ONS: 14 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 15, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the DR Congo, PM Augustin Matata Ponyo resigned to make way for an opposition figure to take his place following talks aimed at averting a political crisis.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on US President Barack Obama to revoke an executive order that labeled Venezuela a security threat.
  • ASIA: Japan and South Korea signed a preliminary pact to share and safeguard sensitive information on North Korea’s missile and nuclear activities.
  • EUROPE: Sweden’s chief prosecutor has arrived at the Ecuadorean embassy in London to question the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about a rape allegation.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Oman for talks expected to focus on efforts to end Yemen’s 19-month conflict.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg vigorously defended the social media site against criticism it may have swayed the outcome of the presidential election.

TOP STORY

  • Germany: Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier tapped as next president.
    • The ruling parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government agreed to put forward FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier to take over as German president next year.
    • The incumbent, Joachim Gauck, is standing down after one five-year term in office.
    • Although the role of German president is largely ceremonial, the position is meant to represent Germany internationally.
    • The country’s next president is due to be elected on 12FEB in a secret ballot of an assembly comprising representatives from the lower house of parliament and the 16 German states.
    • The 60-year-old Social Democrat Steinmeier is among Germany’s most popular politicians.
    • Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, DPA, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: PM Augustin Matata Ponyo resigned to make way for an opposition figure to take his place following talks aimed at averting a political crisis. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram warned US President-elect Donald Trump that “the war has just begun” against the West. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The Save the Children charity said 200 children could die every day from hunger in the country’s northeast, where terrorist group Boko Haram is wreaking havoc. (DPA)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico is scrambling to ready its diplomats in the US to handle millions of undocumented migrants’ potential needs following Donald Trump’s election. (AFP)
  • Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on US President Barack Obama to revoke an executive order that labeled Venezuela a security threat. (Xinhua)
  • United States: President-elect Donald Trump chose Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, to be his White House chief of staff. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and South Korea signed a preliminary pact to share and safeguard sensitive information on North Korea’s missile and nuclear activities. (Reuters)
  • Region: Pakistan accused India of killing seven soldiers in cross-border fire in the disputed Kashmir region. (AFP)
  • China: President Xi Jinping told US President-elect Trump that cooperation was the only choice for relations between the world’s two largest economies. (Fortune)
  • Malaysia: Opposition lawmaker Rafizi Ramli was sentenced to 18 months in jail for releasing a classified document on a controversial state investment fund. (AP)
  • New Zealand: A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the country’s central region killed at least two people, damaged infrastructure and set off hundreds of strong aftershocks. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Sweden’s chief prosecutor has arrived at the Ecuadorean embassy in London to question the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about a rape allegation. (BBC)
  • Moldova: The country’s pro-Russian President-elect Igor Dodon said he would push for early parliamentary elections next year. (Reuters)
  • Netherlands: The country warned if the Islamic State group collapses, it could compound the threat of domestic extremist attacks. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country has shuttered several key children‘s charities, human rights groups and women‘s associations in an “alarming” development that could signal a new wave of crackdowns, said Human Rights Watch. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Oman for talks expected to focus on efforts to end Yemen’s 19-month conflict. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: Bahraini authorities accused a prominent opposition figure Ibrahim Sharif of “inciting hatred and contempt against the regime” in a statement to foreign media. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country is in talks with Russia over an arms deal worth around USD 10B that would deliver T-90 tanks, artillery systems, planes and helicopters to Tehran. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: A rare suicide attack in Ain al-Tamer, an oasis town south of Baghdad, killed eight people and wounded at least six. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Education Ministry has warned international schools in the country from marking non-Islamic occasions, such as Christmas and New Years. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg vigorously defended the social media site against criticism it may have swayed the outcome of the presidential election. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Tina
    • Location: 300 W of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: N at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 38km WSW of Kaikoura, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • 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 (15NOV)

  • Global: Anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime – 2001
  • Bolivia: Cochabamba to host the 3rd Abya Yala Continental Summit of Indigenous Communication (to 19NOV)
  • Brazil: Republic Day – 1889
  • Greece: US President Barack Obama to visit (to 16NOV)

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