ONS: 06 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 7, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US is preparing to lift decades-long economic sanctions against Sudan, citing improvement on human rights and progress on counter-terrorism, a US official said.
  • AMERICAS: The Security Council tasked the UN mission in Colombia with monitoring a days-old ceasefire between the Bogota government and the country’s last guerrilla group, the ELN.
  • ASIA: Police say an Indian air force helicopter has crashed in India’s remote northeast, bordering China, killing all seven people on board, including the crew members.
  • EUROPE: At least 19 people have been killed in a collision between a bus and a train near the city of Vladimir, east of Moscow in Russia, regional authorities said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A US drone killed a “commander” of Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen in a strike on the central province of Baida, security sources said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers working for the Russian government stole details of how the US penetrates foreign computer networks and defends against cyberattacks after a NSA contractor removed the highly classified material and put it on his home computer.

 

TOP STORY

  • Tropical Storm Nate slams Central America as it heads toward the US
    • In Nicaragua, at least 11 people died, seven others were reported missing and thousands had to evacuate homes because of flooding, said VP Rosario Murillo.
    • Tropical Storm Nate killed 20 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras.
    • In Costa Rica, nearly 400,000 people are without running water and thousands are sleeping in shelters.
    • Louisiana officials declared a state of emergency and ordered some people to evacuate coastal areas and barrier islands ahead of its expected landfall early Sunday, and evacuations began at some offshore oil platforms in the Gulf.
    • The number of hurricanes that have formed this year, eight so far, is about double the average to date, as is the energy generated by the storms.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, REU, USA-T

 

AFRICA

  • Liberia: Former President Charles Taylor, currently serving a 50-year sentence, is suspect of using his UK jail as a base to interfere with the elections.  (BBC)
  • Mozambique: A group of about 30 men attacked three police stations in the coastal district of Mocimboa da Praia, Cabo Delgado province in an armed raid. (XIN)
  • Rwanda: A critic of President Paul Kagame will appear in court, charged with inciting insurrection and forgery, the prosecutor’s office said. (REU)
  • Sudan: The US is preparing to lift decades-long economic sanctions, citing improvement on human rights and progress on counter-terrorism, a U.S. official said. (REU)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Customs and Border Protection, alerted by a drug-sniffing dog found, 26 pounds (12 kilograms) of heroin hidden in the bumper of an SUV at a border crossing point in Nogales. (AP)
  • Canada: Almost 800 Yazidi women, girls and others who fled persecution by the Islamic State (IS) group in northern Iraq have been resettled in the country. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The Security Council tasked the UN mission with monitoring a days-old ceasefire between the Bogota government and the guerrilla group, the ELN. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Four people were killed and 14 injured in an attack on protesting coca farmers that authorities blamed on a dissident faction of a disarmed guerrilla group and local activists attributed to government security forces opening fire. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities say the country’s opium poppy production appears to be moving into lower-lying, less-remote areas after federal police reported destroying 375 acres of poppy fields in rural areas around the Guerrero state capital of Chilpancingo. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: Enough chemicals to make A$3.6 billion (US$2.8 billion) of pure methamphetamine, a highly-addictive drug known as ice, has been seized. (AFP)
  • India: Police say an air force helicopter crashed in the country’s remote northeast, bordering China, killing all seven people on board, including the crew members. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: The legislature, one of the oldest parliamentary democracies in Asia, has been accused of perpetuating rule by the Sinhalese, who are 70 percent of the population, instead of unifying the multicultural nation. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: At least 19 people have been killed in a collision between a bus and a train near the city of Vladimir, east of Moscow, regional authorities said. (AFP)
  • Spain: PM Mariano Rajoy called on the president of the Iberian nation’s Catalonia region to prevent the situation from escalating and drop his pursuit of a unilateral declaration of independence. (EFE)
  • United Kingdom: Divisions over the future of PM Minister Theresa May burst into the open with allies saying she should carry on and a former Conservative Party chairman claiming the support of 30 lawmakers for a plot to topple her. (REU)
  • United Kingdom: Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced a consultation to end the sale and export of almost all ivory items. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US military has halted some exercises with its Gulf Arab allies over the ongoing diplomatic crisis targeting Qatar, trying to use its influence to end the months long dispute, authorities said. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Officials said it dismantled an Islamic State cell in the capital Riyadh, in connection with a plot to launch a suicide attack on the defense ministry. (REU)
  • Yemen: A US drone killed a “commander” of Al-Qaeda militants in a strike on the central province of Baida, security sources said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Hackers working for the Russian government stole details of how the US penetrates foreign computer networks and defends against cyberattacks after a NSA contractor removed the highly classified material and put it on his home computer. (WSJ)
  • Communications: Executives from Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc’s Google have been asked to testify about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election before a House of Representatives.  (REU)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Nate
    • Location: 75 NM ESE of Isla Guanaja Honduras
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: NW at 12 mph
    • Map

 

  • Earthquake: Ishinomaki, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 29SEP: 60,039 (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 29SEP: 122,856 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, 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 29SEP: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 21SEP: 2,081 (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 21SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07OCT)

  • Afghanistan:  Anniversary of the British and US invasion of Afghanistan – 2001
  • Montenegro: Armed Forces Day – Unknown
  • New Zealand: Final tally in national elections to be released
  • Puerto Rico: Day of Good Treatment – 2010
  • Serbia: US Special Envoy for Ukraine to meet Kremlin aide in Belgrade to discuss implementation of the Minsk Agreement

 

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