ONS: 08 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 9, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Four of the 10 countries hardest hit in 2015 by climate-boosted extreme weather are in Africa, according to a report released at UN climate talks in Morocco.
  • AMERICAS: The US says it is “deeply concerned” about Nicaragua’s electoral process a day after Daniel Ortega won a third consecutive presidential term.
  • ASIA: Britain sent fighter jets to South Korea for the first time since the Korean War to join the first-ever trilateral combined air exercise with the US.
  • EUROPE: Hungarian lawmakers blocked PM Viktor Orban’s bid to change the constitution to bar the resettlement of refugees.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran signed a deal with France’s Total to develop a major offshore gas field, its first bid contract with a Western energy firm since the lifting of sanctions.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US secret government data is vulnerable to thieves, despite security controls put in place after the Edward Snowden theft, said Bill Evanina, the chief counterintelligence and security adviser to the national intelligence director.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Korea: President Park makes major power concession amid scandal.
    • President Park Geun-hye conceded to lawmakers the power to name her new prime minister, a move that could seriously hurt, or even destroy, her ability to govern.
    • Park is fighting for her political life after it emerged that she had been taking secret advice a lifelong friend, Choi Soon-sil, who had been using her connections to raise millions of dollars for two foundations, which Choi allegedly embezzled.
    • President Park Geun-hye will also not attend an Asia-Pacific leaders’ summit next week, the first time a South Korean leader will skip the annual summit since it was launched in 1993.
    • No South Korean president has failed to finish their five-year term, but Park has faced growing pressure from the public and some hardline political opponents to quit.
    • Also, South Korean prosecutors raided the offices of Samsung Electronics, investigating allegations that Samsung gave money to the daughter of Choi.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, WP, Yonhap

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Four of the 10 countries hardest hit in 2015 by climate-boosted extreme weather are in Africa, according to a report released at UN climate talks in Morocco. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: A young girl was killed and 31 Indian peacekeepers were injured in a grenade explosion in the eastern town of Goma. (AFP)
  • Niger: Five soldiers were killed and four are missing following a ‘terrorist’ attack in the country’s southwest. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Nigerian militants bombed a state-run oil pipeline near the southern port city of Warri, the second attack within a week. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos said the government and FARC rebels have made considerable progress in their talks on a new peace deal. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The National Liberation Army rebel group said it would free hostage ex-congressman Odin Sanchez if the government first carries out a promised pardon of two jailed guerrilla leaders. (Xinhua)
  • Nicaragua: The US says it is “deeply concerned” about the country’s electoral process a day after Daniel Ortega won a third consecutive presidential term. (BBC)
  • Puerto Rico: Ricardo Rossello Nevares, the candidate expected to win the US territory’s gubernatorial contest sees US statehood as crucial to resolving the heavily indebted and recession-racked island’s economic woes. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea expects a rapid agreement with Japan on a bilateral pact to share military intelligence on North Korea after a botched attempt four years ago. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: A Cambodian court found the country’s exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy guilty of defamation for alleging the government sought to inflate PM Hun Sen’s online popularity by buying “likes” for his Facebook page. (AP)
  • India: Officials are trying to restore the websites of seven Indian embassies in Europe and Africa that were hacked and had data dumped online. (AP)
  • India: A day-long ban on popular Indian news channel NDTV has been put on hold after the Indian Supreme Court announced it would hear an appeal. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Korean Peninsula: Britain sent fighter jets to South Korea for the first time since the Korean War to join the first-ever trilateral combined air exercise with the US. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU urged Turkey to safeguard democracy, hitting back the day after Ankara responded harshly to EU criticism of a massive post-coup crackdown. (AFP)
  • Region: Germany is open to providing protection for Turks “politically persecuted” by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government in its widening post-coup crackdown. (AFP)
  • Germany: Authorities have arrested five Islamic State suspects, charged with recruiting members and providing financial and logistical aid. (AP)
  • Hungary: Lawmakers blocked PM Viktor Orban’s bid to change the constitution to bar the resettlement of refugees. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran is called for a political solution to the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, as the continuation of violence will only lead to more bloodshed and no one will win the war. (AP)
  • Iran: The country signed a deal with France’s Total to develop a major offshore gas field, its first bid contract with a Western energy firm since the lifting of sanctions. (AFP)
  • Iran: US prosecutors have added new allegations against Turkish businessman Mohammad Zarrab for helping the country evade sanctions. (AP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi Kurdish forces have retaken the town of Bashiqa, one of the last areas east of Mosul to be held by ISIS, said Jabbar Yawar, the secretary general of the Kurdish regional ministry. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US secret government data is vulnerable to thieves, despite security controls put in place after the Edward Snowden theft, said Bill Evanina, the chief counterintelligence and security adviser to the national intelligence director. (AP)

 

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 04NOV: 117,720 (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 04NOV: 102,998
      • Deaths as of 04NOV: 106
        • 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 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 (09NOV)

  • Cambodia: Independence Day – 1953
  • Germany: Anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall – 1989
  • Japan: Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan to visit Japan (to 10NOV)
  • Jordan: Anniversary of Amman Hotel Bombing – 2005
  • Russia: The Stoiky and Soobrazitelny corvettes to hold missile drills at the Baltic Fleet’s sea-based training ranges
  • South Korea: Kazakh President Nazarbayev to visit (to 11NOV)
  • Ukraine: Next session of the contact group on east Ukraine conflict to be held in Minsk

 

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