ONS: 14 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 15, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gen. Constantine Chiwenga, Zimbabwe’s top military commander, warned President Robert Mugabe of possible intervention in the country’s political crisis.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela was ruled in default on a missed interest payment by S&P Global Ratings on its USD 150B debt load.
  • ASIA: A series of Taliban attacks on more than a dozen Afghan checkpoints killed 22 police and wounded 15 in the province of Kandahar.
  • EUROPE: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed his country’s interest in purchasing a missile defense system from Russia, despite NATO concerns.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Rescue operations have ended in areas of Iran hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands.
  • TECHNOLOGY: In a major policy shift, Google in the last few months began removing from YouTube extremist videos that do not depict violence or preach hate.

TOP STORY

  • Lebanon: Country seeks stability as crisis with ex-PM continues.
    • Lebanon’s FM Gibran Bassil flew to Brussels on the first leg of a European tour that aims to rally support for his country’s stability following PM Saad Hariri’s contentious resignation from Saudi Arabia.
    • Hariri’s resignation speech focused on the growing threat posed by Hezbollah and, by extension, Iran.
    • Iran hoped Hariri would remain as PM and denied Hariri had resigned after a tense meeting with him in Beirut.
    • Lebanon’s Christian Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai met in Saudi Arabia with Hariri.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, Reuters-2, WP

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UN authorized Israel to expand its technological support for its peacekeeping mission to improve security in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The country vowed to intensify military operations against Islamist State and Al-Shabaab militants to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: Gen. Constantine Chiwenga, the country’s top military commander, warned President Robert Mugabe of possible intervention in the country’s political crisis. (NYT)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello asked the US for more than USD 94B in aid to “repair and rebuild” the island after the devastating Hurricanes Irma and Maria. (EFE)
  • Region: Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia reiterated he had never received bribes from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht during his presidency. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The country was ruled in default on a missed interest payment by S&P Global Ratings on its USD 150B debt load. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Region: China called for advancing free trade agreement talks with Japan and South Korea. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A series of Taliban attacks on more than a dozen Afghan checkpoints killed 22 police and wounded 15 in the province of Kandahar. (Reuters)
  • Australia: Jacqui Lambie became the eighth senator to leave Parliament in the dual citizenship crisis that threatens to bring down the government. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Amnesty International poured scorn on the country’s military investigation into alleged atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, branding it a “whitewash.” (Reuters)
  • Philippines: US President Donald Trump and leader Rodrigo Duterte want a fresh start after the biggest breakdown in US-Philippine ties in years. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed his country’s interest in purchasing a missile defense system from Russia, despite NATO concerns. (RFE/RL)
  • Region: Human Rights Watch says authorities in Russian-occupied Crimea have “intensified persecution” of Crimean Tatars. (RFE/RL)
  • France: Domestic intelligence chief Laurent Nunez says nearly 18,000 people are on French watch lists for radicalism, a growing figure. (AP)
  • The Netherlands: The country’s central bank is setting up a team of cyber security experts and hackers to attack the nation’s own financial infrastructure in order to test and improve its defenses. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The Kremlin has told major companies to supply it with news stories that put its stewardship of the country in a positive light. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said the four boycotting Arab nations don’t want to negotiate to end the diplomatic crisis that has engulfed Doha. (AP)
  • Region: Israel has deployed a rocket defense system to the center of the country amid threats by Gaza militants. (AP)
  • Region: Russia accused the US of providing de-facto cover for Islamic State units in Syria and only pretending to fight terrorism in the Middle East. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Rescue operations have ended in areas of the country hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing in the city of Aden, killing at least six people and injuring scores. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: In a major policy shift, Google in the last few months began removing from YouTube extremist videos that do not depict violence or preach hate. (Reuters)
  • Technology: Authoritarian countries have turned to “fake news” and Twitter bots to create disinformation campaigns that undermine their internal enemies, a Freedom House report shows. (LAT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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)
    • 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)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15NOV)

  • Brazil: Republic Day – 1889
  • Central African Republic: UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA) set to expire
  • China: World Internet Conference open in Wuzhen (to 19NOV)
  • Dominican Republic: Venezuelan government to relaunch talks with opposition
  • Myanmar: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to visit
  • Qatar: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit
  • Russia: Conscript’s Day – 1992

 

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