ONS: 07 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 8, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will not seek a third term and respect the Egyptian constitution which permits leaders to serve only two four-year terms.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of immigrants from Nicaragua who came to the US illegally will lose special permission allowing them to stay, the Trump administration announced.
  • ASIA: Gunmen attacked a television station in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least four people.
  • EUROPE: Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont criticized the passivity of European politicians in showing solidarity with the deposed and jailed government of Catalonia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Iran’s supply of rockets to militias in Yemen is an act of “direct military aggression.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: Prior to 2014, Apple shifted much of its offshore wealth in the face of a tax crackdown on a haven it had in Ireland, according to reporting on the leaked Paradise Papers.

 

TOP STORY

  • The Korean Peninsula: Trump reasserts opposition to North Korea.
    • US President Donald Trump arrived in South Korea and gave a press conference with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in Seoul.
    • Trump asserted his administration is making “a lot of progress” on North Korea, and urged Dictator Kim Jong Un to “make a deal” at the negotiating table on the rogue nation’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
    • Trump cast the North Korean nuclear threat as a global crisis that requires greater cooperation from every nation, particularly Russia and China.
    • Trump left no doubt that the US would use military force if necessary to protect itself and allies in Asia from North Korean threats.
    • Trump also visited Camp Humphreys, the largest US military base in the country, and met US and South Korean troops.
    • Trump’s visit to Seoul also aims to resolve trade disputes with South Korea.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, Politico, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will not seek a third term, and respect the country’s constitution which permits leaders to serve only two four-year terms. (CNBC)
  • Morocco: King Mohammed VI ruled out any peace deal that allows for the independence of the Western Sahara region. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Ugandan doctors started a nationwide strike following a lack of government response to their calls for a salary raise and better working conditions in public hospitals. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Mexican authorities seized 31 pounds of the synthetic opioid fentanyl along with other drugs hidden in a car near the US border. (AP)
  • United States: Thousands of immigrants from Nicaragua who came to the country illegally will lose special permission allowing them to stay, the Trump administration announced. (NYT)
  • United States: The US Air Force is investigating its failure to enter the Texas church shooter’s domestic violence conviction – which legally barred him from buying or owning guns – into a national criminal database. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US Navy conducted three days of drills with a Japanese destroyer and two Indian warships in the Sea of Japan. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Gunmen attacked a television station in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least one person. (BBC)
  • Afghanistan: Civilian casualties in religious attacks in the country have significantly increased in the last two years, according to the UN. (Reuters)
  • India: A public health emergency was declared in New Delhi as a blanket of smog descended on the world’s most polluted capital city. (AFP)
  • Papua New Guinea: The government is not required to supply power, water or food to 600 migrants who have refused to leave a shuttered detention center on Manus Island, the country’s Supreme Court ruled. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The first major challenge to the legality of UK intelligence agencies intercepting private communications in bulk is due to be heard by the European court of human rights. (Guardian)
  • Region: Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont criticized the passivity of European politicians in showing solidarity with the deposed and jailed government of Catalonia. (AP)
  • France: French police launched an anti-terrorism operation in the southeastern Alpes-Maritimes region. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Russian authorities reluctantly celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, due to President Vladimir Putin’s emphasis on ‘stability.’ (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Binali Yildirim described the US move to partially resume issuing visas in the country as a positive step. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Iran’s supply of rockets to militias in Yemen is an act of “direct military aggression.” (Reuters)
  • Region: Lebanon’s outgoing PM Saad al-Hariri met Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The country pressed Europe to make clear how it will react if the US pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal and imposes new sanctions. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Police questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest associate, Isaac Molho, over the country’s purchase of German submarines. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Prior to 2014, Apple shifted much of its offshore wealth in the face of a tax crackdown on a haven it had in Ireland, according to reporting on the leaked Paradise Papers. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression TwentyNine
    • Location: 338 NM of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Rina
    • Location: 890 NM E of Bermuda
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: N at 7 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (08NOV)

  • Belgium: British and EU negotiators to meet in Brussels for latest round of Brexit talks
  • China: Journalists’ Day – 1999
  • Kenya: East African Community (EAC) to host a conference on Ebola in Nairobi
  • Kyrgyzstan: Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repressions – 2008
  • Senegal: Magal de Touba – Unknown
  • South Korea: US President Donald Trump to address the South Korean National Assembly

 

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