ONS: 08 August 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 9, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US proposed the UN Security Council authorize a 4,000-strong force to ensure peace in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, and threaten to impose an arms embargo if the transitional government does not cooperate.
  • AMERICAS: Rio Olympics organizers supported a police crackdown on Brazilians holding up signs in stadiums against unpopular interim president Michel Temer.
  • ASIA: Japanese Emperor Akihito said he is concerned his weakening health may make it hard to fulfil his duties, in a speech seen as flagging a possible future abdication.
  • EUROPE: Mourad Hamyd, the brother-in-law of one of Charlie Hebdo attackers in Paris, has been jailed in Bulgaria, suspected of trying to join extremists in Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian regime and rebel forces have sent in hundreds of fighters and extra military equipment to join the crucial battle for the city of Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Serious security flaws that could give attackers complete access to a phone’s data have been found in software used on tens of millions of Android devices.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Hospital suicide bombing kills and injures scores in Quetta.
    • A suicide bomber killed at least 45 people and wounded dozens more on the grounds of a hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta.
    • The attack happened at the emergency department entrance where the body of a prominent lawyer shot dead earlier was being brought, as gunfire followed the explosion.
    • There have been no claims of responsibility so far.
    • Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the bombing, urging the law enforcement authorities to increase security in Quetta.
    • The sparsely populated province of Balochistan is plagued by jihadist violence, perpetrated by the Pakistani Taliban and allies, which are linked to al Qaeda.
    • Several lawyers have been targeted during a recent spate of killings in Quetta.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Guardian, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Suspected Rwandan rebels killed seven people overnight in the country’s eastern region that has been shaken by ethnic violence. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: At least 33 people were shot dead by security forces in protests over the weekend in the central Oromiya region, opposition party officials said. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The US proposed the UN Security Council authorize a 4,000-strong force to ensure peace in the capital Juba and threaten to impose an arms embargo if the transitional government does not cooperate. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Rio Olympics organizers supported a police crackdown on Brazilians holding up signs in stadiums against unpopular interim president Michel Temer. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The northern department of Bolivar offered a reward of USD 16,700 for information leading to the capture of those responsible for murdering a local police deputy commander. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The heavy downpour triggered by tropical storm Earl has killed at least 39 people and affected thousands more in the states of Veracruz, Puebla, and Hidalgo. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: A group of lawmakers from South Korea’s main opposition party left for China for talks over the planned deployment of an advanced US antimissile system. (Yonhap)
  • Afghanistan: An American and an Australian have been kidnapped in the capital Kabul. (USA Today)
  • Bangladesh: The government has kicked out a North Korean diplomat who was caught smuggling cigarettes as well as electronics into the country in a shipping container. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: PM Samdech Techo Hun Sen said the country’s next election would be held on 29JUL2018. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Emperor Akihito said he is concerned his weakening health may make it hard to fulfil his duties, in a speech seen as flagging a possible future abdication. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Albania: Police detained 14 Syrian migrants, who were trying to travel from Greece to Germany, with ties to human trafficking. (Xinhua)
  • Belgium: Officials said Khaled Babouri, an Algerian man shot dead during last weekend’s machete attacks, had no known links to any terror offenses. (AP)
  • Bulgaria: Mourad Hamyd, the brother-in-law of one of Charlie Hebdo attackers in Paris, has been jailed in the country, suspected of trying to join extremists in Syria. (AP)
  • Northern Ireland: John Boreland, a prominent member of the outlawed Ulster Defense Association, has been shot dead in Belfast. (AP)
  • Turkey: A military aerial operation against Kurdish rebels in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country has killed 13 Kurdish militants. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Swedish rights group Ship to Gaza will ask Israeli authorities to repair a blockade-busting ship they impounded in 2012, after the Israeli Supreme Court ordered its release. (AFP)
  • Syria: Regime and rebel forces have sent in hundreds of fighters and extra military equipment to join the crucial battle for the city of Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Yemen: At least 10 fighters from a pro-government militia have been killed when suspected al-Qaida militants targeted their convoy with two car bombs. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Serious security flaws that could give attackers complete access to a phone’s data have been found in software used on tens of millions of Android devices. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07W (Omais)
    • Location: 251 NM ESE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Javier
    • Location: 210 NM SE of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Ivette
    • Location: 1015 NM E of Hilo Hawaii
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 05AUG: 178,097 (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 05AUG: 37,067
      • Deaths as of 05AUG: 29
        • 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 26JUL: 1,791 (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 26JUL: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 05AUG:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guinea-Bissau, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Maldives, 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, United States, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 05AUG: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 05AUG: 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 (09AUG)

  • Japan: Anniversary of an atomic bomb being dropped over Nagasaki – 1945
  • Kenya: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi to visit
  • Global: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People – 1994
  • Russia: Turkish President Erdogan to visit to discuss economic cooperation
  • Singapore: National Day – 1965
  • United States: Anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation – 1974

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