ONS: 27 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 28, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An ethnic Nande militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed about 30, mostly Hutu civilians.
  • AMERICAS: A Peruvian judge gave the country’s ex-first lady Nadine Heredia 10 days to return to the country, or she will face preventative detention.
  • ASIA: A Malaysian cartoonist who goes by the pen name Zunar and is known for lampooning the prime minister was arrested for sedition.
  • EUROPE: Swiss voters go to the polls to cast their ballots on whether or not their country should speed up the process of phasing out its nuclear power plants.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Kuwait’s parliamentary elections Islamist-dominated opposition groups and their allies secured nearly half the seats.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Austrian Foreign Ministry website was the target of an online attack that originated in Turkey.

 

TOP STORY

  • Uganda: 54 people killed in clashes between a tribal militia and police
    • The militia protects a tribal king in the Rwenzori region near the border with Congo.
    • Of those killed, 41 were rebels and 13 were police officers.
    • An additional four police officials and four soldiers were wounded.
    • The deaths occurred after Ugandan troops attempted to break into the king’s palace in order to disarm his guards.
    • The violence is an escalation of a long-running conflict between the Ugandan security forces and the rebels who are loyal to their tribal king, Charles Wesley Mumbere.
    • Mumbere leads the Bakonzo people, some of whom have called for secession from Uganda.
    • Sources: BBC, AFP, AP

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: An ethnic Nande militia killed about 30 civilians, mostly Hutus. (Reuters)
  • Gabon: Opposition leader Jean Ping once more declared himself “president-elect” as he returned home, claiming he had the support of multiple foreign countries after a month abroad. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Military veterans from the United States and Australia are being recruited to provide security for endangered rhinos. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: Conservative Party leaders criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the condolence message he sent following the death of Fidel Castro, which referred to the Cuban leader as “a friend.” (EFE)
  • Mexico: Police and soldiers freed 81 farm workers from inhumane conditions at a commercial farm in the state of Coahuila. (AP)
  • Peru: A judge gave the country’s ex-first lady Nadine Heredia 10 days to return to the country, where she is under investigation, or she will face preventative detention. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Afghan army found and defused 17 Improvised Explosive Devices in the Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Police report that at least nine people connected with the Islamic State terrorist organization were detained during a mass anti-government rally on 04NOV. (TASS)
  • Indonesia: An army helicopter, which had gone missing, was located on Borneo island. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: A cartoonist who goes by the pen name Zunar and is known for lampooning the prime minister and his family was arrested for sedition. (Guardian)
  • Sri Lanka: President Maithripala Sirisena asked Donald Trump to pressure the UN Human Rights Council to drop war crimes allegations against his country’s troops. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Voters are choosing the center-right presidential nominee in a runoff election; the competition is between former prime ministers Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Although the pilots’ strike at Lufthansa ended, flights continue to be affected; today 35 flights are cancelled. (DPA)
  • Switzerland: Swiss voters are casting their ballots to decide whether or not to speed up the process of phasing out the country’s nuclear power plants. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli forces killed four gunmen belonging to an Islamic State affiliate in Syria who had opened fire on soldiers in the occupied Golan Heights. (AFP)
  • Region: Iran may seek to set up naval bases in Yemen or Syria in the future, according to the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces. (Reuters)
  • Israel: According to police the wildfires that have engulfed the country for five days are now under control. (EFE)
  • Kuwait: Islamist-dominated opposition groups and their allies secured 24 of 50 parliamentary seats. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country will need more than USD53 billion in water sector investment supported by private funds as demand for the resource grows. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The UN envoy for Yemen announced he is traveling to Riyadh and Kuwait “to prepare for a new round” of peace talks between the government and rebels. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Austrian Foreign Ministry website was the target of an online attack that originated in Turkey. (DPA)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Tokage
    • Location: 198 NM WNW of Manila, Philippines
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Movement: NE at 6 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 18NOV: 319,379 (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 18NOV: 121,669
      • Deaths as of 18NOV: 135
        • 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 11NOV: 1,826 (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 11NOV: 649 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24NOV:  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 24NOV: 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 24NOV: 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 (28NOV)

  • Asia Region: Japanese and Chinese foreign and defense officials to meet in Beijing (to 29DEC)
  • Austria: High Level Committee of OPEC members and non-members to meet in Vienna to debate oil production levels (to 29OCT)
  • Azerbaijan: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to visit (to 29NOV)
  • Chad: Republic Day – 1958
  • China: United Nations Secretary-General designate Antonio Guterres to visit (to 29NOV)
  • Venezuela: National Electoral Council (CNE) to announce whether a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro can take place (to 29NOV)

 

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