ONS: 09 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 10, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Islamist al Shabaab militants attacked a checkpoint in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, killing at least seven people.
  • AMERICAS: Argentine Airlines has become the latest carrier to suspend flights to the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, because of increasing criminal violence and political uncertainty.
  • ASIA: At least 12 people died and scores were missing Monday after a boat packed with Rohingya refugees, many of them children, capsized, the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
  • EUROPE: Italian police said they arrested the brother of Anis Hannachi, the Tunisian man who killed two young women with a knife outside the Marseille, France, train station a week ago in a suspected terrorist act.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  A Emirati security official said the Qatar diplomatic crisis can end if Doha gives up hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first time one of the four Arab nations boycotting linked the tournament to resolving the months long dispute.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has a world-leading program to reduce the incidence and impact of cyber-attacks without users even noticing, Jeremy Fleming, head of the British Government Communications, said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey and US relations grow tense as both mutually suspend visa services
    • The US Embassy in Turkey announced suspending the issuance of nonimmigrant visas in the country, the latest indication of a frayed relationship.
    • Hours later, the Turkish Embassy in Washington announced it too was suspending visa operations for U.S. citizens, using the same language as the statement from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.
    • The tit-for-tat moves illustrated how the critical alliance between Turkey and the United States, anchored in military, intelligence and commercial ties, has been battered in recent months by a series of deep disagreements.
    • The Turkish lira slid 2.5 percent and stocks tumbled 4 percent as the United States and Turkey cut back visa services.
    • The latest spat began when a US consulate worker in Istanbul was held over suspected links to a cleric blamed for last year’s failed coup in Turkey.
    • Coverage: BBC, LAT, NYT, REU, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Tensions over separatist movements in West Africa have sent huge crowds into the streets and led to deadly government crackdowns and fears of more bloodshed. (NYT)
  • Cameroon: A prominent lawyer, Akere Muna, from the country’s English-speaking minority announced  will stand in next year’s presidential election, just days after deadly clashes involving the anglophone community. (AFP)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Militants ambushed a group of 30 civilians in northeast and killed many of them before fighting a fierce battle with the army, politicians said. (REU)
  • Somalia: Islamist al Shabaab militants attacked a checkpoint in semi-autonomous Puntland region, killing at least seven people, police said. (REU)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Argentine Airlines has become the latest carrier to suspend flights to the capital, Caracas, because of increasing criminal violence and political uncertainty. (BBC)
  • Cuba: The man forecasted to replace President Raul Castro next year rejected US demands that the Communist-run country change its political and economic system. (REU)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro baited US President Donald Trump by thanking him for a barrage of criticism that had made him famous worldwide. (REU)

 

ASIA

  • Region:  At least 12 people died and scores were missing Monday after a boat packed with Rohingya refugees, many of them children, capsized, the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The International Committee of the Red Cross will “drastically” reduce operations in the war-torn country after seven of its employees were killed in attacks this year, the aid organization said. (AFP)
  • North Korea: Leader Kim Jong-Un promoted his sister to a senior ruling party post and praised the country’s nuclear weapons program which has sparked international alarm,  state media said. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Anti-corruption authorities arrested the son-in-law of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in connection with corruption cases pending against him. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Italian police said they arrested the brother of Anis Hannachi, the Tunisian man who killed two young women with a knife outside the Marseille, France, train station a week ago in a suspected terrorist act. (REU)
  • Russia: A major fire broke out at a building materials shopping center in the Moscow region, with over 3,000 people including visitors and personnel of the marketplace evacuated, the Emergencies Ministry said. (XIN)
  • Turkey: The government took reciprocal measures against the US, saying it has “suspended all non-immigrant visa service” at Turkish diplomatic facilities in the US. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Almost 150 former Turkish military personnel go on trial over clashes on an Istanbul bridge during last year’s failed coup that claimed dozens of lives including a key aide of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A Emirati security official said the Qatar diplomatic crisis can end if Doha gives up hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first time one of the four Arab nations boycotting linked the tournament to resolving the months long dispute. (AP)
  • Iran: A dual-national member of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team, Abdolrasul Dori Esfahani, has been jailed for five years for spying.  (XIN)
  • Syria: 11 civilians, including two children, were killed in airstrikes in Idlib’s Maaret al-Numan province, probably carried out by regime forces, a monitor said. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Tribal leaders say a suspected US drone strike has killed five alleged al-Qaida fighters in the country’s central Marib province. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has a world-leading program to reduce the incidence and impact of cyber-attacks without users even noticing, Jeremy Fleming, head of the British Government Communications, said. (BBC)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twentythree
    • Location: 360 NM SSW of Hong Kong
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Nate
    • Location: 70 NM ENE of Nashville, Tennessee
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 20 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Buldir Island, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 111.8 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Balleny Islands region
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • 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)
    • 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10OCT)

  • Global: World Day Against Death Penalty – 2003
  • Global: World Mental Health Day – 1992
  • Armenia and Turkey: Anniversary of Armenia and Turkey opening their borders – 2009
  • Cuba: Anniversary of the War of Independence – 1868
  • Curaçao: Curaçao Day – 2010
  • Fiji: Fiji Day – 1874
  • Japan: Parliamentary elections campaigning to begin
  • Liberia: General elections
  • North Korea: Communist Party Foundation Day – 1945
  • Sri Lanka: Army Day – 1949
  • Suriname: Maroon Day – 2011
  • Taiwan: National Day – 1911
  • Turkey: Anniversary of the twin bomb blasts in Ankara – 2015

 

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