ONS: 12 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 13, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN has evacuated a first group of “extremely vulnerable” refugees from Libya and is taking them to neighboring Niger.
  • AMERICAS: Trump distanced himself from remarks he made in which he suggested he believed Putin when he said there had been no Russian meddling in the election that took him to the White House.
  • ASIA: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will convene a meeting of senior officials next month to discuss admitting East Timor as a member.
  • EUROPE: Rajoy will visit Catalonia for the first time since Madrid imposed direct rule on the region, a day after hundreds of thousands of Catalans marched to demand the release of jailed regional officials
  • MIDDLE EAST: FM says the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers is “not negotiable” after Macron said that it was important to “remain firm” with Tehran over its missile program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Putin slammed Washington’s demands for state channel RT to register as a foreign agent in the US as “an attack” on its media, while vowing a “tit-for-tat” response

TOP STORY

  • 31st ASEAN Summit
    • Tension in North Korea, the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, the rising threat of extremism in the region and trade are among the top concerns.
    • “Russia will promote an initiative in the area of tackling terrorism and terrorism ideology spread,” a source in the government’s central office said.
    • Hong Kong signed free trade and investment pacts with ASEAN, in what one of the Chinese territory’s senior officials called a “loud and clear” vote against rising regional trade protectionism.
    • President Duterte warms to Trump, but keeps his focus on China.
    • The ASEAN nations will convene a meeting of senior officials next month to discuss admitting East Timor as a member.
    • Coverage: CNN, KYO, NYT, REU, TAS

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN has evacuated a first group of “extremely vulnerable” refugees from Libya and is taking them to neighboring Niger. (DPA)
  • Central African Republic: A grenade attack on a concert in Bangui injured around 20 people. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Nearly 100 members of the Shabab were killed in separate strikes this week (NYT)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Security in and around Sao Paulo will be tighter following an incident that saw members of four-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes crew held up at gunpoint. (WP)
  • Bolivia: Morales has welcomed the decision of the country’s highest court to declare as constitutional a controversial coca law that will boost legal cultivation. (EFE)
  • United States: At a news conference in Vietnam, Trump distanced himself from remarks he made in which he suggested he believed Putin when he said there had been no Russian meddling in the election that took him to the White House. (REU)

ASIA

  • Region: The leaders of South Korea and the Philippines will meet in Manila this week for their first bilateral talks, the South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Sunday. (YON)
  • Afghanistan: Government forces launched a series of cleanup operations in the country’s eastern province of Kapisa, leaving eight Taliban militants dead and retaking several villages. (XIN)
  • East Timor: ASEAN will convene a meeting of senior officials next month to discuss admitting the country as a member.
  • Indonesia: Police shot dead 2 men who attacked officers on island of Sumatra. (KYO)
  • Vietnam: The country and the US signed a raft of energy and aviation deals during a visit to Hanoi by President Trump who railed against Washington’s yawning trade deficit with the fast-growing nation. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey will have to put up with the fact of Russia’s long-term presence in Syria sooner or later, said Yasar Yakis, a Turkish politician and international relations experts, and the country’s former FM. (TAS).
  • Russia: PM Medvedev is about to arrive in Philippines to attend the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the East Asia Summit (EAS). He also plans several bilateral meetings in Manila. (TAS)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy will visit Catalonia for the first time since Madrid imposed direct rule on the region, a day after hundreds of thousands of Catalans marched to demand the release of jailed regional officials. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Ankara has rejected as “ludicrous” allegations that it offered several million dollars to the US to extradite a political rival to Erdogan. (GUA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran has denied allegations it was behind a militant attack on a pipeline outside Bahrain’s capital. (AP)
  • Iraq: Defense Ministry says a military helicopter has crashed during a training exercise, killing all seven crew members on board. (AP)
  • Iran: Foreign Ministry says the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers is “not negotiable” after Macron said during a trip to the region that it was important to “remain firm” with Tehran over its missile program. (RFE)
  • Israel: A general has warned Palestinian militants against carrying out attacks in revenge for the blowing up of a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into the Jewish state last month. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Putin slammed Washington’s demands for state channel RT to register as a foreign agent in the US as “an attack” on its media, while vowing a “tit-for-tat” response. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Haikui
    • Location: 283 NM ENE of Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 10NOV: 60,532 (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 10NOV: 122,969 (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 10NOV: 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 08NOV: 2,102 (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 08NOV: 733 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13NOV)

  • Global: World Antibiotic Awareness Week (to 19NOV) – Unknown
  • Cayman Islands: Remembrance Day – 1918
  • France: Anniversary of terrorist attacks at various locations throughout Paris, killing 130 people – 2015
  • Lebanon: 52nd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Subcommission on Illicit Drug Traffic and Related Matters in the Near and Middle East to open in Beirut (to 17NOV)
  • Russia: Day of Radiological, Chemical, and Biological Defense Troops – 1913
  • Russia: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to meet with President Putin in Sochi
  • Somaliland: Presidential election
  • Venezuela: Venezuelan representatives to meet foreign creditors to discuss restructuring debt

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