ONS: 18 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 19, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Several thousand people are in the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, to demand longtime President Mugabe’s exit following a military intervention.
  • AMERICAS: Ousted Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma, a key opponent of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, traveled to Madrid after escaping house arrest in the capital.
  • ASIA:  Pakistani authorities issued a final warning to members of an Islamist party blocking a main road into the capital Islamabad, raising fears of a violent clash.
  • EUROPE: The U.S. State Department approved a $10.5 billion sale of Raytheon Co’s Patriot missile defense system to Poland.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution to extend by one month an international inquiry into the chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Pentagon accidentally exposed huge amounts of web-monitoring data in a security failure on the Amazon Web Services server.

 

TOP STORY:

  • Lebanon: Prime Minister Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for France
    • Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri departed Saudi Arabia, and has arrived in Paris via private jet amid heavy security.
    • Mr. Hariri spoke over the phone to President Aoud, and said he will return to Beirut in time for Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday.
    • Mr. Hariri is scheduled to meet with French President Macron on Saturday at noon, local time. Macron clarified in advance that Hariri has not come in exile.
    • President Aoud has not officially accepted Mr. Hariri’s resignation from the government, so his official status remains unclear.
    • Saudi Arabia, which was suspected of coercing or detaining Mr. Hariri, has not yet made any public statement regarding his departure.
    • Sources: AP, ABC, Financial TImes, BBC, Al Jazeera

 

AFRICA

  • Morocco: Over 250 migrants crossing from Morocco aboard 24 vessels were rescued on Friday off the coast of Spain. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The United States increased aid to Tunisia’s military and development sectors by 30 percent between 2016 and 2017, to 205.4 million U.S. dollars. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: Several thousand people are in the streets of the capital, Harare, to demand longtime President Mugabe’s exit following a military intervention. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Macri said his government is committed to employ all resources necessary to find a missing Navy submarine with 44 crew members. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Ousted Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma, a key opponent of President Nicolas Maduro, traveled to Madrid after escaping house arrest in the capital. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro offered to help U.S. President Donald Trump in fighting the drug trade. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Up to 23 militants were killed and 25 others wounded during the military operations over the past 24 hours, the defense ministry said. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: A special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the closest aide of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, amid an ongoing pause in Pyongyang’s saber-rattling. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Authorities issued a final warning to members of an Islamist party blocking a main road into the capital Islamabad, raising fears of a violent clash. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: Police arrested 19 people after a clash between majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) party is likely to name Christophe Castanera its new leader. (AFP)
  • Poland: The U.S. State Department approved a possible $10.5 billion sale of Raytheon Co’s Patriot missile defense system to Poland. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The U.S. ambassador to NATO stopped short of saying that that the United States will impose sanctions on Turkey if it goes through with its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system. (Defense News)
  • Turkey: NATO’s secretary general has apologized to Ankara over military exercises in Norway during which Turkey’s founding leader, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, were reportedly depicted as “enemies”. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: The government opened the Rafah crossing point to Gaza for three days on a humanitarian basis for the first time. (AP)
  • Palestine: The Palestinian foreign minister says the Authority will not give in to “extortion” after a U.S. threat to close their diplomatic mission in Washington. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The Trump administration is considering strengthening Saudi Arabia’s missile defenses. (WSJ)
  • Syria: Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution to extend by one month an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Pentagon accidentally exposed huge amounts of web-monitoring data in a security failure on the Amazon Web Services server. (CNN)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Kirogi
      • Approximately 397 NM East of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
      • Movement: WNW at 18 mph
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Sourcing: Weather Underground

 

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes:
    • M 6.3 – 58km NE of Nyingchi, China
  • 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 (19NOV)

  • Global: The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – 2005
  • Global: World Toilet Day – 2013
  • Brazil: Flag Day – 1889
  • Chile: General Elections
  • Egypt: The Arab League to meet to discuss Iranian actions in the Middle East
  • Monaco: National Day – 2005
  • Puerto Rico: Discovery Day – 1493
  • Russia: Missile Troops and Artillery Day – 1944

 

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