ONS: 12 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 13, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Tanzania, Zanzibar has formally annulled October’s elections meaning a rerun appears more likely, despite continued negotiations to strike a political deal.
  • AMERICAS: In Haiti, thousands of protestors demonstrated in the capital against President Michel Martelly, accusing him of orchestrating an “electoral coup d’etat.”
  • ASIA: Teenagers are the target of new Australian government legislation designed to further strengthen Australia’s counter-terrorism laws.
  • EUROPE: EU leaders are willing to find a way to reform Britain’s ties with the bloc but there are limits to what can be done, Swedish PM Stefan Lofven said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hamas warned Israel over tightening its blockade that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2007, saying all options are open.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple is opposed to a new British law it says would require it to provide authorities with access to encrypted data as it would create vulnerabilities to hackers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Operation to retake Mount Sinjar from ISIS underway
    • Kurdish forces aided by thousands of lightly armed Yazidi fighters began a long-awaited offensive to reclaim Mount Sinjar and an accompanying town from the Islamic State.
    • Reclaiming Sinjar is one big step toward dividing the “caliphate” that ISIS claims it is establishing across the region.
    • Operation Free Sinjar aims to cordon off the town, take control of Islamic State supply routes and establish a buffer zone to protect the town from artillery.
    • Peshmerga officials said 7,500 troops and volunteers were taking part in the massive ground offensive.
    • ISIS overran the northern mountain town in August 2014, causing tens of thousands of religious minority Yazidis to flee.
    • Coverage: CBS, CNN, NYT, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Conflicts, floods and failed rains caused by El Nino have sparked a dramatic rise of people going hungry in east Africa, especially in Ethiopia, the UN said. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Nine family members were reportedly killed by gunmen in the restive North Sinai capital of Arish. (DPA)
  • Libya: An Emirati arrested in Tripoli on suspicion of spying on Libyan authorities in charge of the capital was an ex-sergeant dismissed by Dubai police five years ago. (AFP)
  • Niger: Around 25 people were killed in a Boko Haram attack on a village in the country’s south and subsequent clashes between the Islamist militants and the army. (Reuters)
  • Tanzania: Zanzibar has formally annulled October’s elections meaning a rerun appears more likely, despite continued negotiations to strike a political deal. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady have been arrested in Haiti and taken to the US to face drug trafficking charges. (BBC)
  • Colombia: The leader of the country’s largest armed rebel group, the FARC, has said he ordered the organization in September to stop buying guns and ammunition. (BBC)
  • Haiti: Thousands of protestors demonstrated in the capital against President Michel Martelly, accusing him of orchestrating an “electoral coup d’etat.” (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesia has asked China to clarify its claims over the South China Sea but has yet to receive a response, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Unknown armed men abducted 12 civilians in the eastern Paktika province and took them to unknown location. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Up to 10 Taliban militants have been killed in Baghlan province, during clashes on police checkpoints. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Teenagers are the target of new Australian government legislation designed to further strengthen the nation’s counter-terrorism laws. (Xinhua)
  • Fiji: Major General Jioji Konrote has been sworn in as the country’s first president since the Pacific country’s democracy-restoring elections last year. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU leaders are willing to find a way to reform Britain’s ties with the bloc but there are limits to what can be done, Swedish PM Stefan Lofven said. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Greek unions kicked off a general strike against fresh austerity cuts, the first under the leftist government of PM Alexis Tsipras. (AFP)
  • Sweden: Temporary border controls to help manage the flow of migrants into the country were set to go into effect, emulating recent moves by Germany and Austria. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Police have stormed the offices of a leading opposition paper linked to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s arch foe, in the latest crackdown on government rivals. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police detained 11 suspects in helicopter-backed raids targeting Islamic State militants across Istanbul. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Hamas warned Israel over tightening its blockade that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2007, saying all options are open. (Xinhua)
  • Region: A Palestinian related to a man suspected of being behind an anti-Israeli attack was killed by undercover Israeli agents in a Hebron hospital. (AFP)
  • Syria: At least 100 soldiers and fighters were killed earlier this week as pro-government forces reached an airbase that had long been besieged by Islamic State. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Apple is opposed to a new British law it says would require it to provide authorities with access to encrypted data as it would create vulnerabilities to hackers. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Kate
    • Location: 455 miles S of Cape Race, Newfoundland
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 41 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,635 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 12NOV: 575,281 (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: 24,388
      • Deaths as of 12NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 12NOV: 971
      • Deaths as of 12NOV: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 12NOV: 1611 (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 12NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13NOV)

  • Nothing to report

 

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