ONS: 26 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 27, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Dozens of men wearing military combat uniforms and armed with automatic machine guns carried out the deadly assault on a Sufi mosque in Egypt’s northern Sinai.
  • AMERICAS: The Argentinian navy has insisted the missing submarine was in good condition and had passed system safety checks before setting off on a training mission 10 days ago.
  • ASIA:  Myanmar has restricted international media coverage of the Pope’s four-day visit to the country, citing security concerns.
  • EUROPE: Belarus is building a nuclear reactor on the doorstep of the EU despite fears in neighboring Lithuania.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian regime air strikes and artillery fire killed 19 civilians across the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside the capital Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law new measures allowing authorities to list foreign media outlets as “foreign agents” in response to what Moscow says is unacceptable US pressure on Russian media.

TOP STORY

  • Russia’s Putin signs ‘foreign agents’ media law
    • Putin signed into law new measures allowing authorities to list foreign media outlets as “foreign agents” in response to what Moscow says is unacceptable US pressure on Russian media.
    • This measure was a response to the demand of the US Department of Justice to RT America, a US branch of the Russian television company, to register as a foreign agent.
    • The Justice Department said the action did not inhibit freedom of expression or restrict news content, and requires only “registration, labeling of informational materials and broadcasts, and recordkeeping.”
    • At least nine US-funded broadcasters, including Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty could be hit. The new law affects foreign-registered media outlets which receive funding from outside Russia.
    • Maja Kocijancic, the spokesperson of the European Commission for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said that the “legislation goes against Russia’s human rights obligations and commitments.”
    • Coverage: BBC, REU, RFE, TAS, USA

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Dozens of men wearing military combat uniforms and armed with automatic machine guns carried out the deadly assault on a Sufi mosque in northern Sinai. (CNN)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram fighters briefly overran a town in northeast Nigeria in a raid to loot food supplies, military and civilian militia sources said. (AFP)
  • Senegal: National assembly has lifted the parliamentary immunity of Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall, a leading opponent of President Macky Sall, opening the way for his trial on graft charges. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The navy has insisted the missing submarine was in good condition and had passed system safety checks before setting off on a training mission 10 days ago. (BBC)
  • Ecuador: Former President Correa, who returned after living in Belgium for several months, warned that a counterrevolution is going on in his country, operated from within by the ruling Alianza Pais (AP) movement. (EFE)
  • United States: A young Russian alleged to have masterminded a massive hacking of social networks including LinkedIn and Dropbox is now at the center of an extradition struggle between the US and Russia. (CNN)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea’s top negotiator on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program will visit the US next week to discuss diplomatic efforts to end the North’s nuclear program. (YON)
  • Afghanistan: Seven militants of Haqqani group were killed following an airstrike in the eastern province of Paktia. (XIN)
  • Cambodia: PM Sen called for the closure of one of the country’s main human rights groups because it was founded by detained opposition leader Kem Sokha. (REU)
  • Myanmar: The country has restricted international media coverage of the Pope’s four-day visit to the country citing security concerns. (EFE)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: The country is building a nuclear reactor on the doorstep of the EU despite fears in neighboring Lithuania. (AFP)
  • Germany: A week after exploratory coalition talks collapsed, Merkel‘s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party is set to come together in Berlin to discuss further options. (DPA)
  • UK: A London Heathrow security worker has been charged with conspiring to import drugs after cocaine with a street value of £700,000 was seized. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Weeks ahead of the expected completion of a UN database of companies that operate in West Bank settlements, the country and the Trump Administration are working feverishly to prevent its publication. (AP)
  • Qatar: The economy continues to grow at the fastest pace in the GCC region, said Central Bank Governor Sheikh Abdulla bin Saoud al Thani. (XIN)
  • Saudi Arabia: The crown prince has opened the first high-level meeting of a kingdom-led alliance of Muslim nations against terrorism. (AP)
  • Syria: Regime air strikes and artillery fire killed 19 civilians across the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside the capital Damascus. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law new measures allowing authorities to list foreign media outlets as “foreign agents” in response to what Moscow says is unacceptable US pressure on Russian media. (REU)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 204km NNE of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia
    • Magnitude:5.8 mww
    • Depth: 10.2 km
    • Map
  • 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 (27NOV)

  • Argentina: National Sovereignty Day – 2010
  • Austria:  Moldovan and Transdniestrian representatives to meet in Vienna to discuss issues regarding the Transdniestrian settlement
  • Bangladesh: Several Asian and European Foreign Ministers to meet in Dhaka to discuss the Rohingya refugee crisis
  • Japan: Group of Eminent Persons for Substantive Advancement of Nuclear Disarmament Conference to open in Hiroshima (to 28NOV)
  • Myanmar: Pope Francis to visit
  • Russia: Marines Day – 1996
  • Spain: Teachers’ Day – Unknown
  • Thailand: 41st meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies, Asia and the Pacific to open in Bangkok (to 01DEC)
  • Venezuela: Aviation Day – 1992

 

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