ONS: 15 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 16, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A total of 17,000 South Sudanese children have been recruited as fighters since the country’s conflict erupted, the UN said.
  • AMERICAS: Latin America will see more “subdued growth” in 2017, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean said.
  • ASIA: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe met for talks on a territorial dispute over northern islands that have divided their countries for 70 years.
  • EUROPE: British PM Theresa May urged her EU counterparts to make the Brexit “as smooth and orderly… as possible” as they prepared to discuss the process without her.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Barack Obama allowed sanctions against Iran to be renewed, but declined to actually sign the legislation.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US intelligence officials now believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in hacking during the American election campaign as part of a vendetta against Hillary Clinton.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Uncertainty surrounds new Aleppo ceasefire, evacuation deals.
    • Hours after an Aleppo ceasefire crumbled, the rebels said the deal was back on, allowing for much-needed evacuations.
    • Buses and ambulances remained ready to evacuate people from the last remaining rebel-held areas of Aleppo, but for the second day in a row there was uncertainty about whether the plan would proceed as agreed.
    • UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said he was hopeful about the evacuation but Russia had only just asked for UN involvement, which was very late.
    • Ambulances trying to evacuate people came under fire from fighters loyal to the Syrian government, who killed at least one person.
    • Government forces took nearly all remaining rebel-held parts of Aleppo this week after a four-year battle.
    • Coverage: BBC, CBS, Guardian, Reuters, VOA

 

AFRICA

  • Malawi: The country and the UN will test whether drones could make aid delivery faster and more effective during humanitarian disasters. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a restaurant in the capital Mogadishu, killing himself and injuring three others. (AP)
  • South Sudan: A total of 17,000 South Sudanese children have been recruited as fighters since the country’s conflict erupted, the UN said. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan FM Delcy Rodriguez clashed with Argentine authorities after attempting to crash a Mercosur trade bloc meeting in Buenos Aires. (Reuters)
  • Region: Latin America will see more “subdued growth” in 2017, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean said. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The government has pardoned at least 110 FARC rebels as part of a peace deal to end a 52-year conflict. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China’s deployment of necessary defensive military equipment on the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea was legitimate and lawful, according to China’s defense ministry. (Reuters)
  • Region: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe met for talks on a territorial dispute over northern islands that has divided their countries for 70 years. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Indonesian police’s anti-terror squad Special Detachment 88 arrested two more suspects involved in a planned attack against the presidential palace. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: An investigation commission created by the government denied there had been any abuses committed by the Burmese military against the Rohingya minority in northwestern Rakhine state. (EFE)
  • Philippines: The US has not renewed a major aid package to the country because of “significant concerns” about the rule of law under President Rodrigo Duterte. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM Theresa May urged her EU counterparts to make Brexit “as smooth and orderly… as possible” as they prepared to discuss the process without her. (AFP)
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina: Police have arrested two people after finding a large stash of explosives and narcotics in a raid of their premises in the capital Sarajevo. (AP)
  • Turkey: Human Rights Watch accused the country of “silencing” independent media in its bid to prevent scrutiny or criticism of its huge coup crackdown. (AFP)
  • Russia: The country will expand patrols of mobile missile systems in its western regions and double the number of missile tests in 2017. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Residents of the Amona Jewish settlement in the West Bank rejected a proposal to leave voluntarily, raising fears of violence as an evacuation deadline nears. (AFP)
  • Iran: US President Barack Obama allowed sanctions against the country to be renewed, but declined to actually sign the legislation. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The UN’s cultural agency called for emergency measures to prevent further looting at the historic Iraqi city of Nimrud which has been wrecked by ISIS militants. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A Turkish warplane bombardment killed 29 militants in an operation targeting Kurdistan Workers Party in the country’s north on 11DEC. (Reuters)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US intelligence officials now believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in hacking during the American election campaign as part of a vendetta against Hillary Clinton. (AFP)
  • Technology: After 17 years and numerous setbacks and budget boosts, Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system is due to go live. (AFP)

 

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 (16DEC)

  • Bangladesh: Anniversary of Pakistani Instrument of Surrender – 1971
  • Germany: Greek PM Tsipras to travel to Berlin to discuss the migrant situation, Cyprus and Greece’s financial issues with Chancellor Merkel
  • Kazakhstan: Independence Day – 1991
  • South Africa: Reconciliation Day – 1994
  • Shiite Islam: Mawlid (to 17DEC)

 

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