ONS: 30 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 31, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Vice President Joseph Boakai of Liberia accepted defeat in presidential election and offered his support to the new government.
  • AMERICAS: The ELN promised it would continue negotiating a peace deal with the government even beyond a temporary ceasefire due to end January 9.
  • ASIA: The Trump administration is strongly considering whether to withhold $255 million in aid that it had delayed sending to Islamabad, due to lack of progress in cracking down on domestic terror groups.
  • EUROPE: One of Theresa May’s key government advisers announced he is quitting his role as chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, making a stinging attack against the prime minister over her stance on Brexit.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A court has sentenced ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi to three years in jail over insulting the judiciary, state-run TV reported.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook and Twitter are facing a deadline in Britain to cooperate with an inquiry into so-called fake news in the Brexit referendum campaign.

 

TOP STORY: Anti-government protests across Iran have been followed by pro-government demonstrations.

  • Protests against the clerical regime began two days ago in the city of Mashhad, and since spread to other cities across the country.
  • The international community, including the United States, has called on Iranian authorities to respect the rights of protesters.
  • Now, thousands of pro-government demonstrators have been out on the streets of Tehran, receiving widespread official media coverage.
  • Official sources have blamed the protests on economic agitation by foreign powers, and counterrevolutionary agents.
  • The interior minister called on people to avoid “illegal gatherings”.
  • Sources: BBC, AFP, CNN, Reuters,

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Cameroonian police have arrested a group of nearly 40 heavily armed men who were headed into neighboring Equatorial Guinea, a military source said. (AFP)
  • Liberia: Vice President Joseph Boakai of Liberia accepted defeat in the presidential election and offered his support to the new government. (NYT)
  • Mali: Prime Minister Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga and his government resigned, a surprise move just months ahead of presidential polls. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Panama said it will hand over a former Mexican state governor to Mexican authorities next week for extradition to face corruption charges. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: Government Secretary Carlos Marun said that the release of 2 billion U.S. dollars to local governments earlier in the day is not intended to gain support for the government’s reforms. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The ELN promised it would continue negotiating a peace deal with the government even beyond a temporary ceasefire due to end January 9. (AFP)
  • United States: President Donald Trump is saying there won’t be protection for young immigrants brought into the country illegally unless he gets funding for a border wall and other items. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea has seized a Hong Kong-registered ship that allegedly transferred oil to a North Korean vessel in violation of United Nations sanctions. (CNN)
  • Indonesia: The National Police are beefing up the elite Detachment 88 unit in the light of increased threats from local and international terror networks. (DPA)
  • North Korea: The government news agency said it will never change its policy of developing nuclear and missile capabilities as a means to counter threats from the United States. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The Trump administration is considering whether to withhold $255 million in aid that it had delayed sending to Islamabad, due to lack of progress in cracking down on domestic terror groups. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Two suspects were placed under formal investigation on charges of planning ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks in Lyon. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: ISIS claimed responsibility for the Wednesday bomb attack that tore through a Saint Petersburg supermarket and wounded 14 people. (Xinhua)
  • United Kingdom: One of Theresa May’s key government advisers announced he is quitting his role as chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, making a stinging attack against the prime minister over her stance on Brexit. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An Australian warship has seized almost eight tons of hashish in the Arabian Sea, with the defense department estimating its street value at $325 million. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A court on has sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to three years in jail over insulting the judiciary, state-run TV reported. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Russian President Vladimir Putin told his counterpart Bashar al-Assad in a new year’s greeting that Russia will continue supporting Syria’s efforts to defend its sovereignty. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communication: Facebook and Twitter are facing a deadline in Britain to cooperate with an inquiry into so-called fake news in the Brexit referendum campaign. (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 (XXDEC)

  • Global: New Year’s Eve
  • Argentina: Attorney General Alejandra Gils Carbo resignation becomes effective
  • Uganda: Uganda to complete withdrawal of all troops from Somalia

 

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