ONS: 01 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 2, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mozambican opposition Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama, said he would sign a peace deal with the government by early November, in a bid to end almost three years of sporadic violence.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s former chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega met Mexico’s attorney general Raul Cervantes, weeks after she fled her homeland accusing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of involvement in corruption.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in his Eid al-Adha message has reached out to neighbor Pakistan offering “comprehensive negotiations” to bring peace to their troubled relationship.
  • EUROPE: Britain’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said that the UK must not allow itself to be blackmailed by the EU over its Brexit “divorce bill” in order to start trade talks.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel has given Jewish settlement enclaves in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron the authority to manage their own municipal affairs, in what critics say is an entrenchment of “apartheid”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed a new law that makes spreading fake news in the Philippines a crime.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya’s Supreme Court has overturned the reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing irregularities in last month’s election.
    • The ruling came in response to a petition filed by his challenger, Raila Odinga, who alleged widespread fraud in the election, including the hacking of the electoral commission’s computer system.
    • It is the fourth time Odinga has lost an election, often alleging fraud, but it is the first time a court has backed his claim.
    • Lawyers for Kenyatta are calling the court’s nullification of last month’s election a “very political decision”.
    • This historic decision means that Kenya will have to hold a rerun election within 60 days.
  • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, DPA, EFE, LAT, NYT, Reuters, USA-T, WaPo, WSJ,  Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Mozambique: Opposition Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama, said he would sign a peace deal with the government by early November, in a bid to end almost three years of sporadic violence. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Cholera has broken out in northeast at a camp for people displaced by the eight year conflict with Boko Haram, aid group Médecins Sans Frontières said. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The only foreigner to come forward and testify in a high-profile trial where army troops are accused of gang-rape and murder in a hotel rampage a year ago is urging other survivors to speak up. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela’s former chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega met Mexico’s attorney general Raul Cervantes on Thursday, weeks after she fled her homeland accusing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of involvement in corruption. (Reuters)
  • Region: The last Brazilian peacekeeping soldiers to Haiti have officially wrapped up their 13-year UN military mission. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos said security forces had killed the second-in-command of the Gulf Clan, the country’s foremost drug gang. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region:  Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in his Eid al-Adha message has reached out to neighbor Pakistan offering “comprehensive negotiations” to bring peace to their troubled relationship. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: According to the UN, two American counterinsurgency airstrikes in Afghanistan this week have killed at least 28 civilians and injured 16 others, all women and children. (VOA)
  • Philippines: At least three more soldiers have been killed and 52 others wounded in the fight between government forces and rebels in Marawi, where 30 to 40 pro-ISIS militants still hold out. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Austria: The country’s Social Democratic Party is going to court over a comment made by the head of its government coalition partner, saying he lied about them accepting a large campaign donation. (AP)
  • Turkey:  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the indictment in Washington of members of his security detail who were charged with assaulting protesters during an official White House visit in May. (AP)
  • UK: International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said that the UK must not allow itself to be blackmailed by the EU over its Brexit “divorce bill” in order to start trade talks. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel has given Jewish settlement enclaves in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron the authority to manage their own municipal affairs, in what critics say is an entrenchment of “apartheid”. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Bashar al-Assad gave prayers for Islam’s Eid al-Adha festival in the town of Qara, near an enclave surrendered on Monday by Islamic State fighters. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported that as many as 31 Syrian soldiers, who had been taken captives by the rebels, were set free under a regional deal. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed a new law that makes spreading fake news in the Philippines a crime. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Sanvu
    • Location: 6 NM N of Chichi Jima, Japan
    • Wind: 105 mph
    • Movement: SE at 6 mph
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  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Mawar
    • Location: 273 NM SE of Hong Kong
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Harvey
    • Location: 10 mi WSW of Tupelo/C.D. Lemons Mississippi
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: NE at 12 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Irma
    • Location: 775 mi W of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Wind: 115 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lidia
    • Location: Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 9 mph
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  • Earthquakes: 72 km NE of Muara Siberut, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth:45.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 25AUG: 67,653 (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 25AUG: 105,227 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 25AUG: 75 (Brazil)
        • 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)
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 29AUG: 2,067 (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 29AUG: 720 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27JUL:  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, Panamá, 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 27JUL: 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 27JUL: 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 (02SEP)

  • Moldova: Anniversary of the declaration of independence from Transnistria – 1990
  • Russia: Anniversary of the End of WWII in Russia – 1945
  • Vietnam: National Day – 1945

 

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