ONS: 12 December 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 13, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gunmen stormed three military installations in Burundi killing at least 15 people in the capital of Bujumbura.
  • AMERICAS: The first planeload of Syrian refugees landed in Toronto aboard a military aircraft met by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • ASIA: Japan and India agreed to several high-profile deals on high-speed rail, defense technology, and a memorandum of understanding on civil nuclear cooperation.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police seized dozens of pallets made out of 1.4 tons of compressed cocaine made to look like wood.
  • MIDDLE EAST: For the first time, Saudi women are heading to polling stations both as voters and candidates.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Obama pressures the technology sector to help combat terrorists’ use of encryption.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: Negotiators finalize climate change deal at UN COP21 in Paris.
    • A new climate change bill was agreed upon after two weeks of intense negotiations.
    • 195 nations participating in the discussions will vote on whether to approve the final draft.
    • If approved, the new agreement could transform the global economy by reducing the use of fossil fuels.
    • If it passes unanimously, it would mark the first time in history that every country agreed to collectively pledge to reduce emissions.
    • The deal would also pledge at least $100 billion a year from 2020 to the developing world.
    • Countries that adopt the Paris agreement will need to ratify the agreement nationally.
    • Even if all measures within the agreement are adopted, some experts believe a global temperature increase of 2.7 degrees Celsius should still be expected.
    • Coverage: (BBC, CNN, IBT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Gunmen stormed three military installations in Burundi killing at least 15 people in the capital of Bujumbura. (AP)
  • Ethiopia: A grenade attack during evening prayers wounded 24 people at the biggest mosque in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe has warned the country’s security services not to get involved in politics. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: The first planeload of Syrian refugees landed in Toronto aboard a military aircraft met by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Al Jazeera)
  • Columbia: The country’s chief prosecutor says his office has documented more than 150 forced abortions carried out by FARC. (AP)
  • Mexico: The Mexican government grants first permits for growing and possession of marijuana. (Guardian)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and India agreed to several high-profile deals on high-speed rail, defense technology, and a memorandum of understanding on civil nuclear cooperation. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Officials say that four gunmen involved in a deadly attack on a foreign guesthouse near the Spanish embassy in Kabul were killed. (BBC)
  • Afghanistan:  The UN reports that at least 848 civilians were killed or wounded following a Taliban attack on the northern city of Kunduz in September. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Jean-Claude Juncker will unveil proposals for a single EU border guard, that could be deployed without the consent of member states. (Telegraph)
  • Spain: Police seized dozens of pallets made out of 1.4 tons of compressed cocaine that was made to look like wood. (BBC)
  • Spain: Police arrested a man suspected of recruiting young fighters for Islamic State in the North African enclave of Ceuta. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A US government agency report has warned that Islamic State has the ability to create fake Syrian passports. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: A court sentenced two police officers to five years in prison each for torturing a detainee to death. (DPA)
  • Iraq: A suicide bomber attacked a government position on the border with Saudi Arabia, killing six guards and a commander. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Women are heading to polling stations across the kingdom both as voters and candidates for the first time. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Encryption: US President Obama pressures technology sector to help combat terrorists’ use of encryption. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 28W (Melor)
    • Location: 192 NM North of Koror
    • Wind: 104 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05S (Bohale)
    • Location: 637 NM ENE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: SW at 9 mph
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 09DEC: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 09DEC: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 11DEC: 607,306 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 34,507
      • Deaths as of 11DEC: 77 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 04DEC: 1621 (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 04DEC: 584 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12DEC)

  • Kuwait: Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev to attend Kyrgyz-Kuwaiti investment forum (to 14DEC)

 

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