ONS: 05 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 6, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An African Union summit will be held 10-15OCT in Lome, capital of Togo, to to adopt a common strategy for the fight against maritime insecurity.
  • AMERICAS: President Juan Manuel Santos said a ceasefire with FARC rebels will end on 31OCT, as both sides scramble to find a solution after voters rejected a peace deal.
  • ASIA: Regional powers have agreed to try to revive Afghanistan’s stalled peace process, as the West sought to raise some USD 13B to fund the country through 2020.
  • EUROPE: Some 4,655 migrants were rescued and 28 bodies were recovered in 33 operations on the stretch of sea between Sicily and Libya.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Air strikes on an Islamic State-controlled village with a mainly Kurdish population near Syria’s northern border with Turkey killed and injured dozens.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter Inc. is expected to field bids this week, and Marc Benioff has been building a case to Salesforce.com Inc. investors that his company should be the buyer.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Country detains Hong Kong democracy activist at China’s request.
    • Acting under apparent pressure from China, Thailand detained Joshua Wong, the teenage face of the youthful pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.
    • Mr. Wong had been invited to speak at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok as part of events marking the 40th anniversary of a massacre of pro-democracy students by Thai security forces and royalist militias in 1976.
    • After returning to Hong Kong, Mr. Wong said about 20 Thai immigration officials had met him in Bangkok to block his entry into the country, telling him he was on a blacklist.
    • Deputy commander of airport immigration police Colonel Pruthipong Prayoonsiri was quoted as saying China has sent a request “to seek cooperation to deny” Wong entry.
    • The Thai government has denied giving any order for Mr. Wong’s detention.
    • Coverage: BBC, Guardian, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: An African Union summit will be held 10-15OCT in Lome, capital of Togo, to to adopt a common strategy for the fight against maritime insecurity. (Xinhua)
  • Region: The Egyptian border security forces foiled an infiltration attempt of 89 Egyptians and four Sudanese into Libya through the Egyptian western borders. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The UN Security Council “condemned in the strongest terms” the multiple terrorist attacks that occurred against the UN mission in the country’s north. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: The chairman of AngloGold Ashanti called on President Jacob Zuma to step down, labelling the South African leader the “sponsor in chief” of corruption. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The longest ever strike of Brazilian bank workers entered its 30th day, leaving a total of 13,245 banks, or 56 percent, of all Brazilian banks remain closed. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The government said the FARC rebels must decide whether to renegotiate a peace deal that voters rejected. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos said a ceasefire with FARC rebels will end on 31OCT, as both sides scramble to find a solution after voters rejected a peace deal. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen vowed Taiwan wouldn’t buckle under pressure from China, though she pledged to avoid confrontation. (WSJ)
  • Region: India is constructing underground bunkers along its frontier with Pakistan in Kashmir amid fears of a major escalation in conflict. (Telegraph)
  • Afghanistan: Regional powers have agreed to try to revive the country’s stalled peace process, as the West sought to raise some USD 13B to fund the country through 2020. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan forces battled the Taliban in the northern city of Kunduz for the third straight day. (AP)
  • Cambodia: Acting opposition leader Kem Sokha left the party headquarters, where he has taken refuge for more than four months to avoid arrest, to register to vote in next year’s local elections. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Some 4,655 migrants were rescued and 28 bodies were recovered in 33 operations on the stretch of sea between Sicily and Libya. (DPA)
  • Germany: German prosecutors have dropped an investigation into a TV comedian accused of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (BBC)
  • Russia: The Kremlin regrets the fact the country and President Vladimir Putin are portrayed in a negative light in the US election campaign. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The United Arab Emirates said there were injuries among civilian crewmen of a vessel hit by Yemeni rebels in the strategic Bab al-Mandab waterway last week. (AFP)
  • Region: Turkey and Iraq have summoned each other’s ambassadors to protest statements by one country’s prime minister and the other’s parliament. (AP)
  • Region: Israeli tank fire struck a Hamas post in the Gaza Strip after a rocket launched from the Palestinian enclave hit a nearby Israeli city, with no casualties reported. (AFP)
  • Syria: Air strikes on an Islamic State-controlled village with a mainly Kurdish population near the country’s northern border with Turkey killed and injured dozens. (Reuters)
  • Syria: One Turkish soldier was killed during clashes with extremist fighters as Ankara’s ambitious operation in the country’s north approaches its second month. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter Inc. is expected to field bids this week, and Marc Benioff has been building a case to Salesforce.com Inc. investors that his company should be the buyer. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Chaba
    • Location: 100 NM NW of Sasebo, Japan
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Movement: NE at 23 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Matthew
    • Location: 55 NM ENE of Guantanamo, Cuba
    • Winds: 130 mph
    • Movement: N at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Nicole
    • Location: 505 NM NE of San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Colima, Mexico
    • A seven-mile exclusion zone has been set up to protect residents as the lava flow continues to advance. (BBC)
  • 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 (06OCT)

  • Egypt: Armed Forces Day – 1973
  • Egypt: Anniversary of assassination of President Sadat – 1981
  • Europe Region: New joint EU border and coast guard to become operational
  • Italy: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit to meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and other Italian officials
  • Moldova: Parliament to discuss no-confidence motion
  • Vietnam: Hanoi to host ASEAN Broker Conference and Networking event (to 10OCT)

 

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