ONS: 01 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 2, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Opposition groups in Togo called for fresh protests next week to maintain pressure in their campaign to unseat President Faure Gnassingbe.
  • AMERICAS: The leader of the ELN Jose David Suarez, alias Carro Loco, died in a clash with the Colombian Army in a rural area of Agua Azul, according to military sources.
  • ASIA: Secretary of State Tillerson acknowledged that the Trump administration is in “direct contact” with North Korea over its recent escalation of missile and nuclear tests.
  • EUROPE: Greek police announced they have arrested eight migrant traffickers who reportedly smuggled 38 migrants through Greece’s land border with Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A university in Saudi Arabia said it will open a driving school for women, in a first for the ultra-conservative country after a ban on women driving was lifted.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for a Twitter user who called for anyone who supports women driving to be killed, days after a royal decree ended a long-time ban on women taking the wheel.

 

TOP STORY

  • Spain: Catalan vote begins amid police raids and increasing street violence
    • Spain’s Constitutional Court ordered the referendum on Catalonia’s independence to be suspended and central authorities say it’s illegal.
    • Police officers are preventing potential voters from entering polling stations, and are also seizing ballot papers and boxes.
    • Spanish police and Catalan civilians trying to vote, scuffle in several places, leaving it unclear how far the police clampdown may stretch.
    • The disputed independence referendum is underway in 73 percent of about 6,000 polling stations despite a police crackdown to try to halt the vote and technological obstacles.
    • The deputy mayor of the regional capital, Barcelona, said members of the national police force, the Guardia Civil, fired rubber bullets as people attempted to vote.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Botswana: Citizens across the country celebrated their 51st Independence Day, with President Seretse Khama Ian Khama calling for national unity. (XIN)
  • Libya: A militant accused of leading the Sept 11, 2012 attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi that left the US ambassador and three others dead goes on trial Monday. (AFP)
  • Togo: Opposition groups called for fresh protests next week to maintain pressure in their campaign to unseat President Faure Gnassingbe. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Three policemen were killed in an attack in a rural area of the municipality of Miranda, in the southwestern department of Cauca, local media reported. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Leader of the ELN Jose David Suarez, alias Carro Loco, died in a clash with the Colombian Army in a rural area of Agua Azul, according to military sources. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: The capital city and some other departments of the country saw another day of protests by hundreds of people, protesting against corruption. (EFE)
  • Haiti: Demonstrators took to the streets of Port-au-Prince for an opposition-backed protest against the government budget, which many believe hurts the nation’s poorest. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Indonesia: More than half the 140,000 Balinese who have fled to shelters from a rumbling volcano had no need to evacuate and should return home, Indonesian authorities have said. (GUARD)
  • North Korea: Secretary of State Tillerson acknowledged in Beijing that the Trump administration is in “direct contact” with North Korea over its recent escalation of missile and nuclear tests. (LAT)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not cooperate with a special anti-corruption prosecutor’s investigation into allegations he acquired ill-gotten wealth, vowing he would “not submit” to its authority. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Austria: The number 2 figure in the Social Democratic Party said he is resigning over a smear campaign against the main conservative party’s leader, adding to a sense of disarray on the centre-left of politics weeks before a parliamentary election. (REU)
  • Greece: Police announced they have arrested eight migrant traffickers who reportedly smuggled 38 migrants through Greece’s land border with Turkey. (AP)
  • Poland: The country lowers its retirement age, a costly election promise by the ruling conservatives which goes against a European trend of gradually increasing the pension age as people live longer and stay more healthy. (REU)
  • Turkey: Security forces have detained a total of 2,553 people over illegal border passing, the military said. (XIN)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The White House ordered that Iran, Venezuela and four African nations be added to a U.S. list of countries accused of failing to crack down on human trafficking, a step that further isolates them from the United States. (REU)
  • Saudi Arabia: A university said it will open a driving school for women, in a first for the ultra-conservative country after a ban on women driving was lifted. (AFP)
  • Syria: Islamic State fighters seized control of the town of al-Qaryatayn in Homs province, part of a wider counterattack by the jihadists as they resist a fierce offensive in eastern Syria. (REU)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for a Twitter user who called for anyone who supports women driving to be killed, days after a royal decree ended a long-time ban on women taking the wheel. (REU)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

 

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 29SEP: 60,039 (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 29SEP: 122,856 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, 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 22SEP: 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 21SEP: 2,081 (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 21SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02 OCT)

  • Global: International Day of Non-Violence – 2007
  • Global: World Habitat Day – 1985
  • Christmas Island: Territory Day – 1957
  • Guinea: Independence Day – 1958
  • India: Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday – 1869
  • Iran: Mehregan Festival – Unknown
  • Italy: Grandparents’ Day – 2005
  • Saint Lucia: Thanksgiving Day – Unknown
  • Switzerland: UNHCR Executive Committee / 68th Session (to 06OCT)
  • United States:  Anniversary of the beginning of the D.C. Sniper Attacks – 2002 (to 24OCT)

 

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