ONS: 05 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 6, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya, opposition leader Raila Odinga said his coalition would not participate in the proposed 17OCT rerun of a presidential election unless it is given “legal and constitutional” guarantees.
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Irma grew into a Category 4 storm as it headed for the northeastern Caribbean.
  • ASIA: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under pressure from countries with large Muslim populations including Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims after nearly 125,000 of them fled to Bangladesh.
  • EUROPE: Azerbaijan operated a secret USD 2.9B scheme to pay prominent Europeans, buy luxury goods and launder money through a network of British companies.
  • MIDDLE EAST: More than 5,000 civilians have been killed in the country since MAR2015, including 1,184 children, the UN said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Julia Kloeckner, vice chairman of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party, said her political website had seen some 3,000 cyber attacks — many from Russian IP addresses.

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: Crisis escalates amid calls for dialogue.
    • North Korea is believed to be moving an intercontinental ballistic missile, a South Korean lawmaker said after being briefed by the country’s intelligence service.
    • South Korean warships conducted live-fire exercises at sea, a second-straight day of military swagger from a nation still rattled by the North’s biggest-ever nuclear test.
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin said pursuing further sanctions against North Korea is “useless”, saying “they’d rather eat grass than give up their nuclear program.”
    • South Korea said an agreement with the US to scrap a weight limit on its warheads would help it respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Region: The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has killed 381 civilians in Nigeria and Cameroon since the beginning of April, Amnesty International said. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Opposition leader Raila Odinga said his coalition would not participate in the proposed 17OCT rerun of a presidential election unless it is given “legal and constitutional” guarantees. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: Bell Pottinger, one of Britain’s best-known PR agencies, has been expelled over a campaign judged to have deliberately stoked racial tensions in the country. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Hurricane Irma grew into a Category 4 storm as it headed for the northeastern Caribbean. (AP)
  • Cuba: The country began a five-month political transition expected to end with Raul Castro’s departure from the presidency. (AP)
  • Venezuela: French President Emmanuel Macron met with Venezuelan opposition leaders to discuss the embattled nation’s humanitarian and political crisis. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian PM Narendra Modi agreed their countries need to improve mutual trust, and that peace in their border areas was paramount for a positive future relationship. (AP)
  • Region: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under pressure from countries with large Muslim populations including Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims after nearly 125,000 of them fled to Bangladesh. (Reuters)
  • Cambodia: Opposition leader Kem Sokha was charged with treason and could face a jail term of up to 30 years if convicted. (Al Jazeera)
  • China: Beijing is waging a campaign of harassment against Chinese activists who seek to testify at the UN about repression, Human Rights Watch said. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: President Tsai Ing-wen appointed as premier William Lai, in a move to shore up declining public support. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Azerbaijan operated a secret USD 2.9B scheme to pay prominent Europeans, buy luxury goods and launder money through a network of British companies. (Guardian)
  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Turkey was drifting away from the rule of law and vowed to push her EU partners to consider suspending or ending its accession talks. (Reuters)
  • Region: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned any decision by the US to supply defensive weapons to Ukraine would prompt pro-Russian separatists to expand their campaign there. (Reuters)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin warned of potential further reductions of US diplomatic staff in Moscow. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Scotland Yard warned the terror threat level will remain at severe for at least the next five years. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Center for Human Rights for Iran alleged the country purposely left imprisoned journalist Alireza Rajaei’s cancer undetected, forcing him to have surgery. (AP)
  • Syria: Two Russian troops were killed in shelling outside the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. (AP)
  • Yemen: More than 5,000 civilians have been killed in the country since MAR2015, including 1,184 children, the UN said. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A new UN human rights report on the country says al-Qaida has become “operational” in the southwestern city of Taiz. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Julia Kloeckner, vice chairman of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party, said her political website had seen some 3,000 cyber attacks — many from Russian IP addresses. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Nineteen
    • Location: 284 NM NE of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Irma
    • Location: 410 NM E of the Leeward Islands
    • Wind: 140 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • 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 (06SEP)

  • Bulgaria: Unification Day – 1885
  • Colombia: Pope Francis to visit (to 11SEP)
  • Jordan: Anniversary of the Dawson’s Field Hijackings – 1970
  • Kyrgyzstan: Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to visit
  • Maldives: 70th meeting of the WHO regional committee for Southeast Asia (to 10SEP)
  • Pakistan: Defense Day – 1965
  • Russia: Eastern Economic Forum (to 07SEP)
  • Sao Tome and Principe: Armed Forces Day – 1975
  • Swaziland: Independence Day – 1968

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