ONS: 20 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 21, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya’s Supreme Court unanimously upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory in a rerun vote that was held in OCT2017.
  • AMERICAS: Chile’s presidential election will head to a run-off in December between former President Sebastian Pinera and leftist candidate Alejandro Guillier.
  • ASIA: South Korea’s spy agency said North Korea can possibly develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland this year.
  • EUROPE: In Germany, the sudden collapse of talks to form a coalition government left Angela Merkel reckoning with one of the worst crises of her 12-year chancellorship.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iraqi Supreme Federal Court ruled the 25SEP referendum held on Kurdish independence was unconstitutional and the results of the vote were void.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offered China an opportunity to operate a new, third telecommunications carrier in the Philippines.

TOP STORY

  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe deadline passes, impeachment talks underway.
    • Members of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party are preparing to meet to discuss the possible impeachment of President Robert Mugabe.
    • A deadline set by the party of Mugabe to resign as the country’s president passed without a public statement.
    • Zimbabwe’s powerful war veterans have claimed Mugabe swapped speeches to avoid resigning during a televised address to the nation on 19NOV.
    • A source with knowledge of negotiations over Mugabe’s future said Mugabe had agreed to terms for his exit and that a letter had been drafted.
    • Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected as the new leader of the country’s ruling political party and positioned to take over as the president.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Guardian

AFRICA

  • Region: Defense experts from the east African countries are meeting in Uganda to discuss ways of strengthening regional peace and security. (Xinhua)
  • Algeria: The Coast Guard picked up 286 illegal migrants heading across the Mediterranean to Europe by boat. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: More than 5,000 victims of atrocities committed by troops commanded by former VP Jean-Pierre Bemba are calling for individual reparations. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The country’s Supreme Court unanimously upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory in a rerun vote that was held in OCT2017. (WP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: A multinational armada of aircraft and vessels intensified their search for a missing Argentine submarine. (AFP)
  • Region: Mexico and Canada signaled they would not offer counter-proposals to US demands for NAFTA automotive content rules. (Reuters)
  • Chile: The country’s presidential election will head to a run-off in December between former President Sebastian Pinera and leftist candidate Alejandro Guillier. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Cult-leader Charles Manson died while serving a life sentence for a 1969 rampage that left seven people dead, including Hollywood starlet Sharon Tate. (WP)

ASIA

  • Cambodia: Elected officials from the country’s banned opposition party began handing over their duties after a court ordered the party dissolved. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: The country’s antigraft commission arrested Setya Novanto, speaker of the House of Representatives, over his alleged role in the theft of USD 170M of public money. (AP)
  • Japan: The US military banned all troops stationed in Okinawa from drinking alcohol, following a deadly crash on the island linked to drink driving. (BBC)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s spy agency said North Korea can possibly develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland this year. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno warned that the current attempt by allies of President Rodrigo Duterte to impeach her could threaten the country’s democracy. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: The country will be the first to welcome African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger by the UN. (AFP)
  • Germany: The sudden collapse of talks to form a coalition government left Angela Merkel reckoning with one of the worst crises of her 12-year chancellorship. (WP)
  • Greece: The Greek government announced relief measures for areas hit by flooding as the death toll rose to 20 with two more people missing. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for more relief efforts by the Iranian officials in the earthquake-ravaged province of Kermanshah. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The Iraqi Supreme Federal Court ruled the 25SEP referendum held on Kurdish independence was unconstitutional and the results of the vote were void. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: About 300 wives and children of foreign jihadists captured in Mosul were transferred to Baghdad “for expulsion to their home countries.” (AFP)
  • Yemen: World Food Program head Stephen Anderson says millions in the country face the risk of death as aid deliveries cannot get to the needy because of the ongoing blockade by the Saudi-led coalition. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offered China an opportunity to operate a new, third telecommunications carrier in the Philippines. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Kirogi
    • Location: 142 NM ENE of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 86km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia
    • Magnitude: 7.0
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 17NOV: 60,576 (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 17NOV: 122,996 (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 17NOV: 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 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21NOV)

  • 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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