ONS: 25 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 26, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Ethiopian government called for transparent dialogue with the Egyptian government and public on a 6,450-megawatt hydro dam Ethiopia is constructing.
  • AMERICAS: Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho amid hopes the Communist-run island might be able to convince its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the US.
  • ASIA: Rohingya refugees who return to Myanmar from Bangladesh following a repatriation agreement will initially live in temporary shelters or camps, a day after the UN raised concern for their safety when they go back.
  • EUROPE: The EU is stepping up its campaign to counter disinformation and fake news from Russia by spending more than €1m a year on its specialist anti-propaganda unit.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Trump’s administration is preparing to stop sending weapons directly to Kurdish militants battling Islamic State in Syria, dealing a political blow to the US’s most reliable ally in the civil war.
  • TECHNOLOGY: While the massive data breach at Uber Technologies Inc. didn’t happen under the watch of its new chief executive, more than two months elapsed before he notified affected customers and drivers of the incident, people familiar with the matter said.

TOP STORY

  • Attack on Egypt mosque kill over 300 people
    • Militants detonated a bomb inside a crowded mosque in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday and then sprayed gunfire on panicked worshipers as they fled, killing at least 305 people and wounding at least 128 others. Officials called it the deadliest terrorist attack in Egypt’s modern history.
    • Al Rawdah mosque is known as the birthplace of an important Sufi cleric. Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam that some jihadists consider heretical.
    • Al-Qaida targets military personnel, police or officials, but not ordinary Muslims, even Sufis, as part of a “hearts and minds strategy” designed by al-Zawahiri. “Al-Qaida is not more moderate than Isis … just more pragmatic,” said Gartenstein-Ross.
    • Sisi, who supporters see as a bulwark against Islamist militants, promised the “utmost force” against those responsible.. Security has been a key reason for his supporters to back him, and he is expected to run for re-election next year.
    • The Egyptian military has said it has conducted air strikes on “terrorist” targets in response.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, GUA, NYT, REU

AFRICA

  • Region: The Ethiopian government called for transparent dialogue with the Egyptian government and public on a 6,450-megawatt hydro dam Ethiopia is constructing. (XIN)
  • Egypt: The army says an air strike killed some of the attackers involved in Friday’s massacre when at least 305 people died in a bomb-and-gun attack on a mosque. (AJ)
  • Egypt: The Security Council and the UN secretary-general condemned the terrorist attack that killed 305 people. (XIN)
  • Zimbabwe: Former finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who was among those detained by the military when they seized power before Mugabe resigned this week, appeared in court to face corruption charges. (REU)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho amid hopes the Communist-run island might be able to convince its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the US. (REU)
  • Brazil: President Temer was admitted to a hospital in Sao Paulo to undergo a catheterization for coronary obstruction. (XIN)
  • United States: Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura has threatened to sever the sistership relations with western coast city of San Francisco over a “comfort women” statue. (XIN)

ASIA

  • Region: Rohingya refugees who return from Bangladesh following a repatriation agreement will initially live in temporary shelters or camps, a day after the UN raised concern for their safety when they go back. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Up to 13 militants loyal to the Islamic State (IS) group were killed, following an air operation in Haska Mina district of eastern Nangarhar province on Friday. (XIN)
  • Pakistan: At least one policeman was killed and over 100 people injured in clashes between security forces and protesters here during the police’s clear operation against religious sit-in protest. (XIN)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU is stepping up its campaign to counter disinformation and fake news from Russia by spending more than €1m a year on its specialist anti-propaganda unit. (GUA)
  • Georgia: Twelve people were killed and dozens injured during a sudden fire at a hotel in Batumi, the second largest city. (XIN)
  • France: Macron has named a Socialist lawmaker to a top budget post as part of a cabinet shuffle following grumblings from some on the left who accuse his centrist government of favouring the rich. (GUA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Friday that Israel’s nuclear arsenal endangers the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and threatens security in the Middle East, Press TV reported. (XIN)
  • Region: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned in a new report that unauthorized weapons in the hands of Hezbollah and threatening rhetoric from the Lebanese militant group and Israeli officials “heightens risk of miscalculation and escalation into conflict.” (AP)
  • Syria: Trump’s administration is preparing to stop sending weapons directly to Kurdish militants battling Islamic State, dealing a political blow to the US’s most reliable ally in the civil war. (WSJ)
  • Yemen: Four planes from aid groups arrived in Sana’a marking an end to a blockade by a Saudi-led alliance of the rebel-held airport. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: While the massive data breach at Uber Technologies Inc. didn’t happen under the watch of its new chief executive, more than two months elapsed before he notified affected customers and drivers of the incident, people familiar with the matter said. (WSJ)

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 (26NOV)

  • Global: Anti-Obesity Day – Unknown
  • Cuba: Municipal elections
  • Germany: Totensonntag (Sunday of the Dead) – 1816
  • Honduras: Presidential election
  • India: Constitution Day – 1949
  • Mongolia: Republic Day – 1924
  • Nepal: Parliamentary elections
  • Russia: SCO Council of Heads of Government meeting to open in Sochi (to 02DEC)
  • South Korea: Russia’s top envoy on North Korean nuclear issues to meet with officials in Seoul (to 28NOV)
  • Turkmenistan: Hasyl Bayramy (Harvest Festival) – Unknown

 

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