ONS: 10 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 11, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN peacekeeping force in Congo evacuated 300 supporters of South Sudan’s opposition leader, Riek Machar, many of whom were wounded, acutely malnourished or in life-threatening condition.
  • AMERICAS: A cash crisis in Venezuela forced the socialist government to ease its currency restrictions by letting tourists pay their hotel bills in dollars with bank cards.
  • ASIA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, said he was “not a fan” of the US, vowed to steer an independent course and refrain from confronting territorial rival China.
  • EUROPE: President Pyotr Poroshenko of Ukraine stated that only staff of Russian diplomats would be able to vote in Russian elections while in Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran began construction on its 2nd nuclear power plant.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Amid reports of fires due to lithium batteries, South Korean company, Samsung Electronics Co., and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned against using the company’s latest model smartphone.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Calls mount for sanctions after nuclear test
    • President Barack Obama condemned the test and said the U.S. would never accept the country as a nuclear power.
    • Moscow supports resumption of six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program and calls on diplomats to have a more creative approach.
    • The UN Security Council agreed to immediately begin work on a new raft of sanctions after global condemnation.
    • North Korea said it would not submit to US nuclear “blackmail”
    • South Korea and the US are discussing ways to put additional restraints on North Korea to punish the communist state for its latest nuclear test and prompt it to give up its nuclear ambitions.
    • Coverage: AP, State, AFP, TELE, Yonhap

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has voiced its concern about the conditions, basic services and security in the territory formerly controlled by Boko Haram insurgents. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: The UN peacekeeping force in Congo evacuated 300 supporters of the opposition leader, Riek Machar, many of whom were wounded, acutely malnourished or in life-threatening condition. (AP)
  • Zambia:  The High Court has rejected an application by the main opposition party to block President Edgar Lungu’s inauguration set for next week after last month’s contested election. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Labor Ministry has formally denied that the federal government plans to lift the country’s work-hour ceilings. (Xinhua)
  • Paraguay:  There were two attacks on media outlets in the South American nation. (AP)
  • Venezuela: A cash crisis forced the socialist government to ease its currency restrictions by letting tourists pay their hotel bills in dollars with bank cards. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: At least 20 people were killed and 50 injured after a fire engulfed a garment factory north of the capital, Dhaka. (Aljazeera)
  • Fiji: Authorities detained the leaders of two opposition parties and a senior trade union official after they took part in an event critical of the Pacific island nation’s constitution. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte, said he was “not a fan” of the US, vowed to steer an independent course and refrain from confronting territorial rival China. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Turkey: The government stated that it was preparing to take over at least 28 municipal administrations nationwide, ousting elected mayors as part of an intensified crackdown against Kurdish insurgents. (NYT)
  • Ukraine: President Pyotr Poroshenko stated that only staff of Russian diplomats would be able to vote in Russian elections while in Ukraine. (TASS)
  • United Kingdom: Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox stated that the country is not the free-trading nation it once was. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country began construction on its 2nd nuclear power plant. (AP)
  • Iraq: At least 10 people were killed in two suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State at a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad. (RFE)
  • Israel: Escalating violence in South Sudan is casting a light on Israel’s murky involvement in that conflict and raising questions about PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s new strategy of strengthening ties with African countries. (AP)
  • Syria: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US and Russia agreed to carry out joint air strikes in the nation if the newly agreed ceasefire holds for a week. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Amid reports of fires due to lithium batteries, South Korean company, Samsung Electronics Co., and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned against using the company’s latest model smartphone. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Sixteen
    • Location: 294 NM WNW of navsta Guam
    • Winds: 400 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 02SEP: 184,766 (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 02SEP: 67,577
      • Deaths as of 02SEP: 54
        • 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 28AUG: 1,800 (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 28AUG: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 08SEP:  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 08SEP: 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 08SEP: 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 (11SEP)

  • Belarus: Parliamentary Elections
  • Chile: Anniversary of coup d’etat – 1973
  • China: 13th China-ASEAN Expo to be held in Nanning (to 14SEP)
  • Croatia: Snap elections
  • Egypt: Anniversary of protests at US embassy in Cairo against Islam-insulting film – 2012
  • Ethiopia: Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Years)
  • Libya: Anniversary of attack on US consulate in Benghazi – 2012
  • Spain: Fiesta Nacional de Cataluna – 1714
  • United States: Anniversary of Al-Qaida attacks in NYC, DC and PA – 2001

 

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