ONS: 03 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 4, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The global Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species voted against proposals by Namibia and Zimbabwe to be allowed to sell their ivory internationally.
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in recent years, is moving across the Caribbean towards Jamaica, Haiti and eastern Cuba.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, the Taliban launched two large-scale, coordinated assaults on the northern city of Kunduz and threatened to overrun a district in the insurgents’ southern heartland of Helmund.
  • EUROPE: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan criticized the EU, saying the bloc failed to fulfill its pledge to provide USD 3.3B of aid for migrants as part of a landmark deal to stem refugee flows to Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahrain’s top court rejected a request to release Shiite opposition chief cleric Ali Salman from a nine-year jail term on charges of inciting hatred and forceful regime change.
  • TECHNOLOGY: In the battle to dominate Europe’s cloud computing market, American tech giants are spending billions to expand their market presence.

 

TOP STORY

  • Colombia: Historic government deal with FARC defeated in referendum.
    • A Colombian peace deal that the president and the FARC, the country’s largest rebel group, had signed just days before was defeated in a referendum, leaving the fate of a 52-year war suddenly uncertain.
    • By a margin of 50.21 to 49.78 percent, Colombians voted against the accord.
    • President Juan Manuel Santos said a ceasefire will remain in place and negotiations will continue in Havana, Cuba.
    • FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri said the referendum result would not sway the former rebels from the path of peace.
    • Most of those who voted “no” said they thought the peace agreement was letting the rebels “get away with murder”.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The global Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species voted against proposals by Namibia and Zimbabwe to be allowed to sell their ivory internationally. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: The country began three days of national mourning for 52 people who were killed in a stampede at a religious festival as police clashed with protesters. (AFP)
  • Libya: Forces loyal to the country’s unity government said at least 80 jihadists were killed during the weekend in the city of Sirte. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in recent years, is moving across the Caribbean towards Jamaica, Haiti and eastern Cuba. (BBC)
  • Brazil: The Workers’ Party lost control of Sao Paulo city hall in a nationwide municipal polls rout, punished by voters angry at economic recession and corruption. (AFP)
  • El Salvador: A Salvadoran judge reopened an investigation into the 1981 El Mozote massacre – considered one of the worst atrocities in the civil war. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: At least six militants attacked an Indian army camp in north Kashmir, killing one border guard and wounding another, amid already-heightened tensions between India and Pakistan. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban launched two large-scale, coordinated assaults on the northern city of Kunduz and threatened to overrun a district in the insurgents’ southern heartland of Helmund. (AP)
  • India: Police arrested six members of an Islamic State-inspired group suspected of plotting attacks on key figures and public places during the Hindu festival of Diwali. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: The nation’s first specialized court for corruption cases opened following PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s promise to rid the country of endemic corruption. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan criticized the EU, saying the bloc failed to fulfill its pledge to provide USD 3.3B of aid for migrants as part of a landmark deal to stem refugee flows to Europe. (Reuters)
  • Britain: Finance Minister Philip Hammond said the country needs a new fiscal plan to navigate economic turbulence caused by the vote to leave the EU. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Top politicians were greeted by hundreds of right-wing anti-Islam protesters upon arrival in the city of Dresden for Unification Day celebrations. (EFE)
  • Russia: The intelligence agency FSB arrested a Ukrainian journalist who is suspected of spying in the country. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Jordan defended its deal to buy Israeli natural gas amid public opposition, insisting the Arab country would not be reliant on the Jewish state. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: The country’s top court rejected a request to release Shiite opposition chief cleric Ali Salman from a nine-year jail term on charges of inciting hatred and forceful regime change. (AFP)
  • Iran: Germany wants to help the country push ahead with reforms, as German Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel courted closer trade ties. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least 21 Syrian rebels fighting alongside Turkish troops against the Islamic State group were killed by landmines laid by the jihadist group. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: In the battle to dominate Europe’s cloud computing market, American tech giants are spending billions to expand their market presence. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Chaba
    • Location: 157 NM S of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Winds: 145 mph
    • Movement: NW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Matthew
    • Location: 325 miles SW of Port au Prince, Haiti
    • Winds: 145 mph
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Map
  • 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 30SEP: 195,809 (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 30SEP: 107,481
      • Deaths as of 30SEP: 108
        • 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 16SEP: 1,806 (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 16SEP: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 22SEP:  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 22SEP: 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 22SEP: 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 (04OCT)

  • Afghanistan: Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (to 05OCT)
  • Belgium: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit to attend Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (to 05OCT)
  • Georgia: Geneva talks on Abkhazia (to 05OCT)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan to participate in Rubezh 2016 military exercizes (to 07OCT)
  • Philippines: Marines and US forces to hold joint amphibious landing exercises
  • Russia and Kazakhstan: Russia-Kazakhstan Business Forum
  • Russia and Kazakhstan: Anniversary of Sputnik satellite launched into space – 1957
  • Somalia: Anniversary of US forces killed in gun battle in Mogadishu after helicopter shot down – 1993
  • United States: The Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting will take place in Portland, Maine (to 06OCT)
  • Christianity: Feast of St Francis of Assisi

 

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