ONS: 02 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 3, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, the militant group Hasm claimed responsibility for an attack on Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo, in retaliation the military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
  • AMERICAS: A Somali refugee faces five counts of attempted murder and terror charges after he stabbed a police officer and ran down four pedestrians with a car in Edmonton, Canada.
  • ASIA: Myanmar proposed taking back the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, after talks between both countries.
  • EUROPE: PM Mariano Rajoy faces Spain’s biggest constitutional crisis in decades after 90 percent of voters Catalonians chose to secede as early as this week.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq authorized foreigners stranded in Iraqi Kurdistan after an international flight ban to leave the country despite not having a federal visa.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Spanish authorities shut down the electronic vote-counting system in Catalonia in a further effort to prevent a planned vote on independence for the region.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Las Vegas mass shooting kills at least 50, injures 200.
    • At least fifty people have been killed and at least 200 injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert.
    • The attack occurred at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music event.
    • Police described the suspect as being a local Las Vegas man who acted alone and was not believed to be connected to any militant group.
    • Authorities were seeking a woman they named as Marilou Danley, who is suspected of involvement in the attack.
    • There had been reports of other incidents at different locations along the Las Vegas strip, but police said those reports were false.
    • Coverage: ABC, BBC, CNN, Fortune, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The militant group Hasm claimed responsibility for an attack on Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo, in retaliation the military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Kenyan police fired tear gas in the capital Nairobi at opposition supporters protesting against the retention of the election officials they blame for last month’s botched elections. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari said he would not allow the country to be dismembered as it faces calls for secession and a separatist insurgency by Boko Haram. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement will become thornier as talks progress, Mexico’s Senate said. (Xinhua)
  • Canada: A Somali refugee faces five counts of attempted murder and terror charges after he stabbed a police officer and ran down four pedestrians with a car in Edmonton. (Reuters)
  • United States: Facebook will turn over to Congress copies of some 3,000 ads that the social network says were bought likely by people in Russia before and after the 2016 election. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Myanmar proposed taking back the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, after talks between both countries. (AFP)
  • Region: Russian telecommunications firm TransTeleCom appears to be providing a new internet connection to North Korea, supplementing an already existing link from China. (Reuters)
  • Region: Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy fire on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, killing one civilian and injuring four. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Two women accused of fatally poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea’s ruler pleaded not guilty as their trial began in Malaysia. (AP)
  • Cambodia: PM Hun Sen threatened more arrests of opposition figures linked to a plot to overthrow the government. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Troubled British carrier Monarch Airlines suspended flights due to financial woes, stranding 110,000 travelers across Europe. (Reuters)
  • France: The man who fatally stabbed two women at Marseille’s main train station was arrested and released the day before the attack. (AP)
  • Russia: The FSB domestic intelligence agency detained members of a sleeper cell of the Islamic State group and foiled a series of terrorist attacks. (AP)
  • Spain: PM Mariano Rajoy faces the country’s biggest constitutional crisis in decades after 90 percent of voters Catalonians chose to secede as early as this week. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: PM Theresa May’s top ministers are frustrated by the slow pace of Brexit negotiations, finance minister Philip Hammond said. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Human Rights Watch accused Jordan of “summarily deporting” Syrian refugees despite possible risks of harm to them in their war-torn country. (AFP)
  • Iraq: An American service member was killed and another was wounded when an explosion from a bobby-trapped explosive hit their vehicle in the country. (AP)
  • Iraq: The government authorized foreigners stranded in Iraqi Kurdistan after an international flight ban to leave the country despite not having a federal visa. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces launched an attack against jihadist-held areas southeast of the Islamic State group’s bastion of Hawija. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Spanish authorities shut down the electronic vote-counting system in Catalonia in a further effort to prevent a planned vote on independence for the region. (DPA)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Manaro, Vanuatu
    • The evacuation of the Vanuatu island, Ambae, continued even after scientists said the Manaro volcano had stabilized. (AP)
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03OCT)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the Kunduz hospital airstrike – 2015
  • Germany: Day of German Unity – 1990
  • India: Top court to hear an appeal on behalf of displaced Rohingya Muslims set to be deported
  • Iraq: National Day – 1932
  • Kiribati: Education Day – Unknown
  • Puerto Rico: US President Donald Trump to visit
  • Somalia: Anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu – 1993 (to 04OCT)
  • South Korea: National Foundation Day – 1909
  • United States: Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-O-Cha, to meet President Trump in Washington, DC

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