ONS: 10 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 11, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt is bolstering its foreign reserves hours before the International Monetary Fund meets to approve the nation’s USD 12B IMF loan.
  • AMERICAS: US President-Elect Donald Trump is struggling to fill numerous national security slots or even attract candidates because many either swore they’d never work in a Trump administration or have directly turned down requests to join.
  • ASIA: Chinese security official Meng Hongwei was elected president of Interpol, sparking activist criticism who say Beijing uses the agency to track down dissidents abroad.
  • EUROPE: Russia said it detained a group of Ukrainian saboteurs in Crimea, but Kiev dismissed the story as false.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi troops consolidated gains in their advance on the city of Mosul, regrouping as they clear neighborhoods once occupied by the Islamic State group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Donald Trump’s election has alarmed technology companies and civil libertarians fearful of renewed attempts to expand surveillance programs and rejoin a long-running battle over government access to encrypted information.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Anti-Trump protests spread nationwide.
    • In response to Donald Trump’s election, tens of thousands in at least 25 US cities — including New York and Nashville, Chicago and Cleveland, San Francisco and Seattle — shouted anti-Trump slogans, started fires, and held candlelight vigils to mourn the result.
    • Many shouted the slogan “Not my president”, while others burned orange-haired effigies of the businessman.
    • The New York crowd was dominated by young people, many of whom had just voted in their first presidential election and were aghast at the results.
    • The protests were mostly peaceful, but Seattle police are investigating a report of a shooting near the site of the protest in that city, which may not have involved protesters.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, LAT, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The country is bolstering its foreign reserves hours before the International Monetary Fund meets to approve the nation’s USD 12B IMF loan. (AP)
  • Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed concern about what US President-elect Trump’s policy towards Africa would be. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Royal Dutch Shell has shut down an Escravos crude oil flow station in the Niger Delta after villagers demanding aid staged a protest. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Costa Rican police arrested 14 suspects when they busted a drug-running ring linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. (AFP)
  • United States: President-Elect Donald Trump is struggling to fill numerous national security slots or even attract candidates because many either swore they’d never work in a Trump administration or have directly turned down requests to join. (The Daily Beast)
  • Venezuela: Two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said the dialogue begun on 30OCT with the government must address six points made by the opposition MUD alliance later this week. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and Japan will hold further discussions before reaching a final agreement on signing a pact to share military intelligence. (Kyodo)
  • China: Chinese security official Meng Hongwei was elected president of Interpol, sparking activist criticism who say Beijing uses the agency to track down dissidents abroad. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Rightist figure Jamal Yunos and his “Red Shirts” group vowed will confront a planned large-scale protest against PM Najib Razak this month, warning “anything can happen, including violence.” (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The country would like to work with US President-elect Trump on the common interest of combatting terrorism according to foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey has agreed to implement a wide-ranging trade agreement with Britain once it leaves the EU, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said. (Reuters)
  • Region: Russia said it detained a group of Ukrainian saboteurs in Crimea, but Kiev dismissed the story as false. (Reuters)
  • Greece: A hand grenade attack outside the French Embassy in central Athens slightly wounded a policeman. (AP)
  • Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hailed the country’s modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on the 78th anniversary of his death. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Output by OPEC oil producers has reached record levels, the International Energy Agency said, raising fears a global oil glut will continue to weigh on markets. (AFP)
  • Region: Israeli forces have sealed off the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of helping plan an attack in Tel Aviv that left four Israelis dead. (AFP)
  • Region: New Zealand FM Murray McCully will discuss Mideast conflicts with leaders and counterparts in Jordan, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories at next week’s Sir Bani Yas Forum in Abu Dhabi. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Iraqi troops consolidated gains in their advance on the city of Mosul, regrouping as they clear neighborhoods once occupied by the Islamic State group. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Donald Trump’s election has alarmed technology companies and civil libertarians fearful of renewed attempts to expand surveillance programs and rejoin a long-running battle over government access to encrypted information. (Reuters)

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 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 04NOV: 117,720 (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 04NOV: 102,998
      • Deaths as of 04NOV: 106
        • 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 01NOV: 1,813 (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 01NOV: 645 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 03NOV:  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), New Caledonia, Nicaragua, 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, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 03NOV: 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 03NOV: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11NOV)

  • Angola: Independence Day – 1975
  • Canada: Independence Day – 1918
  • France: Armistice Day – 1918
  • Montenegro: Deadline for Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro (DPS) to form government
  • Palestinian Territories: Russian PM Medvedev to visit
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of death of President Yasser Arafat – 2004
  • Poland: Independence Day – 1918
  • United States: Veterans Day – 1918
  • Venezuela: Vatican-mediated government-opposition talks possibly to resume

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