ONS: 09 September 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 10, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, troops will provide security for the state oil company’s pipelines in a bid to prevent the theft of oil, President Muhammadu Buhari said.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan ambassador to the UN Rafael Ramirez defended his country’s border closings with Colombia, arguing that illicit trafficking by Colombian smugglers accounted for 35 percent of all Venezuelan economic output.
  • ASIA: Australia will accept an extra 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees and will join US-led airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria within a week.
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party accused the government of supporting a campaign of “lynching” and dragging the nation into war after two nights of attacks against its offices.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s Supreme Leader has said Tehran will not negotiate with the US on any issue after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers in July, according to his official website.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The EU and Washington reached an agreement on a data protection deal that will allow Europeans to sue over improper use of their personal information in the US.

TOP STORY

  • Europe: EU outlines comprehensive migrant plan with mandatory quotas
    • EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker outlined plans for binding quotas that would share out 120,000 refugees across Europe.
    • The plan would be one of the largest-ever, Europe-wide efforts to address any migration crisis.
    • Juncker called for efforts to strengthen the EU’s common asylum system and a scheduled review of the so-called Dublin system, among whose rules is that people must claim asylum only in the state where they first enter the EU.
    • Juncker singled out Greece, Italy and Hungary as countries that can no longer cope with the constant flow of new arrivals.
    • Germany, the main destination for many migrants, supports quotas, but some EU countries oppose a compulsory system.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, Reuters, USA Today, WP

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Troops will provide security for the state oil company’s pipelines in a bid to prevent the theft of oil, President Muhammadu Buhari said. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The US has reopened its mission in the country, the latest step in restoring diplomatic ties since it withdrew from the country two decades ago. (BBC)
  • South Africa: The nation said it was monitoring a number of people linked to a reported threat to US interests, but was satisfied that no one in the country faced any imminent danger. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan ambassador to the UN Rafael Ramirez defended his country’s border closings with Colombia, arguing that illicit trafficking by Colombian smugglers accounted for 35 percent of all Venezuelan economic output. (NYT)
  • Region: Two people believed to belong to a Colombian paramilitary group were shot down after a confrontation with Venezuelan soldiers and police on the Venezuela-Colombia border, officials said. (Xinhua)
  • Trinidad and Tobago: PM-elect Keith Rowley is to be sworn into office. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Australia: The country will accept an extra 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees and will join US-led airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria within a week. (Guardian)
  • Malaysia: Former leader Mahathir Mohamad returned to the country saying he would comply with any police investigation into comments he made against PM Najib Razak at an anti-government rally last month. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: The nation and leaders of several ethnic armed rebel groups agreed to sign a long-awaited nationwide ceasefire in the first week of October.  (DPA)
  • South Korea: The Seoul Defense Dialogue opened in the nation’s capital with focus placed on regional and global security. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that US requests to Greece and Bulgaria to close their airspace for Russian flights to Syria amount to “international boorishness”. (Reuters)
  • Region: At least 850,000 people are expected to cross the Mediterranean seeking refuge in Europe this year and next, the UN said, giving conservative estimates. (Reuters)
  • Greece: The country will set up a working group with officials from its “troika” of creditors to look at ways of supporting its fragile banking system after this month’s election. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The country’s main pro-Kurdish party accused the government of supporting a campaign of “lynching” and dragging the nation into war after two nights of attacks against its offices. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s Supreme Leader has said Tehran will not negotiate with the US on any issue after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers in July, according to his official website. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Protesters angry over a lack of basic services and festering garbage will return to the streets of Beirut as party leaders meet hoping to end months of political gridlock. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that Russian military experts were present in the country, the first official confirmation that the Russian military is on the ground. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Seven Indian nationals are missing in the country after air strikes hit their boats, as a Saudi-led coalition steps up attacks against rebels. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The EU and Washington reached agreement on a data protection deal that will allow Europeans to sue over improper use of their personal information in the US. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Kilo
    • Location: 849 miles ESE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Winds: 33 mph
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Etau
    • Location: 126 miles WSW of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Winds: 25 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Jimena
    • Location: 363 miles NE of Camp H M Smith
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Movement: W at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Eight
    • Location: 220 miles ESE of Bermuda
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: N/A
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Linda
    • Location: 365 miles W of the Southern Tip of Baja California
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Grace
    • Location: 1035 miles E of the Lesser Antilles
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 18 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 09SEP: 1517 (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 09SEP: 539 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
    • § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10SEP)

  • Guinea-Bissau: Guinea-Bissau’s Independence Day – 1974
  • Russia and Belarus: “Union Shield” Russia-Belarusian joint military exercise (to 16SEP)

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