ONS: 02 November 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 3, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: British police are seeking the extradition from Libya of Hashem Abedi, the brother of the Manchester Arena suicide bomber on murder charges.
  • AMERICAS: A US Navy report concluded two collisions between Navy destroyers and commercial vessels in the Western Pacific earlier this year were “avoidable” and the result of a string of crew and basic navigational errors.
  • ASIA: Leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited the conflict-torn Rakhine state for the first time and said a repatriation plan for Rohingya Muslim refugees is underway.
  • EUROPE: Ousted Catalan government members and lawmakers began to appear before Spanish courts to face possible charges of rebellion.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US called on Russia to stop blocking efforts to renew the authority of a UN investigative body charged with determining who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An unpublished digital hit list provides the strongest evidence yet of alignment between the US election hackers and the Russian government, exposing an operation that stretched back years.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Saipov faces terrorism charges as President Trump weighs in.
    • Federal prosecutors brought terrorism charges against Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek immigrant accused in the truck rampage that left eight people dead.
    • Saipovtold investigators he began planning the attack a year ago and planned to kill as many people as possible.
    • The Uzbek immigrant says he was inspired by so-called Islamic State.
    • Multiple law enforcement sources said it appeared that the attacker acted alone.
    • President Donald Trump tweeted that Saipov “SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY.”
    • President Trump’s comments could complicate future prosecution, as such comments can be used by defense attorneys to argue that their clients cannot get a fair trial
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CBS, NBC, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir told his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir that Khartoum is keen to resolve all issues with South Sudan to improve relations. (AFP)
  • Libya: British police are seeking the extradition from the country of Hashem Abedi, the brother of the Manchester Arena suicide bomber on murder charges. (AP)
  • Libya: The bodies of seven migrants were discovered in a boat adrift off the Libyan while around 900 people were saved in operations in the Mediterranean. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Justice and Public Safety Minister Torquato Jardim said Rio state military commanders were “organized crime partners.” (AFP)
  • Canada: The country will boost immigration to one million over the next three years to “guarantee” future prosperity, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced. (AFP)
  • United States: A US Navy report concluded two collisions between Navy destroyers and commercial vessels in the Western Pacific earlier this year were “avoidable” and the result of a string of crew and basic navigational errors. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Papua New Guinea military will not force out the hundreds of refugees refusing to leave the Australian Manus Island detention camp. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea may possibly carry out a new missile test, as activity has been spotted at its research facilities, South Korea’s spy agency said. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited the conflict-torn Rakhine state for the first time and said a repatriation plan for Rohingya Muslim refugees is underway. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif returned to face trial in an anti-corruption case he calls political revenge. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Filipino lawyers announced a broad alliance to challenge President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, in which more than 3,900 Filipinos have been killed. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia has sold its advanced S-400 air defense missile system to Turkey for over USD 2B. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Ousted Catalan government members and lawmakers began to appear before Spanish courts to face possible charges of rebellion. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish police have detained 283 suspected Islamic State group militants throughout the country in the past 11 days. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Chief Whip Gavin Williamson has been appointed as the new defense secretary after the resignation of Sir Michael Fallon. (BBC)
  • United Kingdom: The Bank of England is poised to raise its main interest rate for the first time in a decade to keep a lid on a rise inflation caused by Brexit. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US called on Russia to stop blocking efforts to renew the authority of a UN investigative body charged with determining who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. (RFE/RL)
  • Region: Eight Turkish security force members and five Kurdish militants were killed in a clash near Turkey’s border with Iraq. (AP)
  • Region: The Israeli military threatened to hit arms shipments to Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Iraqi Kurds say Baghdad is “not interested” in reaching a deal over the deployment of federal forces along the borders of their autonomous region. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: An unpublished digital hit list provides the strongest evidence yet of alignment between the US election hackers and the Russian government, exposing an operation that stretched back years. (AP)

 

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 (03NOV)

  • Dominica: Independence Day – 1978
  • Japan: Culture Day – 1868
  • Maldives: Victory Day – 1988
  • Micronesia: Independence Day – 1982
  • Myanmar: Tazaungdaing Festival
  • Panama: Independence Day – 1903

 

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