ONS: 12 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 13, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The EU is complicit in the abuse of migrants held in the country, Amnesty International said.
  • AMERICAS: Soldiers and police cleared roads across Honduras of demonstrators protesting alleged fraud in a presidential election, which they said was won by leftist opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla.
  • ASIA: The EU suspended funding for Cambodia’s 2018 general election because the vote cannot be credible after the dissolution of the main opposition party.
  • EUROPE: The return of former Islamic State militants from Syria to Russia is a real threat, FSB head Alexander Bortnikov said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Fontanka report indicated “thousands” of Russians are fighting in Syria under private contractors.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Ethiopia has ramped up the use of computer spyware, as well as employing traditional physical surveillance, even stalking dissidents at home and abroad.

TOP STORY

  • France: President Macron takes global leadership on climate change.
    • More than 50 world leaders are joining bankers, energy magnates and others in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming.
    • More than 200 institutional investors with USD 26T in assets said they would step up pressure on the world’s biggest corporate greenhouse gas emitters to combat climate change.
    • Eighteen scientists, including 13 based in the US, were named recipients of President Emmanuel Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” climate grants.
    • The grants will provide recipients with funding of up to USD 1.8M over a three to five year period.
    • Macron unveiled the “Make our Planet Great Again” grants after US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, CNN, Fortune, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Libya: The EU is complicit in the abuse of migrants held in the country, Amnesty International said. (AP)
  • Somalia: Somali television journalist Mohamed Ibrahim Gabow was killed in a car bombing in the capital, Mogadishu. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The death toll from intercommunal fighting between two clans in the Great Lakes region has reached at least 170. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US accused Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro of a dictatorial bid after he announced the main opposition is barred from next year’s presidential election. (AFP)
  • Honduras: Soldiers and police cleared roads of demonstrators protesting alleged fraud in a presidential election, which they said was won by leftist opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla. (AFP)
  • United States: President Donald Trump cited the suspect in the 11DEC New York subway bombing as an argument for his crackdown on legal and illegal immigration. (LAT)

ASIA

  • Region: China conducted more “island encirclement patrols” near Taiwan, after threats to invade the self-ruled island if any US warships made port visits there. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents targeted military checkpoints in Ghazni province in two separate attacks, killing three Afghan soldiers. (AP)
  • Australia: Senator Sam Dastyari resigned from Parliament next year, following accusations of personal and financial ties to China. (NYT)
  • Cambodia: The EU suspended funding for the country’s 2018 general election because the vote cannot be credible after the dissolution of the main opposition party. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: Set to host the Winter Olympics in FEB2018, the country conducted a series of security drills to prepare against terror attacks. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Austria: An explosion at a major natural gas facility near the country’s border with Slovakia left one person dead. (AP)
  • France: About 36,000 households across the country are still without power after Storm Ana. (AP)
  • Russia: The return of former Islamic State militants from Syria to the country is a real threat, FSB head Alexander Bortnikov said. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Inflation has risen to the highest levels since MAR2012, counter to previous forecasts. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: EU leaders refused to endorse Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s appeal for Jerusalem to be recognized as his country’s capital. (NYT)
  • Israel: Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the spiritual leader of the country’s non-Hassidic ultra-Orthodox Jews of European descent, died at 104. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia began a partial withdrawal of its troops from the country under the order of President Vladimir Putin. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: A Fontanka report indicated “thousands” of Russians are fighting in the country under private contractors. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Ethiopia has ramped up the use of computer spyware, as well as employing traditional physical surveillance, even stalking dissidents at home and abroad. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 08DEC: 61,549 (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 08DEC: 123,073 (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 08DEC: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)\
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • 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 19NOV: 2,103 (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 19NOV: 733 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13DEC)

  • Brazil: Sailor’s Day – Unknown
  • China: South Korean President Moon Jae In to visit (to 16DEC)
  • Czech Republic: Minority cabinet to take power
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron to host talks on the deployment of a G5 counter-terrorism force to the Sahel
  • Japan: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to visit (to 14DEC)
  • Malta: Republic Day – 1974
  • Netherlands: Appeals hearing for radical Serb nationalist Vojislav Seselj to take place at The Hague
  • Saint Lucia: National Day – Unknown
  • Scandinavian countries: St. Lucy’s Day – Unknown
  • Turkey: OIC to meet in Istanbul to discuss the US decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

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