ONS: 10 October 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 11, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: World leaders and the UN urged Libya’s warring parties to sign a proposed peace deal installing a national unity government, after a cool response from some lawmakers in the country’s rival parliaments.
  • AMERICAS: The US House of Representative passed a bill to repeal the 40-year-old oil export ban, but its future was uncertain facing a veto threatened by the White House.
  • ASIA: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un told a visiting envoy sent by Chinese President Xi Jinping that he wants to improve relations with South Korea.
  • EUROPE:  More than 50,000 protesters are expected at the main train station in Berlin, Germany as part of a nationwide protest against the historic free trade agreements the EU is negotiating with the US and Canada.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Violence between Israelis and Palestinians threatened to spiral out of control after unrest spread to Gaza, the Palestinian death toll rose and a new stabbing by a 16-year-old in Jerusalem.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Just days after being named permanent chief executive of Twitter, Mr. Dorsey is planning a series of cost-cutting maneuvers at the social networking company.

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: At least 30 dead and over 120 injured after two consecutive explosions detonated in a suspected terror attack in Ankara.
    • Explosions outside Ankara’s main train station appear to have targeted hundreds of people who had gathered to protest violence between authorities and Kurdish separatist group, the PKK.
    • At least 30 people have been killed and more than 120 wounded.
    • Government officials say the blasts were a terrorist attack, and are investigating reports that a suicide bomber was behind at least one of the explosions.
    • Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu called a meeting with Deputy PM Yalcin Akdogan, government officials and security chiefs.
    • Coverage: WSJ, AFP, BBC, Guardian, Independent, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: In Mali and neighboring Burkina Faso, seven people, including one fighter, were killed in two separate border region attacks blamed on jihadists. (AFP)
  • Guinea: Two people were killed and at least 33 were wounded in clashes between supporters of President Alpha Conde and his main rival before Sunday’s election. (Reuters)
  • Libya: World leaders and the UN urged the country’s warring parties to sign a proposed peace deal installing a national unity government, after a cool response from some lawmakers in the country’s rival parliaments. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The UN Security Council adopted a resolution to adjust the mandate of the UN Mission to the country (UNMISS) to support implementation of the Agreement on the resolution of the conflict. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Damage from the gargantuan corruption scandal centered on state oil company Petrobras could amount to as much as 20 billion reais ($5.3 billion), a lead prosecutor said. (AFP)
  • Peru: Activists marched through the capital Lima to protest what they called the anti-poor policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which are holding their annual meetings here. (AFP)
  • United States: The House of Representative passed a bill to repeal the 40-year-old oil export ban, but its future was uncertain facing a veto threatened by the White House. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un told a visiting envoy sent by Chinese President Xi Jinping that he wants to improve relations with South Korea. (AP)
  • Region: Taiwan’s China-friendly president warned his successor to continue to meet Beijing’s condition for dialogue that the two sides see each other as parts of one country, despite growing discontent at home toward the mainland’s Communist leadership. (AP)
  • Region: Japan lashed out at UNESCO’s decision to inscribe documents related to the Nanjing massacre in its Memory of the World register, describing it as “extremely regrettable” and calling for the process to be reformed. (AFP)
  • China: A high-ranking official called on the global community to jointly bring about an international code of conduct on cyberspace at the UN headquarters in New York. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: The country’s president is eyeing to join the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership within two or three years. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: As presidential elections near, few doubt the incumbent Alexander Lukashenko will return to power, having won every other contest in a process that was widely accused of being unfair and undemocratic. (BBC)
  • Germany: More than 50,000 protesters are expected at Berlin‘s main train station as part of a nationwide protest against the historic free trade agreements the EU is negotiating with the US and Canada. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Violence between Israelis and Palestinians threatened to spiral out of control after unrest spread to Gaza, the Palestinian death toll rose and a new stabbing by a 16-year-old in Jerusalem. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebels battled ISIS in northern Aleppo province, a day after the extremists advanced to the outskirts of the city of the same name. (AFP)
  • Syria: The US Pentagon said it expects to hold new talks with Russia’s military on pilot safety in the country’s war as soon as this weekend as the US and the Kremlin seek to avoid accidental clashes as they carry out separate bombing campaigns. (Guardian)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Just days after being named permanent chief executive of Twitter, Mr. Dorsey is planning a series of cost-cutting maneuvers at the social networking company. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03A
    • Location: 610 NM SSE of Karachi, Pakistan
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: NW at 4.6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Nora
    • Location: 1294 NM ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,457 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,312 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 09OCT: 571,650 (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: 23,483
      • Deaths as of 09OCT: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 10OCT: 971
      • Deaths as of 10OCT: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 10OCT: 1589 (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 10OCT: 567 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11OCT)

  • Belarus: Belarus Presidential elections
  • China and India: Chinese and Indian armies to hold a joint anti-terrorism military training in Kunming (to 23OCT)
  • Guinea: Guinea presidential elections
  • Iran: European Parliament President Martin Schulz to visit
  • Japan and South Korea: Japan’s House of Representatives Speaker Tadamori Oshima will make a three-day trip to Seoul (to 13OCT)

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