ONS: 10 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 11, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Two people were killed and several wounded in Kenya when gunmen fired on vehicles carrying students to the Technical University of Mombasa’s campus.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, leaders of the now-demobilized FARC guerrilla group went to the office of National Electoral Council (CNE) to register their new political party to participate in the 2018 elections.
  • ASIA: North Korean computer hackers have stolen hundreds of classified military documents from South Korea including detailed wartime operational plans involving its US ally.
  • EUROPE: Russia threatened US media operating in the country with new legal restrictions after Kremlin-controlled broadcaster RT complained of persecution by Washington.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Russian warplane veered off a runway at the country’s air base in Syria and suffered damage, killing its crew.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  British tech firm Micro Focus International Plc (MCRO.L), the new owner of ArcSight security software, said it would restrict reviews of the core operating instructions in its products by “high-risk” governments.

 

TOP STORY

  • Spain: Catalans wait anxiously for leader’s key address
    • Catalans are waiting, with expectations divided between those who want to see the birth of a new republic and others opposed to such a move or fearing a backlash from the Spanish central authorities.
    • As Spain and Catalonia head toward a constitutional collision over the region’s claim to independence, lawmakers on both sides of the crisis are pointing to a way out: north, to Basque Country.
    • Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is facing growing pressure to drop plans to break from Spain ahead of a key address to the regional parliament.
    • The address that could contain a declaration of independence could bring a harsh response from Spanish central authorities in Madrid.
    • The address comes after the alliance’s different factions debated about whether and how to make a long-promised but long-delayed declaration of independence.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, REU, USA-T, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Moroccan and Gabonese ministers examined various aspects of bilateral cooperation in the field of national defense. (XIN)
  • Kenya: Two staff members were killed and several students were wounded when gunmen fired on vehicles carrying students to the Technical University of Mombasa’s campus in coastal Kwale County. (REU)
  • Libya: The Attorney General issued 824 arrest warrants against Libyan terrorist suspects. (XIN)
  • Mozambique: Gun battles last week between police and attackers in a remote north port killed 16 people, including two police officers. (REU)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Leaders of the now-demobilized FARC guerrilla group went to the offices of Colombia’s National Electoral Council (CNE) to register their new political party to participate in the 2018 elections. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The UN denounced anti-narcotics police for firing on a humanitarian mission it led to investigate the murder of several coca growers during clashes with security forces. (AP)
  • United States: More than 20 wildfires erupted in California, killing 10, seriously injuring at least two, destroying at least 1,500 structures and forcing over 20,000 people to evacuate. (XIN)
  • Venezuela: Authorities deployed 143,000 police officers to guarantee security for the regional elections to be held next Sunday and asked citizens to go to the polls with complete confidence. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: North Korean computer hackers have stolen hundreds of classified military documents from South Korea including detailed wartime operational plans involving its US ally, a report said. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Police arrested the top leaders of the country’s largest Islamist party as the government appeared to have launched a crackdown on the main opposition parties. (AFP)
  • Japan: Election campaigning began with conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aiming to shake off suspected cronyism scandals and repulse the challenge from an upstart new party to extend his near-five year hold on power. (REU)
  • North Korea: The UN has banned four ships from visiting any global port, after they were found violating sanctions imposed on the country. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: Two soldiers were killed and three others injured in a landmine blast in the country’s northwest tribal region of South Waziristan. (XIN)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU and Britain clashed after British Prime Minister Theresa May said the ball was in the EU’s court as Brexit negotiations entered a critical fifth round. (AFP)
  • France: The country announced plans to allow a total of 10,000 refugees from certain countries outside of Europe to enter its territory legally over the next two years as part of a resettlement scheme. (DPA)
  • Russia: The justice ministry threatened US media operating in the country with new legal restrictions after Kremlin-controlled broadcaster RT complained of persecution by Washington. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran and Oman vowed to boost military cooperation for regional interests as the two neighbors’ senior air force commanders met. (XIN)
  • Lebanon: The army said the US has supplied Beirut with two A29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft designed for counter-insurgency operations. (AP)
  • Syria: A Russian warplane veered off a runway at the country’s air base in Syria and suffered damage, killing its crew. (RFE/RL)
  • Yemen: Medical and tribal officials say airstrikes and artillery have killed 13 civilians in fighting near the Saudi border, the latest episode of non-combatants paying the highest toll in the country’s civil war. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: British tech firm Micro Focus International Plc (MCRO.L), the new owner of ArcSight security software, said it would restrict reviews of the core operating instructions in its products by “high-risk” governments. (REU)
  • Technology: Hackers are joining forces with US governors and academics in a new group aimed at preventing the manipulation of voter machines and computer systems to sway the outcome of future US elections. (REU)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twentythree
    • Location: 156 NM S of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Ophelia
    • Location: 785 NM WSW of the Azores
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: NE at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 36 km SSW of Putre, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 82.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 06OCT: 60,105 (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 06OCT: 122,881 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 06OCT: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • 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 10OCT: 2,090 (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: 730 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11OCT)

  • Global: International Day of the Girl Child
  • Morocco: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to visit
  • Russia: Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Afghanistan Contact Group to meet in Moscow
  • Russia: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of Heads of State Summit to take place in Moscow
  • South Sudan: First oil and power conference to be held in Juba (to 12OCT)
  • United States: Fourth round of NAFTA talks to take place in Washington, DC (to 15OCT)

 

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