ONS: 10 September 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 11, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gunmen in conflict-hit Darfur shot dead two Sudanese government staff and stole a vehicle carrying officials from the World Health Organization and the state health ministry, the UN said.
  • AMERICAS: The US is seeking a “pragmatic relationship” with Venezuela, despite their governments’ differences, US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson said.
  • ASIA: India and Pakistan began three-day border guards-level talks in New Delhi.
  • EUROPE: German generosity has sparked an angry backlash from its eastern neighbors, as another 3,000 migrants crossed into Hungary during the night, and more landed on Greece`s overwhelmed Aegean islands and trudged into Macedonia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: France is to launch air strikes in Syria, according to French PM Manuel Valls, who said that getting rid of Bashar al-Assad and tackling the IS in Iraq and the Levant was the only way to halt the flow of refugees to Europe.
  • TECHNOLOGY: In a deal valued at $725 million, the National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox are creating a for-profit joint venture that encompasses the National Geographic properties.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Russia warned by US, NATO over military assistance to war-torn country
    • Russia says its military assistance to Damascus is aimed at helping it fight terrorism in Syria, but the West suspects Moscow is building up its military presence on the ground in Syria to prop up its long-time ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
    • US Secretary John Kerry called Russian FM Sergei Lavrov to warn that Moscow’s military buildup of troops in Syria could escalate the conflict in the region.
    • In Prague, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed similar concern about reported Russian deployments of military personnel and aircraft to Syria.
    • Russia is supplying the Syrian army with hardware including small arms, grenade launchers, advanced BTR-82A armored personnel carriers and Kamaz military trucks.
    • Unnamed Lebanese officials have also told Reuters that Russian soldiers are already taking part in the fighting on the ground.
    • According to some 2012 estimates, 10 percent of Russia’s global arms sales go to Syria, with contracts in that year estimated to be worth $1.5 billion.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, IBT, Reuters, VOA

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: The UN said human rights violations by authorities in the country are escalating ahead of a round of elections during which President Joseph Kabila is set to step down. (Reuters)
  • Ghana: Authorities suspended 22 junior judges accused of bribery after they were captured on video. (Reuters)
  • Sierra Leone: The country’s highest court ruled President Ernest Bai Koroma was within his rights to sack VP Samuel Sam-Sumana in a judicial decision likely to bolster the executive’s political authority. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Respected journalist Nhial Bol, who set up the country’s first independent newspaper printing press, has quit journalism after threats. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Gunmen in conflict-hit Darfur shot dead two government staff and stole a vehicle carrying officials from the World Health Organization and the state health ministry, the UN said. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: Former President Otto Perez accused the US of helping to topple him by interfering in the Central American country and endorsing a UN-backed anti-corruption commission. (Reuters)
  • United States: In Minneapolis, federal prosecutors and leaders among the region’s large Somali population announced about $1 million in funding to fight terror recruiting. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: The US is seeking a “pragmatic relationship” with the country, despite their governments’ differences, US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson said. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: India and Pakistan began three-day border guards-level talks in New Delhi. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: The country has reiterated that Christians will be the focus of the government’s 12,000 humanitarian intake from Syria. (Guardian)
  • India: The country called in the Saudi ambassador to seek his cooperation with an investigation into allegations one of his diplomats repeatedly raped two Nepalese women, a foreign ministry spokesman said. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The country’s military is simulating attacks by political rival China this week, despite an overall warming of ties, after Beijing staged what appeared to be a mock strike against the presidential office in Taipei. (AP)
  • Thailand: A key suspect in last month’s deadly Bangkok blast paid a $600 bribe to illegally enter the country, highlighting widespread corruption at the kingdom’s borders. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German generosity has sparked an angry backlash from its eastern neighbors, as another 3,000 migrants crossed into Hungary during the night, and more landed on Greece`s overwhelmed Aegean islands and trudged into Macedonia. (AFP)
  • Hungary: The country’s army has begun exercises to prepare for a possible future role in guarding the southern border to try to stem the influx of migrants. (BBC)
  • Spain: Catalan separatists will hold a massive rally on Friday in Barcelona in favor of independence from the country. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Selahattin Demirtas, the leader of the nation’s main pro-Kurdish political party, warned that the country was on the verge of full-blown civil war between state forces and militant Kurdish separatists. (WP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the US military’s Central Command have formally complained their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials. (Daily Beast)
  • Region: France is to launch air strikes in Syria, according to French PM Manuel Valls, who said that getting rid of Bashar al-Assad and tackling the IS in Iraq and the Levant was the only way to halt the flow of refugees to Europe. (Telegraph)
  • Palestinian Territories: The UN is expected to allow the Palestinians to raise their flag at its headquarters in New York in a symbolic move highlighting Palestinian aspirations for statehood. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Saudi-led coalition warplanes have mistakenly killed eight Yemeni civilians during airstrikes aimed at Iran-backed rebels. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: In a deal valued at $725 million, the National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox are creating a for-profit joint venture that encompasses the National Geographic properties. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Kilo
    • Location: 527 miles NE of Chichi Jima
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Jimena
    • Location: 199 miles NNE of Barbers Point
    • Winds: 15 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 4 mph
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  • Hurricane: Hurricane Linda
    • Location: 405 miles SW of the Punta Eugenia Mexico
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Henri
    • Location: 250 miles ESE of Bermuda
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
        • Cases: 28,183 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths: 11,306 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
  • o Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
    • § Suspected Cases as of 04SEP: 546,199 (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: 18,109
    • § Deaths as of 04SEP: 66 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
    • § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
  • o Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
    • § Cases as of 10SEP: 1542 (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 10SEP: 544 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
    • § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11SEP)

  • Chile: Anniversary of Chilean coup d’etat -1974
  • Ethiopia: Enkutatash, first day of the new year
  • Iran: South Korean deputy foreign minister Kim Hong-kyun to visit (to 12SEP)
  • Kazakhstan:  5th Summit of Heads of Turkic-Speaking Countries in Astana
  • Libya: Anniversary of protests which turned into an attack on the Benghazi consulate, killing Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three others – 2012
  • Spain: National Day of Catalonia
  • United States: Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the two World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a plane that crashed in a field near Pittsburgh – 2001

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