ONS: 18 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 19, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In South Africa, voting for the next president of the ruling African National Congress party continued, with the winner likely to become the country’s next president.
  • AMERICAS: The Organization of American States said Honduras should hold new presidential elections, after the electoral tribunal declared conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez the official winner.
  • ASIA: Islamic State militants stormed an intelligence agency training facility in Kabul, Afghanistan, triggering intense fighting with police.
  • EUROPE: The first group of African refugees benefiting from a new initiative bringing the especially vulnerable directly to Europe arrived in France.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese authorities detained a man suspected in the killing a British woman who worked at the UK Embassy in Beirut.
  • TECHNOLOGY: France brought a court case against Amazon for abuse of its dominant position on marketplace, the retail giant’s third-party vendor platform.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Trump to unveil new US national security strategy.
    • A new US national security strategy plan presents China and Russia as competitors that want to realign global power in their interests, potentially threatening the US.
    • President Donald Trump will discuss the strategy during a 18DEC speech in Washington.
    • Trump’s national security posture reflects his “America First” priorities of protecting the US homeland and borders, rebuilding the US military, projecting strength abroad and pursuing trade policies more favorable to the US.
    • However, the strategy says little about dealing with the kind of cyber and information warfare techniques that Moscow used to try to influence the 2016 presidential election.
    • The Trump administration will also drop climate change from a list of global threats.
    • Coverage: CNN, Guardian, NYT, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: At least 61 people have been killed in clashes between different ethnic groups in the country’s Oromiya region. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Misrata mayor Mohamad Eshtewi was kidnapped and assassinated by unidentified assailants. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Voting for the next president of the ruling African National Congress party continued, with the winner likely to become the country’s next president. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Chile: President Sebastian Piñera was re-elected to a second presidential term. (LAT)
  • Colombia: The country’s leftist ELN rebels said they are willing to extend a ceasefire set to expire next month if there is sufficient progress at peace talks with the government. (Reuters)
  • Honduras: The Organization of American States said the country should hold new presidential elections, after the electoral tribunal declared conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez the official winner. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Human Rights Watch said Rohingya villages in Myanmar continued to be destroyed despite an agreement to return the ethnic Muslim minority refugees from Bangladesh. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Islamic State militants stormed an intelligence agency training facility in Kabul, triggering intense fighting with police. (AFP)
  • China: The country defended trade with the US as a win-win scenario as US President Donald Trump is expected to brand Beijing as a competitor. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: President Htin Kyaw authorized the police to proceed with a case against two detained Reuters reporters accused of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Pakistani security forces are on high alert across the country following a suicide bombing by the Islamic State group that targeted a church. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish prosecutors are requesting German journalist Mesale Tolu be released from jail pending the outcome of her trial on terror-related charges. (AP)
  • France: The first group of African refugees benefiting from a new initiative bringing the especially vulnerable directly to Europe arrived in the country. (AP)
  • Russia: Campaigning officially began for the country’s presidential election, in which President Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win a fourth term. (AFP)
  • Spain: China welcomed a Spanish court’s decision to extradite 121 Taiwanese nationals to China, a decision Taiwan criticized. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed amid multiple ceasefire violations by Russia-backed separatists in the country’s east. (RFE/RL)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Israeli military carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in reaction to new rocket attacks out of the Palestinian territory. (AP)
  • Region: Iran wants to examine missile parts the US displayed as “undeniable” evidence that Tehran has been arming Yemen’s Shiite rebels. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Lebanese authorities detained a man suspected in the killing a British woman who worked at the UK Embassy in Beirut. (AP)
  • Yemen: Eight women and two children were killed when a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a wedding party. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: France brought a court case against Amazon for abuse of its dominant position on marketplace, the retail giant’s third-party vendor platform. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Kai-Tak
    • Location: 75 NM NE of Puerto Princesa, Philippines
    • Movement: WSW at 8 mph
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 15DEC: 61,585 (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 15DEC: 123,081 (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 15DEC: 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 (19DEC)

  • Anguilla: National Heroes and Heroines Day – 1980
  • Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to meet with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
  • India: Goa Liberation Day – 1961
  • Ukraine: Advocacy Day – 1992

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