ONS: 11 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 12, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A bombing in a Cairo church near the headquarters of the Coptic pope killed at least 25 people.
  • AMERICAS: A Mexican radio journalist in the state of Chihuahua was shot dead outside his home.
  • ASIA: Three Filipino soldiers were killed and 17 others wounded in nearly two hours of fighting with about 150 Muslim militants.
  • EUROPE: Italian President Sergio Mattarella is expected to appoint Paolo Gentiloni, the country’s current foreign minister, as the new prime minister.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders on the military campaign against Islamic State militants in Mosul.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Contrary to the conclusion reached by the CIA, the FBI is unconvinced that Russia hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s emails in order to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Kurdish militants suspected to be behind stadium bombing that killed 38
    • The two blasts occurred on Saturday night – one a car bomb outside the Arena, followed by a suicide bomb attack in an adjacent park less than a minute later.
    • 30 of the dead were police, and at least seven were civilian.
    • In addition to the 38 people killed, 155 people were injured.
    • There was no claim of responsibility, but Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said early indications pointed to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
    • Thirteen people have been detained so far.
    • President Tayyip Erdogan called the blasts as a terrorist attack on police and civilians, and cancelled a planned trip to Kazakhstan in order to respond to the tragedy.
    • Sunday was declared a day of national mourning, and a march against terrorism has been called for noon local time (0900 GMT) in Istanbul,
    • Sources: WP, BBC, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A bombing in a Cairo church near the headquarters of the Coptic pope killed at least 25 people. (AFP)
  • Kenya: At least 40 people were killed and more than 30 others injured when a tanker collided with another vehicle and exploded about 49 miles from Nairobi. (EFE)
  • Nigeria: Two suicide bombers died when they detonated their explosives in a crowded area near a market in Maiduguri, injuring 17 people. (AP)
  • Nigeria: 160 people were killed when a church roof collapsed onto worshippers. (AP)
  • Somalia: A suicide truck bomb hit the entrance of the country’s biggest port, killing at least 29 people. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A former executive at a construction company cited Brazilian President Michel Temer 44 times during testimony to federal prosecutors, making accusations of illegal campaign financing. (AP)
  • Mexico:  A radio journalist in the state of Chihuahua was shot dead outside his home. (AP)
  • Mexico: Police arrested the son of Alfredo Beltran Leyva, a drug cartel leader who has been extradited to the United States. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Hong Kong: Voting is under way in Hong Kong in elections for the territory’s Election Committee, the panel that chooses the next leader. (BBC)
  • Indonesia: Police have ramped up security in Jakarta after foiling a plot by Islamist militants to use a female suicide bomber to attack the country’s presidential palace. (WSJ)
  • North Korea: Leader Kim Jong Un guided a special operations drill on a mockup of South Korea’s presidential Blue House. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Three Filipino soldiers were killed and 17 others wounded in nearly two hours of fighting with about 150 Muslim militants. (AP)
  • South Korea: Prosecutors announced that they have indicted a former senior aide to impeached President Park Geun-hye in their investigation into the massive political scandal that led to Park’s downfall. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: President Sergio Mattarella is expected to appoint Paolo Gentiloni, the country’s current foreign minister, as the new prime minister. (AFP)
  • Macedonia: Polls opened for a general election called two years early as part of a Western-brokered agreement to end a paralyzing political crisis. (AP)
  • Romania: Polls opened in the first parliamentary election since the last prime minister was driven from power a year ago. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: US Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders on the military campaign against Islamic State militants in Mosul. (Reuters)
  • Kuwait: The emir has inaugurated 50 new lawmakers, but many cabinet members remain holdovers from the previous government. (AP)
  • Syria: Russian and Syrian troops continue to battle the Islamic State group for control of Palmyra, with the extremist group maintaining its hold on the outskirts of the town. (AP)
  • Syria: British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that he expects that Syrian government forces will succeed in recapturing the city of Aleppo from rebels. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Contrary to the conclusion reached by the CIA, the FBI is unconvinced that Russia hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s emails in order to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. (WP)

 

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 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 (12DEC)

  • Kenya: Independence Day – 1963
  • Kuwait: Anniversary of embassy bombings – 1983
  • Mexico and the United States: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • New Zealand: PM John Key to resign
  • Serbia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to visit (to 12DEC)
  • South Korea: Trilateral meeting of US, South Korean, and Japanese North Korea envoys to be held in Seoul (to 13DEC)
  • Ukraine: Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite to visit to meet with President Poroshenko
  • United States: Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat to visit Washington

 

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