ONS: 10 December 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 11, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN sought a record USD 2B for the Sahel to tackle a triple crisis of poverty, insecurity and climate change that could lead to a new wave of migration.
  • AMERICAS: Outgoing Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner urged people to take to the streets if they felt betrayed by the new government in her farewell speech.
  • ASIA: Thailand’s most senior police investigator into human trafficking is seeking political asylum in Australia, fearing for his life, claiming influential Thai government, military and police officials implicated in trafficking want him killed.
  • EUROPE: Poland’s PM Beata Szydlo said that she hoped for an agreement with Britain over welfare benefits for EU’s migrants to Britain which London wants to curb.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel’s Arrow ballistic missile shield passed an interception test, hitting a target meant to simulate long-range weapons held by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe may have had his official website attacked by the ‘hacktivist’ Anonymous group.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Claims of H-bomb capability met with international skepticism.

○     North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claimed the country has developed a hydrogen bomb, but outside experts were skeptical.

○     It is the first time the regime, which has already conducted three atomic tests, has claimed to have built a hydrogen bomb.

○     A spokesperson for South Korea’s Defense Ministry said the country’s military didn’t have any intelligence on its neighbor’s hydrogen bomb claim.

○     One intelligence expert dismissed it as “rhetoric.”

○     Independent observers are rarely allowed access to the secretive communist state, making verifying the authorities’ claims difficult.

○     Coverage: BBC, Huffington Post, NBC, Reuters, USA Today, VOA, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN sought a record USD 2B for the Sahel to tackle a triple crisis of poverty, insecurity and climate change that could lead to a new wave of migration. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed an Egyptian policeman guarding a post office in southern Cairo. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: A former mayor accused of slaughtering thousands and organizing mass rapes in the 1994 Rwandan genocide has been arrested. (AFP)
  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma has sacked Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in a move that shocked the whole nation. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Outgoing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner urged people to take to the streets if they felt betrayed by the new government in her farewell speech. (BBC)
  • St. Vincent and Grenadines: Voters went to the polls to elect the 15-member House of the Assembly. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Another Minnesota man, Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, has been charged with conspiring to help the Islamic State. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Thailand’s most senior police investigator into human trafficking is seeking political asylum in Australia, fearing for his life, claiming influential Thai government, military and police officials implicated in trafficking want him killed. (Guardian)
  • Region: South Korea lodged a protest with Japan over Japanese media’s reporting on the arrest of a South Korean man in connection with a recent suspected bombing at a public restroom at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine. (Kyodo)
  • Australia: A teenager and four men were charged with planning a terrorist attack on an Australian government building, part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged plot. (AP)
  • China: The country rejected a UN watchdog’s criticisms of its human rights record, with a spokeswoman calling it biased and “incorrect”. (AFP)
  • Nepal: PM KP Sharma Oli expressed commitment to provide Nepalese people with constitutionally guaranteed rights in full exercise. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia wants to mend ties with the US but cannot do so with US backing of economic sanctions against Moscow for its role in the conflict in Ukraine, Russian FM Sergei Lavrov said. (Reuters)
  • Region: The first batch of German troops and aircraft took off for Turkey as part of a deployment in the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria. (AFP)
  • Region: Poland’s PM Beata Szydlo said that she hoped for an agreement with Britain over welfare benefits for EU’s migrants to Britain which London wants to curb. (Reuters)
  • Germany: A fire broke out in a hostel for migrants in the southwestern town of Herxheim, where an arson at another home for asylum seekers had shocked residents six days earlier. (DPA)
  • Ukraine: The country’s security service said it had broken up an armed insurgent group that operated out of Kiev and other major Ukrainian cities. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi state television is reporting that Saudi-led forces fighting in Yemen have cleared the Red Sea island Jazirat al-Hanish al-Kabir of Shiite rebels. (AP)
  • Region: The office of Israel’s PM says Ouda Tarabin, an Israeli Arab jailed in Egypt for 15 years on espionage charges, has been freed and returned to Israel. (AP)
  • Region: Gulf Arab states called for an international reconstruction conference for Yemen after any peace deal to end the country’s civil war. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The country’s Arrow ballistic missile shield passed an interception test, hitting a target meant to simulate long-range weapons held by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said accusations by Turkey of Moscow allegedly conducting ethnic cleansing in the country are “groundless”. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe may have had his official website attacked by the ‘hacktivist’ Anonymous group. (Xinhua)

 

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 10DEC: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)

■     Deaths as of 10DEC: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC

○     Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)

■     Suspected Cases as of 10DEC: 606,183 (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: 34,205

■     Deaths as of 10DEC: 77 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

○     Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

■     Cases as of 10DEC: 1621 (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 10DEC: 584 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11DEC)

  • Global: Anniversary of Kyoto Protocol – 1997
  • Burkina Faso: National Day – 1958

 

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