ONS: 28 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 29, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In South Africa, at least three government ministers have called for President Jacob Zuma to resign.

  • AMERICAS: A great crowd of people is expected to converge on Havana’s Revolution Square as Cuba begins a week-long goodbye to its revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro.

  • ASIA: In the Philippines, Manila police detonated an improvised bomb found in a trash bin near the US Embassy. No one was reported hurt in the incident.

  • EUROPE: Spanish police arrested four people suspected of links to an illegal migration network believed used by the Islamic State group to move militants to Europe.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli military carried out an airstrike in Syria on a building used by Islamic State militants to attack Israeli forces.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The Japanese Defense Ministry and the Self-Defense Forces suffered a ‘highly skilled‘ cyberattack in SEP2016, with indications information may have leaked as a result.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government forces capture key territory in Aleppo.

    • Syrian government forces have captured a key part of eastern Aleppo, splitting rebel-held territory.

    • The rebel losses suggested it is only a matter of time before all of east Aleppo — held by the opposition since 2012 — is back in government hands.

    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the military was fully in control of al-Sakhour and several other districts.

    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said at least 10,000 civilians have fled the area on 27NOV.

    • Capturing rebel-held eastern Aleppo would be the biggest victory for President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the Syrian uprising in 2011.

    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, Reuters, VOA, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: Kenya and Uganda launched the Northern Economic Corridor Master Plan, a blueprint for infrastructure development that interconnects the East African region. (Xinhua)

  • Nigeria: The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate claimed responsibility for bombing a state-owned oil pipeline in response to a military offensive against the oil rebels. (AFP)

  • Somalia: International aid agencies said at least five million Somalis are facing acute food security crisis due to poor rains in the Horn of Africa nation. (Xinhua)

  • South Africa: At least three South African ministers have called for President Jacob Zuma to resign. (AFP)

  • Sudan: Armed men have abducted three UN refugee agency staffers, including two foreigners, from the country’s strife-torn Darfur region. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: A great crowd of people is expected to converge on Havana’s Revolution Square as the country begins a week-long goodbye to its revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro. (VOA)

  • United States: President-elect Donald Trump has asserted he won the popular vote on NOV08 “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” (BBC)

  • United States: Gunfire erupted in New Orleans’ French Quarter, leaving one person dead and nine wounded in a tourist district. (AP)

  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said he will not allow the opposition to leave negotiations, in a bid to find a solution to the country’s political crisis. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: China lodged a diplomatic protest with Singapore after a shipment of Singaporean military armored vehicles was seized in Hong Kong. (AFP)

  • India: Tens of thousands of people turned out for nationwide protests against the country’s controversial ban on high-value banknotes. (AFP)

  • Philippines: Manila police detonated an improvised bomb found in a trash bin near the US Embassy. No one was reported hurt in the incident. (AP)

  • South Korea: President Park Geun-hye accepted the resignation of Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong amid a political scandal threatening Park’s leadership. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Polish PM Beata Szydlo called for a Brexit “compromise,” but London had to set out a clear vision for its post-EU future. (AFP)

  • Denmark: PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen reshuffled his cabinet to bring in ministers from two other parties after forming a coalition to broaden the base of his minority government. (Reuters)

  • Spain: Spanish police arrested four people suspected of links to an illegal migration network believed used by the Islamic State group to move militants to Europe. (AP)

  • Turkey: UN torture expert Nils Melzer began a week-long visit, following claims prisoners have been ill-treated in the wake of the country’s July failed coup. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Israeli military carried out an airstrike in Syria on a building used by Islamic State militants to attack Israeli forces. (AP)

  • Kuwait: The Kuwaiti cabinet submitted its resignation to the Emir following snap parliamentary polls, in line with the emirate’s constitution. (AFP)

  • Jordan: The country chose five international consortiums to build the first phase of a multi-million-dollar canal linking the Red Sea to the shrinking Dead Sea. (AFP)

  • Yemen: Yemeni officials say at least 13 civilians have been killed by an airstrike by the Saudi-led military coalition in the western city, Hodeida. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Japanese Defense Ministry and the Self-Defense Forces suffered a ‘highly skilled‘ cyberattack in SEP2016, with indications information may have leaked as a result. (Kyodo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Tokage

    • Location: 215 NM NW of Manila, Philippines

    • Winds: 35 mph

    • Movement: NNE at 4 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 27NOV: 1,832 (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 27NOV: 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)

  • Global: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – 1947

  • Brazil: Congress to hold first round vote on spending cap

  • Liberia: William V.S. Tubman’s Birthday – 1895

  • Pakistan: Army Chief Raheel Sharif to step retire

  • Ukraine: Possible peace talks in Minsk

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