ONS: 07 October 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 8, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least 14 people were killed in three separate suicide bomb attacks in northeast Nigeria, the country’s National Emergency Management Agency said.
  • AMERICAS:  Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he will submit a protest to the UN secretary general on the “meddling” of the US government over the territorial dispute between his nation and Guyana.
  • ASIA: Experts warn that Northeast Asia could see a dangerous growth in stocks of weapons-usable plutonium.
  • EUROPE: A military operation to arrest migrant traffickers begins Wednesday, with European warships patrolling international waters in the Mediterranean.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government forces, backed by Russian warplanes, launched a multi-pronged assault on rebel positions north of the central city of Hama.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The EU insisted that Internet companies like Facebook can keep transferring personal information to the US while authorities work out a replacement for the transatlantic deal struck down by the bloc’s top court.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Investigations begin into US airstrike on Kunduz hospital.
    • Doctors Without Borders is seeking an investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission into the US airstrike that hit one of its hospitals in Afghanistan.
    • Gen. John F. Campbell, US commander in Afghanistan, now believes that US troops probably did not follow their own rules in calling in the airstrike in question.
    • US officials have declined to discuss most circumstances of the attack in Kunduz that killed 22 civilians, since American and Afghan investigations are underway.
    • Doctors Without Borders has called the airstrike a war crime.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, NBC, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Cote d’Ivoire: The Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) gave candidates in the 25OCT presidential election the final poll register and the ballot paper specimens. (Xinhua)
  • Guinea: Opposition candidates said they would participate in the first round of the 11OCT presidential election, but “dysfunctional” aspects of the voting process must be addressed. (AFP)
  • Libya: The UN envoy on Libyan crisis Bernardino Leon said that a proposal for a Libyan unity government is expected to be agreed upon. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: At least 14 people were killed in three separate suicide bomb attacks in northeast Damaturu, the country’s National Emergency Management Agency said. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he will submit a protest to the UN secretary general on the “meddling” of the US government over the territorial dispute between his nation and Guyana. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff’s campaign will be investigated for alleged use of funds skimmed from the vast Petrobras corruption scheme. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Health officials said a record 693 people have died so far this year after contracting dengue fever. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Authorities said 250 people have been arrested along the western border – including Venezuelan police, soldiers and 34 suspected Colombian paramilitaries – since the closure of the border with Colombia on 19AUG. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Experts warn that Northeast Asia could see a dangerous growth in stocks of weapons-usable plutonium. (AP)
  • Australia: Four people were arrested over the terror-linked murder of a police employee after coordinated raids by more than 200 officers on properties across Sydney. (AFP)
  • Maldives: International investigators probing an explosion on a presidential yacht last week have found that the blast may have been an attempt to assassinate the president. (Xinhua)
  • South Korea: President Park Geun-hye said the country should change its economic structure to better cope with challenges caused by economic changes in China. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Region: An EU court dismissed claims by more than 200 Italian investors against the European Central Bank over Greek debt restructuring in 2012, saying their losses were part of normal financial market risk. (Reuters)
  • Region: A military operation to arrest migrant traffickers begins Wednesday, with European warships patrolling international waters in the Mediterranean. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Ahmet Davutoglu has called on Russia to respect the country’s air space. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko said a “real truce” had begun but that a long-lasting peace with pro-Russian insurgents would still take some time. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: New Zealand PM John Key has just completed a secret visit to the country and met with Iraqi leaders to discuss the fight against Islamic State insurgents. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Temporary restrictions on Muslim worship at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound were lifted. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russia could implement US proposals aiming to coordinate Moscow’s strikes in the country with the Washington-led coalition, the Russian defense ministry said. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government forces, backed by Russian warplanes, launched a multi-pronged assault on rebel positions north of the central city of Hama. (DPA)
  • Yemen: The party of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a main player in the months-old civil war, said it accepts a peace plan brokered by the UN in talks in Oman. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The EU insisted that Internet companies like Facebook can keep transferring personal information to the US while authorities work out a replacement for a transatlantic deal struck down by the bloc’s top court. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 23W (Choi-Wan)
    • Location: 864 NM SE of Misawa, Japan
    • Wind: 74 mph
    • Movement: N at 21 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Storm 07C (Oho)
    • Location: 360 NM ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 86 mph
    • Movement:  NE at 19 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Joaquin
    • Location: 465 miles S of Cape Race, Newfoundland
    • Wind: 80 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 29 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,424 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,311 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 06OCT: 566,614 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 22,920
      • Deaths as of 06OCT: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 06OCT: 971
      • Deaths as of 06OCT: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 06OCT: 1589 (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 06OCT: 567 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08OCT)

  • Global: Environment ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to meet in Morocco to discuss climate change policy (to 09OCT)

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