ONS: 27 December 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 28, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou plans to meet with US President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the ongoing political turmoil crisis in Libya and other African issues, Sassou’s spokesman said
  • AMERICAS: The United States again ranked first in global weapons sales last year, signing deals for about $40 billion, or half of all agreements in the worldwide arms bazaar, and far ahead of France, the No. 2 weapons dealer with $15 billion in sales, according to a new congressional study.
  • ASIA: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is planning a “prime time” nuclear weapons push in 2017 to take advantage of leadership transitions in South Korea and the United States, a high-ranking defector said
  • EUROPE: Senior Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham arrived in Estonia on a visit seen as a bid to reassure Baltic states concerned that US President-elect Donald Trump may not be fully committed to their defense.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he hopes the upcoming Mideast conference in France will set a timetable to end settlements, as Israel moves ahead with new housing unit construction in east Jerusalem, despite the recent UN Security Council resolution condemning construction there.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The president of the European Commission urged strong action against fake news posted on Facebook and other social networks via the internet.

TOP STORY

  • South Korea: Political tension simmered as the scandal around surrounding impeached President Park Geun-hye grows.
    • The 29 lawmakers from President Park Geun-hye’s conservative Saenuri Party were among those who supported a parliamentary motion to impeach Park over an influence-peddling scandal, which was passed overwhelmingly on 09DEC.
    • Those lawmakers are considered likely create a party fielding outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as its presidential candidate.
    • If Ban joined the new party, it would give him a conservative platform while distancing himself from the ruling Saenuri Party of President Park Geun-hye, which has become tainted by a corruption scandal that led to a parliamentary impeachment vote against her this month.
    • Ban’s potential rivals reacted by questioning his presidential credentials and touting their own ideas, including significant policy changes in regard with relations with nuclear-armed North Korea and allies United States and Japan.
    • South Korean independent counsel investigating the “Rasputin” corruption case announced it will ask the Interpol to include Choi Soon-sil’s daughter on its most wanted list, as they have been unable to find her for questioning.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, Yonhap

AFRICA

  • The Gambia: President-elect Adama Barrow called on President Yahya Jammeh to step aside, saying that even colonial power Britain was able to hand over power peacefully. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Six people have been killed in northern Kaduna state, with herdsmen suspected of committing the attack in the restive region, a former lawmaker and an official said. (AFP)
  • Republic of the Congo: President Denis Sassou plans to meet with US President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the ongoing political turmoil crisis in Libya and other African issues, Sassou’s spokesman said. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: NATO’s agreement to begin talks with Colombia on cooperation leading to full membership was announced, angering neighboring Venezuela. (UPI)
  • Venezuela: The executive secretary of the opposition MUD coalition, Jesus Torrealba, said that the National Assembly, which is dominated by the opposition, will be installed on 05JAN despite any “obstacles” the government may attempt to impose. (EFE)
  • United States: The country again ranked first in global weapons sales last year, signing deals for about $40 billion, or half of all agreements in the worldwide arms bazaar, and far ahead of France, the No. 2 weapons dealer with $15 billion in sales, according to a new congressional study. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The government is expressing concern over a high-level tripartite meeting taking place to discuss Afghan issues, but without Afghan representatives invited. (AP)
  • Korea, North: Leader Kim Jong-Un is planning a “prime time” nuclear weapons push in 2017 to take advantage of leadership transitions in South Korea and the United States, a high-ranking defector said. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least 39 people died after consuming toxic liquor, health officials and police said, as over 150 people were rushed to clinics for treatment. (DPA)
  • Philippines: Authorities said that anti-narcotics operations have led to the arrest of 10 suspects, including three Chinese nationals, and the seizure of nearly 1 metric ton of methamphetamine, the country’s biggest drug haul ever. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Senior Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham arrive in Estonia on a visit seen as a bid to reassure Baltic states concerned that US President-elect Donald Trump may not be fully committed to their defense. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Troubled bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena says it will need more rescue money than previously expected, as a government rescue looms. (AP)
  • Romania: President Klaus Iohannis rejected the leftist Social Democrat Party’s (PSD) proposal to name Sevil Shhaideh for prime minister designate, he said. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Separatist rebels have released two women they had held prisoner as suspected spies. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Gunmen have kidnapped an Iraqi female journalist after posing as members of the security forces and bursting into her home in Baghdad, authorities said. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Islamic State group fighters “summarily executed” 13 civilians after villagers rose up against them at the start of the army’s offensive to retake Mosul, Human Rights Watch said. (AFP)
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he hopes the upcoming Mideast conference in France will set a timetable to end settlements, as Israel moves ahead with new housing unit construction in east Jerusalem, despite the recent UN Security Council resolution condemning construction there. (AP)
  • Syria: A spokesman for a US-backed Kurdish-led force in the country’s north said they are approaching a strategic dam controlled by the Islamic State group north of the country. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Online News: The president of the European Commission urged strong action against fake news posted on Facebook and other social networks via the internet. (EFE)

WORLD

  • Tropical Storm Nock-Ten
    • Location: 296 NM West of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WSW at 6 mph
    • Wind: 52 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 (28DEC)

  • United States: Anniversary of the passage of the Endangered Species Act – 1973

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