ONS: 10 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 11, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: As the South Sudanese army captures more rebel-held territory, growing complaints suggest both sides are committing atrocities against civilians.
  • AMERICAS: The US Coast Guard seized more than 1,900 pounds of cocaine estimated to be worth more than USD 44M off the coast of South America.
  • ASIA: China will ease restrictions on foreign ownership of financial services groups, a long desired step for those seeking greater access to the vast Chinese market.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, Istanbul police detained nearly 100 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group during simultaneous, multiple operations.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A local media report said the Islamic State group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi  may be holed up in an IS pocket in the recaptured town of Boukamal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian lawmakers began work on measures against US media after Kremlin-backed broadcaster Russia Today was ordered by Washington to register as a “foreign agent.”

TOP STORY

  • APEC: Presidents Trump, Xi lay out different views on global trade.
    • President Trump, addressing the 21-country Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, said the US has been treated unfairly by the global trading system and by bodies that underpin its rules, such as the World Trade Organization.
    • Promising to pursue “mutually beneficial commerce” through bilateral trade agreements, Trump condemned the kind of multilateral accords pursued by his predecessors.
    • In a tacit knock on Chinese leaders, Trump said the US would “no longer tolerate the audacious theft of intellectual property.”
    • In contradiction, Chinese President Xi Jingping, speaking shortly after Trump, said economic globalization had become an “irreversible historical trend.”
    • Xi embraced the multilateral concept, in particular calling for support for a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, which would harmonize regional and bilateral economic pacts.
    • Despite much speculation, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will not have a formal, sit-down meeting at the summit.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT, VOA, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Militants from an Islamic State affiliate ambushed a truck convoy in the central Sinai Peninsula, killing eight civilians and two soldiers. (AP)
  • Tunisia: The country held a forum with about 1,500 international investors, entrepreneurs and project promoters began to help attract more investment. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: As the South Sudanese army captures more rebel-held territory growing complaints suggest both sides are committing atrocities against civilians. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: American Martha O’Donovan, charged with subversion in over allegedly insulting President Robert Mugabe on Twitter, is set to be freed on bail. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Coast Guard seized more than 1,900 pounds of cocaine estimated to be worth more than USD 44M off the coast of South America. (AP)
  • United States: The Justice Department banned on all fentanyl-like drugs amid skyrocketing rates of overdoses from the synthetic opioids. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition head Luis Florido said the political opposition is ready to resume talks with President Nicolas Maduro’s administration. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea will join three US aircraft carrier strike groups in a joint drill scheduled for 11-14NOV. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide car bombing in Helmand province targeted a police compound, killing one policeman and wounding two. (AP)
  • China: The country will ease restrictions on foreign ownership of financial services groups, a long desired step for those seeking greater access to the vast Chinese market.  (WP)
  • Papua New Guinea: About 20 asylum seekers left the Manus Island detention center, but hundreds of holdouts still face forcible eviction. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Islamic State-inspired militants who battled troops in the city of Marawi for 154 days sought a way out of the fierce conflict, but the government ignored their proposal. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Irish FM Simon Coveney said there is a still “a way to go” in negotiations between Britain and the EU before enough progress on Irish issues has been made to move on to the next phase of Brexit talks. (Reuters)
  • France: French authorities are still hunting for suspects in the 2015 attacks that killed 130 people around Paris. (AP)
  • Turkey: Istanbul police detained nearly 100 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group during simultaneous, multiple operations. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: British PM Theresa May warned pro-EU MPs that she “will not tolerate” efforts to block Brexit. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: French President Emmanuel Macron blamed Iran for a ballistic missile launch by Yemeni rebels targeting Riyadh last weekend, and called for negotiations with Tehran. (RFE/RL)
  • Region: Top Lebanese Druze politician Walid Jumblatt said it was time that Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as PM while in Saudi Arabia, returned to Lebanon. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The EU will make sure the nuclear deal with the country “will continue to be fully implemented,” the bloc’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country’s mass purge of elites accused of graft “raises a few concerns,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. (AFP)
  • Syria: A local media report said the Islamic State group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi  may be holed up in an IS pocket in the recaptured town of Boukamal. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Russian lawmakers began work on measures against US media after Kremlin-backed broadcaster Russia Today was ordered by Washington to register as a “foreign agent.” (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Haikui
    • Location: 123 NM W of Manila, Philippines
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 03NOV: 60,478 (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 03NOV: 122,968 (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 03NOV: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 08NOV: 2,102 (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 08NOV: 733 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11NOV)

  • Angola: Independence Day – 1975
  • Bhutan: Birthday of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck – 1972
  • Canada: Remembrance Day/Armistice Day – 1919
  • Colombia: Cartagena Independence Day – 1811
  • Latvia: Lāčplēsis Day – 1919
  • Maldives: Republic Day – 1968
  • Poland: Independence Day – 1918
  • Sint Maarten: Saint Martin’s Day – Unknown
  • United Arab Emirates: Louvre Abu Dhabi opens
  • United States: Veterans Day – 1919
  • Western Pacific: US military to commence an aircraft carrier strike force exercise (to 14NOV)

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