ONS: 16 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 17, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Canada will not be sending hundreds of peacekeepers to support a UN mission in Mali in the near future.
  • AMERICAS: US Army chief of staff Gen. Mark Milley said his service has failed in a “significant amount” of cases to alert the FBI to soldiers’ criminal history.
  • ASIA: China will stick by its “freeze-for-freeze” plan to de-escalate tensions in the Korean Peninsula, trading a halt of North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests in return for the suspension of US-South Korea military exercises.
  • EUROPE: The World Anti-Doping Agency rejected Russia’s appeals and refused to recognize the nation as compliant with the global anti-doping code.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saad al-Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France within 48 hours, before flying to Beirut to officially submit his resignation as Lebanese PM.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US made public the rules by which the government decides to disclose or keep secret software flaws that can be turned into cyber-weapons.

 

TOP STORY

  • Zimbabwe: Talks underway for new administration, Mugabe exit.
    • Zimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country.
    • A senior member of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party said talks were underway with military leaders about an administration that includes the opposition.
    • Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has returned from abroad to Harare, two sources with knowledge of his movements said.
    • President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains the country’s only legitimate ruler, an intelligence source said, and is resisting mediation to allow a graceful exit from power.
    • Mugabe has been in military custody, reportedly with his wife, as the military remains in the streets of the capital, Harare.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Egyptian security forces killed three suspected militants and arrested 74 others in raids targeting militant groups in North Sinai. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Canada will not be sending hundreds of peacekeepers to support a UN mission in the country in the near future. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan arrived in the country to push for human rights and religious freedom. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuban and foreign experts offered scientific evidence denying the alleged “acoustic attacks” on US diplomatic personnel in the island. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: Hundreds of police and soldiers fanned out across many of the country’s slums after gang members threatened people campaigning for election candidates. (AFP)
  • Peru: President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski denied receiving money from Brazilian construction giant, Odebrecht, to finance his 2011 and 2016 presidential campaigns. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Army chief of staff Gen. Mark Milley said his service has failed in a “significant amount” of cases to alert the FBI to soldiers’ criminal history. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China will stick by its “freeze-for-freeze” plan to de-escalate tensions in the Korean Peninsula, trading a halt of North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests in return for the suspension of US-South Korea military exercises. (WP)
  • Region: Diplomacy backed by military power is needed to deal with North Korea’s missile and nuclear development, the head of the US military’s Pacific Command Harry Harris said. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide attacker blew himself up outside a wedding hall in Kabul killing at least nine people in an attempt to strike a political gathering under way inside. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: The country’s Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition party, leaving the government with no significant competitor ahead of elections next year. (BBC)
  • Myanmar: Human Rights Watch reported the raping of Rohingya women and girls by the country’s military was more widespread and systematic than suspected. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM Theresa May is preparing to offer up to USD 26B more to the EU as part of a Brexit divorce bill. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkey expects the EU to provide the remaining portion of the USD 3.53B which the bloc pledged under a migrant deal by end-2017. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The World Anti-Doping Agency rejected the country’s appeals and refused to recognize the nation as compliant with the global anti-doping code. (NYT)
  • Turkey: Turkish airstrikes killed three Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) militants in country’s eastern Agri province. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: The government arrested 60 former security officials in a wide-scale operation on suspicion of links to last year’s attempted military coup. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saad al-Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France within 48 hours, before flying to Beirut to officially submit his resignation as Lebanese PM. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkey, Russia and Iran will hold a summit to discuss developments in Syria next week in the Russian resort of Sochi. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The US-backed Kurdish YPG militia is more concerned about capturing territory than fighting Islamic State, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US made public the rules by which the government decides to disclose or keep secret software flaws that can be turned into cyber-weapons. (WP)

 

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 (17NOV)

  • Azerbaijan: National Revival Day – 1988
  • Belgium: Former Catalonian leader Charles Puigdemont to appear in a Brussels court to determine whether he will be extradited to Spain
  • Czech Republic and Slovakia: Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day – 1939/1989
  • Marshall Islands: President’s Day – Unknown
  • Thailand: ASEAN Defense Exhibition to open (to 22NOV)

 

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