ONS: 03 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 4, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Al Shabaab militants attacked a military base near the Somalia’s southern port city of Kismayu.
  • AMERICAS: US, Canadian and Mexican negotiators are zeroing on ways to enshrine President Enrique Pena Nieto’s sweeping energy reforms into a modernized NAFTA.
  • ASIA: Pakistani Rangers and police conducted intelligence based operations in two cities in the eastern province of Punjab and arrested 13 terrorism suspects.
  • EUROPE: Turkey and Russia are inching towards an accord for the first major Turkish weapons purchase from Moscow, troubling Ankara’s allies in NATO.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran tested its home-grown air defense system, designed to match the Russian S-300.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Iran is taking initiatives to classify internet censorship under “age” and “occupation” within the next two to three months.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea conducts nuclear test
    • Officials from Japan and South Korea said so after seismic authorities detected an artificial earthquake near the Pyongyang regime’s known nuclear test site.
    • This would be North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, and the first since President Trump was inaugurated.
    • The U.S Geological Survey said it had recorded a 6.3 magnitude earthquake exactly at noon Sunday local time, near North Korea’s nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, in the county’s northeast region.
    • The quake was felt in northern China, with emergency sirens blaring in Yanji, near the North Korean border, according to local media.
    • After Sunday’s quake, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called an emergency meeting of his national security council, and the chairman of his Joint Chiefs of Staff put the South Korean military on alert.
    • On Sunday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency released photos of Kim Jong Un inspecting what his government described as a hydrogen bomb that could be attached to a missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.
    • All the components of the “H-bomb” were “homemade” so North Korea could produce “powerful nuclear weapons as many as it wants,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as saying.
    • North Korea’s latest claim on a hydrogen bomb could not be verified.
    • The DPRK Central Television said the test was carried out at the order of top leader Kim Jong Un, who chaired a meeting of the standing committee of the political bureau of the Workers’ Party of Korea on the Korean Peninsula situation and decided to conduct the H-bomb test.
    • The TV showed still photos of the document signed by Kim ordering the test.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AP, AP, AFP, BBC, CNN, FP, The Guardian, The Guardian, The Hill, LAT, NPR, NYT, Reuters, Telegraph, WaPo, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Fourteen people died of cholera in the country, with most of the victims living in a camp for people displaced by Boko Haram violence. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Al Shabaab militants attacked a military base near the country’s southern port city of Kismayu. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: After four years of civil war marked by brutal attacks on civilians, the US is reviewing its support for the country. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: US, Canadian and the country’s negotiators are zeroing on ways to enshrine President Enrique Pena Nieto’s sweeping energy reforms into a modernized NAFTA. (Reuters)
  • Nicaragua: The country signed a defense cooperation agreement with Taiwan to strengthen bilateral military support. (EFE)
  • United States: The Justice Department said in a court filing that it has no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s assertion in March that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower before last year’s election. (CNN)

 

ASIA

  • China: The five BRICS nations hold their annual summit in the country under the shadow of a Sino-Indian border spat and growing questions about the grouping’s relevance. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Rangers and police conducted intelligence based operations in two cities in the eastern province of Punjab and arrested 13 terrorism suspects. (Xinhua)
  • South Korea: President Donald Trump is considering triggering a withdrawal from a free trade agreement with the country raising concerns about a move that could cause a fresh economic rift between allies at a moment of heightened tensions with a common foe. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Straight into the national Parliament, where Alternative for Germany — a nationalist, anti-immigrant party that has questioned German guilt for Nazi crimes — could be the third-largest faction after an election on September 24. (WaPo)
  • Spain: The country’s police arrested 14 people, including 12 British nationals, in an operation to bust a drug trafficking ring in a resort town on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country and Russia are inching towards an accord for the first major Turkish weapons purchase from Moscow, troubling Ankara’s allies in NATO even though the deal may not ultimately materialize. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country tested its home-grown air defense system, designed to match the Russian S-300. (AFP)
  • Iran: Facing a rising threat of terrorist attacks sponsored by Islamic State, Iran’s government is trying to improve relations with the country’s ethnic and religious minorities that have become a target for recruiting by the militant group. (LAT)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country confirmed five cholera cases in the border city of Jajan close to Yemen.(Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Iran is taking initiatives to classify internet censorship under “age” and “occupation” within the next two to three months.(Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Post Tropical Cyclone Harvey
    • Location: 30 Mi NNE Of Alexandria, Louisiana
    • Wind: 15 mph
    • Movement: NE at 4 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Post-Tropical Cyclone Lidia
    • Location: 40 Mi SW of Punta Baja, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
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  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Sanvu
    • Location: 416 NM East Of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 26 mph
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  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Mawar
    • Location: 122 E of Hong Kong
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 4 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Irma
    • Location: 945 Miles E Of The Leeward Islands
    • Wind: 115 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Irma
    • Location: 1405 mi E of the Leeward Islands
    • Wind: 115 mph
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 13.7mi ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea
    • Magnitude 6.3 Explosion
    • Depth: 0.0 km
    • Map
  • 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 (04SEP)

  • Canada: Labor Day – 1882
  • Colombia: Anniversary of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attack of the military base in Guaviare – 1996
  • Egypt: Anniversary of the signing of the Sinai Interim Agreement – 1975
  • Russia: Russia and S Korea to sign a set of documents on cooperation within the 16th meeting of the joint commission on economic, scientific and technical cooperation
  • United States: Labor Day – 1882

 

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