ONS: 06 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 7, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Gabon, pressure mounted on President Ali Bongo over his disputed poll victory as his justice minister resigned over the results and former colonial ruler France suggested a recount.
  • AMERICAS: Dissidents said the Cuban government is filtering phone text messages for key words such as “democracy” and “human rights” and then blocking them.
  • ASIA: A summit of Southeast Asian leaders to discuss issues ranging from terrorism to South China Sea tensions opened in Laos.
  • EUROPE: In Britain, all flights at London City Airport were disrupted after Black Lives Matter UK protesters gained access to the runway.
  • MIDDLE EAST: EU lawmakers want help to preserve 72 mass graves in Syria and Iraq so the evidence can be used to bring Islamic State group members to trial.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation, which incorporates ­cyber-tools to hack systems used in the upcoming US presidential election and political process.

 

TOP STORY

  • Laos: President Obama makes historic visit, pledges stronger relations.
    • President Barack Obama met with Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachith, kicking off the first-ever visit to the nation by a sitting US leader.
    • Acknowledging the scars of a secret war, President Obama said the US has a “moral obligation” to help heal and vowed to reinvigorate relations with Laos, a country with rising strategic importance to the US.
    • The US announced it would provide an additional USD 90M over the next three years to help Laos clear unexploded ordnance that has killed or injured more than 20,000 people.
    • In return, the Lao government pledged to ramp up assistance in locating and returning Americans missing in war.
    • A secret nine-year US bombing campaign aimed at blocking supplies to Vietnam and fighting communist forces in northern Laos left tens of millions of unexploded bombs in the countryside.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, Reuters, USA Today, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Gabon: Pressure mounted on President Ali Bongo over his disputed poll victory as his justice minister resigned over the results and former colonial ruler France suggested a recount. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: A government minister said the country still needs to agree the number and nationality of UN peacekeepers for a protection force, after President Salva Kiir approved the deployment in a bid to avoid a UN arms embargo. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: The nation will press on with swearing in its president, Edgar Lungu, for another five-year-term next week, after the opposition missed a deadline to challenge his re-election. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Bank workers announced they would begin an indefinite strike as they demand a salary raise of 14.78 percent. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: Dissidents said the government is filtering phone text messages for key words such as “democracy” and “human rights” and then blocking them. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The Mexican Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional two state anti-corruption laws that outgoing governors passed in apparent attempts to shield themselves from investigation. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A summit of Southeast Asian leaders to discuss issues ranging from terrorism to South China Sea tensions opened in Laos. (AP)
  • Region: Beijing warned new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence after young anti-China activists won seats for the first time in key weekend elections. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Gunmen stormed an international charity in Kabul and were killed in an 11-hour battle with police. (WP)
  • Philippines: After being called an obscenity by President Rodrigo Duterte, President Obama canceled a scheduled meeting with the leader. (WP)
  • Thailand: A motorcycle bomb killed a father and daughter in Narathiwat province, a Muslim-majority province where a separatist insurgency has been raging since 2004. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German and Latvian troops began a joint exercise in Latvia, as part of a broad drive by NATO to shore up air defenses against a possible Russian attack. (Reuters)
  • Region: Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said it is increasingly difficult for Ukraine to secure Western support in its fight against “Russian aggression” and a full-scale invasion from Russia cannot be ruled out. (Reuters)
  • Britain: All flights at London City Airport were disrupted after Black Lives Matter UK protesters gained access to the runway. (BBC)
  • Germany: Sven Lau, a well-known German convert to Islam, is going on trial on allegations he supported a foreign terror organization. (AP)
  • Turkey: Prosecutors issued arrest warrants for almost 150 teachers who allegedly used an encrypted messaging app employed by followers of the US-based Muslim preacher authorities blame for the botched coup bid. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: EU lawmakers want help to preserve 72 mass graves in Syria and Iraq so the evidence can be used to bring Islamic State group members to trial. (AP)
  • Region: The Israeli army targeted Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip with tank fire after receiving gunfire against its forces, the second such incident in recent days. (AFP)
  • Region: A senior Palestinian official denied Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed in principle to meet with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Iranian police shut down more than 800 clothing stores across the country for selling “unconventional and inappropriate” attire, believed to mean Western-style outfits and women’s clothing that doesn’t meet strict Islamic requirements. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation, which incorporates ­cyber-tools to hack systems used in the upcoming US presidential election and political process. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Newton
    • Location: 125 NM SSE of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Movement; NW at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lester
    • Location: 800 NM NNW of Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Storm Hermine
    • Location: 120 NM SSE of Long Island, New York
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
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  • Earthquakes: 189km ESE of Nikol’skoye, Russia
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 12.3 km
    • Map
  • 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 01SEP:  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 01SEP: 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 01SEP: 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 (07SEP)

  • Afghanistan: US Department of State Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson to visit Moscow
  • Brazil: Paralympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro (to 18SEP)
  • Brazil: Independence Day – 1822
  • Georgia: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to visit Tbilisi (to 08SEP)
  • Laos: 11th East Asia Summit to be held in Vientiane (to 08SEP)
  • Lebanon: Next scheduled presidential electoral session of parliament
  • Paraguay: Japanese Princess Mako to visit
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of the beginning of the Blitz – 1940

 

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