ONS: 24 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 25, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who was among those detained by the military in an operation against “criminals” around ousted Mugabe last week, has been handed over to the police.
  • AMERICAS: The threat of losing power to a fierce leftwing rival next year is tempting Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to enlist outside help for the first time in its nine-decade history.
  • ASIA: The US Navy stopped the search and rescue mission to find 3 sailors who went missing after their plane crashed into the Philippine Sea on Wednesday.
  • EUROPE: Ireland is on the verge of a snap election after the party that props up the country’s minority coalition government threatened to pull down the administration over a police whistleblower scandal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated that he was not completely opposed to the prospect of opening a dialogue with the government in Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: EU lawmakers overwhelmingly backed plans to control exports of devices to intercept mobile phone calls, hack computers or circumvent passwords that could be used by foreign states to suppress political opponents or activists.

TOP STORY

  • US and South Korea to hold air force drill
    • The US military will send six stealth fighter jets to the country next month for a joint air force exercise
    • The supersonic Raptor is one of the most advanced warplanes in the world, capable of providing what its maker Lockheed Martin calls “unprecedented air dominance”.
    • The US fleet will reportedly engage in enemy infiltration and precision strike drills with South Korean Air Force fighter jets during the exercise.
    • The exercise comes as North Korea continues to press forward with developing its nuclear and missile program, in defiance of global condemnation and sanctions, though it has not held tests for two months.
    • North Korea has been protesting against the deployment of strategic American assets in the region and its joint military exercises with allies Seoul and Tokyo, calling them rehearsals for a planned invasion of the island nation.
    • Coverage: AFP, IBT, REU, XIN, YON

AFRICA

  • Libya: The country’s UN-backed government said it was investigating reports of African migrants being sold as slaves and promised to bring the perpetrators to justice. (REU)
  • Niger: A city in the country worries a new US drone base will make it a ‘magnet’ for terrorists. (WP)
  • Zimbabwe: Former finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who was among those detained by the military in an operation against “criminals” around ousted Mugabe last week, has been handed over to the police. (REU)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The threat of losing power to a fierce left-wing rival next year is tempting the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to enlist outside help for the first time in its nine-decade history. (REU)
  • Venezuela: Country’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said that his country is “building a new type of relationship” with China, after meeting with new Chinese Ambassador to Venezuela Li Baorong. (XIN)
  • Venezuela: Maduro keeps eye on prize: 2018 presidential vote. (REU)

ASIA

  • Japan: Moscow expects that Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s visit to Russia will allow bilateral relations to reach an absolutely new level, Russia’s top diplomat Sergey Lavrov said opening talks with his Japanese counterpart. (TAS)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed a top Pakistani police officer and one of his guards in the city of Peshawar, police said. (REU)
  • Philippines: The US Navy stopped the search and rescue mission to find 3 sailors who went missing after their plane crashed into the Philippine Sea on Wednesday. (CNN)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Social Democrats (SPD) said they are ready to hold talks that may help caretaker Merkel resolve a deep political crisis without calling new elections. (AFP)
  • Ireland: The country is on the verge of a snap election after the party that props up the country’s minority coalition government threatened to pull down the administration over a police whistleblower scandal. (GUA)
  • United Kingdom: May stepped up her lobbying efforts to broaden Brexit negotiations with the EU to include future relations and trade, as the talks remained bogged down on the divorce bill and other preliminary issues. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: PM May is to warn EU leaders to be wary of “hostile states like Russia” and pledge the UK will stay committed to European security after Brexit. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran “the new Hitler of the Middle East,” sharply escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals. (REU)
  • Region: Turkish President Erdogan indicated that he was not completely opposed to the prospect of opening a dialogue with the government in Damascus. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Aid agencies said Saudi Arabia had not fulfilled its promise to reopen humanitarian aid corridors in the country, leaving the main aid lifeline closed for tens of thousands of starving people. (GUA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: EU lawmakers overwhelmingly backed plans to control exports of devices to intercept mobile phone calls, hack computers or circumvent passwords that could be used by foreign states to suppress political opponents or activists. (REU)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (25NOV)

  • Global: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 1999
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Statehood Day – 1943
  • Czech Republic and Slovakia: Anniversary of the Czechoslovakian Federal Assembly’s decision to separate into two separate sovereign nations – 1992
  • Sudan: East Africa Standby Force (EASF) to hold a peacekeeping and security exercise (to 03DEC)
  • Suriname: Independence Day – 1975

 

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