ONS: 31 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 1, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, US Special Operations Forces captured a Libyan man believed to be part of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi.
  • AMERICAS: Three leading Venezuelan opposition parties said they will not take part in DEC2017 municipal elections.
  • ASIA: South Korea and China agreed to work to get their relations back on track following a standoff over the deployment of a controversial US anti-missile system in South Korea.
  • EUROPE: Catalonia’s ousted regional president Carles Puigdemont will give a news conference in Brussels as speculation mounts as to whether he will request political asylum in Belgium.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The International Monetary Fund projected cumulative budget deficits of USD 320B over the next five years for Middle East oil producing nations.
  • TECHNOLOGY: North Korea slammed Britain for accusing it of being behind a global ransomware attack that hit the UK’s National Health Service.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Russia connections to Trump, 2016 election grow stronger.
    • The indictment of Paul Manafort and the guilty plea of George Papadopoulos propelled special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into a new and more dangerous phase for President Donald Trump.
    • Mueller also showed that he will not hesitate to bring charges against people close to the campaign even if they don’t specifically pertain to Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
    • Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, said he “probably” discussed Russia with now-charged Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos.
    • Facebook has said as many as 126 million American users may have seen content uploaded by Russia-based operatives over the past two years.
    • Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said allegations of meddling in US and European elections are “fantasy” with no evidence.
    • Coverage: ABC, AFP, AP, BBC, NYT

AFRICA

  • Libya: US Special Operations Forces captured a Libyan man believed to be part of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi. (WSJ)
  • Libya: Unidentified aircraft carried out airstrikes on militant sites in the eastern city of Derna, killing and injuring dozens of people. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: The government agreed to pay compensation to victims of the country’s civil war and clear former conflict zones of abandoned bombs and landmines. (AFP)
  • Somalia: President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo pledged speedy integration of federal and state security forces to wage a coordinated offensive against the militant group Al-Shabaab. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos thanked Canada for their support of his country’s peace process. (AP)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos condemned the killing of an indigenous leader by the ELN guerrillas in violation of its ceasefire with Bogota. (AFP)
  • United States: A federal judge temporarily blocked a White House policy barring military service by transgender troops, ruling it was based on “disapproval of transgender people generally.” (NYT)
  • Venezuela: Three leading Venezuelan opposition parties said they will not take part in DEC2017 municipal elections. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and China agreed to work to get their relations back on track following a standoff over the deployment of a controversial US anti-missile system in South Korea. (Reuters)
  • Region: Four Rohingya Muslims drowned when a boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast. (Reuters)
  • Region: Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers barricaded themselves inside the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea, defying attempts by Australia and PNG authorities to close the facility. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: At least three security personnel were injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast in the northwest tribal area of Bajour agency. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The country’s foreign ministry canceled the passports of former PM Yingluck Shinawatra who fled the country last month. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Catalonia’s ousted regional president Carles Puigdemont will give a news conference in Brussels as speculation mounts as to whether he will request political asylum in Belgium. (AP)
  • Germany: German police arrested a 19-year-old Syrian suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated bomb attack in the country with the aim of killing as many people as possible. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The country celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, marking Martin Luther’s split in the Catholic Church that transformed Christianity and Europe. (DPA)
  • Russia: Opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s presidential campaign chief in Moscow, Nikolai Lyaskin, has been detained by police. (RFE/RL)
  • Turkey: President Tayyip Erdogan filed a criminal complaint against a prominent opposition lawmaker, after the deputy called the Turkish leader a fascist dictator. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The International Monetary Fund projected cumulative budget deficits of USD 320B over the next five years for Middle East oil producing nations. (AP)
  • Region: UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock called for immediate access to deliver “life-saving assistance” to 50,000 Syrians stranded on the sealed border with Jordan. (AP)
  • Iran: Top American atomic experts threw their weight behind the international nuclear agreement with the country, urging the US to preserve the accord. (NYT)
  • Iran: The Iranian air force held its annual military exercise to show off its ability to safeguard the country’s airspace. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: North Korea slammed Britain for accusing it of being behind a global ransomware attack that hit the UK’s National Health Service. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 137 km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 11.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 27OCT: 60,362 (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 27OCT: 122,957 (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 20OCT: 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 10OCT: 2,090 (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 10OCT: 730 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01NOV)

  • Algeria: Revolution Day – 1954
  • Antigua and Barbuda: Independence Day – 1981
  • Bhutan: Druk Gyalpo Coronation Anniversary – 2008
  • Bulgaria: Revival Leaders’ Day – 1909
  • Iran: Russian President Putin, Azerbaijani President Aliyev, Iranian President Rouhani to meet in Tehran
  • Mexico: Day of the Dead – Unknown (to 02NOV)
  • United States: US Senate Intelligence Committee to hear testimony from Facebook, Google, and Twitter representatives regarding Russian meddling in US elections

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