ONS: 01 October 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 2, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Tunisia, troops seized arms and documents bearing the symbol of Islamic State from two cars near the Libyan border.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico extradited to the US 13 alleged drug traffickers, including a high-profile suspect nicknamed ‘La Barbie.’
  • ASIA: South Korean President Park Geun-hye urged North Korea to immediately stop nuclear and missile developments.
  • EUROPE: Two Turkish soldiers were gunned down by suspected Kurdish militants as they left for work in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia rejected accusations of bombing moderate Syrian rebel factions fighting President Bashar al-Assad and striking civilians, instead of Islamic State fighters.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A coalition of tech companies and civil liberties groups are petitioning the White House to oppose guaranteed access to encrypted data.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Coalition of Afghan special forces and US airstrikes retake Kunduz.
    • Kunduz residents and provincial officials said the city remained in Taliban hands, despite claims from the Afghan government that it had retaken the city.
    • A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, insisted the militants weren’t done fighting in the city yet and had regained ground since the government’s advance.
    • Sarwar Hussain, a Kunduz police spokesman, said Afghan special forces were backed by US warplanes as they advanced into the city.
    • A Ministry of Defense statement said 150 Taliban had been killed and 90 wounded in the overnight offensive.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT, Reuters, USA Today, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: France’s former energy minister Jean Louis Borloo hopes to raise USD 3B from Western donors to help cash-strapped African nations fund renewable energy projects. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari said he had submitted a cabinet list to parliament for approval but asked citizens to continue to be patient. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Troops seized arms and documents bearing the symbol of Islamic State from two cars near the Libyan border. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba and the US concluded the first technical talks on normalizing commercial air services between the two countries. (EFE)
  • Brazil: Swiss authorities have blocked bank accounts of the speaker of the lower house of Congress as part of a money-laundering and corruption investigation. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The country extradited to the US 13 alleged drug traffickers, including a high-profile suspect nicknamed ‘La Barbie.’ (AFP)

ASIA

  • China: An explosion hit a residential building in Liuzhou city, the day after parcel bombs killed at least seven in the same city. (DPA)
  • Japan: A US Navy aircraft carrier docked in the country, strengthening the capability of the Seventh Fleet in Asia and boost ties between the nation and the US. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Park Geun-hye urged North Korea to immediately stop nuclear and missile developments. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: A bomb exploded in Isabela City, Basilan, hitting a convoy of a local city official that initially left 3 people killed. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Turkey: Two soldiers were gunned down by suspected Kurdish militants as they left for work in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Ahmet Hakan, a respected journalist critical of the government, was attacked and injured by assailants outside his home in Istanbul. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: A British government source denied a report that David Cameron would step down as prime minister in 2019. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi and Iranian health ministers have agreed to repatriate Iranian pilgrims killed in last week’s Hajj stampede after Tehran threatened a “fierce” response over delays. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: Authorities uncovered a large stash of weapons and arrested a number of people suspected of having links with Iran and Iraq. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country nearly doubled its death toll from last week’s hajj stampede to 464, saying there was no hope of finding pilgrims missing after the tragedy. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russia rejected accusations of bombing moderate rebel factions fighting President Bashar al-Assad and striking civilians, instead of Islamic State fighters. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A coalition of tech companies and civil liberties groups are petitioning the White House to oppose guaranteed access to encrypted data. (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 22W
    • Location: 267 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 28 mph
    • Movement: NW at 20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Joaquin
    • Location: 90 miles E of San Salvador
    • Wind: 115 mph
    • Movement: SW at 6 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Marty
    • Location: 170 miles SSE of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,424 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,311 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 30SEP: 565,353 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 21,722
      • Deaths as of 30SEP: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 30SEP: 971
      • Deaths as of 30SEP: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 30SEP: 1589 (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 30SEP: 567 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02OCT)

  • Global: International Day of Non-Violence – 2007
  • Guinea: Independence Day – 1968
  • India: Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
  • Iraq: Anniversary of US admitting no weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq – 2003
  • Syria: Anniversary of creation of the opposition Syrian National Council – 2011
  • Ukraine: The unrest in Ukraine to be discussed in Paris by Ukrainian President Poroshenko, Russian President Putin, French President Francois Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Islam: Eid-E-Ghadir (Shiite)

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