ONS: 11 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 12, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US military says it has carried out a drone strike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia, killing “several” militants.
  • AMERICAS: The Los Angeles Police Department will investigate allegations of misconduct against at least one officer, after an attorney said video captured police putting cocaine in his client’s wallet before arresting him.
  • ASIA: North Korea slammed Trump’s “warmonger” Asia tour and warned it would only strengthen Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
  • EUROPE: German police say a man drove a car into a crowd of people in Berlin, but didn’t injure anybody.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Some listeners to commercial radio station Mix Megapol in Sweden heard 30 minutes of an Islamic State propaganda song after hackers took over the station’s frequency.

TOP STORY

  • TPP: 11 Trade ministers reach deal on Pacific trade without US
    • In a major breakthrough, trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries said they reached a deal to proceed with TPP deal that was in doubt after President Trump abandoned it.
    • Canada had been accused of stalling. François-Philippe Champagne denied that PM Trudeau had deliberately skipped a leaders’ meeting on the TPP and blamed his no-show on a scheduling mix-up.
    • Taking the agreement forward is a boost for the principle of multilateral trade pacts after President Trump ditched the TPP early this year in favour of an “America First” policy he believes would save U.S. jobs.
    • TPP took seven years to negotiate and was drafted in part to counter China’s dominance in Asia. Japan and Australia had lobbied hard for the agreement, which aims to eliminate trading barriers and tariffs on industrial and farm products across the 11-nation bloc whose trade totalled $356bn last year.
    • The 11 TPP countries are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Including the United States, the Pacific Rim trade pact would cover around 40 percent of the global economy.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, GUA, KYO, REU,

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The country said it will refuse to cooperate with an ICC investigation into war crimes prosecutors suspect were committed by forces loyal to President Nkurunziza’s government against their political opponents. (REU)
  • Somalia: The US military says it has carried out a drone strike against the al-Shabab extremist group, killing “several” militants. (AP)
  • South Sudan: As fresh fighting looms with the onset of the dry season, there is little chance of peace talks to end a war that has already killed tens of thousands of people and created Africa’s largest refugee crisis. (REU)
  • Zimbabwe: A US citizen charged with subversion and accused of insulting its 93-year-old president as a “sick man” on Twitter should be freed on $1,000 bail, a judge ordered. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The BRICS bloc of emerging economies reaffirmed its commitment to promoting competition and combating monopolies. (XIN)
  • Mexico: Drug cartel’s grip on politicians and revealed in Texas court filed. (GUA)
  • United States: The Los Angeles Police Department will investigate allegations of misconduct against at least one officer, after an attorney said video captured police putting cocaine in his client’s wallet before arresting him. (REU)
  • Venezuela: The country showed new signs of a financial unraveling as the state electricity company was declared in default. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: Reporters Without Borders has called on the EU to press for greater media freedom as it forges closer economic ties with nations in Central Asia. (RFE)
  • China: An envoy has asked the UN nuclear watchdog to strive for universality of the NPT and promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. (XIN)
  • India:  As the killer haze continued to envelope the capital for the fifth day in a row, train services were severely affected. (XIN)
  • North Korea: The country slammed Trump’s “warmonger” Asia tour and warned it would only strengthen Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Troops rescued three Vietnamese sailors abducted by a group of Islamist militants nine months ago in dangerous southern waters near the Malaysian border. (REU)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Police say a man drove a car into a crowd of people in Berlin, but didn’t injure anybody. (AP)
  • Italy: Iran and Italy have taken major steps to resolve the remaining banking issues between the two countries within the next two months. (XIN)
  • Ukraine: The country has coordinated with the US the main parameters of a joint draft resolution of the UNSC on the deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas. (TAS)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A fighter jet crashed during a training exercise and the pilot was killed. (AFP)
  • Israel: The army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Putin and President Trump, in a joint statement, agreed to continue joint efforts on fighting Islamic State until it is defeated in the country. (REU)
  • Yemen: A Saudi-led alliance has lifted a blockade of two key airports, amid warnings that millions in the war-torn country could starve without deliveries of food aid. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Some listeners to commercial radio station Mix Megapol in Sweden heard 30 minutes of an Islamic State propaganda song after hackers took over the station’s frequency. (REU)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Haikui
    • Location: 398 NM ENE of Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 423km S. of Saint Helena
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 10NOV: 60,532 (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 10NOV: 122,969 (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 10NOV: 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 (12NOV)

  • Azerbaijan: Constitution Day – 1995
  • Comoros: Journée Nationale Maoré – 1975
  • East Timor: National Youth Day – Unknown
  • United Kingdom: Remembrance Sunday – 1919

 

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