ONS: 06 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 7, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, Human Rights Watch says President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has given a “green light” to systematic torture inside detention facilities, allowing officers to act with “almost total impunity.”
  • AMERICAS: The crisis in Venezuela is a threat to the region and beyond, but military intervention is not a good option, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said.
  • ASIA: Nearly 150,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in less than two weeks, as the UN warned of a risk of ethnic cleansing that could destabilize the wider region.
  • EUROPE: The EU’s top court ruled that Hungary and Slovakia were obligated to accept migrants under the bloc’s quota system.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN war crimes investigators said they had evidence that Syrian government forces were behind the Khan Sheikhun chemical attack in April.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The number of blocked websites in Egypt increased to at least 424 as the country forges ahead with censorship measures since May.

TOP STORY

  • Hurricane Irma: Unprecedented storm makes landfall in Caribbean.
    • Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded, made landfall with the eye passing over Barbuda and heading toward Puerto Rico.
    • Forecasters said Irma is expected to remain a powerful Category 4 or 5 hurricane for the next couple of days.
    • Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in preparation.
    • US President Donald Trump approved emergency declarations for Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, mobilizing federal disaster relief efforts.
    • Authorities in the Florida Keys called for a mandatory evacuation of visitors to start at sunrise on 06SEP.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: Spanish and Moroccan security forces broke up an alleged extremist cell whose members were actively planning to conduct violent attacks. (AP)
  • Egypt: Human Rights Watch says President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has given a “green light” to systematic torture inside detention facilities, allowing officers to act with “almost total impunity.” (AP)
  • Kenya: The country’s election commission said different staff will be in charge of the 17OCT re-run of the presidential election. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The crisis in Venezuela is a threat to the region and beyond, but military intervention is not a good option, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said. (CNN)
  • Brazil: Attorney General Rodrigo Janot accused former presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff and political allies of embezzling around USD 500M between 2002 and 2016. (WSJ)
  • United States: President Donald Trump now says he will “revisit” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program if Congress doesn’t act. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Nearly 150,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in less than two weeks, as the UN warned of a risk of ethnic cleansing that could destabilize the wider region. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Korean President Moon Jae-in hopes South Korea and Russia can work together to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue. (AP)
  • Cambodia: The government said the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party could be ruled out of elections if it does not replace its leader, Kem Sokha, who has been charged with treason. (Reuters)
  • India: Indian journalists and rights activists protested the murder of Gauri Lankesh, an outspoken publisher, amid growing concerns about freedom of the press. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: The US military will add more launchers to the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea to better cope with North Korean threats. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU’s top court ruled that Hungary and Slovakia were obligated to accept migrants under the bloc’s quota system. (NYT)
  • France: The government unveiled a law to ban all production and exploration of oil and natural gas by 2040 on its mainland and overseas territories. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish police shot dead a would-be suicide bomber who was set to attack a police station in the Mediterranean city of Mersin. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Britain will pursue a post-Brexit immigration policy of seeking high-skilled workers while driving the overall immigrant numbers down. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Palestinians attacked “unacceptable” comments made by the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman after he referred to the “alleged occupation” of the Palestinian territories. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The country identified the bodies of 10 of its soldiers found along the Syrian border in an area taken back from Islamic State. (Reuters)
  • Syria: UN war crimes investigators said they had evidence that Syrian government forces were behind the Khan Sheikhun chemical attack in April. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The number of blocked websites in Egypt increased to at least 424 as the country forges ahead with censorship measures since May. (DPA)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Nineteen
    • Location: 364 NM ESE of Hong Kong
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 11 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Irma
    • Location: 50 NM ENE of the Antigua
    • Wind: 185 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Jose
    • Location: 1330 NM E of the Lesser Antilles
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Thirteen
    • Location: 95 NM E of Tampico, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: E at 2 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 (07SEP)

  • Brazil: Independence Day – 1949
  • Canada: Anniversary of Canada cutting diplomatic ties with Iran – 2012
  • Greece: French President Macron to visit Greece (to 08SEP)
  • Mozambique: Victory Day – 1974
  • Pakistan: Air Force Day – 1947
  • United Kingdom: Parliament to debate the EU repeal bill
  • United States: HH Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to meet President Trump

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