ONS: 04 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 5, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A law amending Uganda’s constitution to allow ageing leader Yoweri Museveni to extend his rule was introduced in parliament.
  • AMERICAS: In Puerto Rico, US President Trump said Puerto Rican officials should be proud that only 16 people were known to have died in Hurricane Maria, despite the death toll later rising to 34.
  • ASIA: Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar said security forces have redoubled efforts to drive the remaining Muslims from their homes.
  • EUROPE: The European Commission is taking Ireland to court for failing to collect billions of euros from Apple in back taxes that were deemed to be illegal state aid.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Iran as Tehran and Ankara weigh how to respond to the Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A massive data breach at Yahoo in 2013 was far more extensive than previously disclosed, affecting all of its 3 billion user accounts.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Investigation into Las Vegas shooter continues.
    • Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, returned to the US from the Philippines, as Manila authorities were looking into reports he transferred USD 100,000 to her.
    • Danley was outside the US at the time of the shooting but has became a “person of interest” in the attack.
    • Preliminary analysis revealed Paddock fired for nearly 10 minutes, resulting in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
    • Paddock also used meticulous planning, setting up a number of cameras in and around his hotel suite, allowing him to see if “law enforcement or security” were approaching,
    • Authorities still did not have a motive for the shooting.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, NPR, NYT, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Madagascar: The World Health Organization said there was a “moderate risk” that a plague outbreak in the country would spread to other countries in the region, but advised against travel restrictions. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: Diane Shima Rwigara, a critic of President Paul Kagame, was charged with inciting insurrection against the state and forgery. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: An unexplained explosion rocked the city of East London, injuring at least 11 people. (Xinhua)
  • Uganda: A law amending the country’s constitution to allow ageing leader Yoweri Museveni to extend his rule was introduced in parliament. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The UN said the recovery of the eastern Caribbean hit by recent hurricanes could cost up to USD 1B. (AP)
  • Region: In Puerto Rico, US President Trump said Puerto Rican officials should be proud that only 16 people were known to have died in Hurricane Maria, despite the death toll later rising to 34. (NYT)
  • Brazil: Mines and Energy Minister Fernando Coelho denied the government intends to propose the privatization of state-controlled oil and gas giant Petrobras. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar said security forces have redoubled efforts to drive the remaining Muslims from their homes. (AFP)
  • Australia: The country unveiled plans to hold terror suspects for 14 days without charge and beef up its national database to include biometric data from driver’s licenses. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: Prominent opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua fled the country after being warned by government officials that she faced arrest for links with the party president’s alleged plot to overthrow the government. (AP)
  • Mongolia: Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh was named new PM, weeks after the previous leader and his cabinet were voted out over corruption allegations. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Pakistani military executed three militants after being convicted of carrying out terror attacks in recent years. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Commission is taking Ireland to court for failing to collect billions of euros from Apple in back taxes that were deemed to be illegal state aid. (AFP)
  • Azerbaijan: Azerbaijani authorities rejected accusations of a crackdown on gay and transgender people in the ex-Soviet nation. (AP)
  • Greece: A Greek court ruled to extradite Russian cyber-crime suspect Alexander Vinnik to the US, where he is wanted in a USD 4B bitcoin fraud case. (AP)
  • Spain: The country’s National Court is to question two senior officers of Catalonia’s police force, who are under investigation for sedition. (AP)
  • Turkey: A bomb detonated by Kurdish militants killed three soldiers and wounded five near the southeast border with Iran. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Iran as Tehran and Ankara weigh how to respond to the Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq. (AP)
  • Iran: A member of the country’s nuclear negotiating team was sentenced to five years in jail after being accused of providing sensitive economic information to the country’s enemies. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces launched the final assault to capture the town of Hawija, one of two territories still under control of the Islamic State group. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The Iraqi autonomous Kurdish region declared a week of mourning after the death of former president, Jalal Talabani. (AP)
  • Syria: A Russian air strike killed 12 Nusra Front field commanders and seriously injured the group’s leader, Abu Mohammad al-Golani. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A massive data breach at Yahoo in 2013 was far more extensive than previously disclosed, affecting all of its 3 billion user accounts. (WSJ)

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 (05OCT)

  • Global: World Teachers’ Day – 1994
  • Bolivia: Engineer’s Day – Unknown
  • Indonesia: Armed Forces Day – 1945
  • Laos: Boun Ok Pansa – Unknown
  • Myanmar: Thadingyut Festival – Unknown
  • Portugal: Republic Day – 1910
  • Serbia:  Anniversary of the overthrow of Slobodan Milošević – 2000
  • Tajikistan: State Language Day – 2009
  • Vanuatu: Constitution Day – 1979

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