ONS: 03 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 4, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian authorities arrested 22 people in the past three days as part of a crackdown on gays after a rainbow flag was raised at a concert.
  • AMERICAS: The US will ask Cuba to withdraw 60 percent of its diplomats from Washington, in response to the US move to cut its own embassy staff in Havana by a similar amount.
  • ASIA: Australia will equip a new fleet of naval warships with advanced air-defense technology, allowing them to work more closely with US and Japan to offset threats in the Asia-Pacific region, such as missiles fired by North Korea.
  • EUROPE: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that not enough progress had yet been made to unlock talks on a future trade deal between Britain and the bloc.
  • MIDDLE EAST: PM Rami al-Hamdallah chaired his first meeting of the Palestinian cabinet in Gaza in a move towards reconciliation between the mainstream Fatah party and Islamist group Hamas.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook will hire more than 1,000 people to help prevent deceptive advertisements from interfering with elections.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Investigation begins into Las Vegas shooter’s motives, weapons.
    • Police are working to establish the motive behind a mass shooting which left at least 59 dead and another 527 injured at a Las Vegas concert.
    • Officials identified the shooter as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada.
    • Investigators have all but dismissed a claim by Islamic State that Paddock was a recent convert to Islam acting at the group’s direction.
    • A total of 42 guns, including multiple loaded high-capacity magazines, were found in Paddock’s Las Vegas hotel room and house.
    • The sound of gunfire indicates Paddock used at least one automatic weapon, but it is unclear how Paddock would have acquired one.
    • Coverage: ABC, BBC, LAT, VOA, WP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Egyptian authorities arrested 22 people in the past three days as part of a crackdown on gays after a rainbow flag was raised at a concert. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Campuses at the University of Nairobi were closed after demonstrations broke out ahead of the country’s tense presidential election re-run. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Two Ugandan opposition legislators say their residences were attacked by people with grenades. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US will ask Cuba to withdraw 60 percent of its diplomats from Washington, in response to the US move to cut its own embassy staff in Havana by a similar amount. (AP)
  • Mexico: The death toll from the 19SEP 7.1-magnitude earthquake rose to 363. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: The country’s Supreme Court ordered the jailing of VP Jorge Glas while he is investigated for allegedly taking bribes. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Australia will equip a new fleet of naval warships with advanced air-defense technology, allowing them to work more closely with US and Japan to offset threats in the Asia-Pacific region, such as missiles fired by North Korea. (WSJ)
  • Region: Rebels fighting Indian rule in Kashmir stormed a paramilitary camp outside a regional airport, killing at least two suspected militants and injuring three soldiers. (AP)
  • Region: Australia expressed regret that the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 had been unsuccessful, admitting failure while acknowledging bereaving friends and families of those missing. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: More than 10,000 Rohingya massed near a crossing point with Bangladesh, as an exodus continues to swell with food supplies low and hostility towards them surging. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that not enough progress had yet been made to unlock talks on a future trade deal between Britain and the bloc. (AFP)
  • France: Five people remained in custody over an apparent failed bombing attempt in an apartment building in a chic Paris neighborhood. (AP)
  • Spain: Labor unions and grassroots pro-independence groups urged partial or full-day strikes throughout Catalonia to protest alleged brutality by police during the region’s independence referendum. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: PM Rami al-Hamdallah chaired his first meeting of the Palestinian cabinet in Gaza in a move towards reconciliation between the mainstream Fatah party and Islamist group Hamas. (Reuters)
  • Region: Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif is in Qatar for talks with top officials, amid an Arab boycott of Doha. (AP)
  • Region: A United Arab Emirates appeals court has upheld a 10-year jail sentence against an Iranian convicted of breaching international sanctions against Tehran. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russia says its airstrikes in the country’s east this week killed more than 300 Islamic State militants. (AP)
  • Syria: The Islamic State group claimed an attack on a Damascus police station in which 17 people were reportedly killed. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Facebook will hire more than 1,000 people to help prevent deceptive advertisements from interfering with elections. (RFE/RL)

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 29SEP: 60,039 (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 29SEP: 122,856 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, 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 22SEP: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • 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)
      • Cases as of 21SEP: 2,081 (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 21SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04OCT)

  • Global: World Cerebral Palsy Day – Unknown
  • Global: World Animal Day – Unknown
  • Global: World Space Week (to 10OCT)
  • China: Mid-Autumn Festival – Unknown
  • Iceland: Anniversary of the launching of Wikileaks – 2006
  • Iran: Turkey-Iran High Level Strategic Council meeting to take place in Tehran
  • Lesotho: Independence Day – 1966
  • Mozambique: Day of Peace and Reconciliation – 1992
  • South Korea: Chuseok – Unknown (to 06OCT)

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