ONS: 09 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 10, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: President Alassane Ouattara signed Ivory Coast’s new constitution into law, casting it as the way to a peaceful future.
  • AMERICAS: Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for marijuana reform since 2012.
  • ASIA: Indian PM Narendra Modi announced that 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes would be withdrawn from circulation to crack down on rampant corruption and counterfeit currency.
  • EUROPE: US ambassadors to the EU and NATO sought to reassure allies in Europe that close cooperation would continue following the election of Donald Trump as president.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A US-led coalition air strike killed 16 civilians, including a child, overnight in a village near the Islamic State group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqa.
  • TECHNOLOGY: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Russia could try to influence Germany’s general elections next year through cyber-attacks or disinformation campaigns.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Americans select Donald Trump as 45th President.
    • Donald John Trump will be the 45th president of the United States, the first person to win the presidency without having previously held public office or served in the US military.
    • The triumph for Trump was a powerful rejection of the establishment forces that had assembled against him, from the world of business to government.
    • German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen wondered whether the result meant the end of “Pax Americana”, the state of relative peace overseen by Washington that has governed international relations since World War Two.
    • The US Senate will remain in Republican control, dashing the Democrats’ hope of a return to power in Congress next year.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, WP, WP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: President Alassane Ouattara signed a new constitution into law, casting it as the way to a peaceful future. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The country has filed money laundering and fraud charges against a supreme court judge as part of a wider crackdown on endemic corruption. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen have killed more than 30 gold miners in a remote area of the country’s north. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Puerto Rico: The New Progressive Party’s Jennifer Gonzalez will be the first woman to represent the island as a non-voting member in the US Congress. (EFE)
  • United States: Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for marijuana reform since 2012. (WP)
  • United States: A gunman killed one man and wounded two women near southern California polling stations, before dying in a shootout with police. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said he was creating civilian units to back troops monitoring food production and distribution. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said India hopes to strengthen military cooperation with China and make concerted efforts to uphold peace and stability in border areas. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Two members of Haqqani militant group had been captured following a special operation in the eastern province of Khost. (Xinhua)
  • India: PM Narendra Modi announced that 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes would be withdrawn from circulation to crack down on rampant corruption and counterfeit currency. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae will convene a session of the National Security Council to discuss the potential impact of the US presidential election. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: US ambassadors to the EU and NATO sought to reassure allies in Europe that close cooperation would continue following the election of Donald Trump as president. (Reuters)
  • Region: Polish President Andrzej Duda urged US President-elect Donald Trump to keep Washington’s promise to deploy troops on NATO’s eastern flank amid tensions with Russia. (AFP)
  • Region: Responding to mounting criticism from the EU, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has challenged the EU to halt membership talks with Ankara. (AP)
  • Region: The EU added six MPs from Crimea who were recently elected to Russia’s parliament to its sanctions blacklist for their role in supporting Moscow’s seizure of the region from Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Germany: Prosecutors say more than 1,000 police officers have made searches related to criminals gangs across the country and have seized weapons, drugs and documents. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Israeli military says troops have shot and wounded a Palestinian who attacked an Israeli soldier in the West Bank. (AP)
  • Iran: President-elect Donald Trump should remain committed to a key international nuclear deal with the country, FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said. (CNBC)
  • Iraq: Nearly 42,000 people have fled their homes since last month’s start of the operation to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State group, the International Organization for Migration said. (AFP)
  • Syria: A US-led coalition air strike killed 16 civilians, including a child, overnight in a village near the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Russia could try to influence Germany’s general elections next year through cyber-attacks or disinformation campaigns. (Guardian)

 

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 (10NOV)

  • Global: World Science Day for Peace and Development – 2001
  • Antarctica: US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit McMurdo research station (to 12NOV)
  • Israel: Russian PM Medvedev to visit
  • Montenegro: Deadline for forming new government (to 11NOV)
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of execution of human rights activist Ken Sara-Wiwa – 1995
  • South Africa: Parliament to debate no confidence motion against President Zuma
  • South Korea: President Park and Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev to meet
  • South Korea: D5 Digital Leaders Summit in Busan (to 12NOV)
  • Ukraine and Russia: Bilateral consultations on transit of Ukrainian goods to be held at WTO meeting

 

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