ONS: 17 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 18, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Members of the Rwandan RPF Inkotanyi National Congress overwhelmingly re-elected President Paul Kagame to lead the party for the next five years.
  • AMERICAS:  Brazil’s leftist Workers Party (PT) approved a resolution on Saturday formally supporting the candidacy of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
  • ASIA: A Sydney-based “loyal agent of North Korea” has been charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions
  • EUROPE: Britain must strike a strong trade deal with the European Union after Brexit and avoid becoming a subordinate state of the bloc, foreign minister and leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson said
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of Israelis have called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign over corruption allegations during a march in Tel Aviv.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Technology: The United States has denied suggestions it undermined an investigation into a massive data breach at the Italian cybersecurity firm Hacking Team, saying it did everything it could to help in the case.

TOP STORY:

  • A suicide bombing and gun attack killed at least 8 people at a church in Quetta, Pakistan.
    • Two attackers armed with automatic weapons and explosive vests began their attack during the regular Sunday service
    • The attackers were confronted by security forces outside the church and a firefight broke out, injuring dozens.
    • One attacker died when detonating his vest, the other was shot dead by police.
    • Current tallies point to 8 killed, and 40 injured, although those figures may climb.
    • No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, and the attackers themselves remain unidentified.
    • Coverage: BBC, The Independant, CNN, TNS, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: West African ECOWAS leaders threatened to slap Guinea-Bissau with sanctions unless the country’s grinding political crisis was resolved within two months. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: Members of the RPF Inkotanyi National Congress on Saturday overwhelmingly re-elected President Paul Kagame to lead the party for the next five years. (Xinhua)
  • Togo: Protesters again took to the streets of Togo’s capital Lome on Saturday to demonstrate against the rule of President Faure Gnassingbe, who was in Nigeria chairing a summit of West African leaders. (AFP)
  • Zambia: At least 20 people have died of cholera in the Zambian capital of Lusaka since the outbreak of the waterborne disease in the country in October, health authorities said (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina:  Argentina dismissed its naval chief Saturday, a month after a submarine went missing with 44 crew members on board, a military official said. (AFP)
  • Bolivia: Bolivian President Evo Morales was proclaimed Saturday in Cochabamba before thousands of followers as the candidate of the ruling Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party, allowing him to run for a fourth straight term in 2019. (EFE)
  • Brazil: Brazil’s leftist Workers Party (PT) approved a resolution on Saturday formally supporting the candidacy of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (Reuters)
  • Honduras: Hilda Hernandez, sister of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and five other people were killed in a helicopter crash Saturday on a mountain near the Honduran capital. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region:  A Sydney-based “loyal agent of North Korea” has been charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions (AFP)
  • China: Police have busted a cross-border drug gang, seizing 37 suspects, including four from Myanmar who had swallowed 183 packets of drugs to smuggle, (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Landslides triggered by tropical storm Kai-Tak have killed 26 people in the central Philippine island of Biliran (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Britain must strike a strong trade deal with the European Union after Brexit and avoid becoming a subordinate state of the bloc, foreign minister and leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson said. (Reuters)
  • Austria: The leaders of the two parties that will form Austria’s next coalition government have presented the program for their upcoming five-year term in office to the media. (Xinhua)
  • Malta: The government denied local media reports claiming involvement of officials in facilitating the smuggling of people in an allegedly Europe-wide operation. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Security services have killed five suspected Islamist militants in a raid in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan, the national Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Flights at Israel’s main airport were suspended on Sunday as part of a strike against plans by pharmaceutical giant Teva to shed employees, airport sources said. (AFP)
  • Israel: Thousands of Israelis have called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign over corruption allegations during a march in Tel Aviv. (DPA)
  • Saudi Arabia: Sabih al Masri, a Palestinian billionaire and Jordan’s most influential businessman, was released after several days of detention in Saudi Arabia, who he said gave him “all respect”. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Witnesses and health officials say an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition has struck a wedding procession east of Yemen’s capital, killing 10 women. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The United States has denied suggestions it undermined an investigation into a massive data breach at the Italian cybersecurity firm Hacking Team, saying it did everything it could to help in the case. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Depression Kai-Tak
      • 175 NM SE of Manila
      • Movement: W at 15mph
      • Wind: 35mph
      • Source
  • Hurricanes: nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 08DEC: 61,549 (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 08DEC: 123,073 (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 08DEC: 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 19NOV: 2,103 (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 19NOV: 733 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18DEC)

  • Global: International Migrants Day – 2000
  • Global: UN Arabic Language Day – Unknown
  • Belgium: Mexican and EU Economy Ministers to meet to finalize free trade deal
  • Beligium: European Commission to commence article 7 procedure to suspend Poland’s voting rights in the European Union
  • Ethiopia: Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to convene the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) for the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, in Addis Ababa
  • Moldova: Police Day – 1990
  • Niger: Republic Day – 1958
  • Qatar: National Day – 2007

 

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