ONS: 27 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 28, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The police and army will stage joint patrols as Zimbabwe returns to normal after an army takeover that led to Robert Mugabe’s resignation.
  • AMERICAS: The FBI failed to tell US officials about Russian attempts to hack into their personal Gmail accounts, despite having evidence those officials were in the Kremlin’s crosshairs.
  • ASIA: Pope Francis arrived on the first papal visit to Myanmar amid speculation whether he will comment on alleged ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
  • EUROPE: The sixth annual meeting of the “16+1 cooperation” forum began in Budapest, which will discuss China’s “new Silk Road” initiative to expand trade across Asia, Africa and Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Michel Aoun opened consultations with Lebanese political leaders over the government’s future.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said Google does not change its algorithm to re-rank individual websites.

TOP STORY

  • Honduras: Opposition candidate leading polls as tight election count continues.
    • Both incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández and opposition leader Salvador Nasralla declared victory in the country’s presidential poll.
    • With 57 percent of ballot boxes counted, Nasralla was ahead with an almost 5 point margin at 45 percent, according to the first official results.
    • Turnout appeared to be heavy across the country, with relatively minor irregularities reported.
    • The election marked the first time a Honduran president has sought re-election.
    • The opposition, which claimed the government was preparing to rig the elections, raised concerns of electoral fraud after the polls closed.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AP, BBC, Reuters

AFRICA

  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma directed Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to identify concrete measures to urgently address the country’s economic challenges. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Ten Rapid Support Forces counterinsurgents were killed in clashes with fighters loyal to militia leader Musa Hilal in war-torn Darfur. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: The police and army will stage joint patrols as the country returns to normal after an army takeover that led to Robert Mugabe’s resignation. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The Argentine government and navy are doing “the impossible” to locate the ARA San Juan submarine that disappeared 11 days ago with 44 crewmembers on board. (EFE)
  • United States: The FBI failed to tell US officials about Russian attempts to hack into their personal Gmail accounts, despite having evidence those officials were in the Kremlin’s crosshairs. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro tapped National Guard General Manuel Quevedo to lead state oil company PDVSA, despite no known energy experience. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Rohingya are still fleeing into Bangladesh even after an agreement with Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of the displaced Muslim minority. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea warned North Korea against further violations of their armistice agreement, as with this month’s defection incident. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Pope Francis arrived on the first papal visit to the country amid speculation whether he will comment on alleged ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: Law Minister Zahid Hamid resigned after days of protest rocked the country over accusations of blasphemy. (NYT)
  • Vietnam: Activist Nguyen Van Hoa was sentenced to seven years in prison for inspiring anti-government protests, in the country’s latest crackdown on dissent. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The sixth annual meeting of the “16+1 cooperation” forum began in Budapest, which will discuss China’s “new Silk Road” initiative to expand trade across Asia, Africa and Europe. (AP)
  • Germany: Leading member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, Julia Kloeckner, says that coalition talks will likely take place at the beginning of 2018. (AP)
  • Germany: Traditional Christmas markets opened across the country amid heightened security, almost a year after a terror attack on a Berlin Christmas market killed 12. (AP)
  • Russia: The Kremlin said Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov would remain in his post despite comments he made about the possibility of standing down. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Police in Kiev detained more than 60 people at an alleged gathering of organized crime bosses. (RFE/RL)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey insisted the US must honor a pledge to end weapons provisions to Syrian Kurdish fighters. (Reuters)
  • Bahrain: Activists say prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, who has been under house arrest, is seriously ill. (AP)
  • Lebanon: President Michel Aoun opened consultations with the country’s political leaders over the government’s future. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian government postponed its departure to UN-backed peace talks due to resume in Geneva. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Ten suspected Al-Qaeda members were killed in drone strikes over the weekend, as raids targeting the radical group’s presence in the country intensify. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said Google does not change its algorithm to re-rank individual websites. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 25km SE of Taron, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 57.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia
    • Dark smoke billowed to 3.4 km in the sky, raising fears of a major eruption. (BBC)
  • 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 (28NOV)

  • Albania: Independence Day – 1912
  • Burundi: Republic Day – 1966
  • Chad: Republic Day – 1958
  • East Timor: Proclamation of Independence Day – 1975
  • Iran: Navy Day – 1980
  • Mauritania: Independence Day – 1960
  • Panama: Independence Day – 1821
  • Republic of the Congo: Republic Day – 1958
  • Switzerland: New round of UN-brokered Syrian peace talks to begin in Geneva
  • Uganda: East Africa Community “Big 5” Heads of State Retreat begins in Kampala (to 29NOV)

 

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