ONS: 19 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 20, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Army units carried out extensive sweeps in the region known as the “oil crescent” in north Libya to monitor movements of IS members, according to a military source.
  • AMERICAS: The Argentine navy has detected what appeared to be seven satellite messages sent from a missing submarine, but communication with the vessel was never established.
  • ASIA:  A U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tug boat in Japan’s Sagami Bay, marking the fifth time this year that a ship in the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash.
  • EUROPE: Kiev has summoned the Polish ambassador after Poland denied entry to a Ukrainian official in an escalation of a diplomatic spat over the two’s WWII past.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Lebanese foreign minister will not attend an extraordinary Arab League meeting on Sunday called by Saudi Arabia to discuss “violations” committed by Iran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: NASA has successfully launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the first in a series of four highly advanced polar-orbiting satellites, designed to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts out to seven days.

TOP STORY

  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe’s exit appears imminent following intervention.
    • The ZANU-PF Party’s Central Committee is meeting to discuss removing President Mugabe from his post.
    • The Party youth wing has already called for Mugabe to step down, as has a veterans association.
    • Opposition parties in the legislature have indicated they wish to begin impeachment proceedings if Mugabe is not out by Tuesday.
    • Prosecution against Grace Mugabe and her faction of supporters appear to be very possible.
    • Recently-fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the main rival of Mrs. Mugabe, has reportedly returned to the country.
    • Sources: BBC, AP, CNN, AP, AFP

AFRICA

  • Tunisia: Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced a partial cabinet reshuffle to fill the void in the post of the Minister of Health. (Xinhua)
  • Gambia: A dozen soldiers will face charges for nine different offences, amid fears that a faction of the military remains loyal to ex-president Yahya Jammeh. (AFP)
  • Libya: Army units carried out extensive sweeps in the region known as the “oil crescent” in north Libya to monitor movements of IS members, according to a military source. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Negotiations in Mexico to update NAFTA have not made much progress on tough U.S. demands that could sink the 1994 trade pact, but the current round of talks are progressing with civility, some participants said. (Reuters)
  • Argentina: The navy has detected what appeared to be seven satellite messages sent from a missing submarine, but communication with the vessel was never established. (LA Times)
  • Colombia: Authorities have seized more than 2 tons of cocaine belonging to a splinter group from the now-disarmed FARC guerrilla organization, the military said. (AFP)
  • USA: The top U.S. nuclear commander said he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an “illegal” launch of nuclear weapons. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A group of Taliban attacked three police checkpoints at the main bazaar of in the district of Farahrod, killing 11 officers. (DPA)
  • Japan: A U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tug boat in Japan’s Sagami Bay, marking the fifth time this year that a ship in the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash. (ABC)
  • Japan: A US Marine who tested positive for excess alcohol was arrested in southern island of Okinawa after an elderly local man was killed in a road accident. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saad Hariri for talks, hours after the Lebanese premier arrived from Saudi Arabia in the midst of a political crisis. (AFP)
  • Spain: Police shot and wounded a man who shouted “Allah is great” after the vehicle he was travelling in was stopped at a police checkpoint in the province of Girona. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: Kiev has summoned the Polish ambassador after Poland denied entry to a Ukrainian official in an escalation of a diplomatic spat over the two’s WWII past. (Reuters)
  • UK: Britain will submit its proposals on how to settle its financial obligations to the European Union before an EU Council meeting next month, finance minister Philip Hammond said. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Israeli military says it has fired a tank shell into Syria as a “warning shot” after the Syrian military conducted construction along their border. (WaPo)
  • Lebanon: The foreign minister will not attend an extraordinary Arab League meeting on Sunday called by Saudi Arabia to discuss “violations” committed by Iran. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Assad’s army and allied fighters have captured 80 percent of the eastern city of al-Bukamal, the last Islamic State stronghold in the country. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: NASA has successfully launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the first in a series of four highly advanced polar-orbiting satellites, designed to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts out to seven days. (NASA)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Depression Kirogi
      • Approximately 142 NM East-Northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
      • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
      • Wind: 35 mph
      • Sourcing: Weather Underground
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • 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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20NOV)

  • Global: Universal Children’s Day – 1959
  • Global: Africa Industrialization Day – 1989
  • Maldives: National Day – 1573
  • Mexico: Revolution Day – 1910
  • Switzerland: 94th session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to convene in Geneva

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