ONS: 06 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 7, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Islamist militants from the Somali group al Shabaab killed six people in an attack in northeast Kenya.
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Matthew roared into the Bahamas and continued its march toward the southeastern US, where millions have been urged to evacuate.
  • ASIA: Indian soldiers shot dead three suspected militants who tried to raid an army base in northern Kashmir, the latest in a wave of attacks that has raised tensions with neighboring Pakistan.
  • EUROPE: The EU inaugurated a new border task force as part of a unified strategy to tackle its worst migration crisis since World War II.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq has requested an emergency session of the UN Security Council over the presence of unauthorized Turkish troops in the country’s north.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Yahoo was required by a secret court order to search for messages containing a computer “signature” tied to the communications of a state-sponsored terrorist organization.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Bombing at border crossing kills at least 20.
    • At least 20 people, most of them rebel fighters, have been killed and dozens injured in a bomb attack near Syria’s border with Turkey.
    • The Islamic State militant group claimed the attack in an online statement.
    • The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the blast in Atmeh was either caused by a suicide bomber or a remotely detonated bomb.
    • One witness said most of those killed in the blast were members of the Failiq al-Sham group, which has been fighting alongside Turkish soldiers to defeat the IS group.
    • The attack took place during a “change of guard” among Syrian rebels in the area.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, BBC, Reuters, VOA

 

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: President Alassane Ouattara called on parliament to approve a new constitution, which the opposition calls a backward step for democracy. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Islamist militants from the Somali group al Shabaab killed six people in an attack in the northeast town of Mandera. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The international community hit out at a call from rebel leader Riek Machar for renewed war with the government. (AFP)
  • Zambia: Main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and his deputy Geoffrey Mwamba are due to be charged with sedition, police said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Hurricane Matthew roared into the Bahamas and continued its march toward the southeastern US, where millions have been urged to evacuate. (WP)
  • Region: The US military is providing humanitarian assistance to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. (AFP)
  • Region: The US sent its special envoy to Colombia’s peace process back to Havana, where the Colombian government and the FARC rebels met to determine whether it was possible to salvage a peace agreement. (WP)
  • Colombia: The EU announced it would suspend a development fund earmarked for the country, following the rejected peace deal with the FARC rebel group. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian soldiers shot dead three suspected militants who tried to raid an army base in northern Kashmir, the latest in a wave of attacks that has raised tensions with neighboring Pakistan. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan civilians were increasingly leaving the northern city of Kunduz to escape fighting between government forces and the Taliban, now in its fourth day. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: Calls for “surgical strikes” against North Korean nuclear facilities have gained ground within South Korea, along with calls for more stringent sanctions. (Yonhap)
  • Myanmar: Four members of the country’s human rights commission resigned, after the body was pilloried for failing to help two girls allegedly tortured for years at a tailor’s shop. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Buddhist monks, mourners and activists gathered to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Thai massacre, one of the darkest days in the country’s history. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU inaugurated a new border task force as part of a unified strategy to tackle its worst migration crisis since World War II. (AFP)
  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says granting Britain full access to the EU’s internal market while allowing it to limit EU immigration would lead to a free-for-all in Europe. (AP)
  • Britain: Treasury chief Philip Hammond has a message for major bankers in New York: London will keep its leading position on the financial stage even after it leaves the EU. (AP)
  • Russia: Moscow’s year-long bombing campaign in Syria has showcased the “reliability” of Russian weaponry, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A boat carrying 13 pro-Palestinian female activists intercepted by the Israeli navy while trying to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. (AP)
  • Region: Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani elevated rhetoric between Iran and Saudi Arabia, suggesting the kingdom’s deputy crown prince may kill his own father to take the throne. (AP)
  • Iraq: The nation has requested an emergency session of the UN Security Council over the presence of unauthorized Turkish troops in the country’s north. (AP)
  • Syria: A barrel bomb struck a center used by the Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, in the capital of Damascus. (CNN)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Yahoo was required by a secret court order to search for messages containing a computer “signature” tied to the communications of a state-sponsored terrorist organization. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twenty-two
    • Location: 341 NM ESE of Hong Kong
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 21 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Matthew
    • Location: 125 NM SSE of Nassau, Bahamas
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Nicole
    • Location: 435 NM S of Bermuda
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 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 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 (07OCT)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of US attack on Taliban-controlled Afghanistan beginning – 2001
  • Germany: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit Hamburg to attend the 20th Anniversary of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
  • Mediterranean Region: Anniversary of Palestinian militants hijacking Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro – 1985
  • Morocco: General elections

 

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