ONS: 10 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 11, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The EU’s election observer mission in Kenya said it had seen no signs of “centralised or localized manipulation” of the voting process.
  • AMERICAS: Cuba is investigating US allegations that unspecified “incidents” caused physical symptoms in Americans serving at the US Embassy in Havana, after two Washington-based Cuban diplomats were expelled.
  • ASIA: A US Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation operation” within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: The suspect in the 09AUG attack on soldiers near Paris is a 37-year-old Hamou Benlatreche, an Algerian man who is legally living in France.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel is pushing ahead with a project to build a giant underground wall around the Gaza Strip to block tunnels that could be used for attacks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Mozilla, the non-profit which runs the Firefox internet browser, launched its “fake news” fact-checking software for its first public run.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Tensions rise with potential strike on Guam.
    • North Korean military leaders are finalizing a plan to present to Kim Jong Un in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan to land less than 25 miles from Guam.
    • Guam Governor Eddie Calvo said the remote Pacific island was accustomed to being a target ever since Washington placed military installations there.
    • South Korean authorities urged their reclusive northern neighbor to stop using “threatening words” and called for Pyongyang to enter into dialogue with it to ease tensions in the region.
    • Japan said it “can never tolerate” provocations from North Korea after the country’s military announced its potential strike on Guam.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, CNN, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Election observers urged Kenyans to be calm as they await final election results following a disputed presidential election. (AP)
  • Kenya: The EU’s election observer mission in the country said it had seen no signs of “centralised or localized manipulation” of the voting process. (Reuters)
  • Mozambique: The recent meeting between President Filipe Nyusi and opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama received widespread praise from former President Armando Guebuza, the EU and the US. (Xinhua)
  • Senegal: The country’s main opposition group said it would not participate in any future elections because the parliamentary polls that delivered a large majority to the ruling coalition were a “masquerade”. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba is investigating US allegations that unspecified “incidents” caused physical symptoms in Americans serving at the US Embassy in Havana, after two Washington-based Cuban diplomats were expelled. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The country’s economy has structural flaws that won’t be resolved with the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, credit rating agency Moody’s said. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The government-packed Supreme Court ordered the imprisonment of David Smolansky, a Caracas-area mayor, for not obeying orders to shut down protests in his district. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A US Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation operation” within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Region: China will offer Malaysia advanced rocket launchers and a radar system, in a move that could raise security concerns for neighboring Singapore. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban militants overran the district headquarters of Jani Khil district in the eastern Paktia province. (Xinhua)
  • Nepal: The government passed a bill intended to make women safer by strengthening laws against acid attacks, dowry payments and menstrual exile. (AP)
  • Philippines: Philippine troops attempting to rescue hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf clashed with the militants, leaving two soldiers and five gunmen dead. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: The suspect in the 09AUG attack on soldiers near Paris is a 37-year-old Hamou Benlatreche, an Algerian man who is legally living in the country. (AP)
  • Turkey: Authorities issued detention warrants for 35 journalists and media workers as part of the country’s ongoing crackdown on people suspected of ties to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country will limit the movement of non-humanitarian goods at the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Syria because the Syrian side is controlled by a “terrorist organization.” (Reuters)
  • Turkey: A Russian national and suspected Islamic State militant was detained in the southern city of Adana over suspicions of planning a drone attack on US aircraft at Incirlik air base. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel is pushing ahead with a project to build a giant underground wall around the Gaza Strip to block tunnels that could be used for attacks. (AFP)
  • Region: The Israeli military destroyed the West Bank homes of three Palestinians who attacked Israeli troops earlier this year, and closed up a fourth home. (AP)
  • Syria: Government bombardment killed three civilians on in a ceasefire zone near the capital, Damascus. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The country’s national blood bank could shut down within a week after Doctors Without Borders ended its support. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Mozilla, the non-profit which runs the Firefox internet browser, launched its “fake news” fact-checking software for its first public run. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Franklin
    • Location: 100 NM ESE of Tuxpan, Mexico
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 04AUG: 73,796 (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 04AUG: 67,446 (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 04AUG: 51 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 06JUL: 2,040 (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 06JUL: 712 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27JUL:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, 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, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
        • Outbreak Terminated as of 27JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
        • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 27JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11AUG)

  • Anguilla: Constitution Day – 1982
  • Chad: Independence Day – 1960

 

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