ONS: 04 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 5, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Crimes against humanity are being committed in Burundi, according to a United Nations commission of inquiry.
  • AMERICAS: United States President Trump is strongly considering a plan that would end the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, but only after giving Congress six months to come up with a potential replacement for the popular initiative.
  • ASIA: Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar in August, pressuring scarce resources of aid agencies and communities already helping hundreds of thousands of refugees from previous spasms of violence in Myanmar.
  • EUROPE: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused German politicians of indulging in populism after Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would seek an end to Ankara’s European Union membership talks, but added that he hoped strained relations would improve.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Islamic State convoy stranded in the Syrian desert for five days has split up, and some fighters may have found their way into Iraq, despite the US military’s determination to stop them from reaching militant-controlled territory.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China has banned the streaming of drama that does not have a government permit, with online dramas now subject to the same regulation as that of regular television series.

TOP STORY

  • BRICS annual meeting in China continues
    • Five major emerging economies opened a summit to map out their future course, with host Chinese President Xi Jinping calling on them to play a bigger role in world governance, reject protectionism and inject new energy into tackling the gap between the world’s wealthy and developing nations.
    • Xi wants BRICS to play a more important role in international affairs, even as some observers suggest its power is waning given rivalry between China and India and the economic woes of Brazil, Russia and South Africa.
    • An Indian spokeswoman says five major emerging economies meeting in China have agreed to strengthen cooperation against a range of terrorist groups.
    • The statement said nations should unite to fight the groups in accordance with the principles of international law, but emphasized the importance of not interfering in the sovereign affairs of individual states.
    • Furthermore, the nations of the BRICS grouping addressed N Korea’s nuclear test saying that they strongly deplored the action but the problem over its nuclear program should only be settled through peaceful means and dialogue.
    • The draft communique of the statement also emphasized the need to be vigilant in guarding against “inward-looking policies” that could hurt global market confidence, calling for BRICS countries to strengthen macroeconomic and structural policy coordination.
    • It called upon all countries to fully implement the Paris climate agreement, while pledging to enhance BRICS cooperation on climate change and energy and to expand green financing.
    • They also supported the efforts to enhance the anti-corruption cooperation given the negative impact of corruption on sustainable development.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, WP, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Crimes against humanity are being committed in the country, according to a United Nations commission of inquiry. (AP)
  • Kenya: The country’s education minister said that arson was to blame for a weekend fire that killed nine pupils at a girls’ boarding school and that there had been similar attacks on other schools around the country. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The country’s eastern-based army spokesman said that Islamic State affiliates are attempting to move from the south to coastal areas in northern parts of the country. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Islands at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea made preparations for approaching Hurricane Irma, a Category 3 storm that could threaten the area beginning 05SEP. (AP)
  • Canada: The country’s government, working with a Toronto-based nonprofit, has quietly allowed gay men and lesbians from the Chechen Republic in Russia to seek safety in Canada over the past three months. (NYT)
  • United States: President Trump is strongly considering a plan that would end the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, but only after giving Congress six months to come up with a potential replacement for the popular initiative. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar in August, pressuring scarce resources of aid agencies and communities already helping hundreds of thousands of refugees from previous spasms of violence in Myanmar. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: A military general said that one of the leaders of the Islamist extremist Maute group that attacked the southern Philippine city of Marawi has been killed in the fire fighting to retake the city. (Xinhua)
  • South Korea: The country’s Ministry of Environment decided to grant a “conditional” approval to a green audit on the site of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), which could launch construction works at the site and even attempt to deploy four more launchers. (Xinhua)
  • Taiwan: Premier Lin Chuan has offered his resignation, a government spokesman said on Monday, a departure expected because of declining public support for President Tsai Ing-wen. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused German politicians of indulging in populism after Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would seek an end to Ankara’s European Union membership talks, but added that he hoped strained relations would improve. (Reuters)
  • Germany: With three weeks to go before the country decides whether to give Chancellor Angela Merkel another four years in office, she faced off in a debate with her main rival Martin Schulz. (WP)
  • Italy: Four mayors in the northern province of Friuli-Venezia Giulia have appealed for help in dealing with an influx of migrants who have been rejected for asylum in northern Europe. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An Islamic State convoy stranded in the Syrian desert for five days has split up, and some fighters may have found their way into Iraq, despite the US military’s determination to stop them from reaching militant-controlled territory. (WP)
  • Iran: The country’s judiciary has confirmed that an appeals court has upheld 10-year prison sentences for a U.S. citizen, an Iranian-American businessman and his 81-year-old father, and a Lebanese citizen who holds a US Green Card. (RFE/RL)
  • Saudi Arabia: Officials in the country declared a successful end to this year’s hajj pilgrimage, which drew 2.3 million Muslims from around the world without reports of major problems. (RFE/RL)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China has banned the streaming of drama that does not have a government permit, with online dramas now subject to the same regulation as that of regular television series. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Mawar
    • Location: 91 ENE of Hong Kong
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Irma
    • Location: 680 Miles E of The Leeward Islands
    • Wind: 115 mph
    • Movement: WSW
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • 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 (05SEP)

  • Global: International Day of Charity – 2012
  • Middle East: Anniversary of the beginning of the Camp David Accords – 1978
  • Israel: Anniversary of the Munich Olympic terrorist attack – 1972

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