ONS: 19 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 20, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The United States is seeking to impose sanctions on South Sudan’’s rebel leader, army chief of staff, and information minister for fueling conflict and obstructing peace. (AP)
  • AMERICAS: Tens of thousands of Argentinians protested in their country in order to pressure lawmakers into backing a measure intended to address rising poverty in the nation. (AP)
  • ASIA: For the fourth straight Saturday, masses of citizens filled major avenues in Seoul, South Korea demanding an end to the presidency of Park Geun-hye over scandal. (AP)
  • EUROPE: The secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, expressed confidence that President-elect Donald Trump would not back away from America’s longstanding commitment to European security. (NYT)
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Reza Najafi, said Israel’s nuclear arsenal endangers the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and threatens security in the region. (Xinhua)
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US government said it was deeply concerned over Russia’s decision to block public access to networking site LinkedIn, saying it created a precedent that could be used to justify blocking other sites operating in Russia. (Reuters)

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Ceasefire takes effect after week of US pressure.
    • More than 30 people were killed in intense fighting between rebels and loyalists on the outskirts of Taez.
    • The clashes eliminated hope of a truce announced by Secretary Kerry that was to take effect 17NOV16.
    • A Saudi-led coalition supporting the government against Houthi rebels declared a 48-hour ceasefire to begin on 19NOV16.
    • A Saudi soldier was killed hours before the time of the proposed ceasefire by a missile fired by Yemeni rebels across the border into the kingdom’s southern Asir province.
    • The ceasefire began at the proposed time after the beleaguered government finally agreed to a US peace push.
    • AFP-1, AP, Al Jazeera, Reuters, AFP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich stated that the country will carry out reforms in public procurement in order to curb corruption in government expenditure. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Troops from the African Union, alongside the Somali National Army (SNA), killed six Al-Shabaab militants in an area northeast of the southern town of Kismayo. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: The United States is seeking to impose sanctions on the nation’s rebel leader, army chief of staff, and information minister for fueling conflict and obstructing peace. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Tens of thousands of citizens protested in order to pressure lawmakers into backing a measure intended to address rising poverty in the nation. (AP)
  • Mexico: Gunmen kidnapped at least 12 people, including two children, in a southern region where gangs have perpetrated a series of mass abductions. (AFP)
  • United States: A security panel that advises the White House on foreign deals recommended a Chinese firm attempting to buy a German semiconductor firm drop their plan, citing unspecified national security concerns. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: One of the senior commanders of the Daesh militant group was killed in the eastern region as a result of an airstrike carried out by a US drone. (Sputnik)
  • India: Three soldiers were killed and four were seriously wounded in a separatist attack in the northeastern state of Assam. (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: Thousands of anti-government protesters marched in Kuala Lumpur demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister Najib Razak over his alleged involvement in a misappropriation scandal. (Guardian)
  • South Korea: For the fourth straight Saturday, masses of citizens filled major avenues in Seoul demanding an end to the presidency of Park Geun-hye over scandal. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, expressed confidence that President-elect Donald Trump would not back away from America’s longstanding commitment to European security. (NYT)
  • Region: The counterterrorism coordinator for the Netherlands, Dick Schoof, estimated that Islamic State has between 60 and 80 operatives in place in Europe to prepare and execute terrorist attacks. (RFE/RL)
  • Denmark: Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen decided to invite two allied political parties to negotiations about joining the government. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Police detained two Swedish TV journalists in the Kurdish-majority province of Diyarkabir in the southeast after they filmed near a military zone. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region:  The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Reza Najafi, said Israel’s nuclear arsenal endangers the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and threatens security in the region. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Major Gen. Sami al-Aridi of the Iraqi Special Forces says his troops are facing stiff resistance from Islamic State militants as they push deeper into eastern Mosul. (AP)
  • Iraq: Security forces repelled attacks of Islamic State militants south of Mosul, killing 43 IS militants and capturing 11 others. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US government said it was deeply concerned over Russia’s decision to block public access to networking site LinkedIn, saying it created a precedent that could be used to justify blocking other sites operating in Russia. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 32km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 6km
    • Map
  • 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 (20NOV)

  • Global: Universal Children’s Day – 1954
  • Global: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – 2005
  • Africa Region: Africa Industrialization Day – 1989
  • Brazil: Black Consciousness Day – 1695
  • Cyprus: Reunification talks to reconvene in Geneva
  • France: Round one of Christian Democratic Party primary
  • Haiti: First round of presidential election
  • Mali: Municipal elections
  • Mexico: Revolution Day – 1910
  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of the Mecca Grand Mosque seizure – 1979
  • South Sudan: New contingent of Japanese peacekeepers to arrive
  • Ukraine: Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic to visit (to 21NOV)

 

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