ONS: 23 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 24, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mali began a three-day mourning period with flags flying at half-staff for victims of the assault on a luxury hotel full of foreigners.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government is pardoning 30 jailed members of the FARC in a confidence-building measure as it pursues peace talks with the guerrilla group.
  • ASIA: South Korea staged a major live-fire exercise near the disputed inter-Korean sea border despite North Korea’s warning of possible “merciless” retaliation.
  • EUROPE: Brussels began a third consecutive day in lockdown under a maximum terror alert after Belgian police staged a series of raids but failed to find key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was in Tehran for talks with Iranian leaders expected to focus on the Syrian crisis and an international peace plan intended to end the conflict.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A survey showed more than three-fourths of Germans believe high-risk terrorism suspects should be under constant surveillance by German police.

TOP STORY

  • Argentina: Conservative Mauricio Macri wins presidential election in runoff
    • Conservative opposition challenger Mauricio Macri won Argentina’s presidential election, bringing to an end more than a decade of President Cristina Fernandez free-spending leftist populism.
    • President-elect Mauricio Macri has promised to revitalize Argentina’s sagging economy with free-market, pro-business reforms.
    • Macri has promised more pro-business policies, as well as a realignment of Argentina’s foreign policy away from Venezuela and Iran and closer to the USA.
    • The election results could change the balance of power in South America in addition to how Argentina handles its debt problems and interacts with Wall Street.
    • The closeness of the vote forced a run-off – the first in the Argentina’s history.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The country’s former head of counter-terrorism is to appear in military court Thursday in the country’s first trial of a high-ranking officer in the secret services. (AFP)
  • Ghana: The governing National Democratic Congress voted to endorse President John Dramani Mahama’s bid for a second term of office at elections next year. (AFP)
  • Mali: The country began a three-day mourning period with flags flying at half-staff for victims of the assault on a luxury hotel full of foreigners. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Federal officials say another group of Syrian refugees has turned themselves in to immigration authorities along the US-Mexico border. (AP)
  • Colombia: The government is pardoning 30 jailed members of the FARC in a confidence-building measure as it pursues peace talks with the guerrilla group. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Seven suspected members of a criminal organization were captured by soldiers in the state of Michoacan during an operation to support state security forces. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Australia: Officials said they were aware of 12 people within the country who they believe could commit an act of terror. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: The country was on high alert after executing two opposition leaders for war crimes during the country’s 1971 independence war. (AP)
  • Japan: An explosion at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead caused no injuries, with police suspecting foul play. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea staged a major live-fire exercise near the disputed inter-Korean sea border despite North Korea’s warning of possible “merciless” retaliation. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Six people were killed when an explosion tore through a house in the town of Hakha. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: French President Francois Hollande and British PM David Cameron pledged to step up counterterrorism measures after the attacks in Paris. (DPA)
  • Belgium: Brussels began a third consecutive day in lockdown under a maximum terror alert after police staged a series of raids but failed to find key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Selahattin Demirtas, leader of the country’s main pro-Kurdish party, was targeted by an assassination attempt while traveling in his official vehicle but escaped unharmed. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM David Cameron will pledge an extra USD 18.2B for the military as he pushes parliament towards a vote on joining air strikes in Syria. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was in Tehran for talks with Iranian leaders expected to focus on the Syrian crisis and an international peace plan intended to end the conflict. (AP)
  • Region: A rocket fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip hit an open field in southern Israel. (AFP)
  • Region: The Israeli army prohibited Palestinians from entering a large settlement bloc in the West Bank after the weekend stabbing death of a 21-year-old woman and a shooting attack last week. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: The country’s security forces continue to torture and abuse detainees, despite a public pledge by King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa to end such practices, according to a Human Rights Watch report. (NYT)
  • Iraq: The country’s Civil Aviation Authority ordered all flights to and from two northern airports be suspended due to danger from cruise missiles and bombers crossing to Syria. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A survey showed more than three-fourths of Germans believe high-risk terrorism suspects should be under constant surveillance by German police. (DPA)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon In-Fa
    • Location: 751 NM SW of Iwo To
    • Wind: 103 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03S (Annabelle)
    • Location: 436 NM S of Diego Garcio
    • Wind: 69 mph
    • Movement: SE at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Rick
    • Location: 417 NM W of Socorro Island
    • Wind: 34 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,634 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 23NOV: 575,281 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 25,739
      • Deaths as of 23NOV: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 23NOV: 971
      • Deaths as of 23NOV: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 23NOV: 1618 (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 23NOV: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24NOV)

  • US: French President Francois Hollande to visit Washington to discuss anti-ISIS efforts with President Obama

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