ONS: 10 August 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 11, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The head of Libya’s Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj said the country did not need foreign troops on the ground in the fight against ISIS.
  • AMERICAS: The Brazilian Senate has voted to hold an impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who is accused of breaking the budget law.
  • ASIA: Rights groups strongly criticized the Australian government’s policy of operating offshore detention centers, after leaked internal reports from Nauru revealed widespread abuse, particularly against children.
  • EUROPE: Scotland has reached out to Germany, arguing Scotland should be able to remain part of the EU without leaving the United Kingdom.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN and Iran have voiced concerns over an increase in fighting in Yemen following the breakdown of UN-backed peace talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Thailand could issue all foreign tourists with location-tracking SIM cards under plans by the nation’s telecoms regulator.

 

TOP STORY

  • Russia & Turkey: Nations repair strained ties, propose increased cooperation.
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan mended fences in a high-profile meeting, bolstering their governments’ ties as both face strained relations with the West.
    • Erdogan’s visit to Saint Petersburg is also his first foreign trip since the failed coup against him last month that sparked a purge of opponents and cast a shadow over Turkey’s relations with the West.
    • Turkish foreign ministry, military and intelligence officials will travel to Russia for discussions on finding a solution to the Syria conflict.
    • Turkey and Russia have similar views on the need for a ceasefire in Syria, the provision of humanitarian aid, and a political solution to end the crisis, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: Human Rights Watch urged the country to probe the military’s killing of a 14-year-old boy during weekend protests in the capital Luanda. (AFP)
  • Libya: The head of the country’s Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj said the country did not need foreign troops on the ground in the fight against ISIS. (AFP)
  • Libya: The US and European allies have expressed concerns about growing tensions near the Libyan oil terminal of al-Zueitina. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Panama promised to help hundreds of migrants who have crossed its jungle border from Colombia to carry on toward the US. (AFP)
  • Argentina: The country will buy 24 planes from the US, at an estimated total cost of USD 300M, to be used in the fight against drug trafficking. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The Senate has voted to hold an impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who is accused of breaking the budget law. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: A former Guantanamo prisoner is being held by Venezuelan intelligence, a lawyer familiar with his case said. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Electoral officials set a timetable for a recall drive against President Nicolas Maduro that makes an early presidential election unlikely. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesian and Australian authorities warned charities that send financial aid to trouble spots sometimes have the funds “hijacked” by militant groups to carry out attacks. (AFP)
  • Region: Rights groups strongly criticized the Australian government’s policy of operating offshore detention centers, after leaked internal reports from Nauru revealed widespread abuse, particularly against children. (DPA)
  • Bangladesh: Authorities have arrested six suspected members of a banned Islamist group blamed for recent deadly attacks, including one last month that killed 20 people. (AP)
  • China: The city Lianyungang said it would halt preparations for a possible Sino-French nuclear project after thousands of locals protested against it. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Scotland has reached out to Germany, arguing Scotland should be able to remain part of the EU without leaving the United Kingdom. (AP)
  • Region: Islamic State terrorists may be hiding among Mediterranean boat migrants, Libyan PM Fayez Serraj warned. (DPA)
  • Germany: German police carried out early morning raids against suspected Islamist extremists in several western cities. (DPA)
  • Germany: Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is preparing to unveil a slew of new anti-terror measures, including speeding up the expulsion process for asylum seekers convicted of crimes. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Three soldiers were killed and ten others were wounded in the southeastern Sirnak province in an attack believed to have been carried out by militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia intercepted two ballistic missiles fired at the kingdom by Yemen’s armed Houthi movement. (Reuters)
  • Region: The UN and Iran have voiced concerns over an increase in fighting in Yemen following the breakdown of UN-backed peace talks. (AFP)
  • Oman: The government has criticized a newspaper for publishing a story alleging improper interference in a court case, its first official comment since authorities detained the paper’s editor-in-chief. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Thailand could issue all foreign tourists with location-tracking SIM cards under plans by the nation’s telecoms regulator. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W (Conson)
    • Location: 383 NM SSE of Minami Tori Shima
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 11 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Javier
    • Location: 25 NM SE of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 05AUG: 178,097 (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 05AUG: 37,067
      • Deaths as of 05AUG: 29
        • 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 26JUL: 1,791 (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 26JUL: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 05AUG:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guinea-Bissau, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Maldives, 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, United States, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 05AUG: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 05AUG: 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 (11AUG)

  • Chad: Independence Day – 1960
  • Palau: Pacific Partnership exercise to be held on Peleliu, Japanese troops to participate in first visit since WWII battle (to 12AUG)
  • Russia: Air Force Day – 2006
  • United States: Anniversary of Watts Riots – 1965
  • Zambia: Presidential and parliamentary elections

 

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