ONS: 10 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 11, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Norwegian Refugee Council said Kenya is violating international law by forcing residents of the world’s largest refugee camp to return to Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: The Dutch government is sending a navy ship to Haiti to deliver aid including food and other aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
  • ASIA: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on China to engage in talks and pledged to maintain peace with the island’s neighbor.
  • EUROPE: German police arrested a Syrian man suspected of preparing a bomb attack, following a nearly two-day manhunt.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia’s defense ministry said that the country was poised to transform its naval facility in the Syrian port city of Tartus into a permanent base.
  • TECHNOLOGY: New Zealand’s Communications Minister Amy Adams said Cybercrime has affected one in five New Zealanders, but the number of people taking security measures is going down.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Houthi rebels fire missiles at US Navy ship.
    • The Pentagon said a US Navy guided-missile destroyer came under fire from coastal areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi rebels, but the two missiles that were launched toward the ship fell into the sea.
    • The Navy said that no American sailors were injured and the warship was not damaged.
    • The attempted strike on the USS Mason came just a week after a United Arab Emirates vessel came under attack from Houthis and suggests growing risks to the US military from Yemen’s conflict.
    • The warship was in international waters more than 12 nautical miles offshore, in the southern end of the Red Sea, north of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT, Reuters, WSJ, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Norwegian Refugee Council said Kenya is violating international law by forcing residents of the world’s largest refugee camp to return to Somalia. (AFP)
  • Region: The number of New Zealand military personnel in the multinational peacekeeping force in the Sinai Peninsula will more than double for about six months next year. (Xinhua)
  • Region: At least 10 people were killed in clashes between the army and suspected Ugandan rebels in the eastern town of Beni. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos says he’ll donate almost USD 1M in Nobel Peace Prize money to the victims of the country’s half-century conflict. (AP)
  • Haiti: The Dutch government is sending a navy ship to the country to deliver aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. (NYT)
  • Mexico: Human rights activist Sergio Aguayo released a report criticizing Mexican officials for ignoring the 2011 Allende massacre. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian government forces were battling a group of suspected rebels inside a government compound in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir. (AP)
  • Region: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on China to engage in talks and pledged to maintain peace with the island’s neighbor. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Korea lodged a formal complaint with China accusing Chinese fishing boats of ramming and sinking a South Korean coast guard vessel. (AP)
  • Philippines: Former President Fidel Ramos expressed disappointment over President Rodrigo Duterte’s performance in his first 100 days in office. (WSJ)
  • Thailand: The country’s 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej is in an unstable condition after receiving hemodialysis treatment. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: France said the UK must speed up the asylum applications of hundreds of unaccompanied minors at the Calais refugee camp. (Guardian)
  • Germany: Police arrested a Syrian man suspected of preparing a bomb attack, following a nearly two-day manhunt. (AP)
  • Turkey: Ankara police used tear gas and water cannons against hundreds of activists trying to reach the capital’s main train station to commemorate the first anniversary of the twin suicide bombings blamed on Islamic State militants. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to arrange for the delivery of humanitarian supplies to Yemen. (AP)
  • Region: Jordan is now willing to allow regular aid drops by crane from its territory to tens of thousands of Syrians stranded on its sealed desert border. (AP)
  • Israel-Palestine: Israeli authorities arrested dozens of Palestinians after a shooting rampage in Jerusalem killed two people and wounded five others. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russia’s defense ministry said that the country was poised to transform its naval facility in the port city of Tartus into a permanent base. (AFP)
  • Syria: French President Francois Hollande will ask the international court of justice to investigate possible war crimes in the country. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Doctors Without Borders pleaded for access to treat the wounded in the eastern, rebel-held part of Aleppo amid the government offensive to retake the city. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: New Zealand’s Communications Minister Amy Adams said Cybercrime has affected one in five New Zealanders, but the number of people taking security measures is going down.. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Songda
    • Location: 278 NM E of Iwo To, Japan
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Movement: NW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Aere
    • Location: 198 miles E of Hong Kong
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: W at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Post-Tropical Cyclone Matthew
    • Location: 200 NM E of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Nicole
    • Location: 545 NM S of Bermuda
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: N at 2 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 07OCT: 196,436 (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 07OCT: 107,513
      • Deaths as of 07OCT: 106
        • 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 16SEP: 1,806 (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 16SEP: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 29SEP:  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 29SEP: 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 29SEP: 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 (11OCT)

  • Global: International Day of the Girl Child – 2011
  • Japan: Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde to visit to mark 150 years of relations (to 14OCT)
  • Judaism: Kol Nidre

 

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