ONS: 20 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 21, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Hundreds of people in Morocco protested by demanding justice for a fishmonger whose grisly death sparked outrage nationwide. (AFP)
  • AMERICAS: President Enrique Pena Nieto said the country could include labor and environmental rules in talks over modernizing a trade deal between Mexico and the United States. (Reuters)
  • ASIA: Three ethnic armed groups in Myanmar jointly launched simultaneous and surprise attacks on military and police outposts stationed in Muse and Kutkai, causing casualties in the military and civilians. (Xinhua)
  • EUROPE: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the country should not be “fixated” on joining the EU and reiterated the idea of joining Russia and China in a Eurasian security group. (AFP)
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran announced it would ship about 11 metric tons of heavy water out of the country in the next couple of days, defusing a conflict with the United States. (WSJ)
  • TECHNOLOGY: Chinese officials and business leaders called for more rigid cyber governance, pointing to the ability of militants to organize online and the spread of false news items during the recent US election. (Reuters)

TOP STORY

  • South Korea: Prosecutors said President Park colluded with her close confidante.
    • Prosecutors indicted President Park’s longtime friend Choi Soon-sil on suspicion of interfering with state affairs and bullying companies into giving tens of millions of dollars to foundations she controlled.
    • Prosecutors later stated that President colluded with her close confidante in the corruption scandal.
    • A prominent opposition politician and presidential hopeful, Moon Jae-in, stated that there are now sufficient grounds for her impeachment.
    • Lee Young-Ryeol, a leading investigator, acknowledged that prosecutors could not formally charge Park for now but vowed to continue to investigate her.
    • The politicians in the opposition bloc asked their parties to rapidly draw up detailed measures to minimize a power vacuum from the expected resignation or impeachment.
    • AFP, AP, Guardian, WAPO, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Police officers killed four suspected extremists at the Somali border. (AP)
  • Morocco: Hundreds of people protested by demanding justice for a fishmonger whose grisly death sparked outrage nationwide. (AFP)
  • South Africa: The Presidency denied reports that President Jacob Zuma’s convoy was involved in a fatal car accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos said the new peace agreement which was announced last week is better than the initial one. (DPA)
  • Mexico: President Enrique Pena Nieto said the country could include labor and environmental rules in talks over modernizing a trade deal with the United States. (Reuters)
  • United States: Secretary Kerry sought to reassure negotiators that an agreement to fight global warming will survive with Donald Trump in the White House. (LA Times)

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippine army was put on alert after members of the Abu Sayyaf jihadist group kidnapped two Indonesian fishermen in waters off eastern Malaysia. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that a way to concluding a peace treaty with Russia is “coming into sight.” (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: The electoral reform group Bersih voiced concern over the arrest of its chairwoman (AP)
  • Myanmar: Three ethnic armed groups jointly launched simultaneous and surprise attacks on military and police outposts stationed in Muse and Kutkai, causing casualties in the military and civilians. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned NATO against sheltering “terrorist” soldiers. (AFP)
  • Cyprus: Rival leaders resumed UN-backed talks on ending the island’s 42-year-old division. (AFP)
  • Netherlands: Police said they arrested 166 radical left-wingers at a protest in The Hague over police violence. (AFP)
  • Turkey:  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the country should not be “fixated” on joining the EU and reiterated the idea of joining Russia and China in a Eurasian security group. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A high profile Saudi delegation will visit Lebanon 21NOV16  to meet the newly elected President Michel Aoun in order to revive soured ties. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Tehran stated it would ship about 11 metric tons of heavy water out of the country in the next couple of days, defusing a conflict with the United States. (WSJ)
  • Syria: At least 61 people were killed as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stepped up attacks on Aleppo’s rebel-held districts for a fifth day. (WAPO)
  • Yemen: The nation witnessed a rare respite from fighting, the second day of a 48-hour ceasefire. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Chinese officials and business leaders called for more rigid cyber governance, pointing to the ability of militants to organize online and the spread of false news items during the recent US election. (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 (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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