ONS: 15 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 16, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya’s national election board must give access to election returns to parties challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in last month’s presidential election, the Supreme Court ruled.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela insisted it has begun efforts to refinance some USD 60B in bonds, though creditors declared the nation in selective default.
  • ASIA: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for a credible investigation into reports of human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims committed by Myanmar’s security forces.
  • EUROPE: Russian Twitter accounts posted almost 45,000 messages about Brexit in the 48 hours around last year’s referendum in an attempt to sow discord during the United Kingdom’s vote on whether to leave the EU.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese President Michel Aoun said the country’s PM, Saad al Hariri, is being detained in Saudi Arabia against his will.
  • TECHNOLOGY: About 15 percent of US government agencies detected traces of Russian company Kaspersky Lab’s software in a review prompted by concerns the antivirus firm is vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

TOP STORY

  • Zimbabwe: Military asserts control in alleged-“bloodless coup.”  
    • Zimbabwe’s military took control of the country — and its leader President Robert Mugabe — in the early morning with a televised announcement saying it was “not a military takeover.”
    • Mugabe and his family continue to remain under military detention twelve hours after the military declared on national television that it had temporarily taken control of the country to “target criminals” around the head of state.
    • While denying they had seized power, the military said Mugabe and his family “are safe and sound, and their security is guaranteed.”
    • For the first time, the military has oppose Mugabe, one of the world’s longest-serving authoritarian rulers, in power since 1980.
    • Last week, the president dismissed his VP and presumed successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa and allies, which outraged military personnel.
    • Coverage: AP, Guardian, LAT, NYT, WP

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UN Security Council is expected to add 900 troops in the country and step up prevention of sex abuse by peacekeepers. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The country’s national election board must give access to election returns to parties challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in last month’s presidential election, the Supreme Court ruled. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The UN Security Council renewed until 15NOV2018 the partial lifting of the arms embargo on the country. (Xinhua)
  • Tanzania: The country has seen a decrease in attacks on albinos, but has seen an increase in their bodies being exhumed. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The country’s constitutional court ruled that special justice tribunals outlined in a peace deal between the government and the Marxist FARC rebels are constitutional. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Mexican police and military arrested Martiniano Jaramillo, an “old school” Zetas cartel leader who allegedly coordinated a 2010 killing spree that included the massacre of 72 Central American migrants. (AP)
  • United States: Four people are dead after a gunman opened fire in northern California at several locations, including an elementary school. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: The country insisted it has begun efforts to refinance some USD 60B in bonds, though creditors declared the nation in selective default. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: China will send special envoy Song Tao to North Korea, but is unknown whether Pyongyang’s nuclear program would be on the agenda. (WSJ)
  • Australia: Australians voted to legalize gay marriage by a substantial majority, triggering elation in major cities. (WP)
  • Myanmar: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for a credible investigation into reports of human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims committed by the country’s security forces. (Reuters)
  • Solomon Islands: Former central bank governor Rick Houenipwel was elected PM, immediately vowing to sort out the Pacific island nation’s shaky finances. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian Twitter accounts posted almost 45,000 messages about Brexit in the 48 hours around last year’s referendum in an attempt to sow discord during the United Kingdom’s vote on whether to leave the EU. (Reuters)
  • Region: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov dismissed allegations that Moscow had fomented separatist sentiment in Spain’s Catalonia as hysteria. (Reuters)
  • Region: There are more cases against Google to come, said Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Russian lawmakers unanimously approved a bill allowing the government to register international media outlets as foreign agents. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Lebanese President Michel Aoun said the country’s PM, Saad al Hariri, is being detained in Saudi Arabia against his will. (INDE)
  • Region: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu offered aid to the victims of the deadly earthquake in Iran, insisting enmity between the two governments does not prevent humanitarian sympathy. (AFP)
  • Region: The Israeli military demolished the West Bank home of Nimr Jamal, a Palestinian who killed three Israeli security men in SEP2017. (AP)
  • Iran: Iranian survivors are awaiting badly needed aid, three days after a powerful earthquake killed more than 530 people and left thousands injured. (AP)
  • Lebanon: The Lebanese military arrested Mustafa al-Hujairi, a fugitive radical Islamist cleric implicated in the abduction of soldiers by militants three years ago. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: About 15 percent of US government agencies detected traces of Russian company Kaspersky Lab’s software in a review prompted by concerns the antivirus firm is vulnerable to Kremlin influence. (Reuters)

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 (16NOV)

  • Global: International Day for Tolerance – 1996
  • Global: World Philosophy Day – 2002
  • Estonia: Day of Declaration of Sovereignty – 1988
  • Sint Eustatius: Statia Day – 2004
  • Tonga: General Elections
  • Ukraine: Naval Infantry Day – 2014
  • United States: Great American Smokeout – 1976

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