ONS: 29 November 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 30, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somalia’s presidential elections slated for 30NOV will now be held before the end of DEC16 on an unspecified date.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, a chartered plane with members of a Brazilian soccer club crashed, killing 76 with six survivors.
  • ASIA: Rebels fighting against Indian rule stormed an Indian military base in Kashmir, triggering a fierce gun-battle that left two army officers and a militant dead.
  • EUROPE: Foreign ministers from central and southeastern Europe are in Poland to discuss challenges to regional security and the need for close intra-EU cooperation.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Prospects of an OPEC deal to cut oil production were tempered by Saudi Arabia, citing preference to let demand drive up crude prices.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Internet was disrupted for hundreds of thousands of Germans on 27NOV in a failed hacking attempt at a wider Internet attack.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN Security Council to meet over besieged Aleppo.
    • France called for an immediate UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in the city of Aleppo.
    • UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said up to 16,000 people were displaced in Aleppo by intense attacks on the rebel-held eastern part of the city.
    • The UN said it was “deeply concerned” about civilians in the east, where international aid is exhausted and food stocks are desperately low.
    • Activists and Syrian state media said government forces scored a series of victories over opposition fighters in Aleppo, as part of an apparent strategy to split the rebel-held section of the city in two.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, RFE/RL, VOA, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Top presidential advisor and the most public face of the government Willy Nyamitwe escaped an assassination attempt in the capital Bujumbura. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The country’s presidential elections slated for 30NOV will be held before the end of DEC2016 on an unspecified date. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma survived an attempted ousting after days of fierce debate within the ruling ANC party as several ministers called on him to resign. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Security agents seized all copies of four independent newspapers after they reported on a three-day strike called by the opposition over fuel subsidy cuts. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A chartered plane with members of a Brazilian soccer club crashed in Colombia, killing 76 with six survivors. (NYT)
  • Brazil: A Brazilian opposition party filed a petition for the impeachment of President Michel Temer, underlining growing difficulties under austerity reforms. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Hundreds of thousands of Cubans bade farewell to Fidel Castro and pledged allegiance to his socialist ideology. (AP)
  • Haiti: Businessman Jovenel Moise won the country’s presidential election in the first round, preliminary results show. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Rebels fighting against Indian rule stormed an Indian military base in Kashmir, triggering a fierce gun-battle that left two army officers and a militant dead. (AP)
  • Region: Philippine lender RCBC refused to compensate Bangladesh for tens of millions of stolen dollars in a FEB16 cyber heist. (Reuters)
  • Australia: Susan Kiefel was named the first female chief justice of the Australian High Court. (BBC)
  • Philippines: At least seven members of the Presidential Security Group were injured after a bomb exploded in the city of Marawi, a day ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit. (IANS)
  • South Korea: Scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye said she was willing to resign early and would let parliament decide her fate as leader. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU and World Health Organization reported one in seven people with HIV in Europe is unaware of their infection, as 2015 marked another record year for new HIV cases in the region. (AFP)
  • Region: Foreign ministers from central and southeastern Europe are in Poland to discuss challenges to regional security and the need for close intra-EU cooperation. (AP)
  • Germany: German foreign intelligence service Chief Bruno Kahl warned Russia could seek to disrupt next year’s elections with cyber-attacks. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Binali Yildirim said the country’s political parties are close to finalizing a proposal of constitutional reform. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The country unveiled the world’s largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to ensure European safety. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Prospects of an OPEC deal to cut oil production were tempered by Saudi Arabia, citing preference to let demand drive up crude prices. (AP)
  • Region: Iraq will agree to cut its own oil production as part of a plan by OPEC to push crude prices higher. (AP)
  • Region: Gulf interior ministers in Riyadh are expected to approve a unified e-list of terrorists that are considered as threat to regional security. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Sri Lanka requested the Yemeni government help rescue 26 sailors, including nine Sri Lankans, who were caught by Yemeni pirates. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi accused Shiite rebels of dashing hopes for peace after they unveiled a new government in areas under their control. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Internet was disrupted for hundreds of thousands of Germans on 27NOV in a failed hacking attempt at a wider Internet attack. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Tokage
    • Location: 242 NM WNW of Manila, Philippines
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: SW at 19 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 29NOV: 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 29NOV: 651 (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 (30NOV)

  • Austria: OPEC Meeting in Vienna
  • Japan: Diet’s extraordinary session to end
  • Mali: Trial of coup leader Amadou Sanogo to begin
  • Pakistan: Repatriation of Afghan refugees to be suspended (to FEB17)
  • Philippines: Bonifacio Day – 1863
  • Romania: Feast of Saint Andrew
  • Somalia: Presidential Election
  • Turkey: Ban on demonstrations in Ankara to end
  • Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City to host Vietnam Expo 2016 (to 03DEC)

 

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