ONS: 10 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 11, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Chad declared a state of emergency in the Lake Chad region after a series of raids and suicide bombings by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the US has skyrocketed since the country was wracked by a wave of anti-government protests last year.
  • ASIA: A standoff between protesting detainees and officials at a remote Australian detention center for asylum seekers in the Indian Ocean ended after federal police arrived.
  • EUROPE: Turkey has been curtailing freedom of expression and undermining the independence of its judiciary, a highly critical European Commission report said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel security forces arrested 24 suspected members of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in overnight raids in the northern West Bank.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A US federal judge called for the Obama administration to immediately halt its controversial collection of Americans’ phone records.

TOP STORY

  • Myanmar: Landslide NLD victory expected as government accused of deliberately delaying announcement of official results.
    • The National League for Democracy party headed by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi accused the government of intentionally delaying the results from Sunday’s election.
    • The surprising accusation added a worrying twist to what had been an amicable election, with the ruling party appearing to be taking its expected loss gracefully after the Sunday vote.
    • International observers are giving qualified approval to Sunday’s historic parliamentary elections, as the vote counting heads into its second full day.
    • Aung San Suu Kyi predicted an overwhelming victory in elections for her party based on strong early results and vowed she will be the country’s next leader despite a constitutional provision barring her from taking power.
    • A landslide election win for the NLD party could finally reset the country after decades of army control, as a top member of the ruling party said they had “lost completely”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NPR, VOA, WP

AFRICA

  • Chad: The country has declared a state of emergency in the Lake Chad region after a series of raids and suicide bombings by militant Islamist group Boko Haram. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The Islamic extremist group al-Shabab released a video showing its members executing African Union soldiers during a September attack. (AP)
  • South Sudan: Investigators in the country have found the two black boxes from a Soviet-era Antonov plane which crashed last week killing at least 36 people. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the US has skyrocketed since the country was wracked by a wave of anti-government protests last year. (AP)
  • Region: US and Cuban representatives began their first formal talks on law enforcement. (EFE)
  • Haiti: Seven presidential candidates called for an independent investigation of “fraudulent” initial vote results. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Director general-level diplomats from South Korea and Japan will meet Wednesday to discuss the issue on Japan’s wartime sex slavery of Korean women. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: A standoff between protesting detainees and officials at a remote detention center for asylum seekers in the Indian Ocean ended after federal police arrived. (AP)
  • Indonesia: A “people’s tribunal” has opened hearings intended to publicize allegations that authorities killed hundreds of thousands of suspected Communists 50 years ago. (AP)
  • Thailand: Dozens of people arrested in the country’s human trafficking crackdown, including a senior general, appeared in court. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Britain: Indian PM Narendra Modi will begin his first visit to the country on Thursday, seeking to boost investment in his booming country. (AFP)
  • Portugal: Leftwing parties looked set to oust the country’s minority center-right government in a parliamentary vote. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The country has been curtailing freedom of expression and undermining the independence of its judiciary, a highly critical European Commission report said. (DPA)
  • Turkey: President Tayyip Erdogan said a new constitution should be created during the next four years under the single-party government of the AK Party. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel security forces arrested 24 suspected members of Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in overnight raids in the northern West Bank. (AFP)
  • Region: The air campaign against the Islamic State group will not be enough without local boots on the ground, the US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said. (AFP)
  • Iran: State TV says the country’s intelligence agency has arrested 44 suspects charged with terrorist activities. (AP)
  • Syria: Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu has suggested international coalition ground troops deploy to the country to fight against the Islamic State group. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A US federal judge called for the Obama administration to immediately halt its controversial collection of Americans’ phone records. (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Megh
    • Location: 15 NM NE of Aden, Yemen
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 19 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Kate
    • Location: 175 miles NNE of NW Bahamas
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: N at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 93km ESE of Atka, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,607 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 10NOV: 575,281 (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: 24,388
      • Deaths as of 10NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 10NOV: 971
      • Deaths as of 10NOV: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 10NOV: 1611 (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 10NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11NOV)

  • Angola: Angolan Independence Day – 1975
  • Canada: Remembrance Day – 1918
  • France: Armistace Day – 1918
  • Myanmar: Myanmar National Day – 1990
  • Poland: Polish Independence Day
  • United States: Veterans’ Day – 1918
  • Hinduism: Lakshmi Puja/Diwali/Deepavali

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