ONS: 04 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 5, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Malian defense minister was fired after jihadists briefly took control of a town in central Mali.

  • AMERICAS: Venezuela named 18 military commanders to oversee the production and distribution of food and basic goods in an effort to alleviate severe shortages.

  • ASIA: The Philippines reported an increasing number of Chinese boats near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea..

  • EUROPE: In Turkey, the former police chief of Istanbul was arrested for suspected involvement in the July military coup.

  • MIDDLE EAST:  Israeli tanks fired on a Hamas post on the Gaza Strip border after gunfire targeted Israeli forces in the area.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Elections officials in Illinois report that hackers obtained the records of at least 90,000 registered voters.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: The two-day Group of 20 (G-20) summit opened in Hangzhou

    • In his opening statement Chinese President Xi Jinping called on G-20 members to adopt new measures to generate growth momentum and avoid protectionism.

    • Participants identified a number of international economic issues that will be addressed during the summit, including:

      • China’s overproduction of steel

      • Ireland’s failure to collect taxes from Apple

      • The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union

    • Other topics on the agenda included:

      • Climate change

      • Energy

      • Reforms to the international tax system

    • World leaders also took the opportunity to meet ahead of the summit to discuss other important issues and world events.

      • US President Barack Obama urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to uphold China’s legal obligations in the South China Sea.

      • Obama also pledged to help Turkey bring to justice those who participated in July’s attempted coup.

      • Obama reported that the US and Russia are continuing to work together to negotiate a Syrian ceasefire.

    • Sources: BBC, CNN, AP-1, AP-2, Reuters-1, Reuters-2, Reuters-3

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Libyan forces advanced against some of the Islamic State’s last holdouts in Sirte. (Reuters)

  • Mali: The country’s defense minister was fired after jihadists briefly took control of a town in the central region. (AFP)

  • South Sudan: Religious leaders and displaced civilians appealed to the UN Security Council to urgently deploy more foreign peacekeeping troops. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Jamaica: Authorities arrest 16 people for allegedly defrauding US citizens in a lottery scam, acquiring $50,000 between 2011 and 2015. (AP)

  • Mexico: A shootout between soldiers and suspected drug gang members in a northern border killed 11 people, including a bystander caught in the crossfire. (AP)

  • Venezuela:  The country named 18 military commanders to oversee the production and distribution of food and basic goods in an effort to alleviate severe shortages. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • India: The former women’s minister of New Delhi, who had been fired over a sex tape, has now been arrested on allegations of rape.  (AFP)

  • Philippines: The country reported an increasing number of Chinese boats near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. (Reuters)

  • South Korea: A law aimed at improving human rights in North Korea by funding civil society organizations came into force on Sunday. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU President Donald Tusk stated that Europe is “close to limits” on its ability to accept new waves of refugees, and urged the broader international community to shoulder more of the burden. (AFP)

  • Germany: Voting began in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the anti-immigrant Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party expected to make huge gains.(Reuters)

  • Turkey: A former Istanbul police chief was arrested for suspected ties to the failed July military coup. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel/Palestine: Israeli tank fire targeted a Hamas post on the Gaza Strip border after alleged gunfire at Israeli forces in the area. (AFP)

  • Saudi Arabia: Security forces foiled an infiltration attempt and killed over 40 Houthi militiamen in the Saudi border city of Jazan. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: Government forces advanced on Aleppo, recapturing a military academy that had fallen to rebels. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Elections officials in Illinois report that hackers obtained the records of at least 90,000 registered voters. (UPI)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Namtheun

    • Location: 96 NM S of Sasebo, Japan

    • Winds: 75 mph

    • Movement: NNW at 5 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Hermine

    • Location: 235 NM E of Norfolk, Virginia

    • Winds: 70 mph

    • Movement: ENE at 13 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Lester

    • Location: 240 NM NNW of Hilo, Hawaii

    • Winds: 75 mph

    • Movement: WNW at 17 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 02SEP: 184,766 (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 02SEP: 67,577

      • Deaths as of 02SEP: 54

      • 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 28AUG: 1,800 (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 28AUG: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

  • Zika Virus

    • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 25AUG:  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 25AUG: 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 25AUG: 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 (05SEP)

  • Global: International Day of Charity – 2012

 

END

Comments on this entry are closed.