ONS: 17 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 18, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisians abused under decades of authoritarian rule are publicly airing their grievances to a special truth commission seeking to reconcile lingering tensions after the democratic revolution.
  • AMERICAS: Dozens of rightwing protesters burst into the Brazilian legislative chamber to demand a military coup.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s order for 400 Turkish nationals to leave the country within 72 hours was challenged in court, while hundreds of students protested.
  • EUROPE: Turkey detained the mayor of the southeastern city of Van, replacing him and two other mayors in the region, continuing a crackdown on pro-Kurdish politicians.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni Shiite rebels endorsed a US-brokered cease-fire deal, as well as the formation of a national unity government and discussing ways to end the conflict.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russia ordered Internet service providers to block public access to the website of social networking company LinkedIn after a court ruling found the firm guilty of violating data laws.

TOP STORY

  • Japan & the United States: PM Abe first foreign leader to meet Trump.
    • Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe will be the first foreign leader to meet US President-elect Donald Trump since the election last week.
    • Reports suggest Abe is starting from scratch in his relationship with Trump, seeking to build trust.
    • Abe is expected to highlight the importance of the security alliance between his country and the US.
    • Trump said he would demand that allies such as Japan and South Korea contribute more to the cost of basing US troops in their countries.
    • Such comments worry Japan, who faces regional threats from North Korea and China, in addition to paying considerable sums to support the US bases.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, VOA

AFRICA

  • Libya: At least 20 members of the Libyan National Army were killed and 40 injured in two days of fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: South African police are investigating allegations State Security Minister David Mahlobo was involved in a rhino-poaching syndicate. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Tunisians abused under decades of authoritarian rule are publicly airing their grievances to a special truth commission seeking to reconcile lingering tensions after a democratic revolution. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said he will work “hard” with US President-elect Donald Trump and continue pushing the normalization of ties between Cuba and the US. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: Dozens of rightwing protesters burst into the legislative chamber to demand a military coup. (AFP)
  • United States: A National Intelligence survey found officials in US Central Command had far less confidence that superiors were not distorting or suppressing their analyses than counterparts in the other eight American military commands. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • India: New measures will allow farmers and marrying couples to withdraw more money from banks, as frustration mounted over the country’s cash crisis. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: PM Najib Razak warned violence would not be tolerated at a major anti-government demonstration planned for the weekend. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The country blacklisted prominent US photographer Greg Constantine from attending his own exhibition, which features pictures of the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The government’s order for 400 Turkish nationals to leave the country within 72 hours was challenged in court, while hundreds of students protested. (AP)
  • South Korea: Parliament passed a law that would allow a special prosecutor to investigate a corruption scandal threatening the presidency of Park Geun-hye. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Google’s Digital News Initiative, designed to “advance innovation in the news industry,” gave USD 25.7M in grants to more than 100 European media groups and projects. (DPA)
  • Region: EU governments and the European Parliament reached a deal early on the bloc’s 2017 budget. (DPA)
  • Greece: Planned protest marches to the US Embassy in Athens will take place to mark the anniversary of the crushing of a 1973 student uprising against the then-ruling military junta. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country detained the mayor of the southeastern city of Van, replacing him and two other mayors in the region, continuing a crackdown on pro-Kurdish politicians. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Demand for natural gas will grow in 2017 but at a slower rate than in recent years, Qatar’s energy minister Mohammed Saleh al-Sada said. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Due to poor weather and cloudy skies, Iraqi special forces paused temporarily in their push into the city of Mosul. (AP)
  • Yemen: Human Rights Watch accused Houthi rebels of arbitrarily detaining, torturing, and forcibly disappearing opponents since they overran the capital in September 2014. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Houthi rebels endorsed a US-brokered cease-fire deal, as well as the formation of a national unity government and discussing ways to end the conflict. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Russia ordered Internet service providers to block public access to the website of social networking company LinkedIn after a court ruling found the firm guilty of violating data laws. (Reuters)
  • Technology: Belgium is training young people as cyber-patrollers to combat hate speech as Europe sees a surge in online abuse. (AFP)

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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • 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 (18NOV)

  • Ecuador: Deadlines for nominations for 19FEB elections
  • Latvia: Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia – 1918
  • Morocco: Independence Day – 1956
  • Norway: Norwegian branch of the PEN Club to award Edward Snowden the Ossietzky prize for freedom of expression
  • Peru: US President Barack Obama to visit (to 20NOV)
  • Syria: Mandate to end of international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks

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