ONS: 08 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 9, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Islamist Justice and Development Party, which has headed Morocco’s coalition government for the past five years, won parliamentary elections.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the creation of peace prize in honor of Hugo Chavez, and said he was awarding it to Russian President Putin.
  • ASIA: Clashes erupted between civilians and Indian security forces in Kashmir when the soldiers fired shotgun pellets and tear gas on a funeral procession.
  • EUROPE: Polls opened in Georgian parliamentary elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A top Yemeni general was killed in fighting with Iran-aligned Houthi troops east of Sanaa.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US officials formally accused the Russian government of launching cyber-attacks to interfere with the American presidential election.

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Two suicide bombers killed themselves in a police operation in Ankara
    • The operation took place on the outskirts of the capital. No one else was killed or hurt.
    • Police, reportedly acting on a tip, launched an operation to catch a man and a woman suspected of planning a suicide car bombing. The suspects were hiding at a farm just outside of the capital.
    • Police called on the pair to surrender, but they blew themselves up before an intervention could be made.
    • An official stated that the bombers’ target was not known, and speculated that one of the suicide bombers was linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.
    • Sources: BBC, AFP, AP, Reuters, Xinhua, DPA

AFRICA

  • Libya: The country reopened the oil terminal in Zueitina for exports and the government announced that it intends to expand production through the rest of the year. (NYT)
  • Morocco: The Islamist Justice and Development Party, which has headed the coalition government for the past five years, beat liberal rivals in parliamentary elections. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A northern province has declared a minority Shi’ite Muslim sect, whose members clashed with the army late last year, an unlawful society. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter called off his scheduled three-day trip to Colombia in order to focus on preparing a response to Hurricane Matthew’s passage through the southeastern coast of the United States. (EFE)
  • Uruguay: The country assured a former Guantanamo prisoner that they are trying to transfer him to another country, and urged him in the meantime to end his hunger strike. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro announced the creation of peace prize in honor of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, and said he was awarding it to Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Bangladesh:  Four suspected militants were killed in two separate raids on hideouts of a banned Islamist organization in Dhaka. (Xinhua)
  • India: Clashes erupted between civilians and Indian security forces in Kashmir when the soldiers fired shotgun pellets and tear gas as thousands carried the body of a young boy killed overnight during an anti-India protest. (AP)
  • North Korea: The country has transferred nationality of approximately 50 ships to Tanzania in an apparent attempt to circumvent Security Council sanctions. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Polls opened in bitterly contested parliamentary elections. (AFP)
  • Greece: Airlines announced the cancelation of hundreds of flights in and out of the country ahead of a series of one-day strikes by air traffic controllers. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Officials indicated that all EU citizens currently living in Britain will be able to stay after Brexit. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Obama administration further eased sanctions on the country, making it easier for foreign firms to do business there following last year’s nuclear deal. (AP)
  • Syria: Government forces recaptured several towns and villages in Hama province, pushing back rebels who had made significant advances in the area in recent weeks. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A top general in forces loyal to the Yemeni President’s government was killed in fighting with Iran-aligned Houthi troops east of the capital Sanaa. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology:  US officials formally accused the Russian government of launching cyber-attacks in interference with the American presidential election. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Aere
    • Location: 139 miles ESE of Hong Kong
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Movement: NE at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Matthew
    • Location: 80 miles SSW of Charleston, South Carolina
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Movement: N at 12 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Nicole
    • Location: 550 miles N of San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Movement: S at 7 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Aso, Japan
    • Volcanic ash spewed seven miles into the sky. (Reuters)
  • 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 07OCT: 196,436 (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 07OCT: 107,513
      • Deaths as of 07OCT: 106
        • 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 16SEP: 1,806 (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 16SEP: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 29SEP:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, 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, 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, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 29SEP: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 29SEP: 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 (09OCT)

  • Global: World Post Day – 1990
  • Africa Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Mali, Niger and Ethiopia to talk to local officials about the root causes of Europe-bound migration (to 11OCT)
  • Haiti: Presidential Election
  • Lithuania: First round of parliamentary elections
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Taliban attempted assassination of Malala Yousafzai – 2012
  • Turkey: World Energy Congress to be held in Istanbul (to 13OCT)
  • Uganda: Independence Day – 1962
  • United States: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to return to New York

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