ONS: 07 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 8, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Doctors Without Borders says European governments are paying for the criminal abuse of migrants in Libya by funding programs to stop them leaving for Europe.
  • AMERICAS: President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed Pope Francis at the start of his five-day pastoral visit to Colombia.
  • ASIA: Aid agencies are struggling to cope with a nonstop flood of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, where some 146,000 have arrived after fleeing renewed violence in Myanmar.
  • EUROPE: French President Emmanuel Macron said Turkey remains a vital partner of the EU and ties should be maintained despite the country’s worrying turns of late.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli warplanes struck a military position near the western Syrian town of Masyaf, killing two soldiers and causing material damage.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The EU wants to bolster cyber security by increasing investment in technology, setting stricter consumer safeguards and stepping up diplomacy to deter attacks by other nations, among other measures.

TOP STORY

  • Hurricane Irma: Category 5 storm devastates Caribbean, kills at least 10.
    • Hurricane Irma has caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean, reducing buildings to rubble and leaving at least ten people dead.
    • Irma has sustained Category 5 winds of 185 miles per hour while ripping through the northern Lesser Antilles and Virgin Islands.
    • After Irma struck Barbuda, PM Gaston Browne called the island “barely habitable.”
    • Irma has caused “huge damage” to St Martin, devastating its airport and port and leaving the Dutch part of the Caribbean island unreachable, Dutch PM Mark Rutte said.
    • The National Hurricane Center said the storm was one of the five most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in the last 80 years and the strongest Atlantic storm on record outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, LAT, USA Today, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: A wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC study says the illegal sale of ivory in open markets in Central Africa has been disappearing, but continues to be fueled by corruption. (AP)
  • Libya: Doctors Without Borders says European governments are paying for the criminal abuse of migrants in the country by funding programs to stop them leaving for Europe. (AP)
  • South Sudan: The government asked the US to reconsider the sanctions it imposed on two senior government members, a former official and three companies. (AP)
  • Uganda: A spate of unsolved murders of young women has put public pressure on Ugandan police, long accused of spending more time suppressing political dissent than tackling crime. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela warned US financial and judicial sanctions imposed on the country put the supply of Venezuelan oil to the US at risk. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: Former finance minister Antonio Palocci accused ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of receiving bribes from contractor Odebrecht. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed Pope Francis at the start of his five-day pastoral visit to the country. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Aid agencies are struggling to cope with a nonstop flood of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, where some 146,000 have arrived after fleeing renewed violence in Myanmar. (AP)
  • Region: China agreed that the UN Security Council should take further actions against North Korea, while pushing for more dialogue to resolve the Korean peninsula crisis. (Reuters)
  • Region: China lodged a stern protest with South Korea for installing the four remaining launchers of the US anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: The country held a mass celebration for the scientists involved in carrying out its largest nuclear blast to date, with fireworks and a mass rally in Pyongyang. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Paolo Duterte, President Rodrigo Duterte’s son, told a Senate inquiry he had no links to a seized shipment of USD 125M worth of narcotics from China. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: French President Emmanuel Macron said Turkey remains a vital partner of the EU and ties should be maintained despite the country’s worrying turns of late. (Reuters)
  • Region: French defence minister Florence Parly condemned a major upcoming Russian military exercise on the borders of the EU and NATO as a deliberate “strategy of intimidation.” (AFP)
  • Region: There is a “real risk” of increased funding for attacks in Europe as Daesh (ISIS) loses ground in Iraq and Syria, the EU’s security chief Julian King warned. (AFP)
  • France: French police investigating a suspected bomb factory near Paris believe three men arrested in connection with it were preparing attacks and had made calls to Syria. (AFP)
  • Turkey: US prosecutors charged Reza Zarrab. a former Turkish economy minister, with conspiring to evade US sanctions against Iran. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The government charged 25 men over an attack on police, where a crackdown on dissent has drawn criticism from rights groups. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Benjamin Netanyahu intervened to bar Al-Jazeera journalist Walid Omary from a government conference on press freedoms. (AP)
  • Syria: Israeli warplanes struck a military position near the western town of Masyaf, killing two soldiers and causing material damage. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian regime’s successful offensive in Deir Ezzour this week pushed it ahead in the race against America’s Kurdish-led allies over who will inherit Islamic State’s remaining Syrian real estate. (WSJ)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The EU wants to bolster cyber security by increasing investment in technology, setting stricter consumer safeguards and stepping up diplomacy to deter attacks by other nations, among other measures. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Guchol
    • Location: 212 NM SW of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Irma
    • Location: 85 NM NNW of San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Wind: 185 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Jose
    • Location: 925 NM E of the Lesser Antilles
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Katia
    • Location: 200 NM E of Tampico, Mexico
    • Wind: 80 mph
    • Movement: ESE at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • 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 07SEP: 2,079 (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 07SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08SEP)

  • Global: International Literacy Day – 1966
  • Iran: Anniversary of the Black Friday massacre – 1978
  • Macedonia: Independence Day – 1991
  • Malta: Victory Day – 1565
  • Pakistan: Victory Day – 1965
  • Turkey: German lawmakers to visit Konya NATO base

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