ONS: 08 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 9, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN is investigating reports that 25 people had been killed in South Sudan in clashes between two tribal factions.
  • AMERICAS: The EU charged President Nicolas Maduro‘s attempt to rewrite the constitution and oust the country‘s attorney general has undermined democracy and peace in Venezuela.
  • ASIA: A Japanese defense white paper asserts North Korea’s weapons program has “advanced considerably”, despite years of international sanctions.
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Germany of “abetting terrorists” amid a widening spat between Ankara and Berlin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two US envoys arrived in Kuwait at the start of a tour of Mideast states aimed at resolving a diplomatic rift between Qatar and four Arab countries.
  • TECHNOLOGY: DR Congo authorities ordered internet capacity be slowed down so that it cannot be used to transmit images via social media.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: Voting begins in tense president election.
    • Kenyans headed to the polls to elect a new president after a hotly contested race between the country’s top political dynasties has raised fears of violence.
    • Police fired tear gas outside one Nairobi polling station to quell an impatient crowd, although elsewhere early voting appeared to go off without a hitch.
    • Fake news reports, candidates’ accusations of peddling hatred and electoral fraud, and the killing of a top election official have cast further doubt on the fairness of the race between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.
    • To win the election outright, a candidate must gain 50% of the votes, plus one — as well as at least 25% of the votes in half of the country’s 47 counties.
    • Even though the country has tried to implement programs to foster cohesion and reconciliation, Kenyan politics remain fractured along ethnic lines.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: A court ruled the government can permanently seize a USD 37.5M apartment block owned by former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is wanted for money laundering. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The UN is investigating reports that 25 people had been killed in the central Gok state in clashes between two tribal factions. (Reuters)
  • Tanzania: President John Magufuli rejected calls to extend his rule beyond the constitutional limit of two, five-year terms. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican Sinaloa cartel leader Damaso Lopez Nunez and his son were indicted on drug smuggling charges in the US. (AP)
  • United States: The country’s average temperature has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a federal climate change report. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: The EU charged President Nicolas Maduro‘s attempt to rewrite the constitution and oust the country‘s attorney general has undermined democracy and peace in the nation. (DPA)
  • Venezuela: Opposition lawmakers say their chamber was stormed by officials from a rival assembly loyal to President Nicolas Maduro with the backing of soldiers. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Police in three countries arrested 17 people and seized nearly 2 tons of drugs, thwarting an effort by organized crime groups to transport large amounts of drugs into Australia. (AP)
  • Region: The UN warned of a deepening crisis after another asylum-seeker was found dead at the Manus Island detention camp, urging more protection from Australia. (AFP)
  • North Korea: A Japanese defense white paper asserts Pyongyang’s weapons program has “advanced considerably”, despite years of international sanctions. (Guardian)
  • South Korea: President Moon Jae-in named seven new top-ranking military commanders in the first major reshuffle of military leadership since he took office in May. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Germany of “abetting terrorists” amid a widening spat between Ankara and Berlin. (CNN)
  • France: French activist farmer Cedric Herrou was convicted of helping migrants illegally cross the border from Italy. (AP)
  • Russia: Opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov was released from prison after serving his term. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Northern Irish police called for calm as officers came under attack by masked Irish nationalist youths throwing petrol bombs and other missiles. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: David Neuberger, President of the UK’s Supreme Court, said the government needs to spell out how British courts should interpret rulings from the European Court of Justice after Brexit. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Moody’s Investors Service cut the outlook for Qatar’s banking system to negative from stable amid a continuing blockade of the country by its neighbors. (CNBC)
  • Region: Two US envoys arrived in Kuwait at the start of a tour of Mideast states aimed at resolving a diplomatic rift between Qatar and four Arab countries. (AP)
  • Region: Lebanon’s US-backed military is gearing up for a long-awaited assault to dislodge hundreds of Islamic State militants near Syrian border. (AP)
  • Region: Powerful Iraqi Shiite militia Kattaib Sayeed al-Shuhadaa lost at least 40 militiamen in an attack across the border in Syria. (AP)
  • Israel: An Israeli military helicopter crashed in a training accident, killing one pilot and critically injuring another. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: DR Congo authorities ordered internet capacity be slowed down so that it cannot be used to transmit images via social media. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Noru
    • Location: 122 NM NW of Yokota AB
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Franklin
    • Location: 75 NM ENE of Chetumal, Mexico
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Bogoslof, Alaska
    • Ash eruption rose 9.75 km into the sky. (AP)
  • 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)
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 04AUG: 73,796 (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 04AUG: 67,446 (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 04AUG: 51 (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 06JUL: 2,040 (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 06JUL: 712 (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 (09AUG)

  • Global: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – 1994
  • Canada: National Peacekeeper’s Day – 1974
  • Japan: Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony – 1945
  • Singapore: National Day – 1965
  • South Africa: National Women’s Day – 1956

 

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