ONS: 19 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 20, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Uganda’s parliament abruptly adjourned amid allegations soldiers had entered the building.
  • AMERICAS: Honduras opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, handed over to the Organization of American States evidence of the alleged fraud committed in the recent Honduran elections.
  • ASIA: China unveiled an ambitious climate change plan to give Chinese power companies a financial incentive to operate more cleanly.
  • EUROPE: In Germany, survivors and dignitaries commemorated the anniversary of the attack on a Berlin Christmas market in which 12 people were killed and dozens injured.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said US President Donald Trump cannot cause its nuclear deal with six major powers to collapse.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US acknowledged North Korea was behind the WannaCry computer worm that affected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries earlier this year.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: China and Russia respond to Trump’s National Security Strategy.
    • China urged the US to “abandon its Cold War mentality and zero-sum game concept,” warning failure to do so “would only harm itself as well as others.”
    • Beijing sees Washington as an obstacle to its ambitions to be East Asia’s dominant power, and strains over Taiwan, trade, technology policy and the South China Sea are growing.
    • The Kremlin has lambasted US President Donald Trump’s new national security strategy as “imperial” but lauded the US for willing to cooperate with Russia in areas of common interest.
    • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “We can not agree with an attitude that sees our country as a threat to the United States.”
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, CNN, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Militants seeking independence for the country’s English-speaking regions killed four gendarmes, as disputes with the Francophone-dominated government degenerate into open warfare. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: The country’s parliament abruptly adjourned amid allegations soldiers had entered the building. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: A UN report said almost 3 million children are facing severe food insecurity, with more than 1 million acutely malnourished, while 2.4 million have been forced to flee their homes. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Honduras opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, handed over to the Organization of American States evidence of the alleged fraud committed in the recent Honduran elections. (EFE)
  • Argentina: Protesters and police clashed outside the nation’s Congress, leaving at least 81 people injured and 48 under arrest. (EFE)
  • United States: House Republicans unveiled an USD 81B disaster aid package to help hurricane-ravaged communities and states hit by wildfires. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and South Korea urged China to do more to “pressure” North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programs. (Reuters)
  • Region: Japan approved a plan to purchase land-based US missile combat systems to increase the country’s defense capabilities amid escalating threats from North Korea. (AP)
  • Region: Myanmar and Bangladesh formed a joint working group to oversee the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, but their return is likely to be delayed. (AP)
  • China: The country unveiled an ambitious climate change plan to give Chinese power companies a financial incentive to operate more cleanly. (NYT)
  • North Korea: The country rejected a recent offer by the US for talks without preconditions, calling it a ploy to make it give up its nuclear program. (EFE)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Survivors and dignitaries commemorated the anniversary of the attack on a Berlin Christmas market in which 12 people were killed and dozens injured. (AP)
  • Russia: The country detained a Norwegian citizen suspected of spying. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: British police arrested four men in Sheffield and Chesterfield on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels intercepted a ballistic missile near Riyadh. (BBC)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani said US President Donald Trump cannot cause its nuclear deal with six major powers to collapse. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Iraqi Kurdistan was rocked with protests as anger raged for a second day at the fallout from a SEP2017 independence referendum. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Bashar al Assad accused France of supporting bloodshed in his country, making it unfit to talk about a peace settlement. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Air strikes by the Saudi-led military coalition in the country killed at least 136 civilians and non-combatants since 06DEC. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US acknowledged North Korea was behind the WannaCry computer worm that affected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries earlier this year. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Kai-Tak
    • Location: 547 NM E of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Movement: WSW at 10 mph
    • Wind: 40 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 (20DEC)

  • Global: International Human Solidarity Day – 2002
  • Austria: New conservative-far right government to be sworn in
  • Macau: Special Administrative Region Establishment Day – 1999
  • Maldives: The Day Maldives Embraced Islam – Unknown
  • Myanmar: Bo Aung Kyaw Day – 1938
  • Panama: Mourning Day – 1989
  • Réunion: Abolition Day – 1848
  • Ukraine: Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine to meet

 

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