ONS: 09 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 10, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan president Uhura Kenyatta took what appears to be an unassailable lead in elections, according to preliminary results.
  • AMERICAS: Governments from across Latin America agreed not to recognize Venezuela’s powerful new constituent assembly, saying that it represented a breakdown in the country’s democratic order.
  • ASIA: China struggled to clear roads and cope with power cuts caused by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 19 people and injured 247.
  • EUROPE: A car rammed into a group of soldiers in a Parisian suburb, injuring six in what its mayor called a deliberate act.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Norwegian Refugee Council says the closure of Sanaa airport has caused more deaths in Yemen than airstrikes because many have died from not being able to travel for specialized medical care.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australian public servants will be banned from criticizing the government on social media.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Tensions rise with unprecedented, threatening rhetoric.
    • US President Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea if it endangered the US.
    • In response, North Korea is reviewing plans to strike US military targets in Guam with its medium-range ballistic missiles to create “enveloping fire.”
    • Residents of Guam say they’re afraid of being caught in the middle of escalating tensions between the US and North Korea.
    • Trump’s remarks were a remarkable escalation of military rhetoric with little precedent in the modern era, historians and analysts said.
    • North Korea figured out how to make a very big explosive small enough to sit atop one of its mobile-launched missiles, a development that could threaten much of the US, according to a US intelligence report.
    • Coverage: AP, LAT, NYT, NYT-2, WP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Four policemen were killed in an ambush in restive northern Sinai Peninsula where Islamic militants are active. (AP)
  • Kenya: President Uhura Kenyatta took what appears to be an unassailable lead in elections, according to preliminary results. (WP)
  • Kenya: Riot police engaged in running battles with protesters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu, as presidential aspirant Raila Odinga claimed massive poll fraud. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Tunisian armed forces killed two Islamist militants including a senior commander in a mountain raid near the western border with Algeria. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Governments from across Latin America agreed not to recognize Venezuela’s powerful new constituent assembly, saying that it represented a breakdown in the country’s democratic order. (WSJ)
  • Argentina: Human rights groups said Santiago Maldonado, an activist supporting the Mapuche indigenous group who went missing a week ago has been “forcibly disappeared” by military police. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The country’s new constitutional assembly assumed even more power by declaring itself as the superior body to all other governmental institutions. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban released 235 civilians held since insurgents seized control of an area in northern Sari Pul province five days ago. (AP)
  • China: The country struggled to clear roads and cope with power cuts caused by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 19 people and injured 247. (AP)
  • Japan: Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue marked the 72nd anniversary of the US atomic bombing of his city, urging nuclear states to abandon such weapons. (AP)
  • Pakistan: An army major and three other officers were killed in a shootout with militants in the country’s tribal region bordering Afghanistan. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian President Vladimir Putin assured the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia of Moscow’s continued military support to guarantee security and independence. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Kosovo police detained six Russian and five Serb nationals for illegally crossing the border from Serbia. (AP)
  • France: A car rammed into a group of soldiers in a Parisian suburb, injuring six in what its mayor called a deliberate act. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: A total of 12 suspected members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front group were arrested in the southeastern Diyarbakir Province. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: OPEC secured commitments from the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Kazakhstan and Malaysia to bring their production in line with previously agreed output targets. (AP)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani appointed two female vice presidents, a day after coming under fire from reformists for nominating no women ministers. (AFP)
  • Israel: Soldier Elor Azaria, convicted of fatally shooting an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, began serving his prison term. (AP)
  • Yemen: The Norwegian Refugee Council says the closure of Sanaa airport has caused more deaths in the country than airstrikes because many have died from not being able to travel for specialized medical care. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Australian public servants will be banned from criticizing the government on social media. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Noru
    • Location: 155 NM SW of Misawa, Japan
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Franklin
    • Location: 225 NM NE of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 36km WSW of Yongle, China
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 9.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 107km SSE of Dostyq, Kazakhstan
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 25.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (10AUG)

  • Angola: Anniversary of the 2001 UNITA train attack that killed 252 people – 2001
  • Ecuador: National Day – 1809

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