ONS: 18 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 19, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Suicide bombers killed six at a checkpoint and bustling bus station in northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri.
  • AMERICAS: After a “candid discussion,” Japanese PM Shinzo Abe remarked the US and Japan will be able to maintain a “relationship of trust” with US President-elect Donald Trump.
  • ASIA: Malaysian police raided the offices of pro-democracy group Bersih, a day before the group’s demonstration to call for PM Najib Razak’s resignation.
  • EUROPE: US President Barack Obama met key European leaders in Germany to discuss an array of security and economic challenges, including concerns over President-elect Donald Trump.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian forces pounded rebel-held areas of Aleppo in an intensified a renewed offensive against the rebels.
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Korea rejected Google’s latest request for permission to use government mapping data in servers outside the country, citing security issues with North Korea.

 

TOP STORY

  • Philippines: Burial of former dictator sparks controversy, protests.
    • The burial of former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the country’s Heroes’ Cemetery has prompted outrage from opponents.
    • Protestors took to Metro Manila streets to voice their objections.
    • Past governments had blocked the burial, because they were either led by enemies of Marcos or bowed to public opinion.
    • The Supreme Court this month had overruled objections to the proposal by President Rodrigo Duterte, saying Mr. Marcos’s military service qualified him for the honor.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Mozambique: Authorities are investigating what caused a petrol tanker to explode in the country’s west, killing at least 56 people and injuring more than 100. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Suicide bombers killed six at a checkpoint and bustling bus station in northeastern Maiduguri. (AP)
  • Rwanda: Ex-army officer Jean Claude Seyoboka arrived after being extradited from Canada on accusations he took part in the country’s 1994 genocide. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: At least six activists were abducted and beaten up ahead of a planned protest in Harare against President Robert Mugabe’s government. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • United States: After a “candid discussion,” Japanese PM Shinzo Abe remarked the US and Japan will be able to maintain a “relationship of trust” with US President-elect Donald Trump. (CNN)
  • United States: Reports indicate President-elect Donald Trump has offered former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn the post of national security adviser. (USA Today)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Rosmit Mantilla, who has been in prison since MAY2014, has been freed. (IANS)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China demanded Mongolia scrap a visit by the Dalai Lama, as it seeks to label the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader as a separatist. (AP)
  • Malaysia: Online news portal Malaysiakini’s editor-in-chief Steven Gan was charged for airing “offensive” videos of a news conference by a former ruling party member, a move a rights group labeled an attack on press freedom. (AP)
  • Malaysia: Malaysian police raided the offices of pro-democracy group Bersih, a day before the group’s demonstration to call for PM Najib Razak’s resignation. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: A heavy gunbattle killed at least 14, including 10 Abu Sayyaf militants and 4 soldiers, in the mountain of Patikul town, Sulu Province. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: Investigators arrested former ambassador to the US Jaliya Wickramasuriya for allegedly misusing state funds under the previous government. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: US President Barack Obama met key European leaders in Germany to discuss an array of security and economic challenges, including concerns over President-elect Donald Trump. (AP)
  • Region: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed confidence in President-elect Trump’s leadership for the alliance. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkey is in talks to purchase missile defense systems with several countries, including Russia, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said. (Reuters)
  • Region: More than 4,400 Turkish citizens have applied for asylum in Germany this year, with numbers up since a foiled coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkish police detained 73 academics in raids targeting followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of orchestrating the JUL2016 coup. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country denied it had in any way breached its nuclear deal with world powers, insisting it was meeting its commitment to cap its stocks of controlled materials. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government forces pounded rebel-held areas of Aleppo in an intensified a renewed offensive against the rebels. (AFP)
  • Syria:  At least 11 people were killed and 25 wounded during bombings in the outskirts of the capital Damascus. (EFE)
  • Syria: UN investigators into a deadly September attack on a UN convoy near Aleppo have been in the area collecting evidence to the UN Security Council. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: South Korea rejected Google’s latest request for permission to use government mapping data in servers outside the country, citing security issues with North Korea. (Reuters)

 

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 17NOV:  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 17NOV: 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 17NOV: 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 (19NOV)

  • Global: World Toilet Day – 2001
  • Iran: Deadline for foreign companies to bid on oil and gas projects
  • Malaysia: Democracy group Bersih to stage 1MDB protest, calling for PM to resign
  • Peru: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting to be held in Lima (to 20NOV)

 

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