ONS: 08 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 9, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: More than 100 fighters loyal to South Sudan’s sacked vice-president have been found “in extremely bad shape” by the UN in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government and FARC rebels have set up a joint committee to mediate disputes and oversee implementation of their historic peace deal.
  • ASIA: US President Barack Obama warned an international tribunal’s ruling that China’s sweeping claims to the South China Sea had no legal basis was “binding.”
  • EUROPE: In Armenia, Prime Minister Ovik Abramyan has resigned in order to give way to a coalition government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia’s Foreign Ministry says Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed “in principle” to meet in Moscow for talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Israel’s UN ambassador demanded media companies “stop providing a platform for hate sites,” saying there is a clear link between the rise of social media and the rise of anti-Semitism.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Taliban make push into southern capital.
    • The Taliban pushed into Tirin Kot, capital of the southern Uruzgan province, triggering fierce clashes and sending all government officials fleeing.
    • Fighting is currently said to be raging around the police headquarters, the main prison facility and governor’s office.
    • Police chief Samim said many of the city’s police had made deals with the Taliban and left their checkpoints without a fight, while another police official accused the province’s senior leadership of abandoning the city.
    • Marred by internal police chaos, Tirin Kot had long remained a vulnerable spot after its controversial police chief, Gen. Matiullah Khan, was assassinated in Kabul last year.
    • Coverage: AP, NYT, Reuters, VOA

 

AFRICA

  • Region: More than 100 fighters loyal to South Sudan’s sacked vice-president have been found “in extremely bad shape” by the UN in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (BBC)
  • Libya: A car bomb exploded near the Libyan foreign ministry in the capital, Tripoli. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Former VP Riek Machar should not return to his former position, given continuing instability in the country, US Special Envoy Donald Booth said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Colombian government and FARC rebels have set up a joint committee to mediate disputes and oversee implementation of their historic peace deal. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: The country began pumping oil from a massive field located partly on a protected nature reserve in the Amazon rainforest, drawing criticism from environmentalists and indigenous-rights groups. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said an armed pro-government gang surrounded the Margarita island airport after he landed to prevent him and others on the flight leaving. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US President Barack Obama warned an international tribunal’s ruling that China’s sweeping claims to the South China Sea had no legal basis was “binding.” (AFP)
  • Region: The 16-nation Pacific Islands Forum opened its annual regional summit in Micronesia. (AFP)
  • Region: China is shunning a security dialogue in Seoul amid an ongoing row over South Korea’s decision to deploy a powerful US missile defense system. (AP)
  • Region:  A Hong Kong lawmaker advocating more autonomy from China said he had received “death threats” before and since last week’s elections. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Council president Donald Tusk told UK Prime Minister Theresa May “the ball is now in your court” as the pair discussed the next steps on Brexit. (BBC)
  • Region: The EU will not allow Britain to cling to advantages for its financial industry while blocking free movement of labor in the wake of Brexit, EU commissioner Valdis Dombrovsksis said. (AFP)
  • Armenia: Prime Minister Ovik Abramyan has resigned in order to give way to a coalition government. (AP)
  • France: A second couple was detained in connection with an investigation into the discovery of a car in Paris containing six gas cannisters. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Russia’s Foreign Ministry says Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed “in principle” to meet in Moscow for talks. (AP)
  • Region: A spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas dismissed a claim he worked as a Soviet agent in the 1980s as a smear intended to derail a Russian peace initiative. (AFP)
  • Region: Israeli aircraft attacked targets in Syria after an errant mortar shell struck the Golan Heights. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Thousands of Muslims have arrived in the country for the Hajj pilgrimage. (EFE)
  • Syria: The Syrian Foreign Ministry said statements by Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson demonstrate “aggression” against the country. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Israel’s UN ambassador demanded media companies “stop providing a platform for hate sites,” saying there is a clear link between the rise of social media and the rise of anti-Semitism. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Post-Tropical Cyclone Lester
    • Location: 1290 NM NNW of Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 25 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Newton
    • Location: 48 NM E of Phoenix, Arizona
    • Winds: 25 mph
    • Movement; NNE at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Bagana, Papau New Guinea
  • 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 02SEP: 184,766 (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 02SEP: 67,577
      • Deaths as of 02SEP: 54
        • 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 28AUG: 1,800 (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 28AUG: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 01SEP:  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 01SEP: 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 01SEP: 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 (09SEP)

  • Global: UN Security Council straw poll to select next Secretary General
  • Africa Region: African Union Day marking Sirte declaration – 1999
  • China: Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC) summit to be held in Xian
  • North Korea: Independence Day – 1948
  • Paraguay: Japanese Princess Mako to attend ceremony commemorating 80th anniversary of start of Japanese immigration
  • Russia: Caucasus-2016 military drills
  • Tajikistan: National Day / Independence from USSR – 1991
  • Turkey: EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to visit Ankara

 

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