ONS: 08 September 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 9, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian Army launched a “major military operation” against the Islamic State group in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 29 jihadists and leaving two soldiers dead.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he had ordered more of his country’s vast border with Colombia closed amid a diplomatic crisis over deportations and smuggling.
  • ASIA: Families torn apart by the Korean War six decades ago are to reunite briefly near the heavily fortified border of North and South Korea next month under a deal reached between the two sides on Tuesday.
  • EUROPE: At least 10 Turkish policemen were killed Tuesday in a bomb attack in Turkey, where the blast was blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Saudi-led alliance has deployed 10,000 troops to Yemen, in an apparent sign of determination to rout Iran-allied Houthi forces after they killed at least 60 Gulf Arab soldiers on Friday.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A showdown between the US Justice Department and Apple intensified when Apple refused to turn over text messages between suspects using iPhones, despite a court order.

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Britain prepared for more drone strikes if under threat of attack
    • Britain’s defense secretary Michael Fallon says further drone attacks against suspected jihadis in the country are possible in the coming weeks if plots against Britain are being planned.
    • Mr. Fallon said that the strike had been undertaken in the knowledge that Reyaad Khan, a 21-year-old from Cardiff, Britain, had been planing an attack, but said he couldn’t go into more detail about the nature of the plans.
    • Debate has erupted in Britain after PM David Cameron confirmed to Parliament that the strike was “the first time in modern times that a British assert has been used to conduct a strike in a country where we’re not involved in war.”
    • PM Cameron said Britain’s drone strike was an “act of self-defense” was lawful, despite MPs previously ruling out UK military action in Syria.
    • Mr. Fallon suggested further attacks could be forthcoming, and that British intelligence knew of terror plans being hatched that “could come to fruition”.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, FT, Guardian, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Egyptian Army launched a “major military operation” against the Islamic State group in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 29 jihadists and leaving two soldiers dead. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: President Buhari’s clean image has been shaken after a key member of his election campaign, Babatunde Fashola, has been accused of misusing finances in office. (Guardian)
  • South Sudan: The nation’s army called for international monitors to observe a ceasefire, as it rejected repeated rebel claims of heavy battles in the war-torn country. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro ordered more of his country’s vast border with Colombia closed amid a diplomatic crisis over deportations and smuggling. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Colombian police dismantled here on Monday an illegal organization dedicated to printing counterfeit currencies, seizing USD3.7M worth of fake money. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: A Mexican court formally charged four criminal justice workers for their alleged role in the July prison escape of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AFP)
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Keith Rowley of the People’s National Movement (PNM) won the general election Monday, becoming the prime minister of the Caribbean country. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro says the nation is ready to receive 20,000 Syrians fleeing war in their homeland. (AP)

ASIA

  • China: The nation strengthened its resolve to crack down on separatist activities at a ceremony marking the 50th founding anniversary of Tibet Autonomous Region. (Xinhua)
  • India: PM Narendra Modi Tuesday held a meeting with top industrialists and bankers to discuss the economic scenario amid slowdown of the economy and social unrest. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: Families torn apart by the Korean War six decades ago are to reunite briefly near the heavily fortified border of North and South Korea next month under a deal reached between the two sides on Tuesday. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: Leader Kim Jong Un held talks with Cuban First VP Miguel Diaz-Canel, marking Kim’s first meeting with a senior foreign leader in more than two years. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: Bosnian police have arrested four men, including an active officer of the state intelligence agency, suspected of committing war crimes during the country’s 1992-95 conflict. (AP)
  • Greece: Fresh clashes erupted between police and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, which authorities said was “on the verge of explosion.” (AFP)
  • Greece: The Greek government and the UN refugee agency have brought in extra staff and ships to deal with some 25,000 stranded migrants on the island of Lesbos. (BBC)
  • Hungary: PM Viktor Orban says he wants to speed up construction of a fence meant to stop migrants on the southern border with Serbia. (AP)
  • Turkey: At least 10 Turkish policemen were killed Tuesday in a bomb attack in the country’s eastern region, blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran is willing to discuss peace in Syria with any country, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, in response to a question about whether Iran could cooperate with Saudi Arabia and the United States on that topic. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Turkish warplanes launched a massive air operation early Tuesday against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the country’s north, killing as many as 40 rebels. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Saudi-led warplanes pounded rebel positions in the Yemeni capital on Tuesday, reporting powerful explosions across Sanaa. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A Saudi-led alliance has deployed 10,000 troops to the country, in an apparent sign of determination to rout Iran-allied Houthi forces after they killed at least 60 Gulf Arab soldiers on Friday. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A showdown between the US Justice Department and Apple intensified when Apple refused to turn over text messages between suspects using iPhones, despite a court order. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Kilo
    • Location:1197 miles ESE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Winds: 36 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Etau
    • Location: 474 miles S of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Jimena
    • Location: 472 miles NNE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 20 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 2 mph
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  • Hurricane:  Hurricane Linda
    • Location: 545 miles SW of the Southern Tip of Baja California
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Grace
    • Location: 2380 miles E of the Lesser Antilles
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 20 mph
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  • Earthquakes: 191km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 35.4 km
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  • Earthquakes: 196km SE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10 km
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  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
        • Cases: 28,109 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths: 11,305 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
  • o Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
    • § Suspected Cases as of 04SEP: 546,199 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
    • § Confirmed Cases: 18,109
    • § Deaths as of 04SEP: 66 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
    • § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
  • o Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
    • § Cases as of 07SEP: 1495 (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: 528 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
    • § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09SEP)

  • African Region: African Union Day
  • North Korea: DPRK Independence Day – 1948
  • Pakistan and India: The chiefs of the Pakistan Rangers and the Indian Border Security Force will meet in New Delhi (to 13SEP)
  • Tajikistan: Tajikistan National Day / Independence from USSR – 1991
  • South Korea: Seoul Defense Dialogue

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