ONS: 09 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 10, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says extremist Islamic State group militants are seeking safe haven in Libya, from which they can cross into Egypt.
  • AMERICAS: The US is finalizing plans to fly about 3,000 residents of Puerto Rico still living in shelters to New York and Florida.
  • ASIA: Foreign and trade ministers of 21 Pacific Rim countries extended their talks as they struggled for consensus before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
  • EUROPE: The EU is poised to beat 2017 economic growth expectations, with strong private consumption and the global recovery propelling the fastest pace of Eurozone expansion in a decade.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian army and its allies took Albu Kamal, the Islamic State group’s last major stronghold in the region.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer told US lawmakers the threat from state-sponsored hackers has changed the playing field so dramatically that even the best-defended companies can fall victim.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Trump praises Xi, absolves China of blame from trade deficit.
    • President Trump heaped praise on President Xi Jinping of China, saying he was confident China would help defuse the threat from North Korea and reduce its trade deficits with the US.
    • Trump said the US trade relationship with China is “a very one-sided and unfair one,” but quickly added: “I don’t blame China.”
    • China and the United States also signed additional business agreements valued at USD 250B during Trump’s visit, though some were less than binding commercial contracts.
    • But US businesses still have many long-standing concerns, including unfettered access to the China market, cybersecurity and the growing presence of China’s ruling Communist Party inside foreign firms.
    • In a more measured tone, Trump praised his Chinese counterpart as a “very special man” and paid tribute to his strength and ability to get things done.
    • Coverage: INDE, NYT, Politico, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says extremist Islamic State group militants are seeking safe haven in Libya, from which they can cross into Egypt. (AP)
  • Kenya: Deadlock over the allocation of leadership posts has forced the country’s parliament into an unscheduled three-week recess. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The government was urged to release pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim group leader Ibrahim Zakzaky who has been in custody for nearly two years. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US is finalizing plans to fly about 3,000 residents of Puerto Rico still living in shelters to New York and Florida. (NYT)
  • Region: Cuba said US restrictions on travel and business represents a serious setback to bilateral relations. (EFE)
  • Region: Nicaragua said its consulates in the US will provide assistance for 5,300 of its citizens soon to lose temporary protection status in the US. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Foreign and trade ministers of 21 Pacific Rim countries extended their talks as they struggled for consensus before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. (AP)
  • Region: India said it was closing all 25,000 schools in Punjab state for the rest of the week due to the acrid air blanketing north India and parts of Pakistan. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The UN said at least 10 civilians may have been killed by an airstrike in Kunduz last week, despite a contrary US military investigation. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: At least three policemen were killed and six others injured in a bomb blast in the city of Quetta. (Xinhua)
  • Papua New Guinea: The country began dismantling the shuttered Manus Island detention center, warning it will use force if necessary to evict those who refuse to leave. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU is poised to beat 2017 economic growth expectations, with strong private consumption and the global recovery propelling the fastest pace of Eurozone expansion in a decade. (WSJ)
  • Region: Defense ministers from the NATO alliance met in Brussels to review next steps in the Afghanistan conflict. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin and US counterpart Donald Trump will hold talks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, and five of its members appeared before the country’s supreme court to answer charges of rebellion and sedition. (Guardian)
  • Turkey: Turkish police detained 101 people over suspected links to Islamic State in Ankara and have arrest warrants for a total of 245 suspects in the capital. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia’s three-day-old blockade of Yemen threatens to plunge the country into a famine that could starve millions of people, the UN said. (NYT)
  • Region: Lebanon believes Saudi Arabia is holding leading Sunni Muslim politician Saad al-Hariri and plans to work with foreign states to secure his return to the country. (Reuters)
  • Region: The United Arab Emirates asked banks and finance companies to provide information on the accounts of 19 Saudi citizens. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have arrested at least 30 dual nationals during the past two years, mostly on spying charges. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The Syrian army and its allies took Albu Kamal, the Islamic State group’s last major stronghold in the region. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer told US lawmakers the threat from state-sponsored hackers has changed the playing field so dramatically that even the best-defended companies can fall victim. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Thirty
    • Location: 226 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Rina
    • Location: 375 NM SE of Cape Race, Newfoundland
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 23 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 165km ESE of Hachijo-jima, Japan
    • Location: 6.0
    • Depth: 20.3 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Sheveluch, Russia
    • An ash plume rising 7.9km into the air prompted flight cancellations in northern Alaska. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 03NOV: 60,478 (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 03NOV: 122,968 (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 03NOV: 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 08NOV: 2,102 (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 08NOV: 733 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10NOV)

  • Global: World Science Day for Peace and Development – 2001
  • Global: General conference of UN member states to vote on new director general of UNESCO
  • Holy See: The Vatican to host a high-level conference on nuclear weapons (to 11NOV)
  • Indonesia: Heroes’ Day – 1945
  • Panama: Los Santos Uprising Day – 1821
  • Philippines: 31st ASEAN summit to open (to 14NOV)
  • Russia:  Police Day – Unknown
  • Tajikistan: CSTO to hold military drills (to 20NOV)
  • Turkey: Remembrance Day for Mustafa Kemal Atatürk – 1938
  • United States: US Marine Corps Birthday – 1775

 

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