ONS: 10 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 11, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh announced he will no longer accept defeat in recent elections, and demands fresh polls.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said troops will remain in the streets to combat drug violence, despite the defense minister’s complaint about the deployment.
  • ASIA: Sri Lankan security forces fired warning shots to disperse striking dock workers who have prevented a Japanese vessel from leaving the port for four days.
  • EUROPE: The French government will propose extending the country’s state of emergency until July 15, 2017 due to presidential and parliamentary elections in the spring.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Russian Defense Ministry announced that the Syrian government now controls 93 percent of Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: The US sending 200 additional troops to fight the Islamic State
    • The 200 new troops will join 300 special forces already on the ground, and will help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the key Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa.
    • Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the troops would include trainers, advisers, and explosives specialists.
    • Carter likened the increase in troop levels to the formation of a “giant tornado” to surround and overwhelm the Islamic State.
    • The announcement is likely to be one of the Obama administration’s final moves to step up pressure on the Islamic State group before President-elect Donald Trump assumes.
    • Speaking in Bahrain, Carter also called on Middle East allies to do more for their own defense.
    • Sources: WP, WSJ, BBC, CNN, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Foreign Ministry denied trouble in their country’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, despite Egypt’s support for the Russian intervention in Syria. (Reuters)
  • Gambia: Longtime leader Yahya Jammeh announced he will no longer accept defeat in recent elections, and demands fresh polls. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Police plan to deport a British journalist after holding him nearly 24 hours without charge or access to a legal representative. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The death toll from twin blasts in a crowded market has risen to 56, with an additional 177 people injured. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: Japan’s Defense Minister announced that the Japanese military personnel serving in the UN peacekeeping mission could be withdrawn if the security situation deteriorates. (Kyodo)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A former director of Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht SA told prosecutors that the company made illegal payments to President Michel Temer. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: After suffering a Zika epidemic that peaked in February, the country reports four times as many cases of babies born with microcephaly this year than in 2015. (NYT)
  • Mexico: President Enrique Pena Nieto said troops will remain in the streets to combat drug violence, despite the defense minister’s complaint about the controversial deployment. (AFP)

ASIA

  • China: The US and EU called on China to release more than half a dozen political prisoners, who are held in contravention of international human rights norms. (Guardian)
  • Indonesia: Approximately 100 people have been killed and an additional 45,000 displaced after this week’s earthquake. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Hundreds of protesters marched in Manila in protest against the president’s drug war that has claimed the lives of almost 6,000 people. (EFE)
  • Sri Lanka: Security forces fired warning shots to disperse striking dock workers who have prevented a Japanese vessel from leaving the port for four days. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: Five people were killed and 23 injured following a gas explosion on a derailed tanker train. (AP)
  • France: The government will propose extending the country’s state of emergency until July 15, 2017 due to presidential and parliamentary elections in the spring. (Reuters)
  • Greece: A nationwide strike by ferry workers that led to supply shortages on several islands has ended. (DPA)
  • Poland: The Polish Supreme Court rejected a government request to extradite Roman Polanski to the United States over a decades-old conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. (NYT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq:  Iraqi Army reinforcements have been sent to eastern Mosul after a major ISIS counterattack drove troops back last week. (AP)
  • Kuwait: Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah appointed Essam Abdul Mohsen Al-Marzouq as the country’s new oil minister, state news agency KUNA reported. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The Russian Defense Ministry announced that the Syrian government now controls 93 percent of Aleppo. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency. (WP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes:
    • Earthquakes: 94 km WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
      • Magnitude: 6.9
      • Depth: 21 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch, Russia
    • The ash column reached up to 11km above sea level. (TASS)
  • 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 09DEC: 319,825 (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 09DEC: 121,785
      • Deaths as of 09DEC: 135
        • 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 05DEC: 1,841 (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 05DEC: 652 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 08DEC:  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), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, 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 of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 08DEC: 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 08DEC: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11DEC)

  • Global: Anniversary of the signing of the Kyoto Protocol – 1997
  • Global: International Mountain Day – 2003
  • Burkina Faso: National Day – 1958
  • Cambodia: Chinese and Cambodian armies to stage joint drill featuring humanitarian rescue and disaster alleviation in Phnom Penh (to 26DEC)
  • Kuwait: New parliament to hold inaugural session, deadline for Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah to form cabinet
  • Kyrgyzstan: Constitutional referendum
  • Macedonia: General elections
  • Moldova: Elections will be held in the Transdniestria breakaway region
  • Romania: Parliamentary elections
  • Sunni Islam: Mawlid (to 12DEC)

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