ONS: 28 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 29, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Recently retired army chief Constantino Chiwenga, who led a de facto coup that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, was installed as Zimbabwe’s VP.
  • AMERICAS: A total of “498 violations of freedom of expression” occurred in Venezuela in 2017, the National Press Workers Guild said.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said a 2015 “comfort women” agreement with Japan was seriously flawed after Japan said any attempt to revise it could damage relations.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Vladimir Putin labeled the 27DEC explosion at St. Petersburg supermarket a terrorist attack.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli Knesset passed legislation ending a police practice of recommending indictments, a bill pushed by PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s party as he faces corruption allegations.
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Korea will impose additional measures to regulate speculation in cryptocurrency trading within the country.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Kabul suicide bombing kills at least 40, claimed by ISIS.
    • At least 40 people were killed and 30 wounded in a suicide attack at a Shia cultural and religious organization in a western area of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
    • One suicide bomber managed to enter the Shiite Tebyan cultural center and religious school during a group discussion, and he detonated his explosive vest.
    • The initial suicide blast was followed by two more explosions, which did not produce any injuries.
    • The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attack on its Amaq website, but provided no evidence of its claim.
    • The Taliban immediately said the group, which leads the insurgency against the Afghan government and foreign troops, was not behind the incident.
    • People gathered at Tebyan were marking the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan.
    • Coverage: AJ, BBC, CNN, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Ties between Egypt and Sudan are strained over expanding ties with Turkey and Qatar. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The US formally agreed to sell 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes and weapons to the country, resurrecting the deal frozen by the Obama administration over rights concerns. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: Recently retired army chief Constantino Chiwenga, who led a de facto coup that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, was installed as the country’s VP. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Brazilian police arrested Jose Gonzalez Valencia, a leader of Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation cartel. (Reuters)
  • Peru: President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski may reshuffle his Cabinet, after triggering an outcry by pardoning former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: A total of “498 violations of freedom of expression” occurred in the country in 2017, the National Press Workers Guild said. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said a 2015 “comfort women” agreement with Japan was seriously flawed after Japan said any attempt to revise it could damage relations. (Reuters)
  • Region: China will provide equipment for Cambodia’s 2018 election, the first such pledge from abroad since the EU and the US withdrew their support. (Reuters)
  • Region: China’s frequent military activity is causing regional instability, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said. (Reuters)
  • Region: UN investigator Yanghee Lee called for international pressure on China and Russia to try to get them to oppose human rights abuses in Myanmar. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: The UN warned of ‘massive’ human rights abuses on the island of Mindanao, which could intensify with President Rodrigo Duterte’s extension of martial law. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he wants to mend strained ties with several European nations, saying Turkey is forced to “decrease the number of enemies and increase friends.” (AP)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin labeled the 27DEC explosion at St. Petersburg supermarket a terrorist attack. (AP)
  • Russia: The Kremlin will investigate whether opposition leader Alexei Navalny is breaking the law by calling for nationwide protests. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish police detained 38 people, some of them Syrian citizens, over suspected links to Islamic State in the northwestern province of Bursa. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has killed 109 civilians in air strikes in the past 10 days. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The Knesset passed legislation ending a police practice of recommending indictments, a bill pushed by PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s party as he faces corruption allegations. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Undocumented Ethiopian migrants forcibly deported from the country say they were mistreated by Saudi authorities while detained. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia promised leaders of the Kurdish autonomous region in the country’s north can send representatives to a peace forum it is hosting next month. (RFE/RL)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: South Korea will impose additional measures to regulate speculation in cryptocurrency trading within the country. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 22DEC: 61,613 (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 22DEC: 123,087 (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 22DEC: 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 24DEC: 2,121 (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 24DEC: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29DEC)

  • India-Pakistan: Pakistan to release and repatriate up to 291 detained Indian fishermen
  • Ireland: Constitution Day – 1937
  • Mongolia: National Independence Day – 1911

 

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