ONS: 11 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 12, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian security forces built up a heavy presence in Cairo, anticipating popular protests and riots over deteriorating economic conditions.
  • AMERICAS: Police in Portland, Oregon, declared protests a “riot” as throngs shut down streets, smashed windows, vandalized cars and set small fires as part of a wave of protests across the US against the election of Donald Trump.
  • ASIA: Indian PM Narendra Modi praised the “growing convergence” of views between India and Japan, saying strong ties will enable them to play a stabilizing role in Asia.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish government detained Akin Atalay, the head of the opposition daily newspaper, Cumhuriyet, which saw nine of its staff arrested last week.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Elite Iraqi troops resumed its battle with the Islamic State group in the streets of Mosul as US-backed forces in Syria pressed an advance on jihadist bastion Raqa after a sandstorm eased.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Russian hacking group Cozy Bear began attacking US-based policy think tanks, according to cyber experts who suspect Moscow is seeking information on the incoming Trump administration.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Taliban attack outside German consulate kills, injures several.
    • A suicide bomber has rammed a truck into a German consulate in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, killing at least six civilians and wounding 120.
    • Heavily armed attackers followed up the blast, battling with Afghan and German security forces late into the night.
    • Claiming responsibility, the Taliban said the attack on the consulate was “revenge” for the one in Kunduz, and described Germany as an “invading nation.”
    • The insurgents said a bombing run by US warplanes during the Kunduz battle killed 32 civilians, including a number of children.
    • Germany has 983 soldiers stationed in the country, most of them in Balkh province, as part of the NATO mission.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, VOA

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Security forces built up a heavy presence in Cairo, anticipating popular protests and riots over deteriorating economic conditions. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Police uncovered a stash of weapons that supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood were plotting to use ahead of planned economic protests. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A police official says soldiers have foiled an attack by three female suicide bombers targeting the northeast city of Maiduguri. (AP)
  • Somalia: The US military acknowledged a September US air strike killed local militia forces and not al Shabaab militants, as initially believed. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he was optimistic Mexico could come up with a new, positive bilateral relationship with the US after the election of Donald Trump as president. (Reuters)
  • Region: The number of migrants illegally entering the US from Mexico jumped more than 16 percent in October, the US Department of Homeland Security said. (AFP)
  • Peru: A new law requires public officials to make a formal declaration of their assets before taking up their duties. (Xinhua)
  • Puerto Rico: Adult Puerto Rican women were significantly more likely to develop Zika than men, said a new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. (Reuters)
  • United States: Police in Portland, Oregon, declared protests a “riot” as throngs shut down streets, smashed windows, vandalized cars and set small fires as part of a wave of protests across the country against the election of Donald Trump. (WP)

ASIA

  • Region: Indian PM Narendra Modi praised the “growing convergence” of views between India and Japan, saying strong ties will enable them to play a stabilizing role in Asia. (Reuters)
  • Region: Despite opposition, South Korea plans to sign a provisional military pact next week with Japan to share intelligence on North Korea. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Islamabad has ratified the landmark Paris Agreement which requires signatory countries to take steps to limit global warming. (AP)
  • Philippines: Gunmen abducted at least five crewmen of a Vietnamese cargo vessel in southern Philippine waters, an area known for Islamic militant action. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The government called for calm ahead of a mass rally to demand President Park Geun-hye step down over a corruption scandal. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Belarus and Ukraine have agreed to remove trade barriers between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: Local media reports lawmakers have agreed to increase spending for the country’s security and spy agencies. (AP)
  • Turkey: The government detained Akin Atalay, the head of the opposition daily newspaper, Cumhuriyet, which saw nine of its staff arrested last week. (AFP)
  • Sweden: The country extended temporary border checks until FEB2017 to control the flow of migrants. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Elite Iraqi troops resumed its battle with the Islamic State group in the streets of Mosul as US-backed forces in Syria pressed an advance on jihadist bastion Raqa after a sandstorm eased. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Senior ISIS commander Mahmoud Shukri al Nuaimi has been killed in the battle for Mosul, according to Iraqi military intelligence sources. (CNN)
  • Lebanon: Fiji has made a commitment to continuing with peacekeeping duties in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The Russian military said it has evidence of the use of chemical weapons by rebels in the besieged eastern city of Aleppo. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Russian hacking group Cozy Bear began attacking US-based policy think tanks, according to cyber experts who suspect Moscow is seeking information on the incoming Trump administration. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Ma-on
    • Location: 333 E of Pagan
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • 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 10NOV:  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 10NOV: 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 10NOV: 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 (12NOV)

  • Global: World Pneumonia Day – 2009
  • Denmark: Border controls to expire unless renewed
  • France: Paris’s Bataclan concert hall to re-open

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