ONS: 28 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 29, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: France’s President Emmanuel Macron said the implementation of a West African force set up to fight Islamist militants was taking too much time.
  • AMERICAS: In Honduras, the governing National Party called supporters to take to the streets to “defend the victory” of President Juan Orlando Hernandez in the general elections.
  • ASIA: Pope Francis told Myanmar’s political leaders that democratization depends on inclusion of all ethnic and religious groups, but he avoided directly referring to the Muslim Rohingya minority.
  • EUROPE: Britain’s banks could cope with a “disorderly” Brexit without needing to curb lending or be bailed out by taxpayers, the Bank of England said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian government delegation take part in direct peace talks with the opposition in Geneva, starting 29NOV.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook is turning to artificial intelligence to detect if someone might be contemplating suicide before anyone reports them.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta sworn in amid protests.
    • President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn into office for a second term in front of tens of thousands who gathered in the country’s largest stadium after months of election turmoil.
    • The extended election season has divided Kenya, a Western ally in a volatile region, and blunted growth in East Africa’s richest economy.
    • In the capital, Nairobi, police clashed with opposition supporters trying to hold a rally.
    • The presidential race — and subsequent election-related violence — has thrown east Africa’s wealthiest country into political chaos, revealing deep ethnic divisions which Kenyatta will need to address quickly.
    • The violence surrounding the polls is also seen as a challenge to the US, which has come to rely on Kenya as a front-line state in the fight against terrorism.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, NPR, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: France’s President Emmanuel Macron said the implementation of a West African force set up to fight Islamist militants was taking too much time. (Reuters)
  • Region: Burundi’s main opposition group is boycotting peace talks in Tanzania, leaving little chance the negotiations will end simmering political violence that has claimed hundreds of lives. (Reuters)
  • Central African Republic: The UN asked Brazil to send troops to join its peace mission in the country. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Water entered the snorkel of the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan, causing a to short-circuit before it went missing on 15NOV, a navy spokesman said. (Reuters)
  • Honduras: The governing National Party called supporters to take to the streets to “defend the victory” of President Juan Orlando Hernandez in the general elections. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Finance Minister José Antonio Meade stepped down and announced his intention to run for president in next year’s election. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: The country’s MUD opposition alliance will meet with President Nicolas Maduro’s government on 01-02DEC. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan detected radio signals suggesting North Korea may be preparing another ballistic missile launch. (Reuters)
  • Region: A Chinese court sentenced Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che to five years in prison for conducting online lectures on Taiwan’s democratization and managed a fund for families of political prisoners in China. (WSJ)
  • Australia: Australian police arrested a 20-year-old man who they say was planning a terrorist attack in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve. (WSJ)
  • China: Senior Chinese military official Zhang Yang committed suicide after authorities launched an investigation against him. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Pope Francis told the country’s political leaders that democratization depends on inclusion of all ethnic and religious groups, but he avoided directly referring to the Muslim Rohingya minority. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Greek counter-terrorism police detained nine Turkish nationals in Athens, in an investigation connected with Turkish militant groups. (AP)
  • Region: Romania’s coast guard rescued 60 migrants aboard a Turkish ship on the Black Sea that sent out a distress signal. (AP)
  • Germany: A knife attack on Andreas Hollstein, the mayor of Altena and known for his pro-refugee stance, was likely politically motivated, authorities said. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Britain’s banks could cope with a “disorderly” Brexit without needing to curb lending or be bailed out by taxpayers, the Bank of England said. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia is open for talks to extend the oil production cut pact of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The Knesset began passing legislation that would prevent police from recommending indictments, especially relevant to ongoing corruption allegations against PM Benjamin Netanyahu. (AP)
  • Syria: The government delegation will take part in direct peace talks with the opposition in Geneva, starting 29NOV. (AP)
  • Syria: Shelling hit the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus but was less intense as Russia proposed a ceasefire for the area. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook is turning to artificial intelligence to detect if someone might be contemplating suicide before anyone reports them. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia
    • Indonesian officials shut the international airport in Bali for a second day, as Mount Agung spews volcanic ash 3km into the atmosphere. (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 (29NOV)

  • Global: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – 2005
  • Albania: Liberation Day – 1944
  • Czech Republic: Czech government to submit its resignation, making way for a new administration
  • Norway: 13th Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation Ministerial Meeting on Environment to open in Vadsø (to 30NOV)
  • Vanuatu: Unity Day – 1977

 

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