ONS: 14 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 15, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: New Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for the removal of Western sanctions on his government.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan government and opposition expect to meet 15DEC in the Dominican Republic for a new round of dialogue.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Moon Jae-in met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during a visit to Beijing aimed at repairing ties frayed by a dispute over the deployment of an American anti-missile system.
  • EUROPE: British PM Theresa May will urge EU leaders to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase, after a parliamentary defeat at home.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Britain’s National Cyber Security Center has begun outreach programs to cultivate the nation’s next generation of high-tech sentries.

TOP STORY

  • Somalia: Al-Shabab police academy bombing kills at least 17.
    • An Islamic extremist suicide bomber killed at least 17 people and injured 20 at the General Kaahiye Police Academy in the capital, Mogadishu.
    • Al-Shabab, the al-Qaeda-linked rebel group fighting to overthrow the UN-backed government, claimed responsibility for the blast.
    • Witnesses said the officers were crowded into an open square for their early morning parade when the bomber, disguised as a policeman, detonated his explosives.
    • Al Shabaab’s attacks come at a time when the African Union is finalizing plans to trim its peacekeeping mission called AMISOM.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, BBC, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: The Ministry of Education called for university students to remain calm and resume classes disrupted by recent unrest, which has left three students dead and several more injured. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Nigerian troops killed 10 Boko Haram fighters when they repelled a violent attack launched on a military unit in the northeastern state of Borno. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: New President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for the removal of Western sanctions on his government. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: VP Jorge Glas was sentenced to six years in prison for a scheme to accept bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. (AP)
  • Peru: Documents revealed President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski received USD 782,000 in payments from Brazilian firm Odebrecht. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The government and opposition expect to meet 15DEC in the Dominican Republic for a new round of dialogue. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean President Moon Jae-in met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during a visit to Beijing aimed at repairing ties frayed by a dispute over the deployment of an American anti-missile system. (AP)
  • Region: China summoned Australia’s ambassador to lodge a complaint last week over Canberra’s allegation that Beijing had sought to interfere in Australian politics. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: The country’s top court ruled against petitioners seeking to make gay sex and sex outside marriage illegal. (AP)
  • Myanmar: At least 6,700 Rohingya were killed after violence broke out in the country in AUG2017, Medecins Sans Frontieres says. (BBC)
  • Myanmar: Reuters news agency called for the immediate release of its two journalists who were arrested for possessing “important secret papers” regarding violence in Rakhine state. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM Theresa May will urge EU leaders to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase, after a parliamentary defeat at home. (Reuters)
  • Region: The Turkish coast guard attempted rescue of dozens of refugees and migrants stranded off western Turkey when their Greece-bound vessel hit trouble. (AFP)
  • Germany: German authorities arrested two suspected Islamic State supporters and conducted raids in the capital, Berlin. (AP)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin said he would run as an independent candidate while hoping for support from more than one political party. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave. (Reuters)
  • Region: The Israeli military carried out a series of airstrikes on Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip in response to new rocket attacks. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: King Salman issued a decree allocating USD 19.2B of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector. (AFP)
  • Syria: UN envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to push the Syrian government to accept new elections and a new constitution. (AP)
  • Syria: Syrian authorities foiled a suicide car bombing in the capital Damascus, a day after the army forces and the Islamic State militants fought south of the capital. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Britain’s National Cyber Security Center has begun outreach programs to cultivate the nation’s next generation of high-tech sentries. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Thirty-Two
    • Location: 421 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 3 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 08DEC: 61,549 (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 08DEC: 123,073 (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 08DEC: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 19NOV: 2,103 (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 19NOV: 733 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15DEC)

  • Netherlands: Kingdom Day – 1954
  • Russia: Russian court to deliver verdict in trial of former economy minister on bribery charges
  • South Sudan: Mandate of UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to expire unless renewed
  • United States: UN Security Council to convene a ministerial-level meeting on North Korea
  • United States: Bill of Rights Day – 1941
  • Venezuela: Government and opposition coalition to meet

 

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