ONS: 26 November 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 27, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

 

  • AFRICA:  China’s military is in talks with Djibouti to build logistics “facilities” to support Chinese peacekeeping and anti-piracy missions.
  • AMERICAS: A local Venezuelan opposition leader was shot dead during a public meeting, days before a legislative election.
  • ASIA: India successfully test-fired its home-made, nuclear-capable Prithvi II missile from a defense base in the eastern state of Odisha.
  • EUROPE: French President François Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin will talk in an effort to form a broad coalition against Islamic State after the Paris attacks.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Despite reducing its nuclear activities, a senior UN official says he cannot guarantee that everything Iran is doing is peaceful.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Since a top European court ruled people have a right to be forgotten online, Google has received 348,085 requests for tidbits to vanish from search results.

 

 

 

TOP STORY

 

  • Russia & Turkey: Tensions remain high as each country maintains its positions.
    • Turkey and Russia promised not to go to war over the downing of a Russian military jet, leaving Turkey’s still-nervous NATO allies and just about everyone else wondering why the country decided to risk such a serious confrontation.
    • Turkey has released audio recordings of what it says are the Turkish military’s warnings to the pilot of the Russian plane that was shot down at the border with Syria.
    • Russian officials expressed fury over Turkey’s action and spoke of retaliatory measures that were likely to include curbing travel by Russian tourists to Turkish resorts and some restrictions on trade.
    • Russia said it would impose stricter controls on food and agriculture imports from Turkey.
    • Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said Russia would install S-400 defense missile systems at its Hmeymim air base near Latakia, on Syria’s Mediterranean coast.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

 

 

AFRICA

 

  • Algeria: Long-time counterespionage chief Abdelkader Ait Ouarabi is going before a military tribunal on unclear charges. (AP)
  • Djibouti: China’s military is in talks with the Horn of Africa country to build logistics “facilities” to support Chinese peacekeeping and anti-piracy missions. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: A South African judge lifted a domestic ban on trade in rhino horns, in a direct challenge to government policy put in place in 2009 to try to stem rocketing poaching numbers. (AFP)

 

 

 

AMERICAS

 

  • Brazil: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could have a negative impact on the country’s agricultural sector, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Mauro Vieira. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Prosecutors say they have opened a criminal investigation of a leader of the country’s Green Party for allegedly violating electoral laws in June’s midterm elections. (AP)
  • Venezuela: A local Venezuelan opposition leader was shot dead during a public meeting, days before a legislative election. (Reuters)

 

 

 

ASIA

 

  • Region: China spoke out against a plan between Japan and the US to continue conducting joint military drills in the South China Sea. (Kyodo)
  • Australia: The government has developed a new terrorism warning system aimed at informing the public about the likelihood of terrorist attacks in the country. (Xinhua)
  • India: The country successfully test-fired its home-made, nuclear-capable Prithvi II missile from a defense base in the eastern state of Odisha. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Vice Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya met in Ishigaki with Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama to explain a plan to deploy about 500 ground troops on the disputed East China Sea islands beginning in 2019. (AP)

 

 

 

EUROPE

 

  • Region: French President François Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin will talk in an effort to form a broad coalition against Islamic State after the Paris attacks. (Guardian)
  • Britain: The country should join air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and should not “sub-contract” its security to allies, PM David Cameron said in a written statement to MPs. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The EU will give fresh impetus next month to the country’s bid to join the 28-nation bloc by opening talks on economic policy. (BBC)

 

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

  • Region: The Israeli military believes the current wave of lethal violence with Palestinians will continue in the coming months amid the risk of serious escalation. (Guardian)
  • Region: Two Palestinians were shot and killed during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank as deadly violence over the past two months continues. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Iran: Despite reducing its nuclear activities, a senior UN official says he cannot guarantee that everything the country is doing is peaceful. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country imposed sanctions on 12 senior Hezbollah figures accused of responsibility for carrying out operations on behalf of the group. (Reuters)

 

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

  • Technology: Since a top European court ruled people have a right to be forgotten online, Google has received 348,085 requests for tidbits to vanish from search results. (AFP)

 

 

 

WORLD

 

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm In-Fa
    • Location: 194 NM SW of Iwo To
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: NE at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Sandra
    • Location: 550 NM SW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Wind: 120 mph
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 127 km SSW of Tarauaca, Brazil
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 599.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,634 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,314 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 26NOV: 575,281 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 25,739
      • Deaths as of 26NOV: 76 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 26NOV: 971
      • Deaths as of 26NOV: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 26NOV: 1618 (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 26NOV: 579 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27NOV)

 

  • Nothing to report

 


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