ONS: 02 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 3, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Gabon, three people were killed and up to 1,100 were arrested in a second day of rioting over the announcement of President Ali Bongo’s re-election.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will file an international complaint against Henry Ramos Allup, the opposition leader and president of the National Assembly, for inciting violence.
  • ASIA: In Uzbekistan, President Islam Karimov has died after suffering a stroke at the age of 78, three diplomatic sources said.
  • EUROPE: Turkey, extremism and the EU’s evolving global strategy are on the agenda for foreign ministers of the 28-nation bloc as they gather in Slovakia for a two-day meeting.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkey has swept Islamic State and the Kurdish YPG militia from the country’s north, but Syrian Kurdish forces have still not met a Turkish demand to withdraw to the east of the Euphrates river, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google has suspended Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build what is known as a modular smartphone with interchangeable components.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Dual northwest militant attacks result in several dead, wounded.
    • Northwestern Pakistan was struck by two militant attacks when gunmen stormed a Christian colony near the town of Peshawar, killing one civilian, and a suicide bomb attack on a court in the town of Mardan killed 10 people and wounded 41 others.
    • Soldiers backed by army helicopters exchanged gunfire with militants in suicide vests who had tried to storm into the colony near Warsak Dam, just north of Peshawar in the northwest of the country.
    • Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a Pakistani Taliban splinter group, claimed responsibility for both attacks in an emailed statement.
    • Pakistani officials said the attackers might have been attempting to enter an adjacent security installation, by exploiting weaker security arrangements in the residential area.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, CSM, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Gabon: Three people were killed and up to 1,100 were arrested in a second day of rioting over the announcement of President Ali Bongo’s re-election. (Reuters)
  • Guineau-Bissau: Zika cases found in the country do not stem from the Latin America virus strain, the World Health Organization said. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: The government has banned all demonstrations in the capital Harare for the next two weeks because they are likely to cause public disorder. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The country unveiled stricter regulations of mining cooperatives, following the recent death of an official at the hands of protesting miners. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: Newly-installed president Michel Temer said the Senate’s decision to allow former president Dilma Rousseff her political rights was a “small” embarrassment. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: The country’s longest and most punishing strike by medical professionals officially came to an end after a nearly five-month walkout. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro will file an international complaint against Henry Ramos Allup, the opposition leader and president of the National Assembly, for inciting violence. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Russian President Vladimir Putin has met Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in a push for progress in the dispute over the Russian-held islands, called the Northern Territories in Japan and the southern Kurils in Russia. (AP)
  • Region: Southeast Asian countries and China will establish communications protocols to avoid potential naval clashes in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Region: Security firm Wilson Security will withdraw from Australia’s offshore Manus Island and Nauru detention centers in October 2017. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The Japanese government decided to double the number of personnel serving in an intelligence-gathering unit aimed at preempting and preventing terror attacks. (Kyodo)
  • Uzbekistan: President Islam Karimov has died after suffering a stroke at the age of 78, three diplomatic sources said. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey, extremism and the EU’s evolving global strategy are on the agenda for foreign ministers of the 28-nation bloc as they gather in Slovakia for a two-day meeting. (AP)
  • Region: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the EU of failing to deliver funds it promised as part of a deal to stop migrants crossing the Aegean Sea. (AP)
  • Denmark: A Danish man with alleged ties to terrorist groups has been charged with attempted murder after shooting at police conducting a drug raid in Copenhagen, seriously injuring one of them. (AFP)
  • France: Paris prosecutor Francois Molins has announced harsher prison sentences for returning French jihadis, citing an increased risk of attacks as the Islamic State group weakens. (AP)
  • Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon will launch the SNP’s renewed drive for Scottish independence in the wake of the Brexit vote. (Telegraph)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: At least ten people were wounded in an explosion of a rocket cache in the capital, Baghdad. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Iraqi security forces repelled an attack by Islamic State militants in the northern province of Salahudin, killing at least nine security members and wounding 24 others. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Turkey has swept Islamic State and the Kurdish YPG militia from the country’s north, but Syrian Kurdish forces have still not met a Turkish demand to withdraw to the east of the Euphrates river, Turkish President Erdogan said. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A total of nine members of one Yemeni family were killed in an airstrike 50 kilometers north of Sanaa. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google has suspended Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build what is known as a modular smartphone with interchangeable components. (Reuters)
  • Technology: Cloud-based data storage company Dropbox said user IDs and passwords of some 68 million clients were stolen four years ago and recently leaked onto the Internet. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Namtheun
    • Location: 161 NM E of Kadena AB
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 6 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Gaston
    • Location: 395 NM W of Faial Island, Central Azores
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 23 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Lester
    • Location: 595 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 125 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Hermine
    • Location: 40 NM E of Apalachicola, Florida
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 14 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Madeline
    • Location: 330 NM SSW of Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 12 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 25AUG:  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 25AUG: 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 25AUG: 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 (03SEP)

  • Azerbaijan: Campaigning to begin for referendum on proposed constitutional amendments (to 25SEP)
  • China: US President Obama to meet with Chinese President Xi
  • Kyrgyzstan: World Nomad Games to be held on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul (to 08SEP)
  • Qatar: Anniversary of independence from the UK – 1971

 

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