ONS: 17 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 18, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Somali government arrested 19 Al-Shabaab suspects in the southern Lower Shabelle region.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law the creation of a national commission dedicated to finding people who have disappeared, much due to gang violence.
  • ASIA: The US and EU threatened action against Cambodia after the main opposition party was banned ahead of elections.
  • EUROPE: EU leaders warned Britain that it must do much more to convince them that Brexit talks should be broadened to cover future relations and trade.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A new US approach to deal with North Korea envisions the stepped-up use of cyber-weapons to interfere with the North’s control systems before missiles are launched.

 

TOP STORY

  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe makes first public appearance as exit talks continue.
    • President Robert Mugabe made his first public appearance since the country’s army took over on 15NOV.
    • Military leaders have been desperate not to be seen as mounting an unconstitutional coup, and by allowing him to attend the graduation ceremony, appeared to be an attempt to show that Mugabe was permitted to move freely.
    • Military leaders stated they are “engaging with the Commander-in-Chief President Robert Mugabe on the way forward and will advise the nation of the outcome as soon as possible.”
    • Leaders of Mugabe’s party will force him from office if the 93-year-old leader resists pressure from the army to quit, a senior party source said.
    • Mugabe has resisted pressure to step down, and says the army’s intervention is illegal, sources close to the military said.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Guardian, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: A fire swept through the main building of the country’s parliament in Yaounde, causing substantial damage but no injuries. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Kenyan police fired in the air to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters gathered outside the airport in the capital Nairobi. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The Somali government arrested 19 Al-Shabaab suspects in the southern Lower Shabelle region. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said he would support the governor of the Gezira state in 2020 presidential elections if Mohamed Tahir Ayala decided to stand. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Canada is open to a Mexican proposal to review the North American Free Trade Agreement every five years instead of terminating the deal automatically if it is not renegotiated, as the US demands. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law the creation of a national commission dedicated to finding people who have disappeared, much due to gang violence. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: In another blow to the country, a committee of creditors ruled that state oil company PDVSA has defaulted on its debt. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe says North Korea is the most serious security for his country since World War II and pledged to bolster defense measures. (AP)
  • Cambodia: The US and EU threatened action against the country after the main opposition party was banned ahead of elections. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Amnesty International said it has documentation of illegal actions from both Philippine government troops and Islamic State-allied militants in Marawi. (AP)
  • South Korea: Two South Korean spy chiefs under the impeached former President Park Geun-hye were arrested on charges of illegally channeling thousands of dollars for Ms. Park’s private use. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU leaders warned Britain that it must do much more to convince them that Brexit talks should be broadened to cover future relations and trade. (AP)
  • Region: Turkey withdrew 40 soldiers from a NATO military exercise in Norway, after the country’s founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were allegedly depicted as “enemies.” (AP)
  • Italy: Former boss of the feared Sicilian Cosa Nostra mafia Salvatore “Toto” Riina died from cancer. (BBC)
  • Russia: A Russian law that could force international media outlets to register as “foreign agents” is an attack on free speech, Human Rights watch said. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkish police launched operations to track down 42 university staff from Istanbul’s Marmara University who are alleged to have links to last year’s failed coup attempt. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran said “biased” French policy was stoking crises in the Middle East after French FM Jean-Yves Le Drian accused it of “hegemonic” ambitions in the region. (AFP)
  • Region: Egypt will temporarily reopen the country’s border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the first time since the Islamic militant group Hamas ceded control of its side of the crossings to the Palestinian Authority. (AP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Germany will spend an initial USD 11M to help remove mines from the northern city of Raqqa. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The UN Security Council, in a standoff between the US and Russia, failed to renew the mandate of an independent committee investigating chemical-weapon use in the country. (WSJ)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A new US approach to deal with North Korea envisions the stepped-up use of cyber-weapons to interfere with the North’s control systems before missiles are launched. (NYT)

 

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 (18NOV)

  • Latvia: Proclamation of the Republic – 1918
  • Morocco: Independence Day – 1956
  • Oman: National Day – Unknown
  • United States: International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day – Unknown

 

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