ONS: 25 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 26, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Frenchwoman who runs an aid group was kidnapped in Mali, the French foreign ministry confirmed.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s opposition said it would not resume stalled talks with the government next month over their country’s grave crisis because a number of demands had not been met.
  • ASIA: Indonesian police shot dead two terror suspects and arrested two more, only days after foiling separate plans by an IS-linked group for a Christmas-time suicide bombing near the capital.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police detained several journalists while the authorities continued to take into custody officials from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP).
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel summoned representatives of states that supported a UN resolution demanding it halt settlement activity, while cutting civilian coordination with Palestinians by way of rebuke.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The defense minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, wrote a saber-rattling Twitter post directed at Israel after a false report — which the minister apparently believed — that Israel had threatened Pakistan with nuclear weapons.

TOP STORY

  • Russia: A Russian military Tu-154 plane went down in the Black Sea.
    • A Russian military plane with 92 people on board disappeared from radar shortly after taking off according to the Ministry of Defense.
    • There do not appear to be any survivors.
    • Debris from the plane was found in the Black Sea, according to reports from local news agencies quoting the defense ministry.
    • A list of passengers and crew published by the ministry showed that 64 members of the renowned Alexandrov Ensemble, the army’s official choir, and its conductor Valery Khalilov were on board the plane.
    • A Russian official says the crash could have been caused by a technical malfunction or a crew error, but he believes it could not have been terrorism because the plane was operated by the military.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al Jazeera, AP, DPA,

AFRICA

  • Mali: A Frenchwoman who runs an aid group has been kidnapped, the French foreign ministry confirmed. (AFP)
  • Morocco: Security services have busted 19 terrorist cells since the beginning of 2016, the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) said. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The UN envoy for the country has expressed concern over renewed violence between rival states in the central Somali town of Galkayo, which killed at least three people and injured several others on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: The country’s security forces called on the government to take “exceptional measures” to combat the return of jihadists fighting for extremist groups abroad. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The recent steady arrival in Chile of Haitian migrants, who differ sharply from local inhabitants in terms of both culture and appearance, coincides with calls for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws. (EFE)
  • Mexico: At least 10 states over the past few days have suffered serious gasoline shortages, which the state oil company Pemex attributes to the clandestine theft of fuel from the pipelines. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The country’s opposition said it would not resume stalled talks with the government next month over their country’s grave crisis because a number of demands had not been met. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two civilians were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in eastern Laghman province, a local official said. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Police shot dead two terror suspects and arrested two more, only days after foiling separate plans by an IS-linked group for a Christmas-time suicide bombing near the capital. (AFP)
  • Philippines:  A powerful typhoon with gusts reaching 235 kilometers (146 miles) an hour made landfall in the country’s east, the state weather service said. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Banks and financial institutions make up the overwhelming majority of more than 100 companies inquiring about relocating to Ireland after Brexit, the head of the agency tasked with bringing foreign investment into the republic has confirmed. (Guardian)
  • Turkey: The country is investigating 10,000 people suspected of terror-related activity on the internet or posting comments on social media insulting government officials, the interior ministry said. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police detained several journalists while the authorities continued to take into custody officials from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP). (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A Saudi soldier was killed in a cross-border firefight with Yemeni rebels, the interior ministry said. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country’s currency plumbed new lows against the dollar, continuing a six-month decline that has seen the rial lose some 19 percent of its value despite the lifting of sanctions. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government summoned representatives of states that supported a UN resolution demanding it halt settlement activity, while cutting civilian coordination with Palestinians by way of rebuke. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: The defense minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, wrote a saber-rattling Twitter post directed at Israel after a false report — which the minister apparently believed — that Israel had threatened Pakistan with nuclear weapons. Both countries have nuclear arsenals. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Tropical Cyclone Nock-Ten
    • Location: 242 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: West at 11mph
    • Winds: 155 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 (26DEC)

  • Global: Boxing Day
  • Global: Anniversary of the Indonesian tsunami killing 230,000 people – 2004
  • United States: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to visit Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (to 27DEC)

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