ONS: 29 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 30, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, at least eight people were killed when gunmen opened fire on a Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of Peruvians marched to protest President Pedro Pablo Kuczysnki’s recent pardoning of former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori.
  • ASIA: China denied reports of illicitly selling oil products to North Korea, after US President Donald Trump said he was not happy that China had allowed oil to reach the isolated nation.
  • EUROPE: Turkey and Russia signed an accord for Moscow to supply Ankara with S-400 surface-to-air missiles; finalizing a deal the two countries have been working on for more than a year.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, aid workers completed a series of medical evacuations from a besieged rebel enclave near Damascus as part of a deal that saw patients swapped for hostages and prisoners.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Force 47 – Vietnam’s 10,000 cyber warriors to fight online dissent – adds a grim “new dimension” to controls on free speech in the Communist country, Human Rights Watch said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea seized Hong Kong ship in violation of sanctions.
    • South Korea seized a Hong Kong-registered ship last month suspected of supplying oil to the North in breach of international sanctions.
    • The Lighthouse Winmore is suspected of transferring up to 600 tons of oil to a North Korean ship on 19OCT, in violation of UN sanctions.
    • The ship and its crew – which included 23 Chinese nationals and two Burmese nationals – are still in South Korean custody and under investigation.
    • The Lighthouse Winmore’s crew members will be allowed to return to their home countries after investigations are completed.
    • UNSC Resolution 2375, adopted in SEP2017, bans member countries from ship-to-ship transfer of any goods for North Korea.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, WSJ, Yonhap

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Ugandan military said several people from the DR Congo are fleeing into Uganda for fear of reprisal by Allied Democratic Forces rebels. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: At least eight people were killed when gunmen opened fire on a Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo. (NYT)
  • South Africa: The country’s top court ruled that parliament failed to hold President Jacob Zuma to account in a corruption scandal. (AP)
  • Uganda: The government charged 45 Rwandan nationals with terrorism and establishing a terror organization. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US charge d’affaires Todd Robinson met with Venezuelan FM Jorge Arreaza to “press” for the release of an American man detained since JUN2016. (AFP)
  • Peru: Thousands of Peruvians marched to protest President Pedro Pablo Kuczysnki’s recent pardoning of former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Protests continued in Caracas and other cities over shortages of cooking gas and other consumer goods. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China denied reports of illicitly selling oil products to North Korea, after US President Donald Trump said he was not happy that China had allowed oil to reach the isolated nation. (Reuters)
  • Region: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said China’s military ambitions are becoming more apparent and tension between Taiwan and the mainland must not be resolved through military force. (Reuters)
  • Cambodia: A Phnom Penh court found veteran opposition chief Sam Rainsy guilty of defaming PM Hun Sen and ordered him to pay damages of USD 1M. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: The country freed two Turkish journalists after they completed a two-month jail sentence for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey and Russia signed an accord for Moscow to supply Ankara with S-400 surface-to-air missiles, finalizing a deal the two countries have been working on for more than a year. (Reuters)
  • Region: NATO is likely to increase its dialogue with Russia in 2018, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said. (DPA)
  • Russia: Prominent Russian environmental activist Andrei Rudomakha was brutally beaten by three masked men in the southern city of Krasnodar. (AP)
  • Russia: The Kremlin said deteriorating relations with the US were a major disappointment of the year. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish police detained 29 suspected Islamic State members in Ankara, as security is tightened ahead of the New Year. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen accused the UN of being “biased,” which “undermines the UN’s credibility.” (CNN)
  • Region: The US and Israel reached a closed-door cooperation agreement on how to deal with Iran. (Hill)
  • Iran: Top cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda called for tough action by security forces after hundreds of people protested against high prices and shouted anti-government slogans. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Clashes pitting mainly jihadist and rebel fighters against regime forces backed by Russian warplanes killed at 66 people in northwestern Idlib province. (AFP)
  • Syria: Aid workers completed a series of medical evacuations from a besieged rebel enclave near Damascus as part of a deal that saw patients swapped for hostages and prisoners. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Force 47 – Vietnam’s 10,000 cyber warriors to fight online dissent – adds a grim “new dimension” to controls on free speech in the Communist country, Human Rights Watch said. (AFP)

 

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 (30DEC)

  • Iraq: Anniversary of the execution of former president Saddam Hussein – 2006
  • Philippines: Rizal Day – 1896

 

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