ONS: 13 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 14, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Residents of the self-proclaimed state of Somaliland voted in its third presidential poll, hoping to strengthen the case for independence from Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: The EU approved economic sanctions including an arms embargo on Venezuela, but will decide who to target later.
  • ASIA: Southeast Asian leaders announced the start of negotiations with China on a so-called “Code of Conduct” in the disputed South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: France, Germany and 20 other EU governments are set to sign a defense pact, marking a new era of European military integration to cement unity.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen will begin reopening airports and seaports in the Arab world’s poorest country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Under growing pressure from governments and counterterrorism advocates, YouTube drastically reduced its video archive of Anwar Awlaki, the leading English-language jihadist recruiter on the internet.

TOP STORY

  • Iran-Iraq Earthquake: Powerful quake kills at least 300, death toll expected to rise.
    • More than 300 people have been killed and nearly 4,000 wounded in a powerful earthquake that jolted the Iran-Iraq border, with the death toll expected to rise.
    • The US Geological Survey said the epicenter of the magnitude-7.3 quake was in Iran about 20 miles south of Halabjah, and took place at 9:18 pm on 13NOV.
    • One Iranian aid agency said 70,000 people needed shelter after the quake, one of the largest this year.
    • The quake’s worst damage appeared to be in the town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in Kermanshah province in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.
    • At least eight people were killed on the Iraqi side of the border and at least 535 were hurt.
    • Coverage: BBC, LAT, NYT, USA Today, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: Residents of the self-proclaimed state of Somaliland voted in its third presidential poll, hoping to strengthen the case for independence from Somalia. (AFP)
  • Cameroon: Four makeshift bombs exploded overnight in Bamenda, the main city in the restive anglophone region, but without causing casualties. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The country resolved the standoff with ex-army Chief of General Staff Paul Malong by withdrawing hundreds of soldiers that had been surrounding his home. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: Human Rights Watch says Guatemalan courts are threatening the work of the country’s prosecutors and a UN anti-corruption commission. (AP)
  • United States: An Institute of International Education survey shows a 7 percent decline of international students coming to the country to attend university. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: The EU approved economic sanctions including an arms embargo on the country, but will decide who to target later. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said the country would never default on its debt, a day before debt talks with creditors. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: US President Donald Trump raised North Korea’s missile tests during talks with the prime ministers of Japan and Australia, and said “a lot” of progress had been made in negotiations on trade. (Reuters)
  • Region: Southeast Asian leaders announced the start of negotiations with China on a so-called “Code of Conduct” in the disputed South China Sea. (AP)
  • Australia: All Australian senators have three weeks to prove they were not foreign nationals when elected under an agreement to resolve a citizenship crisis. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korean soldiers shot at and wounded a fellow soldier who attempting attempt to defect to South Korea. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Trump said he had a “great relationship” with President Rodrigo Duterte, and did not raise the issue of potential human rights abuses by the leader. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: France, Germany and 20 other EU governments are set to sign a defense pact, marking a new era of European military integration to cement unity. (WSJ)
  • Region: The European Parliament said Britain should pay at least USD 70B as it leaves the EU, to meet its financial commitments. (AP)
  • Region: US envoy Kurt Volker will meet Kremlin aide Vladislav Surkov on 13NOV to explore deploying UN peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine. (RFE/RL)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and victims’ families paid homage to 130 people killed two years ago when Islamic State extremists attacked the City of Light. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen will begin reopening airports and seaports in the Arab world’s poorest country. (AP)
  • Region: Israel’s army arrested Tareq Qadaan, a senior Islamic Jihad militant, in Arraba near Jenin in the north of the occupied West Bank. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: France called for “non-interference” amid the country’s ongoing political crisis with former PM Saad Hariri. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A senior Yemeni official and families of prisoners say dozens of detainees have been moved to a government-run prison in the southern city of Mukalla. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Under growing pressure from governments and counterterrorism advocates, YouTube drastically reduced its video archive of Anwar Awlaki, the leading English-language jihadist recruiter on the internet. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 32km S of Halabjah, Iraq
    • Magnitude: 7.3
    • Depth: 23.2 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 16km SE of Jaco, Costa Rica
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 19.8 km
    • Map
  • 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 (14NOV)

  • Global: World Diabetes Day – 2007
  • Guinea-Bissau: Readjustment Movement Day – 1980
  • Kuwait: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit
  • United Kingdom: Parliamentary committee begin deliberations on Brexit repeal bill (to 15NOV)

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