ONS: 01 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 2, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Liberia’s Supreme Court stayed next week’s presidential run-off election until it considers a challenge by a losing candidate who has alleged fraud.
  • AMERICAS: The US Congressional Budget Office put a USD 1.2T price tag on a long-term plan to modernize the US nuclear arsenal.
  • ASIA: In Japan, Shinzo Abe was re-elected prime minister after his ruling bloc’s big election win last month.
  • EUROPE: Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont insisted he remains the Spanish region’s president and will not return to Spain until he is guaranteed a fair trial.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Islamist group Hamas began handing control of the Gaza Strip’s border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the Palestinian Authority.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A US Congressional probe questioned Facebook, Twitter and Google about ‘shells’ that hid election meddlers during the 2016 presidential election.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Investigation into NYC terrorist suspect begins.
    • Eight people were killed and 11 injured when a truck driver hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan.
    • Sources identified the suspect as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, who may have worked as a driver and lived in New Jersey after emigrating from Uzbekistan seven years ago.
    • Saipov left a note that referenced the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a federal law enforcement source confirmed.
    • The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev said his country will use all “means necessary” to help the investigation into the New York terrorist attack.
    • In response, US President Donald Trump declared the incident an act of terror and directed the government to “step up” its vetting program for foreign nationals.
    • Leaders from around the world, as well as former US presidents, offered their condolences to the victims of the harrowing terror attack in New York.
    • Coverage: ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Eritrea: The US embassy in the country reported gunfire in several parts of the capital, Asmara, after protests erupted. (Reuters)
  • Liberia: The country’s Supreme Court stayed next week’s presidential run-off election until it considers a challenge by a losing candidate who has alleged fraud. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The Libyan coastguard intercepted 299 migrants from sub-Saharan African countries on two rubber boats east of Tripoli. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: A suspected Islamist militant was arrested after wounding two policemen in a knife attack near the parliament building in Tunis. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Tourism in Rio de Janeiro has seen losses estimated at USD 200M from JAN-AUG2017, due to the violence that has wracked the city. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The number of syphilis cases in adults in the country rose 27.9 percent in 2016, and the number is expected to rise in 2017. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The Congressional Budget Office put a USD 1.2T price tag on a long-term plan to modernize the US nuclear arsenal. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Myanmar blamed Bangladesh for delaying the start of a repatriation process for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees. (Reuters)
  • Region: China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held their largest-ever joint maritime exercise, signaling a lull in South China Sea tensions. (AFP)
  • Australia: Senate president Stephen Parry will resign after confirming he was a dual national, as he also held British citizenship by descent. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Shinzo Abe was re-elected prime minister after his ruling bloc’s big election win last month. (Reuters)
  • Korea Peninsula: President Moon Jae-in said South Korea would not seek to have nuclear weapons and Seoul would never accept North Korea as a nuclear-armed state. (WP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian security services are looking into possible sabotage after finding a damaged gas pipeline in Crimea along with a toppled electrical line support. (AFP)
  • Netherlands: The country will hold a referendum on legislation giving law enforcement authorities far-reaching surveillance powers. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont insisted he remains the Spanish region’s president and will not return to the country until he is guaranteed a fair trial. (LAT)
  • Turkey: Rights activist and businessman Osman Kavala has been jailed on charges of violating the constitution and attempting to overthrow the government. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: A woman, Yulia Prasolova, suspected of killing a top regional security officer earlier this year was arrested in Odesa. (RFE/RL)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Islamist group Hamas began handing control of the Gaza Strip’s border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the Palestinian Authority. (Reuters)
  • Region: An airstrike by a Saudi-led military coalition killed 26 people in Yemen’s northern Saadah province. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country has set up the National Authority for Cyber Security, naming its minister of state Musaed al-Aiban its chairman. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The opposition High Negotiations Committee rejected a Russian-sponsored congress of Syrian groups. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A US Congressional probe questioned Facebook, Twitter and Google about ‘shells’ that hid election meddlers during the 2016 presidential election. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 103km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 109km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10 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)
    • 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)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02NOV)

  • Global: International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
  • Belarus: Dziady (Commemoration of the Dead) – Unknown
  • Cambodia: Water Festival in Phnom Penh (to 04OCT)
  • Israel: Anniversary of the writing of the Balfour Declaration – 1917
  • Liberia: Thanksgiving Day – 1880s

 

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