ONS: 13 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 14, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

     AFRICA: Belgium’s foreign ministry advised its citizens in Burundi to leave, following a wave of political violence in the central African nation.

     AMERICAS: An attack by gunmen on a Mexican military convoy in the northern Mexican border city of Reynosa resulted in the deaths of four civilians.

     ASIA: China said it respects freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea despite warnings to US strategic bombers flying over the area this week.

     EUROPE: The Bulgarian authorities have been accused of brutality towards migrants in a new report sponsored by the British charity Oxfam.

     MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi Kurdish forces freed the town of Sinjar in the northern province of Nineveh from Islamic State (IS) militants.

     TECHNOLOGY: Facebook says world government requests for consumer data surged in the first half of 2015.

TOP STORY

     Myanmar: Election concludes in a landslide for National League for Democracy.

     A quarter century after Myanmar’s generals denied Aung San Suu Kyi an election win, she led her party to victory, ousting a military-linked government and edging the Southeast Asian nation closer to full democracy.

     While the results haven’t been officially certified, the win by the National League for Democracy means it will choose the country’s next President.

     Both the president and the commander in chief of the military have congratulated Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi on the victory by her party, paving the way for what the opposition hopes will be a peaceful transfer of power, the first in many decades.

     The handover should take place after the new Parliament meets early next year and votes on a new president, along with two vice presidents.

     A pressing concern for the future remains sectarian tensions and armed ethnic conflict, as clashes between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims are on the rise.

     Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

     Burundi: Uganda’s deputy foreign minister says a US envoy is in the country to encourage talks to resolve the country’s crisis. (AP)

     Burundi: Belgium’s foreign ministry advised its citizens in the country to leave, following a wave of political violence in the central African nation. (AFP)

     Egypt: A recording from Russian Airbus A321 which caught a sound before the plane disintegrated in midair will be sent abroad for analysis. (AFP)

     Tunisia: US Secretary of State John Kerry is in the country for economic and security talks to show support for the North African nation’s fledgling democracy. (AP)

AMERICAS

     Region: The Caribbean Public Health Agency, known as CARPHA, has confirmed five cases of Zika virus in a territory of the Caribbean Community. (EFE)

     Bolivia: The government has ruled out pursuing uranium production and decided to focus instead on development of its vast lithium reserves. (EFE)

     Mexico: An attack by gunmen on a Mexican military convoy in the northern border city of Reynosa resulted in the deaths of four civilians. (EFE)

ASIA

     Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said he wanted to strengthen economic ties with China and South Korea through the realization of a free trade agreement (FTA). (Xinhua)

     Region: South Korea will transfer demining techniques to Vietnam, which is home to massive minefields as a legacy of the Vietnam War.  (Yonhap)

     Region: China said it respects freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea despite warnings to US strategic bombers flying over the area this week. (AP)

     Sri Lanka: The country’s northern province staged a protest over failure by the authorities to free nearly 200 minority Tamil detainees arrested under anti-terrorism laws. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

     Region: Austrian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration Sebastian Kurz described the ongoing migrant crisis as being “obviously out of control.” (Xinhua)

     Region: Azerbaijani sharpshooters have shot dead two ethnic Armenian soldiers of the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh’s army, in the latest clash over the disputed enclave. (AFP)

     Austria: The country will erect a 2.3-mile metal fence along its border with Slovenia to better manage the influx of migrants. (AFP)

     Bulgaria: The Bulgarian authorities have been accused of brutality towards migrants in a new report sponsored by the British charity Oxfam. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

     Iraq: Iraqi Kurdish forces freed the town of Sinjar in the northern province of Nineveh from Islamic State (IS) militants. (Xinhua)

     Iraq: The Iraqi military said its forces had advanced on three fronts to begin clearing Islamic State militants from the western city of Ramadi. (Reuters)

     Lebanon: The country was holding a day of mourning for 41 people killed in twin bombings in Beirut, an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. (AFP)

     Syria: A leading British member of Islamic State and three other foreign militants have been killed in US-led air strikes in northern town of Raqqa. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

     Technology: Facebook says world government requests for consumer data surged in the first half of 2015. (USA Today)

WORLD

     Cyclones: Nothing to Report

     Hurricanes: Nothing to Report

     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 13NOV: 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 13NOV: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)

     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

     Cholera – Tanzania

     Cases as of 13NOV: 971

     Deaths as of 13NOV: 13

     Sourcing: WHO

     Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

     Cases as of 13NOV: 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 13NOV: 575 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14NOV)

     Colombia: Day of the Colombian Woman

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