ONS: 12 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 13, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, the Coptic community held a funeral service for 25 Christians killed in a bombing at a church next to the main cathedral in Cairo.
  • AMERICAS: The EU and Cuba signed a first-ever agreement on closer ties, and vowed President-elect Trump would not impact on their future relations.
  • ASIA: India started evacuating thousands of people from fishing villages as Cyclone Vardah was set to make landfall.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police detained nearly 200 pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party officials over alleged links to Kurdish militants.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government troops and allies seized a wide strip along the southern edge of the city of Aleppo from rebels, tightening the noose on remaining opposition fighters.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI told the Illinois Republican Party months before the presidential election that its email accounts may have been hacked, with possible ties to Russia’s military intelligence agency.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: “Serious concern” expressed over Trump’s “One China” comments.
    • China said it had “serious concern” about US President-elect Donald Trump’s most recent comments about Taiwan, and warned any changes to how the US deals with the island could damage diplomatic ties between Washington and Beijing.
    • Trump remarked: “I fully understand the ‘One China’ policy, but I don’t understand why we have to be bound by the ‘One China’ policy unless we make a deal with China, having to do with other things, including trade.”
    • China’s Foreign Ministry said cooperation was “out of the question” if Washington could not recognize Beijing’s core interest on Taiwan, indicating it would reject any effort by Trump to use the issue as a bargaining chip in a long list of commercial and security problems facing the two countries.
    • Washington’s agreement to rescind diplomatic recognition of the government in Taiwan and uphold a “one-China policy” was a precondition for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between US and China in 1979.
    • Since winning the US presidential race, Trump’s public comments and tweets on East Asian politics have put the region on edge and thrown the future of US-China and US-Taiwan relations into question.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

 

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Journalist Mohamed Tamalt died from a hunger strike in Algiers over his detention for publishing articles seen as offensive to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The Coptic community held a funeral service for 25 Christians killed in a bombing at a church next to the main cathedral in Cairo. (AP)
  • The Gambia: President Yahya Jammeh will challenge the results of a 01DEC election at the Supreme Court. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Nairobi police used teargas canisters to disperse anti-corruption activists who were protesting against the high level of corruption in the government. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: President Omar al-Bashir vowed to brutally crush anti-regime protests, as opposition activists issued a new call to hold a two-day nationwide strike next week. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The EU and Cuba signed a first-ever agreement on closer ties, and vowed President-elect Trump would not impact on their future relations. (AP)
  • Brazil: According to a Datafolha poll, disapproval of President Michel Temer’s government spiked as the economy failed to rebound from its deepest slump in decades. (Reuters)
  • United States: President-elect Donald Trump said he did not believe American intelligence assessments that Russia had intervened to help his candidacy. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: The government announced it will replace the country’s highest-denomination banknotes with coins within 72 hours. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan protested strongly against China’s allegations its fighter jets engaged in “dangerous and unprofessional” behavior when they scrambled as Chinese aircraft flew between Okinawa and Miyako islands. (Reuters)
  • Region: Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary John Tsang resigned ahead of what is widely expected to be a tilt at the city leadership. (AFP)
  • India: The country started evacuating thousands of people from fishing villages as Cyclone Vardah was set to make landfall. (AFP)
  • New Zealand: The ruling National Party appointed Bill English as the country’s new prime minister following last week’s shock resignation of his predecessor John Key. (Telegraph)

 

EUROPE

  • Britain: Across the country, six people were arrested under suspicion of planning “an act of terrorism.” (AFP)
  • Greece: Authorities destroyed a suspected bomb planted overnight outside the Labor Ministry in central Athens. (AP)
  • Romania: Left-leaning Social Democrats easily won parliamentary elections after a major anti-corruption drive forced the last socialist prime minister from power. (Guardian)
  • Serbia: The trial of eight former Bosnian Serb police officers charged with taking part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre was adjourned after defense lawyers demanded the replacement of a three-judge panel. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police detained nearly 200 pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party officials over alleged links to Kurdish militants. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq less than 24 hours after twin attacks in Istanbul killed 38 that were claimed by a Kurdish splinter group. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: The country’s appeals court upheld a nine-year jail sentence against Shiite opposition cleric Ali Salman for calling for regime change by force. (AFP)
  • Iran: Airbus delegates arrived in Tehran for talks aimed at finalizing a deal to sell around 100 planes. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government troops and allies seized a wide strip along the southern edge of the city of Aleppo from rebels, tightening the noose on remaining opposition fighters. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The FBI told the Illinois Republican Party months before the presidential election that its email accounts may have been hacked, with possible ties to Russia’s military intelligence agency. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Vardah
    • Location: 688 NM SW of Calcutta, India
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Movement: W at 9 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 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 11DEC: 1,842 (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 11DEC: 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 (13DEC)

  • Azerbaijan: Possible date of Israeli PM Netanyahu’s visit to Baku
  • Brazil: Congress to hold second round vote on spending cap
  • Cambodia: President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte to visit (to 14DEC)
  • China: Anniversary of Nanjing Massacre – 1937
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Saddam Hussein captured – 2003
  • Malaysia: Muhammad V will be crowned the new king
  • Malta: Republic Day – 1974
  • Christianity: St. Lucy’s Day

 

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