ONS: 17 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 18, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rwanda’s upper house of parliament passed a constitutional amendment enabling President Paul Kagame to run for a third consecutive term in 2017.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil’s Mercosur trade bloc, currently negotiating a trade agreement with the EU, is ready to present its market access offer to the 28-member bloc.
  • ASIA: Asia-Pacific leaders voiced outrage over the attacks in Paris as security and geopolitical concerns overshadow talks on trade and the economy at an annual APEC regional summit being held under ultra-tight security in the Philippines.
  • EUROPE: The UN called on states not to “backtrack” on pledges made to host migrants and refugees, including from Syria, in the wake of the attacks in Paris.
  • MIDDLE EAST: France launched fresh airstrikes on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa days after attacks in Paris linked to the group killed at least 129 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The deadly attacks in Paris may reignite the debate over whether tech companies should let governments bypass data encryption.

TOP STORY

  • Russia: Bomb responsible for Russian passenger jet crash in Sinai Peninsula.
    • Russia confirmed for the first time a homemade bomb brought down a Russian charter jet over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt more than two weeks ago, killing all 224 people aboard.
    • The Russian passenger jet that crashed over the Sinai was brought down by a bomb estimated to contain 1 kg of explosives.
    • “One can unequivocally say that it was a terrorist act,” Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s FSB security service.
    • A top official in Egypt‘s Aviation Ministry says the Egyptian-led international committee investigating the crash has not found any proof of a bomb on board.
    • Russia has offered a $50 million reward for information that helps lead to detaining anyone involved in the plot to blow up the plane.
    • Coverage: CNN, DPA, NYT, Reuters, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: A total of 6,944 candidates have been cleared to contest in the nation’s legislative polls scheduled for 29NOV. (Xinhua)
  • Rwanda: The upper house of parliament passed a constitutional amendment enabling President Paul Kagame to run for a third consecutive term in 2017. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Rebels declared they seized a strategic area in the oil-rich Unity state in a fresh violation of the ceasefire deal signed by the two warring parties last August. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff said though her country is far from the targets of the Islamic State (IS) militant group, it is not completely safe. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The country’s Mercosur trade bloc, currently negotiating a trade agreement with the EU, is ready to present its market access offer to the 28-member bloc. (EFE)
  • Peru: Presidential candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced that he has given up his US citizenship as the right thing to do before the 2016 elections. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Asia-Pacific leaders voiced outrage over the attacks in Paris as security and geopolitical concerns overshadow talks on trade and the economy at an annual APEC regional summit being held under ultra-tight security in the Philippines. (AP)
  • Region: US President Barack Obama affirmed Washington’s commitment to the Philippines’ security and to freedom of navigation in Asia, squarely putting tension over Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea onto the APEC agenda. (Reuters)
  • Region: Beijing has the “right and ability” to seize South China Sea islands occupied by other countries, a senior Chinese diplomat said. (AFP)
  • Australia: Police are being trained to shoot armed extremists on sight, in a change of tactics from “contain and negotiate” amid fears of further terrorist attacks. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The UN called on states not to “backtrack” on pledges made to host migrants and refugees, including from Syria, in the wake of the attacks in Paris. (AFP)
  • Britain: Islamic State militants are trying to develop the capability to launch deadly cyber-attacks against the country’s infrastructure. (Reuters)
  • France: Security forces have searched 128 houses overnight as part of anti-terrorism operations. (DPA)
  • France: The country is going to flout EU budget discipline rules as it boosts security spending in response to terrorist threats, PM Manuel Valls said. (DPA)
  • Kosovo: Opposition lawmakers once again disrupted parliament by firing tear gas and pepper spray, the fourth such incident in six weeks. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The country has banned the “northern branch” of the Islamist Movement, one of the main groups accused of recent violence at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque. (AFP)
  • Syria: France launched fresh airstrikes on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa days after attacks in Paris linked to the group killed at least 129 people. (AP)
  • Syria: The army has regained a village in the country’s west recently seized by the Islamic State group near a vital north-south highway. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi returned to the city of Aden to rally forces loyal to him and oversee a campaign to retake the city of Taiz. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The deadly attacks in Paris may reignite the debate over whether tech companies should let governments bypass data encryption. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 27W
    • Location: 315 NM ESE of Pohnpei
    • Wind: 28 mph
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 14km WNW of Nidri, Greece
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 11.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Colima, Mexico
    • Eruption sent a plume of smoke and ash 9,842 feet into the air. (Reuters)
  • 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 17NOV: 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 17NOV: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 17NOV: 971
      • Deaths as of 17NOV: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 17NOV: 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 17NOV: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18NOV)

  • Global: APEC leaders’ meeting in Metro Manila (to 19NOV)
  • Latvia: Anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia – 1918
  • Morocco: Independence Day – 1956
  • Sudan: Peace talks between the government, the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector and Darfur’s armed movements in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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