ONS: 02 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 3, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Doctors Without Borders, an international medical aid group, has called on Libyan authorities to end arbitrary detention of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers.
  • AMERICAS: US President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers an initial request for a $7.9 billion down payment toward Harvey relief and recovery efforts.
  • ASIA: Australia and East Timor have reached a breakthrough agreement on a maritime border, ending a decade-old row that has stalled a $40 billion offshore gas project.
  • EUROPE: Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov has criticized a move by Moldova to call for the removal of Russian troops from a pro-Russia separatist region at an upcoming U.N. meeting.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Eight people were killed when seven suicide bombers attacked a power plant in Iraq’s northern central province of Salahudin.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Norway is tightening security procedures ahead of parliamentary elections on Sept. 11 to prevent possible vote tampering.

 

TOP STORY

  • In the latest death toll, nearly 400 people have been killed in the violence that erupted last week in western Myanmar, forcing at least 38,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh
    • Moreover, according to the government, more than 2,600 houses have been burned down in Rohingya-majority areas.
    • The World Food Programme has suspended food aid due to “insecurity”.
    • UN chief Antonio Guterres warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe and urged government security forces to show restraint.
    • In a speech in Istanbul during the Islamic Eid al-Adha feast, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Myanmar of “genocide” against the Rohingya Muslim minority.
    • India expressed its concern over the situation and reached out to the government of Myanmar to see what it could do to help.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, AP, CNN, DPA, Guardian, VOA, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Doctors Without Borders, an international medical aid group, has called on Libyan authorities to end arbitrary detention of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 18 people in northeast, according to local witnesses and officials. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: British public relations firm Bell Pottinger has appealed against a finding that it stoked racial tensions in the country through a media campaign. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Thousands of protesters demonstrated to demand answers about a missing activist who was last seen when border police evicted a group of indigenous Mapuche from lands in Patagonia. (AP)
  • Colombia: US President Donald Trump urged Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in a telephone call to crack down on the production and trafficking of illegal drugs. (Reuters)
  • US: President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers an initial request for a $7.9 billion down payment toward Harvey relief and recovery efforts. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australia’s military watchdog has issued a public plea for information regarding rumors of possible war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan. (Reuters)
  • Region: Australia and East Timor have reached a breakthrough agreement on a maritime border, ending a decade-old row between the two nations that has stalled a $40 billion offshore gas project. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Police say two gunmen targeting an ethnic party lawmaker Khawaja Izharul Hasan after Eid prayers instead gunned down two others, including a child, in Karachi. (AP)
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EUROPE

  • Region: Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov has criticized a move by Moldova to call for the removal of Russian troops from a pro-Russia separatist region at an upcoming U.N. meeting. (AP)
  • Germany: Leif-Erik Holm of the hard-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is mounting a robust challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel in her constituency as she seeks re-election. (Reuters)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin will not attend this month’s United Nations General Assembly in New York. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Eight people were killed when seven suicide bombers attacked a power plant in the country’s northern central province of Salahudin. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit congratulated the Iraqi leadership, government and people on the liberation of Tal Afar. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Army and its allies were fighting in Islamic State’s last pocket in central Syria after taking the heavily defended village of Uqairabat. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Norway is tightening security procedures ahead of parliamentary elections on Sept. 11 to prevent possible vote tampering. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Post Tropical Cyclone Harvey
    • Location:
    • Wind: 25 mph
    • Movement: NE at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Sanvu
    • Location: 176 NM NE of Chichi Jima, Japan
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Mawar
    • Location: 165 NM ESE of Hong Kong
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Irma
    • Location: 1405 mi E of the Leeward Islands
    • Wind: 115 mph
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lidia
    • Location: Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 01SEP: 30,608 (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 01SEP: 113,910 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, 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 01SEP: 86 (Brazil)
        • 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)
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 29AUG: 2,067 (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 29AUG: 720 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27JUL:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, 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, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
        • Outbreak Terminated as of 27JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
        • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 27JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03SEP)

  • Australia: National Flag Day – 1901
  • Belarus: Day of Belarusian Written Language – 1994
  • Burundi: Anniversary of President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza being deposed by Major Pierre Buyoya – 1987
  • Germany: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and challenger Martin Schulz are to hold an election debate
  • Moldova: National Army Day – 1991
  • Qatar: Independence Day in Qatar – 1971
  • San Marino: Republic Day – 301

 

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