ONS: 12 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 13, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The International Monetary Fund approved a three-year, $12 billion bailout program for Egypt, and immediately disbursed $2.75 billion to the central bank.
  • AMERICAS: The Brazilian federal government announced they will not intervene to help the financially strapped state of Rio de Janeiro.
  • ASIA: Hundreds of thousands protested in South Korea, demanding President Park Geun-Hye’s resignation over the ongoing corruption scandal.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police arrested a French journalist while he was reporting in the town of Gaziantep; the reason for his arrest is unknown
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government forces have recaptured all of the areas taken by rebel fighters in a recent assault in eastern Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook announced it will no longer allow advertisers to exclude racial or ethnic groups when placing ads on its service.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Taliban attack at US Air Base kills four
    • The incident took place at 5:30 am local time.
    • The Taliban suicide bomber dressed as a day laborer to bypass multiple layers of security and enter the base.
    • In addition to the four people killed, at least fourteen more were wounded in the attack. The identities and nationalities of the casualties has not been released.
    • In a statement a Taliban spokesman said the suicide bomber had targeted a recreational area where troops were exercising.
    • The attack on the airfield had been planned for four months, he said.
    • This is the first time Bagram has been penetrated by the Taliban.  The base is considered one of the most secure places in Afghanistan.
    • Bagram is the largest US base in Afghanistan, and houses thousands of US and coalition troops.
    • Sources: WSJ, WP, BBC, CNN, AFP, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The International Monetary Fund approved a three-year, $12 billion bailout program, immediately disbursing an initial loan tranche of $2.75 billion to the country’s central bank. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The country’s oil minister urged militants to stop their attacks on oil facilities in the southern Niger Delta and pursue talks with the government. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Activists report that more than 300,000 people face eviction and could be left homeless as waterfront land in Lagos is cleared of shanty towns to make way for luxury redevelopment. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country’s chief prosecutor says that politicians suspected of profiting from corruption are now drafting legislation aimed at letting themselves off the hook. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: The federal government announced they will not intervene to help the financially strapped state of Rio de Janeiro. (AP)
  • Peru: Prosecutors say they have evidence to convict ex-president Ollanta Humala of money laundering and corruption. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Vatican-backed talks between the government and the opposition began Friday and will continue into the weekend. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The country’s parliament fired the minister of foreign affairs and two of his cabinet colleagues citing poor performance. (Reuters)
  • India: Violence broke out at banks and ATMs as millions of people tried to change old currency notes the government demonetized just days ago. (AP)
  • South Korea: Hundreds of thousands protested in Seoul, demanding President Park Geun-Hye’s resignation over the ongoing corruption scandal. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: Authorities destroyed more than 2,200 kilograms (nearly 5,000 pounds) of seized elephant ivory and rhino horns. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Representatives of European Union (EU) member states adopted the Bratislava Forest Declaration at an informal meeting here, Slovak Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry spokesperson Vladimir Machalik said. (Xinhua)
  • Cyprus:  Five days of UN-sponsored talks on ending the division of the island have adjourned without a breakthrough, but negotiators vowed to press on. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police arrested a French journalist while he was reporting in the town of Gaziantep; the reason for his arrest is unknown. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami warned US President-elect Donald Trump not to play games with Iran, and said Trump should apologize to the Iranian people for calling them “terrorists” during his campaign. (RFE/RL)
  • Iraq: Officers from the Iraqi special forces say a suicide car bomber from the Islamic State group attacked them in Mosul, setting off heavy fighting in the northern city. (AP)
  • Syria: Government forces have recaptured all of the areas taken by rebel fighters in a recent assault in eastern Aleppo. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook announced it will no longer allow advertisers to exclude racial or ethnic groups when placing ads on its service. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twenty-Eight
    • Location: 186 NM NW of Pohnpei, FSM
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Ma-on
    • Location: 264 NM SE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes:24km ENE of Ishinomaki, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 45 km
    • Map
  • 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 11NOV: 319,183 (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 11NOV: 121,669
      • Deaths as of 11NOV: 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 11NOV: 1,826 (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 11NOV: 649 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 10NOV:  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), New Caledonia, Nicaragua, 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, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 10NOV: 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 10NOV: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13NOV)

  • Bulgaria: Potential runoff presidential election
  • Cambodia: Water Festival (to 15NOV)
  • Colombia: Anniversary of Nevado del Ruiz volcano explosion, killing 23,000 – 1985
  • France: Anniversary of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris – 2015
  • Moldova: Second round of presidential election
  • New Zealand: Nga Tahi and Mahi Tangaroa naval exercises to be held (to 16NOV)

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