ONS: 22 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 23, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian prosecutors ordered the detention of 29 people over charges of spying for Turkey against the Egyptian national interests.
  • AMERICAS: Ships and planes combed a wider area of the South Atlantic for signs of a missing Argentine submarine, adding to concerns about the vessel not heard from in six days.
  • ASIA: A US Navy plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan, with eight people found and the search for the remaining three continuing.
  • EUROPE: Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic was jailed for life for genocide and other atrocities in the 1990s Bosnian war.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese PM Saad Hariri “temporarily suspended” his surprise resignation, which he announced during a visit to Saudi Arabia two weeks ago.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Uber paid hackers USD 100K to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the data of some 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider.

TOP STORY

  • Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa to replace Mugabe as president, to be sworn in Friday.
    • Emmerson Mnangagwa is nominated to replace Robert Mugabe as president and that he will be sworn in on 24NOV.
    • Mugabe finally resigned after parliament began an impeachment process seen as the only legal way to force him out.
    • The news sparked wild celebrations across the country late into the night.
    • Mnangagwa is a longtime Mugabe ally, nicknamed “the Crocodile” for his reputation for shrewd but often brutal tactics and was known as the president’s enforcer.
    • Zimbabwe, one of Africa’s most resource-rich nations, suffered a steep economic decline under the decades-long rule of Mugabe.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Egyptian prosecutors ordered the detention of 29 people over charges of spying for Turkey against the Egyptian national interests. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Speaker of the eastern-based House of Representatives Agila Saleh condemned slave trade in the country’s western region, ordering an investigation. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The US military killed more than 100 Islamist militants in the country when it launched an airstrike against al Shabaab jihadists. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Ships and planes combed a wider area of the South Atlantic for signs of a missing Argentine submarine, adding to concerns about the vessel not heard from in six days. (AP)
  • Mexico: Leftist presidential frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged to clamp down on financial crime and tighten money laundering, if elected next July. (Reuters)
  • United States: The State Department defended Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s exclusion of Iraq, Afghanistan and Myanmar from a list of countries cited for recruiting and using child soldiers. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Region: A US Navy plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan, with eight people found and the search for the remaining three continuing. (WP)
  • Region: China rejected new US sanctions targeting Chinese traders doing business with North Korea as “wrong”, and urged the US to share any “solid” evidence. (AFP)
  • Region: Australia announced the establishment of a new Southeast Asian group to counter the funding of terrorism in the region. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: A ninth Australian lawmaker quit parliament, the latest casualty in a widening citizenship crisis. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte cancelled all future peace talks with communist rebels, in a blow to efforts to end the half century-long conflict. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey expects to receive the first Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles in 2019. (Reuters)
  • Region: Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic was jailed for life for genocide and other atrocities in the 1990s Bosnian war. (BBC)
  • Georgia: Explosions and gunfire were heard in the capital, Tbilisi, as counterterrorism units stormed a multi-story apartment building. (Al Jazeera)
  • Russia: The Russian upper house of parliament approved a bill to allow the authorities to list foreign media operating in the country as “foreign agents.” (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Turkish authorities issued detention warrants for 216 people suspected of links to last year’s failed coup attempt. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabian FM Adel al-Jubeir told representatives of the Syrian opposition that the only solution to the crisis in Syria was through consensus. (Reuters)
  • Kuwait: Ruler Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, 88, was admitted to the hospital after suffering from a cold. (AP)
  • Lebanon: PM Saad Hariri “temporarily suspended” his surprise resignation, which he announced during a visit to Saudi Arabia two weeks ago. (BBC)
  • Lebanon: The country celebrated its Independence Day with a military parade attended by PM Saad Hariri, who returned to Beirut after his resignation nearly three weeks ago from Saudi Arabia. (AP)
  • Yemen: The International Rescue Committee said the closure of Yemeni ports by the Saudi-led coalition creates “humanitarian misery for millions of Yemenis.” (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Skype joined the lengthening list of internet communication tools on China’s blacklist. (AFP)
  • Technology: Uber paid hackers USD 100K to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the data of some 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider. (Fortune)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Agung, Indonesia
    • The Bali volcano let out a small eruption of smoke and ash, prompting the evacuation preparations in case of a bigger eruption. (Reuters)
  • 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 (23NOV)

  • Austria: IAEA Board of Governors meeting to convene (to 24NOV)
  • Georgia: St. George’s Day – Unknown
  • Japan: Labor Thanksgiving Day – Unknown
  • Lithuania: Armed Forces Day – 1918
  • Russia: President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir to meet with President Putin
  • United States: Thanksgiving Day – 1621

 

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