ONS: 09 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 10, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least two people were killed and a policeman was wounded in gun battles in Burundi’s capital as security forces searched opposition strongholds for weapons.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) elected Agustin Basave and Beatriz Mojica as its new national leaders.
  • ASIA: The Maldives’ foreign ministry says a monthlong state of emergency declared by the president last week may be lifted early.
  • EUROPE: In Britain, PM David Cameron favors holding a referendum on the country’s EU membership in June next year if other member states agree to the bulk of his reform plans.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Barack Obama and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu are set to meet for the first time since relations deteriorated over a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The chief executive of South Africa-based mobile phone operator MTN has resigned over a USD 5.2B fine imposed on the company in Nigeria.

TOP STORY

  • Myanmar: Landslide victory for opposition NLD party in historic election.
    • Myanmar’s ruling party conceded defeat in the country’s general election, as the opposition led by democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on course for a landslide victory that would ensure it can form the next government.
    • A National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesman said it expected to win about 70% of seats.
    • Millions of the country’s 30 million voters had braved hot sun and long lines to cast their ballots in the historic election, the first national democratic vote in 25 years.
    • Myanmar is heading into a period of uncertainty over how Suu Kyi and other ascendant parties negotiate sharing power with the still-dominant military.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, Guardian, NBC, NYT, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it “may well be on the verge of a significant oil find” in the Lake Chad area. (AFP)
  • Burundi: At least two people were killed and a policeman was wounded in gun battles in the nation’s capital as security forces searched opposition strongholds for weapons. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Military prosecutors ordered the detention of investigative journalist and rights activist Hossam Bahgat on suspicion of publishing false information. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Soldiers patrolled the streets in the country’s east after deadly violence linked to the appointment of the country’s first female governor. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Presidential campaign season opened ahead of a vote due FEB2016 pitting the country’s veteran leader against a longtime challenger and a sacked prime minister. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: A late-season tropical depression is approaching the central Bahamas and is expected to strengthen to a tropical storm. (AP)
  • Mexico: The Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) elected Agustin Basave and Beatriz Mojica as its new national leaders. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Three human rights activists were shot while walking in Mexico City and underwent surgery. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Two China Coast Guard vessels briefly entered Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: Several insurgents have been killed and injured amid Afghan security forces’ cleanup operations. (Xinhua)
  • Maldives: The foreign ministry says a monthlong state of emergency declared by the president last week may be lifted early. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: The country’s police minister resigned following allegations he tried to shield a private security firm under investigation for gun running and money laundering. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Britain: PM David Cameron favors holding a referendum on the country’s EU membership in June next year if other member states agree to the bulk of his reform plans. (Reuters)
  • Croatia: Tough government negotiations loom after the conservative opposition looked set to return to power after narrowly winning a general election. (AFP)
  • Portugal: The Portuguese Socialist party’s internal political committee said it recommended its MPs support a motion to take down the country’s minority center-right government. (AFP)
  • Spain: The country received it first group of refugees – 11 Eritreans and one Syrian – who arrived from Italy in capital Madrid. (IANS)
  • Turkey: Two-thirds of Syrian refugee children in the country are not attending school, Human Rights Watch said. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: US President Barack Obama and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu are set to meet for the first time since relations deteriorated over a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran. (BBC)
  • Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian woman attacked Israeli security guards with a knife in the north of the occupied West Bank before being shot at a checkpoint. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli war jets struck an Islamic Hamas movement military facility in southern Gaza Strip, with no injuries reported. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The chief executive of South Africa-based mobile phone operator MTN has resigned over a USD 5.2B fine imposed on the company in Nigeria. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Megh
    • Location: 31 NM N of Cape Guardafui, Somalia
    • Wind: 103 mph
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Twelve
    • Location: 80 miles SE of San Salvador
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 128km NW of Sabang, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
        • Cases: 28,607 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
      • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
        • Suspected Cases as of 09NOV: 575,281 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
        • Confirmed Cases: 24,388
        • Deaths as of 09NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
      • Cholera – Tanzania
        • Cases as of 09NOV: 971
        • Deaths as of 09NOV: 13
        • Sourcing: WHO
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 09NOV: 1611 (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 09NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10NOV)

  • Cote d’Ivoire: ICC trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and former army chief Charles Ble Goude to begin
  • Hinduism: Naraka Chaturdashi
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron to detail requested EU reforms

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