ONS: 09 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 10, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Angolan opposition parties filed a complaint against the outcome of the elections on 23AUG that asserted the 42-year grip of the ruling MPLA party.
  • AMERICAS:  Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro invited bondholders to unspecified “negotiations” over the country’s foreign debt, in response to US financial sanctions.
  • ASIA: In North Korea, state media marked the nation’s founding anniversary with calls for a nuclear arms buildup, in defiance of mounting international sanctions.
  • EUROPE: Officials found lists with over 5,000 names of possible targets, including over 100 politicians, during the raids on the homes and workplaces of two terrorism suspects in the east German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern last week.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of “distorting facts”, just after a report of a phone call between the leaders of both countries suggested a breakthrough in the Gulf dispute.
  • TECHNOLOGY: YouTube shut down two North Korean propaganda channels that academics use to monitor and assess the regime’s missile programs.

 

TOP STORY

  • Hurricane Irma: The storm continues to wreak havoc, leaving thousands homeless and prompting large scale evaluations.
    • About 95 percent of the islands of Barbuda and St. Martin sustained damage.
    • At least 20 people were confirmed dead, when the storm made landfall in Cuba, lashing the island’s northern coast with a direct hit.
    • The National Hurricane Center says Irma has weakened slightly to a Category 4 hurricane, as it moves over the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba.
    • Residents of Florida wait with frazzled nerves and growing fears as the powerful storm, with a footprint as big as Texas, heads toward the US.
    • 5.6 million people, or 25% of the US Florida’s population, have been told to leave as the storm approaches.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, LAT , NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: Opposition parties filed a complaint against the outcome of the elections on 23AUG that asserted the 42-year grip of the ruling MPLA party. (AFP)
  • Burundi: The Burundian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has discovered over 110 mass graves in Mwaro province in central Burundi. (Xinhua)
  • Tanzania: Tanzanian police began investigating senior officials implicated in two reports by parliamentary investigative committees on diamonds and tanzanite mining. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The National Hurricane Center says Katia has weakened into a tropical storm as it moves further into Mexico, with wind speeds of up to 45 mph (72.4 kph). (AP)
  • Brazil: Brazilian prosecutors are investigating the alleged massacre of more than 10 indigenous people by illegal miners operating in the region. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro invited bondholders to unspecified “negotiations” over the country’s foreign debt, in response to US financial sanctions. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australia will send troops to assist Philippine forces in the battle against Islamic State fighters in the southern city of Marawi.  (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Camps will be set up to provide aid for displaced Muslims inside Rakhine state, the first time in a 16-day crisis Myanmar’s government has offered any relief for Rohingya scattered by violence, many to Bangladesh.  (APF)
  • North Korea: State media marked the nation’s founding anniversary with calls for a nuclear arms buildup, in defiance of mounting international sanctions. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The UN accused the EU of “turning a blind eye” to the brutality faced by migrants held in Libya, and urged “serious action” to protect them. (AFP)
  • Germany: Officials found lists with over 5,000 names of possible targets, including over 100 politicians, during the raids on the homes and workplaces of two terrorism suspects in the east German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern last week. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the United States over the indictment of a former Turkish economy minister accused of helping Iran evade US sanctions, depicting the charges as a political move against his country. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of “distorting facts”, just after a report of a phone call between the leaders of both countries suggested a breakthrough in the Gulf dispute. (Reuters)
  • Bahrain: The US State Department has approved arms sales packages worth more than $3.8 billion to Bahrain including F-16 jets, upgrades, missiles and patrol boats (Reuters)
  • Syria: The Syrian army and its allies recaptured an oilfield from Islamic State near the eastern city of Deir al-Zor in further advances against the militants (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: YouTube shut down two North Korean propaganda channels that academics use to monitor and assess the regime’s missile programs. (GUARD)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twenty
    • Location: Near 14.9N 143.5E
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Irma
    • Location: 120 NM ESE of Caibarien, Cuba
    • Wind: 160 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Jose
    • Location: 265 NM ESE of the Northern Leeward Islands
    • Wind: 155 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Katia
    • Location: 120 NM SSE of Tampico, Mexico
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 01SEP: 30,608 (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 01SEP: 113,910 (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 01SEP: 86 (Brazil)
        • 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 07SEP: 2,079 (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 07SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10 SEP)

  • Global: World Suicide Prevention Day – 2002
  • Kazakhstan: First OIC Summit on Science and Technology (to 11SEP)
  • Poland: Voting on Passport design to end
  • Shia Islam: Eid al-Ghadeer – 632
  • Ukraine: Former Governor Mikheil Saakashvili to try to return after his exile

 

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