ONS: 08 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 9, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A force allied with Libya’s unity government in the people-smuggling hub of Sabratha has detained more than 3,000 migrants.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, an indigenous woman backed by rebel Zapatista movement registered to run as an independent candidate in next year’s presidential election.
  • ASIA: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government supports the US stance on pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, with all options on the table.
  • EUROPE: US and Russian envoys met in Belgrade in an effort to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A gunman shot dead two Saudi guards and wounded three others at the gate of the royal palace in Jeddah, a Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea.
  • TECHNOLOGY: News organizations will soon need to adapt to artificial intelligence, augmented reality and automated journalism and find ways to connect beyond the smartphone.

TOP STORY

  • Hurricane Nate downgraded to tropical storm after making landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi.
    • Hurricane Nate, the fourth to lash the US in just over six weeks, made landfall in southeast Louisiana, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, as a Category 1 system.
    • Nate made landfall again hours later, along Mississippi’s coast outside Biloxi, the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
    • Although not as strong as last month’s Maria and Irma, officials warn Nate is a fast-moving storm that could bring flooding to low-lying areas.
    • The storm has curtailed 92 percent of daily oil production and 77 percent of daily natural gas output in the Gulf of Mexico, more than three times the amount affected by Harvey.
    • Before making landfall on the US coast, Tropical Storm Nate caused severe flooding in parts of Central America that left at least 22 people dead in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, NYT, REU, XIN

AFRICA

  • Egypt: 14 people were arrested over charges of forming a militant group and plotting anti-government terrorist attacks in support of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. (XIN)
  • Ghana: A tanker explosion at a gas-filling station, followed by a secondary blast, has left a number of casualties in the Legon suburb in northwest Accra, authorities said. (AP)
  • Libya: Some 3,000 migrants were detained in the people-smuggling hub of Sabratha, a security official said. (AFP)
  • Morocco: The oldest political party, Istiqlal, has elected former finance minister Nizar Baraka as its new leader, the party said. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: Police announced the release of 41 women who were victims of human trafficking imprisoned in a house in Matola, Maputo province. (XIN)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Voters from Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná states have been asked in an informal vote whether they want to be part of a new country. (BBC)
  • Mexico: An indigenous woman backed by the country’s rebel Zapatista movement registered to run as an independent candidate in next year’s presidential election. (REU)
  • United States: The Category 1 storm  Nate made two landfalls at the mouth of the Mississippi River and near Biloxi, Miss. at the same intensity, within six hours of each other. (WP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government supports the US stance on pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, with all options on the table. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Security forces raided Taliban hideout in Larkhabi area of northern Kunduz province, destroying four vehicles and captured two insurgents. (XIN)
  • North Korea: Leader Kim Jong Un pledged to continue the country’s policy of simultaneously developing the economy and nuclear weapons. (KYODO).
  • Thailand: Organic law on political parties, necessary for holding elections to re-establish democracy in the country that is currently being governed by a military junta since a coup in 2014, came into effect. (EFE)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Serbian foreign minister said US and Russian envoys met in Belgrade in an effort to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine. (AP)
  • Spain: About ten companies have decided to relocate their legal headquarters from Catalonia to other places throughout the country over fears of an unilateral declaration of independence. (XIN)
  • United Kingdom: PM May signaled in an interview that she might demote Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, after she faced an open rebellion from within her party this week. (REU)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkish forces exchanged fire with Tahrir al-Sham, a Syrian jihadist alliance, near Kafr Lusin on the border between Turkey and Syria’s Idlib province. (REU)
  • Qatar: The government announced measures to help private sector businesses after its economy was hurt by sanctions imposed by other Arab states. (REU)
  • Saudi Arabia: A gunman shot dead two Saudi guards and wounded three others at the gate of the royal palace in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, the interior ministry said. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: News organizations will soon need to adapt to artificial intelligence, augmented reality and automated journalism and find ways to connect beyond the smartphone, a report said. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Nate
    • Location: 35 NM SSW of Biloxi, Mississippi
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: N at 20 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09OCT)

  • Bolivia: Anniversary of the execution of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara – 1967
  • Cambodia: Anniversary of the formal declaration of the Khmer Republic – 1970
  • Canada: Thanksgiving – 1957
  • Ecuador: Guayaquil Independence Day – 1820
  • Nigeria: Trial of more than 1,600 alleged Boko Haram terrorists to recommence
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of the Pakistani Taliban’s failed attempt to assassinate outspoken schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai – 2012
  • Romania: National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust – 2004
  • South Korea: Anniversary of the Rangoon bombing – 1983
  • Turkmenistan: Naval Forces Day – 2011
  • Uganda: Independence Day – 1962
  • United States: Columbus Day – 1934

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