ONS: 21 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 22, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Zimbabwe, former VP Emmerson Mnangagwa called for President Robert Mugabe’s resignation, urging the leader to heed the “clarion call” of his people.
  • AMERICAS: The Trump administration is ending a temporary residency permit program for Haitian citizens, giving them until JUL2019 to leave the US.
  • ASIA: South Korea and Japan welcomed US President Donald Trump’s move to put North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism.
  • EUROPE: Russian authorities confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi ahead of talks with leaders from Turkey and Iran aimed at re-booting the Syrian peace process.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Sutherland Springs church shooting has reignited the debate over whether Apple and tech companies should assist the government in unlocking smartphones during criminal investigations.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Sanctuary city executive order blocked by federal judge.
    • A federal judge permanently blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities.
    • US District Court Judge William Orrick rejected the administration’s argument that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.
    • The executive order on so-called sanctuary cities was issued just days after Trump took office in JAN2017, and sought to withhold funds from cities that chose not to cooperate with federal efforts to deport undocumented immigrants.
    • Jurisdictions that have refused to comply include the cities of Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, INDE, WP

AFRICA

  • Namibia: Credit rating agency Fitch downgraded the country’s long-term foreign-currency to junk status. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: At least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the northeastern Nigerian town of Mubi. (BBC)
  • Somalia: The EU naval force arrested six suspected Somali pirates and seized their vessels after a chase in the piracy-infested Southern Somali Basin. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: Former VP Emmerson Mnangagwa called for President Robert Mugabe’s resignation, urging the leader to heed the “clarion call” of his people. (WP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Trump administration is ending a temporary residency permit program for Haitian citizens, giving them until JUL2019 to leave the US. (AP)
  • Argentina: Strange ocean sounds were ruled out as being from a missing Argentine submarine crew. (LAT)
  • Panama: The country is on track to hit a record level of illegal narcotics seizures for 2017 after a bust of two tons of cocaine. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and Japan welcomed US President Donald Trump’s move to put North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism. (Reuters)
  • Region: Despite President Trump’s lobby for stronger actions against North Korea, only “some” Asia-Pacific leaders have condemned Pyongyang so far. (AP)
  • China: Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong was declared guilty of inciting subversion and sentenced to two years in prison. (NYT)
  • Myanmar: The country has subjected Rohingya Muslims to long-term discrimination and persecution that amounts to “dehumanizing apartheid,” Amnesty International said. (AP)
  • North Korea: A purge of senior military figures is part of a bid by leader Kim Jong-Un to reduce the influence of the army and further tighten his grip on the country, analysts say. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Senior British ministers agreed to offer more money to Brussels as part of Brexit negotiations, but only as part of a final deal on leaving the EU, sources said. (AFP)
  • France: Australia welcomed the scrapping of a planned French wind farm on the site of a World War I battlefield where thousands of Australian soldiers died. (AFP)
  • Germany: German authorities searched apartments across the country and temporarily detained six Syrian men who are accused of preparing a terror attack. (AP)
  • Russia: Russian authorities confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi ahead of talks with leaders from Turkey and Iran aimed at re-booting the Syrian peace process. (AFP)
  • Region: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani criticized the Arab League for supporting Saudi Arabia and its role in the war in Yemen. (AP)
  • Region: Lebanon’s army chief General Joseph Aoun urged his soldiers to stand fully ready at the southern border to face the “threats of the Israeli enemy.” (Reuters)
  • Region: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of Islamic State. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Sutherland Springs church shooting has reignited the debate over whether Apple and tech companies should assist the government in unlocking smartphones during criminal investigations. (Mashable)
  • Technology: The US Federal Communications Commission is preparing a full repeal of net neutrality rules that require broadband providers to give consumers equal access to all content on the internet. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Agung, Indonesia
    • Ash and smoke eruption rose about 700m from the volcano. (AP)
  • 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)
    • 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 (22NOV)

  • Lebanon: Independence Day – 1943
  • Netherlands: UN war crimes tribunal to deliver verdicts in the trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic
  • Russia: President Putin to meet with Turkish President Erdogan and Iranian President Rouhani in Sochi
  • United States: Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy – 1963

 

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