ONS: 03 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 4, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Moroccan police arrested six people over shooting in a cafe in the city of Marrakesh.
  • AMERICAS: Cuba accused the US of lying about mysterious sonic attacks against US diplomats in Havana.
  • ASIA: Two US bombers flew near North Korea, alongside Japanese and South Korean jet fighters, angering Pyongyang ahead of President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia.
  • EUROPE: Britain is investigating whether Russia attempted to influence the Brexit vote last year on leaving the EU.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces entered the town of Al-Qaim in the Islamic State group’s last bastion in the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook admitted as many as 270M of the platform’s 2.1B user base could be fraudulent — a population verging on the size of the US.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Syrian military retakes Deir al-Zour from Islamic State.
    • The Syrian army has retaken Deir al-Zour, the last major stronghold of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria.
    • The city’s strategic importance to IS was due to its proximity to the Iraq border, where the group also controlled territory.
    • Islamic State’s defeat there also denies it one of its most important sources of oil revenue.
    • The Syrian military said it was now in full control of the city, and are now removing booby traps and mines left behind by the extremist group.
    • Deir al-Zor is the largest and most important city in eastern Syria, and is the center of the country’s oil production.
    • The area could be a flash point for escalation, as both the Syrian Democratic Forces and the pro-government alliance advance against the Islamic State’s remaining pockets in the province.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A militant group called Ansar al-Islam claimed responsibility for a 21OCT attack in the Western Desert that killed several policemen. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: Moroccan police arrested six people over shooting in a cafe in the city of Marrakesh. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma told the South African parliament he received no payments from private companies or individuals, as opposition lawmakers walked out in protest. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba accused the US of lying about mysterious sonic attacks against US diplomats in Havana. (AP)
  • Region: US President Donald Trump agreed to expand disaster aid to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria. (Reuters)
  • United States: The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for the New York City truck attack that killed eight people. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolás Maduro called for a restructuring of the country’s foreign debt, potentially signaling a critical new phase in the country’s economic collapse. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Two US bombers flew near North Korea, alongside Japanese and South Korean jet fighters, angering Pyongyang ahead of President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia. (WSJ)
  • Region: New Zealand offered to take 150 refugees held by Australia, promising Canberra a breather from a stand-off at the Papua New Guinea Manus Island detention site. (Reuters)
  • Region: China and Vietnam reached agreement on managing their dispute in the South China Sea through friendly talks. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Former PM Nawaz Sharif attended an anti-corruption trial ordered by the country’s Supreme Court. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Britain is investigating whether Russia attempted to influence the Brexit vote last year on leaving the EU. (RFE/RL)
  • Greece: Authorities say a woman died, and several people are believed missing after a boat carrying migrants sank off the Greek island of Kalymnos. (AP)
  • Malta: The country observed a national day of mourning as the funeral of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia took place. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish police raided an apartment allegedly used by a Kurdish militant in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, killing a police officer and the suspected rebel. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad announced the total number of dead to 12 when Israel blew up a tunnel from the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country accused the CIA of spreading “fake news” about the Islamic republic’s relationship with al-Qaeda, implicated in newly declassified files seized in the 2011 raid in which al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces entered the town of Al-Qaim in the Islamic State group’s last bastion in the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: At least six people were killed and 21 others wounded when a suicide bombing hit the southern countryside of Quneitra. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook admitted as many as 270M of the platform’s 2.1B user base could be fraudulent — a population verging on the size of the US. (Mashable)

 

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 27OCT: 60,362 (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 27OCT: 122,957 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20OCT: 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 10OCT: 2,090 (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 10OCT: 730 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04NOV)

  • Iran: Anniversary of the occupation of the American Embassy by student demonstrators – 1979
  • Italy: National Unity and Armed Forces Day – 1918
  • Northern Mariana Islands: Citizenship Day – 1986
  • Panama: Flag Day – Unknown
  • Russia: Unity Day – 1616
  • Tonga: National Day – 1875

 

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