ONS: 07 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 8, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: 138 stranded Nigerian migrants received voluntary humanitarian return assistance home, 70 of whom were previously at the detention centers of Trig al Seka and Tajoura, Libya.
  • AMERICAS: Nate reached hurricane status as it bores down on popular Mexican beach resorts and heads for the US Gulf Coast after dumping heavy rains on Central America and leaving at least 28 people dead.
  • ASIA: The Afghan air force targeted militants’ hideouts in Barakzai region, Chora district, Uruzgan province in Afghanistan, killing 17 militants and injuring 10 others.
  • EUROPE: In France, prosecutors have charged three men in connection with a makeshift explosive device made of gas canisters placed inside an apartment block in western Paris.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian military has cleared Islamic State from its last pocket of territory in central Syria after months of fighting, a military source said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A teenager admitted in a British court to trying to hack into the computers of top US officials, including former CIA chief John Brennan, from his home in the East Midlands region of England.

 

TOP STORY

  • Spain: Catalonia rift continues, causing a rippling effect.
    • Manfred Weber, head of the conservative bloc in the European Parliament, said Catalonia’s moves to seek independence from Spain could unleash a new euro crisis.
    • The final results from the poll show 90% of the 2.3m people who voted backed independence. Turnout was 43%.
    • As separatists find ways to deliver on their promise to declare independence, business giants hit back with plans to relocate their headquarters elsewhere in Spain amid the increasing political uncertainty.
    • Caixabank, Spain’s third lender in global assets says its executive board has agreed to move its base from Barcelona to the eastern city of Valencia, outside the Catalonia region.
    • As the political standoff over Catalonia reaches a boiling point, the actions, and loyalty, of Spain’s various security forces have become a major point of contention.
    • Coverage: AP, AP, BBC, NYT, REU

 

AFRICA

  • Region: 138 stranded Nigerian migrants received voluntary humanitarian return assistance home, 70 of whom were previously at the detention centers of Trig al Seka and Tajoura, Libya. (XIN)
  • Region: The bodies of 21 Egyptian Christians killed by Islamic State in its former Libyan stronghold of Sirte have been recovered, the attorney general’s office said. (REU)
  • Cameroon: Catholic bishops have denounced the “barbarism” and “irresponsible use” of force against demonstrators in English-speaking regions, which left at least 19 people dead. (AFP)
  • Libya: Clashes between two armed groups affiliated with the UN-backed government broke out in the capital, Tripoli, killing two and injuring three others. (XIN)
  • Nigeria: Speaking at a forum, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff, said the military successfully stabilized and secured the North-East from Boko Haram insurgents. (XIN)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Nate reached hurricane status as it bores down on popular Mexican beach resorts and heads for the US Gulf Coast after dumping heavy rains on Central America and leaving at least 28 people dead. (AFP)
  • Region: A federal grand jury indicted 15 people on drug trafficking and firearm charges after federal, state and local law enforcement agencies wrapped up an investigation aimed at dismantling a criminal organization operating in southeastern New Mexico. (AP)
  • Argentina: President Mauricio Macri announced the start of work on the Cauchari solar park, planned to be Latin America’s largest solar park with a production capacity of 300 megawatts. (XIN)
  • Brazil: Around 1,000 police and members of the military participated in a large-scale operation to track down around 30 drug dealers in a shantytown on Rio de Janeiro’s north side. (EFE)
  • Brazil: A political campaign fund set up in Brazil with public money to help fight corruption is not big enough for the country’s 2018 general election. (REU)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan analysts, politicians and former officials pronounced Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa’s visit as another attempt by Pakistan to “deceive” their country while secretly supporting anti-Afghan militants. (WP)
  • Afghanistan: The air force targeted militants’ hideouts in Barakzai region, Chora district, Uruzgan province, killing 17 militants and injuring 10 others, the ministry said. (XIN)
  • New Zealand: The Labour-Green coalition narrowed the gap with the ruling National Party’s final election tally, strengthening their position in formal talks with a small nationalist party to form a government. (REU)
  • Pakistan: President Donald Trump will dispatch his top diplomatic and military advisors to the country, turning up the heat on a nuclear-armed ally accused of harboring terror groups. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: French prosecutors have charged three men in connection with a makeshift explosive device made of gas canisters placed inside an apartment block in western Paris, a judicial source said. (AFP)
  • Poland: A spokeswoman of ruling party, the Law and Justice (PiS), said its party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski discussed with President Andrzej Duda the judicial reform, and the two are close to reach an agreement. (XIN)
  • Russia: Supporters of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny are set to take to the streets in dozens of cities across the country for protests that could trigger harsh crackdowns by police. (RFL/RL)
  • Spain:  Several companies declared plans to move their legal headquarters out of Catalonia on concerns that the region will declare secession in the coming days, putting pressure on separatists who are already divided over their next move. (WSJ)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Saudi Arabia: The US government has approved the sale to Saudi Arabia of the advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system for $15 billion, the State Department said. (AFP)
  • Syria: Some 120 Islamic State fighters and 60 foreign mercenaries were killed in a series of Russian air strikes in Syria over the past 24 hours, the Russian defense ministry said. (AFP)
  • Syria: The military has cleared Islamic State from its last pocket of territory in central Syria after months of fighting, a military source said. (REU)
  • Yemen: A total of five soldiers were killed and two others wounded when a suicide car bomber targeted a commander’s convoy in the southern province of Abyan. (XIN)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A teenager admitted in a British court to trying to hack into the computers of top US officials, including former CIA chief John Brennan, from his home in the East Midlands region of England. (AFP)
  • Technology: A US House of Representatives committee has scheduled a new hearing on Kaspersky Lab software as lawmakers review accusations that the Kremlin could use its products to conduct espionage. (REU)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nate
    • Location: 100 NM WNW of the Western tip of Cuba
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 22 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 06OCT: 60,105 (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 06OCT: 122,881 (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 06OCT: 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 (08OCT)

  • Croatia: Independence Day – 1991
  • India: Air Force Day – 1932
  • Iran: Children’s Day – Unknown
  • Peru: Battle of Angamos Day (Navy Day) – Unknown
  • Samoa: White Sunday – Unknown
  • Ukraine: Lawyer’s Day – 1997

 

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