ONS: 08 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 9, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Ghana, the opposition New Patriotic Party said its election tabulation results showed it held a strong lead and called on President John Mahama to concede defeat.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s opposition announced it will resume protests against the government after withdrawing from the latest round of crisis negotiations.
  • ASIA: The South Korean parliament introduced an impeachment motion against the scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye.
  • EUROPE: Foreign ministers from the 57-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe are meeting in Germany.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State group is calling for its followers to launch attacks in Bahrain, including those targeting American military personnel.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Citing documents from US whistleblower Edward Snowden, French media reported that US and British spy agencies have tried to intercept data from passengers’ mobile phones on commercial airlines including Air France.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: The United States and Russia reportedly close to Aleppo cease-fire deal.
    • Russian Deputy FM Sergei Ryabkov said Russia is close to reaching a deal with the United States on a cease-fire for besieged Aleppo.
    • The Red Cross said nearly 150 civilians were evacuated overnight from a health facility in Aleppo’s Old City after the army retook the area.
    • Russian FM Lavrov was due to meet Secretary Kerry in Hamburg later on 08DEC.
    • The Syrian government and its allied forces reportedly control at least three-quarters of formerly rebel-held eastern Aleppo due to a massive military assault on the besieged area.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al-Jazeera, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi defended his government’s tough economic measures, saying there was no other alternative in the face of the deteriorating economy. (AP)
  • Ghana: The opposition New Patriotic Party said its election tabulation results showed it held a strong lead and called on President John Mahama to concede defeat. (Reuters)
  • Ghana: Hackers targeted the website of the country’s electoral commission ahead of the release of results from a narrowly contested presidential election. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican and US business leaders will share information on cross-border economic integration as they seek to build a case for free trade. (Reuters)
  • Region: Cuba hopes the next US government headed by President-elect Donald Trump will continue to build a “respectful” relationship with Cuba. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The country’s opposition announced it will resume protests against the government after withdrawing from the latest round of crisis negotiations. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said it’s highly unlikely the US military will be able to use the Philippines as a springboard for navigation patrols in the South China Sea to avoid antagonizing China. (AP)
  • Australia: PM Malcolm Turnbull said his country will not consider a ‘burka ban’ despite controversial proposals from parliament members to the contrary. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: The death toll of a devastating earthquake rose to more than 100 people, as officials urgently appealed for medicine and doctors to treat the hundreds injured. (AFP)
  • New Zealand: Finance Minister Bill English emerged as the likely leader of the ruling center-right National Party and the next prime minister. (WSJ)
  • South Korea: The country’s parliament introduced an impeachment motion against the scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Foreign ministers from the 57-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe are meeting in Germany. (AP)
  • Region: According to a French senior market official, international banks enquired about switching operations from London to Paris following the Brexit vote. (AFP)
  • Greece: The country’s leading unions launched a general strike that shut down several key sectors in protest over planned new austerity measures. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkish police began an operation to arrest a number of high-ranking followers of preacher Fethullah Gulen. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An 18-year-old Palestinian threatened Israeli border police with a knife at a flashpoint junction in the occupied West Bank and was shot dead. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: The Islamic State group is calling for its followers to launch attacks in the country, including those targeting American military personnel. (AP)
  • Iran: FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said it was in the interest of the United States to remain committed to a multilateral nuclear treaty. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri called for a government inquiry into air strikes on a western border town which killed around 60 people, mostly civilians. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Citing documents from US whistleblower Edward Snowden, French media reported that US and British spy agencies have tried to intercept data from passengers’ mobile phones on commercial airlines including Air France. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • 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 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 (09DEC)

  • Global: International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime – 2015
  • Global: International Anti-Corruption Day – 2003
  • Netherlands: Verdict due in trial of anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders
  • South Korea: National Assembly to vote on impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye
  • Tanzania: Republic Day – 1961

 

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