ONS: 09 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 10, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN sanctions monitors said South Sudan’s economy has effectively collapsed due to government policies that include buying weapons instead of funding social services.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil’s Supreme Court denied requests by impeached President Dilma Rousseff asking for the impeachment vote against her to be suspended.
  • ASIA: A Kabul defense official says Afghan forces have retaken most of Tirin Kot, the provincal capital of the southern Uruzgan province, from the Taliban.
  • EUROPE: Concerns that Greece is not making enough progress to meet the conditions of its third international bailout is heading the agenda of a meeting of the Eurogroup, Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian FM Sergei Lavrov are pressing ahead with talks on Syrian nationwide cease-fire agreement that would include closer military cooperation against terrorist groups.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI is taking “very seriously” the possibility a foreign country is trying to meddle with America’s electoral process and even influence voting outcomes, the agency’s director James Comey said.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Seismic activity indicates fifth successful nuclear test.
    • North Korea says it has successfully carried out its fifth nuclear test, hours after a seismic event was detected near its nuclear test site.
    • Pyongyang said the test was of a nuclear warhead designed to be mounted on ballistic rockets and demonstrated that it was prepared to hit back at its enemies including the US if provoked.
    • The US, South Korea, Japan, China and France have all announced strong opposition to North Korea’s latest nuclear test.
    • The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet 09SEP and North Korea will likely dominate the discussion, with the US and allies pushing for immediate sanctions.
    • Under Kim Jong Un’s leadership, North Korea has also sharply accelerated the pace of missile testing, making noticeable technological improvements.
    • Coverage: BBC, LAT, USA Today, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • South Sudan: UN sanctions monitors said the nation’s economy has effectively collapsed due to government policies that include buying weapons instead of funding social services. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The UN says hunger in the nation has reached “unprecedented” levels, with nearly 5 million people suffering from severe food insecurity. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: Human rights groups slammed the World Bank over an internal report on suggesting it would be a sign of “political development” for the country if its poor human rights record did not get any worse. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba expressed concern about the “selective and preferential” migration policy maintained by the US, which it states encourages smuggling and irregular travel by Cubans. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The country’s Supreme Court denied requests by impeached President Dilma Rousseff asking for the impeachment vote against her to be suspended. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Venezuelans are trading in their guns for much-needed electrical household gadgets under an official government scheme. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif has extended the stay for Afghan refugees until MAR2017. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A Kabul defense official says Afghan forces have retaken most of Tirin Kot, the provincal capital of the southern Uruzgan province, from the Taliban. (AP)
  • Cambodia: Opposition leader Kem Sokha was sentenced to five months in jail as political tensions around challenges to PM Hun Sen’s autocratic rule show no signs of easing. (AP)
  • India: An Indian court has sentenced to death a 25-year-old man for a fatal acid attack on a woman in Mumbai three years ago in a landmark ruling. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Concerns that Greece is not making enough progress to meet the conditions of its third international bailout is heading the agenda of a meeting of the Eurogroup, Bratislava, Slovakia. (CNBC)
  • Austria: The country’s hopes of finally electing a new president on OCT02 are in doubt because of problems with glue on postal votes coming unstuck. (AFP)
  • France: A French security official says a 19-year-old woman linked to gas canisters found in an abandoned car near Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Turkey: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the country’s efforts against Islamic State and that Ankara had a right to defend itself. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Saudi Arabia: The country has begun issuing hajj pilgrims with identification bracelets one year after a stampede killed around 2,300 people. (AFP)
  • Syria: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian FM Sergei Lavrov are pressing ahead with talks on a nationwide cease-fire agreement that would include closer military cooperation against terrorist groups. (WSJ)
  • Syria: Abu Omar Sarakeb, a senior commander of the Syrian militant group formerly known as al-Nusra Front, has been killed near Aleppo, rebel sources say. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The FBI is taking “very seriously” the possibility a foreign country is trying to meddle with America’s electoral process and even influence voting outcomes, the agency’s director James Comey said. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 16W
    • Location: 135 NM WSW of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: SE at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 28km SW of Macquarie Island, Australia
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 08SEP:  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 08SEP: 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 08SEP: 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 (10SEP)

  • Global: World Suicide Prevention Day – 2003
  • Guinea Bissau: Anniversary of Portuguese recognition of Independence – 1974
  • Japan: Defense Minister Tomomi Inada to visit Okinawa (to 11SEP)
  • Japan: US Special Representative for North Korea policy Sung Kim to visit Tokyo, meet with Kenji Kanasugi, director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau (to 12SEP)

 

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