ONS: 15 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 16, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Egyptian police shot and killed 15 Sudanese migrants who attempted to cross the border into Israel.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican prosecutors investigated allegations that 15 members of a community police force were disarmed by army soldiers and murdered by a criminal gang.
  • ASIA: Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with the current parliament chairman ahead of an anticipated change in government.
  • EUROPE: EC President Jean-Claude Juncker said there was no need for a complete review of the bloc’s refugee policy after the Paris attacks.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian suspect allegedly responsible for murdering a Jewish rabbi and his son.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Millions of users took to Twitter to express solidarity with the victims of the Paris terror attacks, condemn extremism and terrorism, and combat Islamophobia.

 

TOP STORY

  • World: Paris attacks reset the global diplomatic agenda.

○     World leaders arrived in Antalya, Turkey for the first of two days of the G-20 Summit, where the official agenda includes discussions on the state of the global economy, sustainable growth, and climate change ahead of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference.

○     Nevertheless, in light of the attacks in Paris, leaders will prioritize developing a common counterterrorism strategy and a joint position on the migration crisis.

○     Meanwhile, under increased political pressure to develop a consensus on neutralizing the Islamic State, top diplomats from the United States, Russia and other key regional and international powers agreed Saturday on a road map for a political transition in Syria.

○     However, the role of Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s future remains a major point of disagreement unaddressed by the roadmap.

○     Coverage: NYT, Bloomberg, Guardian, WP, Reuters, WSJ,

AFRICA

  • Region: A senior Chinese official vowed to strengthen cooperation with the African Union during a meeting at the AU’s headquarters in Addis Ababa. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Police shot and killed 15 Sudanese migrants who attempted to cross the border into Israel. (Reuters)
  • Burundi: U.S. President Barack Obama called on leaders and citizens in Burundi to end violence that has killed at least 240 people. (Reuters)
  • Niger: Opposition presidential candidate Hama Amadou was arrested on his return from a year in exile over allegations of baby trafficking. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • United States: Intelligence officials found no evidence of any specific or credible threat targeting American soil following the deadly Paris attacks. (AP)
  • Mexico: Prosecutors investigated allegations that  15 members of a community police force were disarmed by army soldiers and then murdered by a criminal gang. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: New Zealand and Vietnam signed three bilateral agreements to bolster ties in aviation, health and education. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A drone strike in Nangahar Province killed 12 militants, including a Taliban district commander (AP)
  • Burma: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with the current parliament chairman ahead of an anticipated change in government. (Reuters)
  • China: A landslide triggered by heavy rains killed at least 16 people. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK declared a no-sail zone along its eastern coast, prompting speculation it will conduct missile tests. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EC President Jean-Claude Juncker said there was no need for a complete review of the bloc’s refugee policy after the Paris attacks. (AFP)
  • Belgium: Authorities detained three people in connection with the Paris attacks. (Bloomberg)
  • Germany: The country’s intelligence chief urged “orderly procedures” for refugees at borders, saying extremists could exploit the sometimes chaotic situation. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Security forces killed four suspected members of the Islamic State near the border with Syria. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli security forces arrested a suspect allegedly responsible for murdering a Jewish rabbi and his son. (AP)
  • Bahrain:  A court jailed 12 Shiites for life and stripped them of their citizenship after convicting them of bomb attacks against police. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Soldiers discovered a mass grave believed to hold the remains of dozens of Yazidi women executed by the Islamic State. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Authorities ruled out extremist ties in a shooting that killed 2 Americans. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Millions of users took to Twitter to express solidarity with the victims of the Paris terror attacks, condemn extremism and terrorism, and combat Islamophobia. (Reuters)

 

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: 28,635 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)

■     Deaths: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC

○     Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)

■     Suspected Cases as of 15NOV: 575,281 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)

■     Confirmed Cases: 25,739

■     Deaths as of 15NOV: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

○     Cholera – Tanzania

■     Cases as of 15NOV: 971

■     Deaths as of 15NOV: 13

■     Sourcing: WHO

○     Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

■     Cases as of 15NOV: 1618 (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 15NOV: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16NOV)

  • Global: International Day for Tolerance
  • Asia: A group of 15 Vietnamese officials visit South Korea to learn demining techniques (to 27NOV)
  • Marshall Islands: Parliamentary elections

 

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