ONS: 16 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 17, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The International Criminal Court opened its annual meeting with an appeal to defecting African nations not to quit the organization.
  • AMERICAS: Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will increase their cooperative efforts to confront drug, weapons and human trafficking.
  • ASIA: Defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met in Laos to share views on advancing defense cooperation as well as regional and international security challenges.
  • EUROPE: Former NATO chiefs Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer called for a summit soon after Donald Trump’s inauguration to reassure traditional allies the US will still come to their defense.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, the Houthi group said it was ready to stop fighting and join a national unity government.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The BBC World Service will begin broadcasting in 11 additional Asian and African languages and will boost content aimed at its Russian audience in its biggest expansion since the 1940s.

TOP STORY

  • Europe: US President Obama warns against global populist backlash.
    • US President Obama will speak to the Greek people in Athens, focusing on the challenges of globalization and the interdependence of global markets.
    • Obama will argued that Western governments need to address the underlying issues driving economic anxiety before being consumed by populist backlash.
    • Greece hopes Obama will persuade some of the financially stricken country’s more reluctant international creditors to grant debt relief, as well as pressuring other European countries to share more of the burden of the continent’s refugee crisis.
    • Obama is currently spending two days in Greece before heading to Germany, where he will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders.
    • Coverage: ABC, AFP, AP, CNN, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Region: The International Criminal Court opened its annual meeting with an appeal to defecting African nations not to quit the organization. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The country agreed to delay the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp, after international pressure to give residents more time to find new homes. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The Niger Delta Avengers militant group said it has bombed three southern Nigerian oil pipelines, an attack it said would lead to a production loss of 300,000 barrels per day. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will increase their cooperative efforts to confront drug, weapons and human trafficking. (AP)
  • Mexico: The country will need to show “enormous pragmatism” in its dealings with Donald Trump’s government, President Enrique Pena Nieto said. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: Former President Sixto Duran-Ballen has died at age 95. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met in Laos to share views on advancing defense cooperation as well as regional and international security challenges. (Kyodo)
  • Region: Pakistan’s top foreign affairs official Sartaj Aziz will attend the Heart of Asia conference on Afghanistan, to be hosted by India in December, “to defuse the tension” between the neighboring countries. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide attack near the Afghan Defense Ministry in Kabul has killed at least four people and wounded 11. (CNN)
  • New Zealand: Rescuers on the South Island completed a mass evacuation of tourists stranded after a devastating earthquake. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The investigation into scandal-plagued President Park Geun-hye is expected to be delayed indefinitely at request of the president’s counsel. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Former NATO chiefs Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer called for a summit soon after Donald Trump’s inauguration to reassure traditional allies the US will still come to their defense. (Guardian)
  • Region: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Belgium of being an important center for supporters of both the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the cleric Ankara says orchestrated a failed July coup. (Reuters)
  • Russia:  Moscow said it is formally withdrawing its signature from the founding statute of the International Criminal Court, saying the tribunal has failed to live up to hopes of the international community. (AFP)
  • Serbia: Serbian police arrested 10 people suspected of arms-trafficking and confiscated a large quantity of weapons, including rocket launchers and automatic guns. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country aims to recruit more than 30,000 new personnel after thousands were kicked out of the army in the wake of the failed July coup. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into the city of Mosul, under attack by rockets and suicide bombers from the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Israel: A government-backed bill to limit the volume of calls to prayer at mosques has been blocked by an unlikely source – the country’s ultra-Orthodox Jews. (AFP)
  • Israel: Turkey appointed Kemal Okem as their ambassador to the country, normalizing diplomatic relations after a six-year partial rupture. (AFP)
  • Syria: Syrian and Russian warplanes bombed Aleppo and Idlib province, a day after Moscow announced a fresh offensive against Syrian rebels. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The Yemeni Houthi group said it was ready to stop fighting and join a national unity government. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the US alt-right movement, the same day the social media service said it would crack down on hate speech. (USA Today)
  • Communications: The BBC World Service will begin broadcasting in 11 additional Asian and African languages and will boost content aimed at its Russian audience in its biggest expansion since the 1940s. (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 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)
  • 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 (17NOV)

  • Czech Republic and Slovakia: Anniversary of the “Velvet Revolution” in Prague
  • Germany: US President Barack Obama to visit (to 18NOV)
  • New Zealand: International naval review to be held in Auckland (to 22NOV)
  • Qatar: 18th Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum to be held in Doha

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