ONS: 10 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 11, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The head of Libya’s UN-backed government held a rare meeting with the head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) and the governor of Tripoli’s central bank to discuss funding to raise oil production.
  • AMERICAS: Opposition parties in Honduras have formally demanded the annulment of last month’s presidential election.
  • ASIA: The US, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills starting on Monday, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea.
  • EUROPE: Trump’s ground shaking announcement on Jerusalem prompted a new wave of rapprochement between Turkey and Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Rouhani says Iran is ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia if it stops bombing Yemen and cuts its alleged ties with Israel.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Yemen’s Huthi rebels have been disrupting internet access nationwide as they consolidate their grip of the capital.

TOP STORY

  • Muslims protest over Trump’s Jerusalem announcement.
    • There have been violent clashes near the US embassy in Lebanon, in the latest protest against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    • The US decision has ignited protests across the Middle East, where it is widely seen as a blatantly pro-Israel move that threatens the decades-old peace process.
    • Violence erupted for a fourth day in the occupied Palestinian territories.
    • In Indonesia, 10,000 people rallied outside the American Embassy in Jakarta.
    • The Arab League held an emergency meeting in which the leaders denounced Mr. Trump’s announcement as a “dangerous violation of international law.”
    • Three people have been arrested for allegedly throwing firebombs at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Goteborg.
    • Coverage: AJE, AP, BBC, NYT, WP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: In the eastern desert, roads are being carved across vast expanses of sand where the government is building a new administrative capital, a long-cherished project that has failed in the past. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The country has announced the discovery of two small tombs in the southern city of Luxor dating back about 3,500 years, a find the government hopes will help revive the country’s ailing tourism sector. (GUA)
  • Libya: The head of Libya’s UN-backed government held a rare meeting with the head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) and the governor of Tripoli’s central bank to discuss funding to raise oil production. (REU)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Rogério da Silva was caught in an operation involving 3,000 troops and police but residents of Rocinha, the favela he sought to control, remain on edge. (GUA)
  • Honduras: Opposition parties have formally demanded the annulment of last month’s presidential election. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: The people will choose hundreds of mayors in elections pitting candidates backed by Maduro against a fractured opposition still bruised by a poor showing in recent gubernatorial voting. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The US, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills starting on Monday, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force said, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea’s fast-developing weapons programs. (REU)
  • Afghanistan: At least five insurgents were killed and three others injured during the Afghan forces airstrikes in Helmand province. (XIN)
  • South Korea: The country and the US will hold bilateral energy policy talks in Washington this week to expand cooperation in the decommissioning of old nuclear reactors. (YON)

EUROPE

  • Region: UN prosecutors will Wednesday seek to overturn a controversial acquittal in the case against firebrand Serb ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj, found not guilty last year of war crimes during the Balkans conflicts. (AFP)
  • Region: Trump’s ground shaking announcement on Jerusalem prompted a new wave of rapprochement between Turkey and Russia, and the issue will be high on the agenda during Putin’s visit to Ankara on Dec. 11. (XIN)
  • Corsica: Nationalists in pole position to cement their control of the French Mediterranean island in the second round of elections for a new regional assembly. (DPA)
  • Sweden: Three people have been arrested for allegedly throwing firebombs at a synagogue in the city of Goteborg. (WP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: President Rouhani says Iran is ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia if it stops bombing Yemen and cuts its alleged ties with Israel. (AP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu accused of “hypocrisy” and “double standards” European leaders who condemned the US move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (TAS)
  • Lebanon: Security forces fired tear gas and water canons at protesters near the US Embassy during a demonstration against Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (REU)
  • Palestine: Fatah vows fresh protests and shuns Pence over Jerusalem move. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology:  Yemen’s Huthi rebels have been disrupting internet access nationwide as they consolidate their grip of the capital. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Southeast Indian Ridge
    • Magnitude: 5.3 mb
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 83km SW of Atka, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 5.0 mb
    • Depth: 46.8 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 49km NW of Fais, Micronesia
    • Magnitude: 6.1 mww
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 08DEC: 61,549 (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 08DEC: 123,073 (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 08DEC: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • 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 19NOV: 2,103 (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 19NOV: 733 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11DEC)

  • Global: International Mountain Day – 2003
  • Belgium: Macedonian and Greek representatives to meet in Brussels to start talks on rights to use the name “Macedonia”
  • Burkina Faso: Republic Day – 1958
  • Madagascar: Fourth Republic Day – 2010

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