ONS: 04 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 5, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian Interior Ministry said it killed a senior Muslim Brotherhood “armed wing” leader Mohamed Kamal and another member of the group in a shootout.
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Matthew, a Category Four storm, is closing in on Haiti, bringing winds, rains and storm surges.
  • ASIA: Pakistan and India are trying to de-escalate tensions after their troops exchanged several rounds of gunfire over the last week in the disputed Kashmir region.
  • EUROPE: Turkish authorities have suspended 12,801 police officers from duty over their suspected links with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his network.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian rebels say pro-government forces are pressing their assault on the eastern, rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: On Wikileaks’ 10th anniversary, founder Julian Assange said the organization would publish around one million documents related to three governments and the US election before the end of the year.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Afghan forces regain control of Kunduz; battle still on-going.
    • Afghan forces have regained control of the center of the strategically important northern city of Kunduz from Taliban fighters.
    • Afghan officials are still investigating how the Taliban managed to once again penetrate the city’s defenses, despite months of military operations aimed at preventing a repeat of a similar assault last year.
    • At least one security force member was killed, while there were various conflicting reports on the number of militant casualties.
    • Police commander Shafi Zakhil said American military advisers were on the ground helping in the defense of the governor’s compound.
    • One major problem facing Afghan forces was that Taliban fighters had infiltrated residential areas and homes, making it difficult to distinguish between civilians and the Taliban.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The government has dismissed a UN decision to set up a commission of inquiry to identify perpetrators of killings and torture. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The Egyptian Interior Ministry said it killed a senior Muslim Brotherhood “armed wing” leader Mohamed Kamal and another member of the group in a shootout. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: Police have arrested Seyoum Teshome, a blogger who criticized the government, especially its handling of ongoing protests. (AP)
  • South Africa: Protesters at the country’s Wits University attacked police, as violence in nationwide demonstrations over high tuition fees escalated. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Latin American governments jointly expressed their continued support for the peace process in the country. (DPA)
  • El Salvador: Officials say the number of homicides in the country dropped by nearly half in September from the same month of 2015. (AP)
  • Haiti: Hurricane Matthew, a Category Four storm, is closing in on the island nation, bringing winds, rains and storm surges. (BBC)
  • Honduras: Police used tear gas against ousted President Mel Zelaya and other activists who blocked roads to protest the imposition of new tolls. (EFE)
  • Honduras: The UN expressed concern about last week’s theft of case files in the killing of environmental activist Berta Caceres. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US and Philippine marines and sailors kicked off what could be their last joint military exercises. (Xinhua)
  • Region: South Korea will place top priority on restoring the dignity of Japan’s wartime sex slaves, in reaction to Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s refusal to send apology letters to the victims. (Yonhap)
  • Region: Pakistan and India are trying to de-escalate tensions after their troops exchanged several rounds of gunfire over the last week in the disputed Kashmir region. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean FM Yun Byung-se left for Brussels to discuss cooperation with NATO on ways to step up pressure over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Lead EU Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt says the bloc would disintegrate if it bargains away the principle of free movement of its citizens. (AP)
  • Britain: The pound dropped to a 31-year low as investors fret over the British government’s suggestion it will focus on controlling immigration in its talks to leave the EU. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish authorities have suspended 12,801 police officers from duty over their suspected links with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his network. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Police have detained five Kurdish militants suspected of planning to carry out a series of car bombings around the southern city of Adana. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Palestinian government in the West Bank has postponed municipal elections in the territory until next year. (AP)
  • Region: German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged Iran to do what it can to push for a ceasefire in Syria. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The IMF said oil production and exports “rebounded quickly” to presanction levels, as an array of international sanctions were lifted. (RFE/RL)
  • Syria: Syrian rebels say pro-government forces are pressing their assault on the eastern, rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo. (AP)
  • Yemen: Red Cross staffer Nourane Houas freed after almost a year in captivity in the country was held for ransom, not for political reasons, diplomatic sources in Oman said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: On Wikileaks’ 10th anniversary, founder Julian Assange said the organization would publish around one million documents related to three governments and the US election before the end of the year. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Chaba
    • Location: 361 NM SSW of Sasebo, Japan
    • Winds: 145 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Matthew
    • Location: 100 miles S of Tiburon, Haiti
    • Winds: 145 mph
    • Movement: N at 7 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 (05OCT)

  • Global: World Teachers’ Day – 1994
  • Global: The UN Security Council to hold the next secret ballot to elect the next secretary general
  • Portugal: Portuguese Republican Day – 1910
  • Serbia: Anniversary of protesters storming Yugoslav parliament – 2000

 

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