ONS: 29 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 30, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered his military to use all force necessary to secure the Sinai peninsula within the next three months.
  • AMERICAS: Opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla accused incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez of trying to steal Honduras’ disputed election by faking poll results.
  • ASIA: China warned it would take the “necessary measures” to protect its businesses after the US launched a new trade probe into possible Chinese aluminum dumping.
  • EUROPE: EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said there was still work to be done when asked about talks with London on its withdrawal from the bloc.
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Michel Aoun said Saad al-Hariri will “certainly” remain PM and Lebanon’s political crisis will be resolved in a few days.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Drug trafficking on the so-called darknet of hidden networks and web sites represents a growing threat to Europe.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Latest missile test escalates crisis to new levels.
    • North Korea said it successfully tested a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile that puts the entire US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.
    • North Korea said the Hwasong-15, could be armed with a “super-large heavy nuclear warhead” and is capable of striking the entire US mainland.
    • The launch blasted off from Sain Ni in North Korea and, according to US Defense Secretary James Mattis went higher “than any previous shot they’ve taken”, represents a serious escalation of the crisis.
    • Analysis said the missile would require many more tests to become accurate and reliable.
    • Doubts remain about North Korea’s mastery of the complex technology required to arm a long-range missile with a nuclear warhead.
    • North Korea’s latest missile test received sharp international criticism, including from Russia and China.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, Reuters, USA Today, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Four Cameroonian soldiers were killed by suspected separatists in the restive English-speaking Mamfe region. (AFP)
  • Egypt: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered his military to use all force necessary to secure the Sinai peninsula within the next three months. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: A tribal militia killed at least 43 people in Jonglei state, as part of a cycle of revenge killings. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: A terrorist was shot dead by Tunisian army units in an exchange of fire in the central area of Kasserine. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire was acquitted of charges that he tried to subvert the government of former President Robert Mugabe. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro floated the idea of cutting off oil sales to the US, which buys almost half its output. (AFP)
  • Honduras: Opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla accused incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez of trying to steal the country’s disputed election by faking poll results. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Venezuelan state security forces systematically abused detained opposition protesters earlier this year, Human Rights Watch charged. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: Two teenagers were charged with planning an attack using guns and explosives on an Australian school and with the intention to kill multiple people. (AFP)
  • China: The country warned it would take the “necessary measures” to protect its businesses after the US launched a new trade probe into possible Chinese aluminum dumping. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Landslides and floods triggered by Cyclone Cempaka off East Java province killed 19 people. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Fifteen suspected communist guerrillas were killed in a gun battle south of Manila, just days after President Rodrigo Duterte called off peace talks. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said there was still work to be done when asked about talks with London on its withdrawal from the bloc. (Reuters)
  • Region: A war crimes appeal hearing in The Hague was cut short when one defendant, Slobodan Praljak, drank supposed-poison upon confirmation of his sentence. (BBC)
  • Russia: The US warned Moscow not to use the country’s new law allowing foreign-media outlets to be branded as “foreign agents” to tighten media control. (RFE/RL)
  • Turkey: Turkish prosecutors issued detention warrants for 360 people in an operation targeting supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen within the army. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: One Ukrainian soldier was killed and two were wounded as Russia-backed separatists shelled government positions in the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions. (RFE/RL)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel will refuse Swiss diplomat’s access to the Gaza Strip until further notice after recent meetings were held with Hamas leaders. (AFP)
  • Region: The Israeli military began demolishing an illegally-built carpentry workshop in a West Bank settlement as dozens of Jewish settlers protested the move. (AP)
  • Lebanon: President Michel Aoun said Saad al-Hariri will “certainly” remain PM and the country’s political crisis will be resolved in a few days. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: An Islamic State-claimed car bomb struck a government building in the city of Aden, killing five people and wounding 12. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Drug trafficking on the so-called darknet of hidden networks and web sites represents a growing threat to Europe. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia
    • Bali airport reopened following a downgrade in the authorities’ aviation warning to “orange”, one level below the most serious. (Reuters)
  • 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 (30NOV)

  • Austria: 173rd OPEC Meeting to convene in Vienna
  • Barbados: Independence Day – 1966
  • Bangladesh: Pope Francis to visit (to 02DEC)
  • China: Communist Party of China (CPC) in Dialogue with World Political Parties’ High-Level Meeting to open (to 03DEC)
  • Philippines: Bonifacio Day – Unknown
  • Romania: St. Andrew Day – 2012
  • South Africa: Regina Mundi Day – 1997
  • Switzerland: WTO General Council Meeting to open in Geneva (to 01DEC)
  • Uruguay: China-LAC 2017 business summit to open in Punta del Este (to 02DEC)
  • Yemen: Independence Day – 1967

 

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