ONS: 13 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 14, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian lawmakers report they are investigating allegations that officials have diverted food aid intended for people displaced by Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government and FARC announced a new agreement that would end the 52-year war between them.
  • ASIA: South Korean prosecutors announced they are seeking to question Park Geun-hye this week over the political scandal that has engulfed her presidency.
  • EUROPE: Russian authorities detained several suspects alleged to have been plotting simultaneous “Paris-style” attacks on Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi soldiers have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by Islamic State militants two years ago.
  • TECHNOLOGY: International business and technology organizations expressed concerns to the Chinese government about a new cyber security law.

TOP STORY

  • Australia and the United States: The US will welcome asylum seekers held by Australia in offshore detention centers.
    • This is a one-time agreement in which the United States will take in refugees from the detention center on the island of Nauru.
    • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said refugee women, children, and families would be resettled first.
    • Refugees held at another offshore processing center, on Manus Island, may also be considered for resettlement in the United States.
    • It is not clear how many of the refugees will be resettled in the United States.  Officials from the United States Department of Homeland Security are expected to arrive within days to begin screening the refugees for resettlement.
    • Refugees who refuse to accept the offer will be forced to return to their homelands or can settle on Nauru under a 20-year visa agreement the Australian government worked on with the authorities there.
    • Sources: NYT, BBC, AP

AFRICA

  • Chad: UN sources report that hundreds of Boko Haram fighters and their families have surrendered in the country in the past month. (Reuters)
  • Gambia: A photojournalist arrested on Thursday for snapping a crowd of ruling party supporters was still being held through the weekend. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Lawmakers in the northeast of the country report they are investigating allegations that officials have diverted food aid intended for people displaced by Boko Haram. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government and FARC announced a new agreement that would end the 52-year war between them. (NPR)
  • United States: Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration would do everything it could to implement a global agreement to combat climate change before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela:  The government and the opposition alliance have agreed to implement measures to improve the supply of food and medicines in the country. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Ashraf Ghani urged parliament to halt confidence votes against ministers, fearing further dismissals would weaken the already fragile government. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The US Embassy was closed in response to recent insurgent attacks on a German Consulate and Bagram Air Field. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: A court in Dhaka issued arrest warrants for 33 opposition members. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: An explosion outside a church on Borneo island wounded several children. (AP)
  • Nepal: Police arrested 223 members of a Maoist splinter group across the country for vandalizing vehicles and forcing shops to close while trying to enforce a nationwide strike. (AFP)
  • South Korea: Prosecutors announced they are seeking to question Park Geun-hye this week over the political scandal that has engulfed her presidency. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The country is choosing a new president in a hotly contested runoff that may also determine the fate of the current center-right government. (AP)
  • France: Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that the country’s state of emergency, imposed after last year’s Paris attacks, will likely be extended. (AFP)
  • Moldova: Citizens are voting in a presidential election between pro-Moscow and pro-European candidates. (AFP)
  • Russia: Authorities detained several suspects alleged to have been plotting simultaneous “Paris-style” attacks on Moscow and Saint Petersburg. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Government forces trying to advance further into Mosul battled waves of car bombs set by the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Iraq: Human Rights Watch reported that security forces of the regional Kurdish government have routinely destroyed Arab homes and villages in areas retaken from the Islamic State. (AP)
  • Iraq: Government soldiers have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by Islamic State militants two years ago. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least 12 people were killed and 50 others injured in a powerful explosion in a Kurdish area in the north of the country. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: International business and technology organizations representing hundreds of companies have expressed “deep concerns” to the Chinese government about a new cyber security law they said would likely increase the separation between China and the rest of the world economy. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 53km NE of Amberley, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 7.4
    • Depth: 10 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 (14NOV)

  • Global: World Diabetes Day – 1991
  • Colombia: Day of the Colombian Woman – 1967
  • United Kingdom: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to submit to questions in the presence of Swedish officials at Ecuador’s embassy in London

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