ONS: 30 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 1, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt reached a draft agreement with Russia to allow each nation’s militaries to share airspace and air bases.
  • AMERICAS: President Juan Orlando Hernandez pulled ahead of challenger Salvador Nasralla in a new partial vote count, amplifying election fraud claims and edging Honduras toward a political crisis.
  • ASIA: The US formally rejected China’s demand it be treated as a “market economy” under global trading rules, a move likely to heighten tensions.
  • EUROPE: In the United Kingdom, net migration fell by nearly a third to 230,000 over the past year, according to the first figures since the vote to leave the EU last June.
  • MIDDLE EAST: British PM Theresa May implored Saudi leaders to ease a blockade on Yemen to “avert a humanitarian catastrophe.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple released a security update for macOS High Sierra, fixing the vulnerability that let anyone log into your Mac without your password.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Latest missile test shows significant capability.
    • North Korea claimed its recently-tested missile – the Hwasong-15 – can carry a “super-large heavy warhead which is capable of striking the whole mainland of the US.”
    • The Hwasong-15 appears to be the longest-range missile ever tested by North Korea, which flew a distance of 590 miles in 53 minutes, making it capable of reaching Washington, DC.
    • Analysts generally agree the Hwasong-15 marks a significant leap forward in North Korea’s missile development.
    • Japanese defense minister Itsunori Onodera said the Hwasong-15 appeared to be a “new type of ICBM-class ballistic missile … with considerable capability.”
    • The US urged all nations to cut diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea after the country’s latest ballistic missile test.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, USA Today, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: French President Emmanuel Macron said a coalition of European and African nations, along with the African Union, EU and UN decided to evacuate African migrants trapped in Libya. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The country reached a draft agreement with Russia to allow each nation’s militaries to share airspace and air bases. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The US military denied any civilians died when it accompanied Somali forces on an August raid on the village of Bariire. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: The country’s main opposition said new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has a “very small window” to show he is meeting national expectations of change after the downfall of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US imposed sanctions on a Colombian Ruano Yandun’s cocaine trafficking network for its “significant role” in international narcotics trafficking. (Xinhua)
  • Argentina: The country sentenced 29 people to life sentences in a trial involving some 800 cases of kidnapping, torture and murder during the 1976-1983 dictatorship. (Reuters)
  • Honduras: President Juan Orlando Hernandez pulled ahead of challenger Salvador Nasralla in a new partial vote count, amplifying election fraud claims and edging the country toward a political crisis. (LAT)

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese authorities will inspect a decrepit boat with 10 men identifying themselves as North Koreans drifting off the northern island of Hokkaido. (AP)
  • China: The US formally rejected the country’s demand it be treated as a “market economy” under global trading rules, a move likely to heighten tensions. (WSJ)
  • Myanmar: The country must guarantee “equal rights” for everyone in troubled Rakhine state, said the new EU ambassador to the country, Kristian Schmidt. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A suspected US drone strike hit the Ghazni compound of the militant Haqqani network commander Abdur Rasheeda, killing three militants. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU said it needs ‘substantive evidence’ from Turkey to deem US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen as a terrorist. (Reuters)
  • Russia: A senior Russian lawmaker said US media could lose access to government agencies in retaliation for the withdrawal of a Kremlin-funded television station’s credentials in the US. (AP)
  • Region: Denmark arrested a 43-year-old Russian national at Moscow’s request pending an international extradition. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Net migration fell by nearly a third to 230,000 over the past year, according to the first figures since the vote to leave the EU last June. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: British PM Theresa May implored Saudi leaders to ease a blockade on Yemen to “avert a humanitarian catastrophe.” (AFP)
  • Region: Lebanese PM Saad Hariri says he fears Hezbollah’s military role in regional conflicts will end up costing his country dearly. (AP)
  • Syria: Amnesty International says the Syrian government internationally used banned cluster munitions in attacks on the rebel-held suburb of Damascus. (AP)
  • Yemen: Clashes between rival factions in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, killed about 10 fighters from both sides. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Apple released a security update for macOS High Sierra, fixing the vulnerability that let anyone log into your Mac without your password. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Three
    • Location: 922 NM NNE of Diego Garcia
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia
    • Mount Agung continued to erupt, ejecting volcanic ash up to 2 km in the atmosphere. (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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01DEC)

  • Global: World AIDS Day – 1988
  • Central African Republic: Republic Day – 1958
  • Chad: Freedom and Democracy Day – 1990
  • Costa Rica: Military Abolition Day – 1948
  • Dominican Republic: Venezuelan government and opposition to meet for dialogue (to 02DEC)
  • Ghana: National Farmers’ Day – 1985
  • Iceland: Self-governance Day – 1918
  • Kazakhstan: Day of the First President – 1991
  • Marshall Islands: Gospel Day – Unknown
  • Palestine: The Palestinian Authority to take full control of the Gaza Strip
  • Romania: Great Union Day/National Day – 1918
  • Russia: Battle of Sinop Day – 1853
  • Spain: Members of the ousted Catalan government to appear before the Supreme Court for review of detention order
  • Syria: Kurdish-led authorities in northern Syria to hold elections for the creation of a local parliament in 2018
  • Ukraine: Prosecutors’ Day – 2000

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