ONS: 23 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 24, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Macron arrived in Niger for a morale-boosting visit to France’s Barkhane anti-jihadist force and told troops the fight against extremists in the region would continue in 2018.
  • AMERICAS: The US government recognized President Hernández of Honduras as the winner of last month’s disputed election on amid angry protests by Hondurans who believe the vote count was fraudulent.
  • ASIA: Following the adoption of the UNSC resolution on North Korea, China has called on all the parties concerned to show restraint and undertake joint efforts in order to de-escalate tensions on the peninsula.
  • EUROPE: Trump administration approves plan to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, including anti-tank missiles.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia hopes for joint work with the US in fighting Jabhat Al-Nusra, in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Bitcoin lost more than a quarter of its value as an analyst warned that investors in the cryptocurrency had finally been introduced to the law of financial gravity.

TOP STORY

  • Philippines Tropical Storm Tembi Kills more than 100
    • More than 100 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines, with dozens more missing.
    • The storm slammed into the eastern portion of Mindanao late Thursday, dumping torrential rains that unleashed floods into the next day. It was expected to blow out of the country by Monday. 64 people are still missing.
    • More than 70,000 people have been affected by Tembin, called “Vinta” in the Philippines. At least 30,000 people were taken to shelters, Marasigan said.
    • Power and communication lines to the area had been cut, complicating rescue efforts.
    • Emergency workers, soldiers, police and volunteers were being mobilized to search for survivors, clear debris, and restore power and communications.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, GUA, NYT, REU

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A Coptic Christian diocese said that hundreds of Muslim demonstrators had assaulted one of its churches. (AP)
  • Niger: Macron arrived in the country for a morale-boosting visit to France’s Barkhane anti-jihadist force and told troops the fight against extremists in the region would continue in 2018. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: Two former ministers, in office under ousted Mugabe, have been arrested in response to corruption allegations. (DPA)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US government recognized President Hernández of Honduras as the winner of last month’s disputed election on amid angry protests by Hondurans who believe the vote count was fraudulent. (NYT)
  • Peru: The country has declared two North Korean diplomats persona non grata and ordered them to leave the country within 15 days. (AFP)
  • United States: A federal appeals court panel ruled that Trump once again exceeded the scope of his authority with his latest travel ban. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Following the adoption of the UNSC resolution on North Korea, China has called on all the parties concerned to show restraint and undertake joint efforts in order to de-escalate tensions on the peninsula. (SPU)
  • Japan: Emperor Akihito marked his 84th birthday with a pledge to fulfil his duties until the day of his abdication in 2019, and to prepare for “passing the torch to the next era.” (AFP)
  • India: The death toll bus accident in India’s northern state of Rajasthan has risen to 33. (XIN)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: US State Department announced that the US and Georgia reaffirmed their strategic partnership and articulated the benefits of Georgia’s European choice at their annual meeting held here last week. (XIN)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy rejected an invitation to meet with Catalonia’s pro-independence former president, saying he would instead welcome dialogue with a new regional government in light of Thursday’s snap election results. (LAT)
  • Ukraine: Trump administration approves plan to provide lethal weapons to the country, including anti-tank missiles. (WP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: A woman who is around 80 was arrested at Beirut’s international airport after trying to smuggle about 68 pounds of cocaine. (NYT)
  • Syria: Uighurs fighting in the country takes aim at China. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia hopes for joint work with the US in fighting Jabhat Al-Nusra. (TAS)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Bitcoin lost more than a quarter of its value as an analyst warned that investors in the cryptocurrency had finally been introduced to the law of financial gravity. (GUA)
  • Technology: Russian hackers targeted more than 200 journalists globally. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Tembin
    • Location: 769 NM ESE OF Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Movement: W at 11 mph
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 15DEC: 61,585 (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 15DEC: 123,081 (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 15DEC: 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 (24DEC)

  • Libya: Independence Day – 1951
  • Russia: Siege of Izmail Day – 1790

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