ONS: 09 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 10, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least 15 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in a raid on a base in Congo.
  • AMERICAS: Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller are revealing they know every word Paul Manafort changed about his involvement in Ukrainian politics.
  • ASIA: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterated the call for all parties to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue to seriously consider the “suspension for suspension” proposal.
  • EUROPE: Washington is considering deploying “conventional, ground-launched, intermediate-range missile systems” to defend itself and allies against Russia’s “violation” of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni rebel officials say Saudi-led airstrikes outside a rebel-run TV station in the capital killed at least four people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cuban telecommunications monopoly Etecsa authorized Cubans to send text messages to the US, lifting a long lasting restriction.

 

TOP STORY

  • Honduran opposition challenge presidential election result.
    • Salvador Nasralla, candidate of the opposition alliance, and his campaign team filed a challenge to the NOV26 contest that seeks to annul the results and requests a recount.
    • Marlon Ochoa, Nasralla’s campaign manager, reiterated that the coalition wants a full recount of the complete 18,000-odd ballot boxes.
    • The opposition does not accept a partial recount that the Supreme Electoral Court agreed to after two weeks of deadlock and that could last five to six days.
    • Nasralla said the court had no credibility: “It no longer enjoys the trust of Hondurans because of improper manipulations.”
    • US Charge d’Affaires Heide Fulton said in a statement that observers from the EU and the Organization of American States had found some irregularities in the election.
    • Coverage: AP, FT, REU, VOA, WP.

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: A recent comment made on Twitter by France’s President Emmanuel Macron has angered many Algerians on social media. (BBC)
  • Region: Suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least 15 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in a raid on a base in Congo that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the worst attack on the organization in recent history. (REU)
  • Somalia: Government says it is closely following with concern the “dangerous” decision by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela has over 3 billion USD blocked in the international financial system due to US economic sanctions. (XIN)
  • Brazil: Minister of Government Secretariat Antonio Imbassahy resigned, a day before his party is expected to hold a critical national convention to decide whether to leave the ruling coalition of President Michel Temer. (XIN)
  • Brazil: With leftist former president Silva and firebrand right-wing former army officer Jair Bolsonaro leading the polls, there’s a gaping hole in Brazil’s center ahead of presidential elections next year. (AFP)
  • Mexico: the country’s newest political force formally emerged when a right-left coalition presented its official request with the electoral institute to compete in next year’s presidential election. (REU)
  • United States: Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller are revealing they know every word Paul Manafort changed in an opinion piece about his involvement in Ukrainian politics. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterated the call for all parties to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue to seriously consider the “suspension for suspension” proposal put forward by China. (XIN)
  • India: The country has been declared free from trachoma, a contagious bacterial infection of the eye common among children. (XIN)
  • Japan: The country plans to make its first purchase of missiles that could target North Korean military bases from long distance, a major military upgrade as a rising nuclear threat from Pyongyang sparks a regional arms race. (WSJ)
  • Myanmar: The government has formed an advisory commission with experts from home and abroad for the Implementation Committee of Rakhine state, which was established in September. (XIN)
  • North Korea: The UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, concluded his five-day visit to North Korea, during which both parties agreed to remain in regular contact. (EFE)

 

EUROPE

  • Czech: The designated Czech PM Babis said that the European Union should not push Czechs over their refusal to shelter asylum-seekers, because it could strengthen extremist parties in the country. (REU)
  • Russia: Washington is considering deploying “conventional, ground-launched, intermediate-range missile systems” to defend itself and allies against Russia’s “violation” of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. (XIN)
  • Ukraine: Saakashvili has gone on hunger strike to protest his arrest in Ukraine on charges of trying to stage a coup sponsored by Russia. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Yemeni rebel officials say Saudi-led airstrikes outside a rebel-run TV station in the capital killed at least four people. (MH)
  • Gaza: Rescue teams found a body of a Palestinian killed in Israeli airstrikes on northern Gaza Strip, with the death toll climbing to three. (XIN)
  • Iraq: The country said that its war on the Islamic State is over after more than three years of combat operations drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held. (MH)
  • Iran:  UK’s FM arrived in Iran to press for the release of British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe amid accusations at home that one of his gaffes has seriously harmed her case. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Cuban telecommunications monopoly Etecsa authorized Cubans to send text messages to the US, lifting a restriction which has long frustrated the population. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Four
    • Location: 245 NM SSW of Kolkata, India
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 50km WNW of Fais, Micronesia
    • Magnitude: 6.4mww
    • Depth: 20.3 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 29km SW of Hihifo, Tonga
    • Magnitude: 5.7 mb
    • Depth: 117.5 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes:
    • Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 09DEC: 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 09DEC: 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 09DEC: 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 (10DEC)

  • Global: Human Rights Day – 1948
  • Global: International Animal Rights Day – Unknown
  • Argentina: 11th session of WTO Ministerial Conference (to 13DEC)
  • Palestine: The Palestinian Authority to take full control of the Gaza Strip (postponed from 01DEC)
  • Thailand: Constitution Day – 1932
  • Ukraine: Charity Day – 2007
  • Venezuela: Regional elections

 

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