ONS: 09 October 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 10, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN envoy Bernardino Leon proposed a Libyan unity government but was dismissed by members of the country’s two rival parliaments.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan FM Delcy Rodriguez accused Guyanese President David Granger of “falsely accusing” Venezuela of carrying out military operations in Guyana.
  • ASIA: Australia, China, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea will help Indonesia fight forest fires causing serious regional smog.
  • EUROPE: Nineteen Eritreans have departed from Italy to Sweden, marking the start of an EU plan of redistribution of an overall 160,000 asylum seekers across the bloc.
  • MIDDLE EAST: France said it had carried out a second wave of strikes overnight on Islamic State targets in the country and accused Russia of failing to target the group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Obama administration will not — for now — call for legislation requiring companies to decode messages for law enforcement.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Senior Iranian officer killed, highlighting increasing Iranian role in conflict.
    • Iran said that one of its senior military officers, Quds Force commander Gen. Hossein Hamedani, was killed in Syria.
    • Hamedani was part of Tehran’s work offering the Syrian regime “military advice in its fight against terrorist groups”, Iranian state media said.
    • Hamedani is one of the most senior Guard commanders to be killed in Syria, and the second to be killed this year.
    • The extent of Tehran’s military involvement in Syria is not clear but the increasing number of Iranian deaths and funeral ceremonies has revealed its unwavering support for Assad.
    • Shiite-dominated Iran is a staunch ally of President Bashar al-Assad, sending Guards forces and military advisers to aid him against Sunni Muslim rebels seeking his overthrow.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, CBS, Guardian, Independent

AFRICA

  • Libya: UN envoy Bernardino Leon proposed a Libyan unity government but was dismissed by members of the country’s two rival parliaments. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Ten people have been quarantined after coming into contact with a patient with Ebola-like symptoms in the southern city of Calabar. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its role in helping the country’s transition to democracy. (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan FM Delcy Rodriguez accused Guyanese President David Granger of “falsely accusing” Venezuela of carrying out military operations in Guyana. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Prosecutors picked seven experts from five countries to review the case of the missing college students. (AP)
  • Uruguay: Pharmacies criticized the government’s plan to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use in their stores. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban militants stormed police checkpoints in Pashtun Zarghon district of the western Herat province, triggering gun battles and leaving 10 militants dead. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Australia, China, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea will help the country fight forest fires causing serious regional smog. (DPA)
  • North Korea: Satellite imagery shows hundreds of trucks, armored vehicles, troops and horses for Saturday’s 70th anniversary parade for the ruling Workers’ Party. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The country’s staple food production could plummet by 14 percent this year because of bad weather, sparking fears of exacerbating chronic food shortages. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: Health officials asked residents to protect against the spread of dengue fever as record numbers were infected on the island and caused dozens of deaths. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Region: Nineteen Eritreans have departed from Italy to Sweden, marking the start of an EU plan of redistribution of an overall 160,000 asylum seekers across the bloc. (DPA)
  • Belarus: The EU will lift its sanctions on the country, including on President Alexander Lukashenko, for four months after Sunday’s vote barring any last-minute crackdown. (Reuters)
  • Belgium: Rail travel was hit hard by a 24-hour strike that halted trains including international services to Britain and France. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: A new cross-party campaign aimed at taking the UK out of the EU is being launched. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Police officials say at least 35 people were killed in a mortar attack on villages around the provincial capital of the eastern Diyala province. (AP)
  • Israel: Israeli security forces braced themselves for more unrest after days of Palestinian attacks that have spread across the country. (AP)
  • Israel: A Jewish suspect stabbed and wounded four Arabs, the first such attack after a spate of stabbings in recent days targeting Israelis. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: India asked for immediate action against a Saudi employer who allegedly chopped off her Indian maid’s arm, terming the incident as “unacceptable”. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: France said it had carried out a second wave of strikes overnight on Islamic State targets in the country and accused Russia of failing to target the group. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Obama administration will not — for now — call for legislation requiring companies to decode messages for law enforcement. (WP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm 07C (Oho)
    • Location: 1062 NM NE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 69 mph
    • Movement:  NE at 31 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,457 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,312 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 10OCT: 566,614 (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: 22,920
      • Deaths as of 10OCT: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 10OCT: 971
      • Deaths as of 10OCT: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 10OCT: 1589 (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 10OCT: 567 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10OCT)

  • Cuba: War of Independence Anniversary – 1902
  • Germany: German trade unions and other groups call for mass demonstration against Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of the first transition of power from military to civilian rule – 1979
  • North Korea: 70th anniversary of the founding of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party – 1945

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