ONS: 23 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 24, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Suspected Boko Haram militants launched three attacks in Cameroon’s north within 24 hours.
  • AMERICAS: A new peace accord between the Colombian government and FARC rebels will be signed on 24NOV and sent to the Colombian Congress for approval.
  • ASIA: Indian artillery fire targeted several villages near the dividing line in the disputed region of Kashmir and killed 11 civilians, Pakistani military and officials said.
  • EUROPE: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said a vote by the European Parliament on whether to halt EU membership talks with Ankara “has no value in our eyes.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: Extending US sanctions on Iran for 10 years would breach the Iranian nuclear agreement, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said, prompting Tehran retaliation.
  • TECHNOLOGY: According to three current and former Facebook employees, the social media company has developed confidential software to geographically suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in order to access China’s vast market.

 

TOP STORY

  • Japan & South Korea: Military pact to share intel on North Korea signed.
    • An intelligence-sharing agreement between South Korea and Japan took effect after the countries signed the pact to better monitor North Korea without using the US military as an intermediary.
    • Both countries have agreed to directly share military information such as satellite tracking of North Korea’s missiles, reflecting increasing concerns about the threat from Pyongyang’s accelerating weapons program.
    • The signing of the General Security of Military Information Agreement had originally been expected in 2012, but South Korea postponed it due to the domestic opposition.
    • Relations between the two east Asian nations still bear the scars of 20th-century conflict, leaving many South Koreans wary of deepening ties.
    • Relations between South Korea and its former colonizer have warmed since Japan agreed late last year to provide USD 9M to so-called comfort women.
    • Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, CNN, FT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Suspected Boko Haram militants launched three attacks in the country’s north within 24 hours. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen have killed four guards at a facility operated by the local subsidiary of the Italian group Eni. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: A court ruled the trial of five war veteran leaders charged with insulting longtime President Robert Mugabe indefinitely postponed. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Federal Police arrested 15 people as part of a major operation against child pornography. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: A new peace accord between the government and FARC rebels will be signed on 24NOV and sent to Congress for approval. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: Partisans of a political faction threw rocks at police and burned tires to demand “fair” election results, which they insisted would put their candidate in the presidency. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian artillery fire targeted several villages near the dividing line in the disputed region of Kashmir and killed 11 civilians, Pakistani military and officials said. (AP)
  • Australia: A highly sophisticated weapons production facility using 3D printers and computers to make machine guns was uncovered in a series of raids across the Gold Coast. (Guardian)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s Marine Corps conducted a drill near the western sea border with North Korea to mark the sixth anniversary of the North’s deadly shelling of Yeonpyeong Island. (Yonhap)
  • Philippines: A German man kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group earlier this month has appeared in a video pleading for a ransom to secure his freedom. (DPA)
  • Taiwan: The sudden dissolution of Taiwanese TransAsia Airways has sparked strong protests from its employees and thousands of passengers trapped outside the island. (EFE)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said a vote by the European Parliament on whether to halt EU membership talks with Ankara “has no value in our eyes.” (Reuters)
  • France: French authorities released two of the seven suspects arrested in police raids at the weekend which broke up a terror ring plotting an attack. (AFP)
  • Germany: German flagship carrier Lufthansa cancelled nearly 900 flights because of a strike by pilots, causing travel disruption for tens of thousands of passengers. (AFP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country must increase defense spending towards NATO-mandated 2 percent of gross domestic product, but downplayed near-future expectations. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Extending US sanctions on the country for 10 years would breach the Iranian nuclear agreement, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said, prompting Tehran retaliation. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: An airstrike by the US-led coalition left the city of Mosul with a single functioning bridge. (AP)
  • Israel: A controversial Israeli bill to quiet the Muslim call to prayer is to go forward after it was amended so as not to affect the Jewish Shabbat siren. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Twelve Yemeni civilians were killed by a Saudi-led air strike while riding in a pickup truck in the country’s northwest. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: According to three current and former Facebook employees, the social media company has developed confidential software to geographically suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in order to access China’s vast market. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Otto
    • Location: 460 ESE of Bluefields, Nicaragua
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 18NOV: 319,379 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 18NOV: 121,669
      • Deaths as of 18NOV: 135
        • 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 11NOV: 1,826 (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 11NOV: 649 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 17NOV:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 17NOV: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 17NOV: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24NOV)

  • Russia: UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres to visit Moscow, meet with FM Lavrov
  • Switzerland: Ninth United Nations Forum on Minority Issues to be held in Geneva (to 25NOV)
  • Ukraine: Ukraine-EU summit to be held in Berlin
  • United States: Thanksgiving
  • United States: Anniversary of Lee Harvey Oswald’s murder – 1963

 

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