • The interview will be conducted by an Ecuadorian prosecutor and a DNA sample will be taken from Assange if he consents.
    • The Swedish assistant prosecutor, Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren, and a Swedish police investigator have been allowed to be present at the interview.
    • Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy since June 2012, after exhausting all legal options in his battle against extradition to Sweden.
    • Coverage: AP, Independent, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The country will buy from global oil markets in November after Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco halted deliveries for a second month. (AFP)
  • Morocco: UN talks to implement the landmark Paris climate pact opened in Marrakesh. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Fighting between militias in central Galkayo city killed at least 29 people and wounded more than 50. (Reuters)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Mexican peso soared after the FBI announced reiterated its decision not to charge US Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over emails related to her private server. (AFP)
  • Honduras: President Juan Orlando Hernandez will seek re-election in 2017, reigniting debate on a single-term limit that has deeply divided the country. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: President Daniel Ortega looked on track to win a new term in elections, with partial official results showing his Sandinista National Liberation Front party well ahead. (AFP)
  • United States: Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as US attorney general, has died. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Hong Kong will “fully implement” a ruling by China, barring two elected pro-independence lawmakers from the city’s legislature after they deliberately misread their oaths of office. (AFP)
  • India: PM Narendra Modi agreed with British counterpart Theresa May to set up a joint working group on trade, with focus not only on goods but also services. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s military will stay on high alert as North Korea may fire an intermediate-range ballistic missile around the 08NOV US presidential election. (Yonhap)
  • North Korea: The latest EU statistics show the country has significantly reduced sending its nationals to foreign countries, following a series of defections. (Yonhap)
  • Philippines: The Abu Sayyaf militant group reported killing a German sailor and abducting her elderly male companion from their yacht in Philippine waters. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Rival leaders from divided Cyprus are meeting for UN-backed peace talks in Switzerland. (AFP)
  • Bulgaria: Socialist-backed candidate Rumen Radev and main rival Tsetska Tsacheva will compete in a run-off election on 13NOV for the country’s presidency. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Thirty-six suspected Islamic State militants have gone on trial for last year’s twin suicide bombings that killed 101 peace activists in the country’s deadliest attack. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Iraqi forces retook key town Hamam al-Alil from the Islamic State group, a crucial objective of the offensive to wrest back the city of Mosul. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka was released by Iraqi authorities after being suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia denied any children were present in a school in Idlib province where 28 people were killed in an October airstrike blamed on Moscow. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The annual Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference opened as the international oil market has hit its bottom. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China adopted a controversial cybersecurity law to counter what Beijing says are growing threats such as hacking and terrorism, although the law has triggered concern from foreign business and rights groups. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Meari
    • Location: 252 NM E of Chichi Jima, Japan
    • Wind: 80 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 32 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 28OCT: 195,186 (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 28OCT: 107,704
      • Deaths as of 28OCT: 106
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (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 01NOV: 1,813 (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 01NOV: 645 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 03NOV:  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), New Caledonia, Nicaragua, 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, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 03NOV: 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 03NOV: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08NOV)

  • Australia: Labor caucasus to meet to discuss proposal to ban asylum seekers
  • Ghana: First presidential debate
  • India: UK Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox to visit Bangladore
  • United States: Election Day

 

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