ONS: 01 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 2, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Gabon, two people were killed and more than a dozen injured when security forces stormed the opposition’s headquarters, as violence swept the capital after President Ali Bongo was declared the winner of contested polls.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government will ratify a peace accord with the Marxist rebel group FARC on 26SEP.
  • ASIA: Malaysia reported its first case of Zika, a woman who tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus after a visit to neighboring Singapore.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calls for a new cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, after months of fighting.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US and its negotiating partners agreed “in secret” to allow Iran to evade some restrictions in last year’s landmark nuclear agreement in order for it to start getting relief from economic sanctions.
  • TECHNOLOGY: White nationalists and self-identified Nazi sympathizers located mostly in the US use Twitter with “relative impunity”, a new study found.

 

TOP STORY

  • Brazil: Numerous issues and reforms await as impeachment process ends.
    • Dilma Rousseff’s expected impeachment became official, when the Senate found her guilty of violating the country’s budget laws.
    • Supporters of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff protested her impeachment by setting fires, damaging property and clashing with police in Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paolo.
    • Rousseff said she would appeal the decision using every legal means.
    • Newly sworn-in president Michel Temer inherits a shrinking economy, a Zika virus outbreak, and political instability fed by a sprawling corruption probe that has tarred much of the country’s political and business elite — himself included.
    • Amid the anger and economic turmoil, Mr. Temer is vowing to push ahead with a range of politically risky economic reforms, including privatization of public companies, limits on public spending and an overhaul of a pension system that currently allows Brazilians to retire at an average age of 54.
    • Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Gabon: Two people were killed and more than a dozen injured when security forces stormed the opposition’s headquarters, as violence swept the capital after President Ali Bongo was declared the winner of contested polls. (AFP)
  • Gabon: France called on the Gabon government to release details of local vote tallies after the opposition said President Ali Bongo’s election victory was rigged. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The government approved a three-year plan to borrow more from abroad, after the economy slipped into recession for the first time in more than 20 years. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: President Obama named a new oversight board for Puerto Rico charged with helping restore the finances of the debt-mired Caribbean island. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The government will ratify a peace accord with the Marxist rebel group FARC on 26SEP. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said he was preparing a decree to consult the Supreme Tribunal of Justice about lifting the immunity of all Venezuelan public officers, primarily members of parliament. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a proposal to change the country’s laws to extend the fight against the Islamic State. (EFE)
  • Malaysia: The country reported its first case of Zika, a woman who tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus after a visit to neighboring Singapore. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: The 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference agreed to start political dialogue at the national level right after the conference. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: Dozens of Sri Lankan nationalists rallied outside the UN compound in Colombo as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the island, protesting against the UN’s actions during the country’s prolonged civil war. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Parliament President Martin Schulz was due in Ankara, one of the highest-ranking EU visits to Turkey since a failed JUL16 coup further strained relations between the two sides. (DPA)
  • Region: Russian gas company Gazprom and the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources agreed to grant permission to relaunch the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project as soon as possible. (Xinhua)
  • Denmark: A man suspected of shooting two police officers and a civilian in the capital of Copenhagen was arrested after an intense manhunt. (DPA)
  • Germany: The military started a pilot project to help Syrian refugees learn civil reconstruction skills, in hopes they’ll eventually be able to help rebuild their homeland. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko calls a new cease-fire in the country’s east, after months of fighting. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Despite an international ban, a new report found cluster bombs continue to be used with near impunity in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen. (NYT)
  • Iran: The US and its negotiating partners agreed “in secret” to allow the country to evade some restrictions in last year’s landmark nuclear agreement in order for it to start getting relief from economic sanctions. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The head of its Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi said the country will build two new nuclear power stations with assistance from Russia. (AFP)
  • Syria: Gernot Erler, the German government’s point man on Russia, urged UN sanctions against the country for two chlorine gas attacks on civilians, despite Moscow’s threat to veto such a measure. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Heavy government air strikes in rebel-captured Hama province killed at least 17 people. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: White nationalists and self-identified Nazi sympathizers located mostly in the US use Twitter with “relative impunity”, a new study found. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Namtheun
    • Location: 162 NM S of Kadena AB
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NE at 14 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Gaston
    • Location: 935 NM W of Faial Island, Central Azores
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Movement: NE at 20 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Lester
    • Location: 1000 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 130 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Hermine
    • Location: 295 NM SSW of Apalachicola, Florida
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 10 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Madeline
    • Location: 115 NM S of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 11 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Eight
    • Location: 320 MI ENE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 18 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 26AUG: 184,476 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 26AUG: 67,513
      • Deaths as of 26AUG: 55
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (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 28AUG: 1,800 (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 28AUG: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 18AUG:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, 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, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 18AUG: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 18AUG: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02SEP)

  • Europe Region: Informal meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Bratislava (to 03SEP)
  • Russia: Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok (to 03SEP)
  • South Sudan: UN Security Council to visit to persuade President Salva Kiir to accept a new regional protection force or face an arms embargo (to 07SEP)

 

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