ONS: 15 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 16, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian appeals court overturned a death sentence handed down against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in one of several trials since his 2013 overthrow.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico said it will discuss with US President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration his plan to jail or deport millions of undocumented migrants with criminal records.
  • ASIA: A Hong Kong court ruled pro-independence politicians Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung cannot take their seats in the city’s legislature.
  • EUROPE: German police in 60 cities staged sweeping raids targeting the Islamist group True Religion, as Germany intensified a large scale crackdown against religious extremists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from one third of the eastern side of Mosul, four weeks into the US-backed campaign to take back the city.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Policy priorities US internet companies have urged President-elect Trump to adopt include strong encryption and liability protections from shared content.

 

TOP STORY

  • Europe: US President Obama seeks to reassure allies about Trump.
    • US President Barack Obama sought to assure US allies that President-elect Donald Trump will honor the country’s international alliances when he takes office.
    • In Europe, Obama said Trump will retain America’s commitment to NATO.
    • Obama said deporting millions of immigrants, tearing up mutual defense treaties with NATO and Japan, and unraveling global deals on Iran’s nuclear program and the environment were not as simple as delivering tub-thumping rhetoric.
    • In Greece, on his final European trip as president, Obama will deliver a much-awaited speech on the challenges of globalization.
    • NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said he was sure Donald Trump would meet all US commitments to the alliance, after urging the president-elect not to go it alone.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, Guardian, Independent,

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Kenya is coercing refugees to quit the Dadaab refugee camp and return to Somalia where they risk getting killed or forcibly recruited into the Islamic extremist group, al-Shabab, Amnesty International said. (AP)
  • DR Congo: The country’s prime minister and cabinet resigned as part of a deal that extends the tenure of President Joseph Kabila. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: An appeals court overturned a death sentence handed down against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in one of several trials since his 2013 overthrow. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The 2016 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Week began in Peru. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Mexico said it will discuss with US President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration his plan to jail or deport millions of undocumented migrants with criminal records. (AFP)
  • United States: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the leading candidate to be President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, sources said. (WSJ)
  • United States: Resettlement of many Australia-bound asylum seekers in the country would begin after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, said Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A Hong Kong court ruled pro-independence politicians Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung cannot take their seats in the city’s legislature. (NYT)
  • Region: Pakistan says thousands of frightened villagers have left their homes in several border villages as Indian shelling continues across the Line of Control. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Nine Taliban militants including two main commanders have been killed and 15 others injured in the northern Saripul province. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Australian authorities arrested a 22-year-old man in Sydney for travelling to and facilitating others to fight in Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Testimony began in the trial of two men accused of carrying out a bombing at a Bangkok landmark, after months of delays. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Police in 60 cities staged sweeping raids targeting the Islamist group True Religion, as authorities intensified a large scale crackdown against religious extremists. (WP)
  • Lithuania: President Dalia Grybauskaite invited centrist Saulius Skvernelis to form a new government as the country’s new prime minister. (AFP)
  • Russia: Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev was detained on suspicion of taking a two-million-dollar bribe over a massive deal involving state-controlled oil giant Rosneft. (AFP)
  • Russia: The intelligence agency FSB arrested five people allegedly linked to the Islamic State group, who were suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in Moscow and the Caucasus region. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: The government says it “does not recognize” a leaked memo suggesting it has no overall plan for Brexit. (BBC)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi air defense forces intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired from Yemen towards the kingdom. (AFP)
  • Iraq: State forces have dislodged Islamic State from one third of the eastern side of Mosul, four weeks into the US-backed campaign to take back the city. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The country said its missile program is “non-negotiable” and tests will continue, following criticism from EU diplomats. (AFP)
  • Syria: Turkey-backed rebels are nearing the city of al-Bab and the area will be cleared of Islamic State militants soon, Turkish PM Binali Yildirim said. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Policy priorities US internet companies have urged President-elect Trump to adopt include strong encryption and liability protections from shared content. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Tina
    • Location: 360 W of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
    • Map
  • 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 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 (16NOV)

  • Global: International Day for Tolerance – 1996
  • Myanmar: Parliament to resume session
  • Russia: Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting to be held in Moscow (to 17NOV)
  • Turkey: Fifth Azerbaijan-Turkey-Georgia trilateral business forum to be held in Istanbul
  • United States and Russia: Anniversary of US recognition of the Soviet Union – 1933

 

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