ONS: 08 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 9, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Another 164 migrants returned to Nigeria from Libya, the latest group to be repatriated with help from the EU and the International Organization for Migration.
  • AMERICAS: Honduras’ election tribunal will re-count 4,753 ballot boxes, bowing to a demand by the Organization of American States.
  • ASIA: Japan will acquire medium-range, air-launched cruise missiles, capable of striking North Korea.
  • EUROPE: Russia said it was ready for talks with the US to try to keep the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty alive.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli police deployed reinforcements in and around Jerusalem’s Old City, in anticipation of Palestinian protests over the Trump administration’s recognition of the city as the Israeli capital.
  • TECHNOLOGY: In Myanmar, “fake news” found on Facebook has intensified hatred against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

 

TOP STORY

  • Brexit: UK and EU strike a deal to move forward in negotiations.
    • PM Theresa May struck a last minute deal with the EU in a bid to move Brexit talks on to the next phase.
    • The bargain amount to a capitulation by May on issues of preserving peace in Northern Ireland, guaranteeing rights for the 3 million EU citizens living in Britain, and living up to British funding commitments inside Europe for decades to come.
    • If EU leaders give the go-ahead, talks on a trade agreement and a post-Brexit transitional period could begin within weeks.
    • EU leaders meet in Brussels on 14DEC and are likely to endorse the assessment that Britain has made enough progress to continue exit negotiations.
    • European leaders hailed the deal, with some describing the move as a victory for common sense.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Another 164 migrants returned to Nigeria from Libya, the latest group to be repatriated with help from the EU and the International Organization for Migration. (AP)
  • Cameroon: Cameroonian-American writer Patrice Nganang who has criticized the government has been detained. (AP)
  • Uganda: The World Health Organization says the country successfully controlled a deadly outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Honduras’ election tribunal will re-count 4,753 ballot boxes, bowing to a demand by the Organization of American States. (Reuters)
  • Region: US and Colombia vowed to redouble efforts against drug trafficking as the South American nation contends with a record surge in coca production. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The crisis-hit country’s inflation rate could surpass 2,000 percent by year’s end. (MH)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Several thousand protesters in Muslim-majority Indonesia and Malaysia rallied to condemn the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (Reuters)
  • Region: Japan will acquire medium-range, air-launched cruise missiles, capable of striking North Korea. (Reuters)
  • Region: China says Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull is undermining trust with remarks accusing foreign powers of seeking to influence Australia’s political process. (AP)
  • Nepal: Election officials began counting votes for national and provincial assemblies, with the hope of bringing government closer to rural and remote areas. (AP)
  • The Philippines: The government will demand a refund of USD 69.5M from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed the vaccine could expose some people to severe illness. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Council of Europe praised the Vatican for efficiently flagging suspicious transactions but faulted Vatican prosecutors for failing to bring any money laundering cases to trial. (AP)
  • Germany: The Social Democrats will start exploratory talks on 13DEC with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on forming a coalition. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The country said it was ready for talks with the US to try to keep the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty alive. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde told President Petro Poroshenko to speed up the fight against corruption. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli police deployed reinforcements in and around Jerusalem’s Old City, in anticipation of Palestinian protests over the Trump administration’s recognition of the city as the Israeli capital. (AP)
  • Region: The multi-nation International Lebanon Support Group will push Saudi Arabia and Iran to stop interfering in Lebanese politics, and urge Hezbollah to rein in its regional activities. (Reuters)
  • Iran: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will visit the country on 09DEC to win the release of a British-Iranian national imprisoned on charges of trying to overthrow the government. (AP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces announced a new drive against holdout Islamic State group fighters in the western desert. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The capital, Sana’a, was in a “tense calm” following six days of bombing in which more than 200 people were killed and around 480 people wounded. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: In Myanmar, “fake news” found on Facebook has intensified hatred against the Rohingya Muslim minority. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 37km NW of Fais, Micronesia
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 62.4 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 74km NNE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 52km NW of Fais, Micronesia
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 13.7km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia
    • Smoke eruption spewed 2km into the atmosphere. (DPA)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 08DEC: 61,549 (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 08DEC: 123,073 (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 08DEC: 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 19NOV: 2,103 (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 19NOV: 733 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

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 – Unknown
  • Global: International Anti-Corruption Day – 2003
  • Antigua and Barbuda: National Heroes Day – Unknown
  • Egypt: Arab League to hold an emergency meeting to discuss US plans to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
  • Iran: UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson to travel to Tehran
  • Kiribati: Human Rights and Peace Day – 1948
  • Peru: Army Day – 1824
  • Russia: Heroes of Fatherland Day – 2007
  • Sri Lanka: Navy Day – 1950
  • Tanzania: Independence Day and Republic Day – 1962

 

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