ONS: 14 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 15, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: West African leaders failed to reach a deal that would see Gambian President Yahya Jammeh accept his election defeat and end a deepening political crisis.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan National Assembly blamed President Nicolas Maduro for rupturing the constitutional order and the ensuing political, social and economic crisis besetting the country.
  • ASIA: The US is ready to confront China over its overreaching maritime claims in the South China Sea, said Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command.
  • EUROPE: The French parliament voted to extend a national state of emergency until 15JUL after next year’s elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  France will postpone a proposed Middle East peace conference in Paris next year, with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu refusing to participate and US attendance in doubt.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Silicon Valley companies and workers pledged not to help build any Muslim registry, a campaign promise by President-elect Donald Trump.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Aleppo ceasefire collapses; evacuations delayed.
    • A deal to evacuate rebel fighters and civilians from eastern Aleppo appears to have stalled, with heavy shelling reported in the Syrian city.
    • Activists and rebels trapped in Aleppo said pro-government forces had struck their district with dozens of rockets since mid-morning.
    • The Russian Foreign Ministry said opposition fighters used the ceasefire to regroup and restart their military operations, trying to break through Syrian military positions.
    • A ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey was intended to end years of fighting in the city.
    • The UN estimates around 50,000 civilians are still trapped inside the rebel-held zone.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • The Gambia: West African leaders failed to reach a deal that would see President Yahya Jammeh accept his election defeat and end a deepening political crisis. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: UN human rights commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein urged the council to call on the country’s leaders to refrain from incitement to violence and ethnic hatred. (AP)
  • South Sudan: A second staff member with the Norwegian Refugee Council has been ordered to leave the country in less than a week. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Protests flared nationwide after the Senate approved a 20-year cap on federal spending. (NYT)
  • Mexico: The Mexican Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill allowing for the use of medical marijuana. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: The Venezuelan National Assembly blamed President Nicolas Maduro for rupturing the constitutional order and the ensuing political, social and economic crisis besetting the country. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US is ready to confront China over its overreaching maritime claims in the South China Sea, said Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: An unknown number of foreign militants apparently affiliated to the Islamic State group has penetrated into the northern Badakhshan province. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The US military grounded its tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey aircraft in the country after Tokyo called for a halt to flights following a crash southwest of Okinawa island. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte announced he personally killed suspected criminals when he was mayor of his home city of Davao. (Guardian)
  • Sri Lanka: The government approved a national policy to eliminate child labor in the country. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A former Syrian diplomat has been arrested in France after 15 years on the run from rape charges in Switzerland. (AP)
  • France: The French parliament voted to extend a national state of emergency until 15JUL after next year’s elections. (AFP)
  • France: French FM Jean-Marc Ayrault slammed US president-elect Donald Trump’s bullish tone with key trade ally China. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkish authorities have arrested 16 foreigners believed to be members of the Islamic State extremist group near the Syrian border in the town of Akcakale. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: France will postpone a proposed Middle East peace conference in Paris next year, with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu refusing to participate and US attendance in doubt. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkey plans to build a tent city to accommodate up to 80,000 Syrians from Aleppo, without explaining if the camp would be created inside Turkey or Syria. (DPA)
  • Iraq: A percussion bomb went off in the Karrada shopping district of central Baghdad, causing no casualties. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Police in the city of Aden said bodies of 11 people with their throats cut had been found dumped in a nature reserve. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Silicon Valley companies and workers pledged not to help build any Muslim registry, a campaign promise by President-elect Donald Trump. (Mashable)

 

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 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 09DEC: 319,825 (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 09DEC: 121,785
      • Deaths as of 09DEC: 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 11DEC: 1,842 (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 11DEC: 652 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 08DEC:  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), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, 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 of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 08DEC: 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 08DEC: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15DEC)

  • Bahrain: Court to issue verdict in trial of prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab
  • Belgium: European Council to meet in Brussels to discuss migration, security, economics, and external relations (to 16DEC)
  • Ireland and the United Kingdom: Anniversary of Anglo-Irish peace pact – 1993
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories: France to host foreign-minister level peace conference
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of the foundation of Hamas – 1987
  • Japan: Russian President Putin to visit Nagato for talks with Prime Minister Abe (to 16DEC)
  • Singapore: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit (to 16DEC)
  • Ukraine and Poland: Countries to begin implementing agreement on defense cooperation
  • United States: Marijuana to become legal in Massachusetts
  • Venezuela: New Bolivars to enter into circulation

 

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