ONS: 05 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 6, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Zambian Constitutional Court dismissed a petition by opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema to nullify the 11AUG elections won by President Edgar Lungu.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian police used tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons to subdue protesters who marched to reject the new president.
  • ASIA: Voters in Hong Kong elected a new generation of pro-democracy, anti-China activists to the Legislative Council.
  • EUROPE: French prosecutors called for former president Nicolas Sarkozy to face trial over alleged illegal funding of his failed 2012 campaign.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A suspected US drone strike killed nine Al-Qaeda fighters in the central Marib province of Yemen.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US intelligence and law enforcement agencies are probing what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in US political institutions.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Bombings on government-held territory across the country kill at least 43
    • Bombs struck the cities of Tartus, Homs and Hasakeh, as well as a Damascus suburb.
    • A double-bombing in the Mediterranean city of Tartus, a Syrian government stronghold that hosts a Russian military base, killed 30 and injured at least 45 others.  The first of the blasts came from a car-bomb, and the second from a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives when first-responders arrived at the scene.
    • The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bombing in the northeastern city of Hasakeh, which claimed five lives.
    • Meanwhile, negotiations between the US and Russia failed to produce a ceasefire agreement by Monday as was promised.  This prompted a private meeting between Presidents Obama and Putin at the G-20 summit, but progress remains stalled.
    • Sources: WP, BBC, AFP, AP, Reuters-1, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: The United States expressed grave concern over the excessive use of force against non-violent protestors. (AP)
  • South Sudan: In a bid to avoid an arms embargo, the government agreed to accept 4,000 additional UN peacekeepers. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: The Constitutional Court dismissed a petition by opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema to nullify the 11AUG elections won by President Edgar Lungu.(Bloomberg)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Brazilian government reports that demands for refugee status by Venezuelans crossing the land border surged from nine to 600 in the last two years. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: Police used tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons to subdue protesters who marched to reject the new president. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China denied Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim it had begun building an artificial island at a South China Sea flashpoint. (AFP)
  • China: Voters in Hong Kong elected a new generation of pro-democracy, anti-China activists to the Legislative Council. (BBC)
  • Myanmar: The country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and former UN chief Kofi Annan oversaw the first meeting of a panel tasked with establishing peace between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: The country fired three ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • France:  Farmers and truckers blocked off main routes in and out of the Calais “Jungle” migrant camp and called for its closure. (AFP)
  • France: Prosecutors called for former president Nicolas Sarkozy to face trial over alleged illegal funding of his failed 2012 campaign. (AFP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel was criticized for her party’s slow response to the migrant crisis. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a rebuke to Saudi Arabia, calling on the Muslim world to question its management of Islam’s holiest sites. (AFP)
  • Israel: Police killed a Palestinian who tried to drive a car into a group of Israeli border guards in a refugee camp in east Jerusalem. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A suspected US drone strike killed nine Al-Qaeda fighters in the central Marib province. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US intelligence and law enforcement agencies are probing what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in US political institutions. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Namtheun
    • Location: 64 NM NNE of Sasebo, Japan
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 11 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Hermine
    • Location: 320 NM SE Long Island, New York
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement:N at 3 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Newton
    • Location: 160 NM SW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement; NNW at 8 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lester
    • Location: 545 NM NNW of Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: NW at 18 mph
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  • 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 (06SEP)

  • Germany and Israel: Anniversary of massacre of Israeli athletes at Munich Olympics – 1972
  • Laos: US-ASEAN Summit
  • Laos: 19th ASEAN-China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (10+3) leaders’ meeting (to 09SEP)
  • Russia: Army 2016 international military and technical forum to be held in the Moscow Region (to 11SEP)
  • Ukraine: Next session of the Rada to open
  • United States and the Philippines: US President Obama to meet with Philippine President Détente in Laos

 

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