ONS: 24 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 25, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Hopes of a deal to end DR Congo’s dangerous political crisis before Christmas faltered after fruitless all-night talks over President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to quit power.
  • AMERICAS: US President Barack Obama signed into law an annual defense policy bill, but in a lengthy statement he raised objections to parts of it, including policies blocking him from closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • ASIA: China’s military says its first aircraft carrier group has carried out a series of fighter launch, recovery and air combat exercises in the Yellow Sea ahead of a scheduled voyage farther afield.
  • EUROPE: Germany was hunting for possible accomplices of the suspected Berlin truck attacker, a day after he was killed in a shoot-out with Italian police in Milan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State group killed 27 Syrian soldiers and allied militiamen in a series of attacks near Palmyra in the past 24 hours.
  • TECHNOLOGY: With weeks to go in his tenure, President Obama moved to end the controversial “dual-hat” arrangement under which the National Security Agency and the nation’s cyberwarfare command are headed by the same military officer.

TOP STORY

  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories: United States allows UN Resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank to pass without veto.
    • The UN Security Council demanded that Israel halt settlements, in a resolution adopted after the United States refrained from vetoing the contentious measure.
    • Israel appealed to US President-elect Donald Trump for help in stopping the resolution since the Obama administration would not veto it.
    • An Israeli official accused President Barack Obama of colluding with the Palestinians in a “shameful move against Israel at the UN.”
    • US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States let the resolution pass to preserve the possibility of the two state solution.
    • Both the Islamist Hamas movement and the less influential Islamic Jihad (Holy War) welcomed the vote in the United Nations Security Council.
    • AFP, AFP-1, AP, DPA, Xinhua,

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Parliament has passed a law imposing strict controls on international non-governmental organisations after President Pierre Nkurunziza accused such groups of backing an insurrection against him. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Hopes of a deal to end the country’s dangerous political crisis before Christmas faltered after fruitless all-night talks over President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to quit power. (AFP)
  • Gambia: The country’s opposition coalition vowed to ensure that president-elect Adama Barrow is sworn in in January, despite President Yahya Jammeh threatening to hold onto power unless the Supreme Court orders him to step down. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The country’s army has captured a key Boko Haram camp that was the Islamist militant group’s last enclave in its northeastern Sambisa forest stronghold, President Muhammadu Buhari said. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Nine former agents of late dictator Augusto Pinochet’s regime asked forgiveness for their crimes — a first for the country — but victims’ families rejected the gesture as a ploy. (AFP)
  • United States: President Barack Obama signed into law an annual defense policy bill, but in a lengthy statement he raised objections to parts of it, including policies blocking him from closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Reuters)
  • United States: US federal authorities cautioned local law enforcement to be aware that supporters of Islamic State have been calling for their sympathizers to attack holiday gatherings in the United States, including churches, a law enforcement official said. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: China’s military says its first aircraft carrier group has carried out a series of fighter launch, recovery and air combat exercises in the Yellow Sea ahead of a scheduled voyage farther afield. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents attacked a checkpoint in western Farah province, killing at least three police and wounding four others, officials said. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: The government says a woman and a teenager thought to be linked to a banned Islamist militant group have blown themselves up during a police raid on a two-story house in the nation’s capital. (AP)
  • Korea, South: A special prosecutor summoned a jailed friend of impeached President Park Geun-hye, who allegedly exploited her connections with Park to extort money and favors from the country’s largest companies and manipulate government affairs. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Authorities were hunting for possible accomplices of the suspected Berlin truck attacker, a day after he was killed in a shoot-out with Italian police in Milan. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Both the government and Russia-backed rebels in the east of the country say a new cease-fire has been violated. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: PMTheresa May urged the country to come together in 2017 after a year of bitter divisions exposed by the Brexit referendum, in her first Christmas message. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Israel has handed Palestinian authorities the bodies of nine Palestinians killed carrying out attacks on its soldiers and civilians, the army said. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Islamic State group killed 27 government soldiers and allied militiamen in a series of attacks near Palmyra in the past 24 hours. (AFP)
  • Yemen: At least seven children and two women were killed when a Saudi-led airstrike hit their home in the country’s southwestern province of Ibb overnight, rescuers and residents said. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: With weeks to go in his tenure, President Obama moved to end the controversial “dual-hat” arrangement under which the National Security Agency and the nation’s cyberwarfare command are headed by the same military officer. (WP)

WORLD

  • Tropical Cyclone Yvette
    • Location: 324 NM northwest of Broome, Australia
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: E at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Storm Nock-ten
    • Location: 426 NM east of Manila, Philippines
    • Winds: 150 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • 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 16DEC: 319,841 (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 16DEC: 121,801
      • Deaths as of 16DEC: 133
        • 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 20DEC: 1,864 (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 20DEC: 659 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 15DEC:  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), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, 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 of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 15DEC: 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 15DEC: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25DEC)

  • Christianity: Christmas Day

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