ONS: 10 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 11, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The South African ruling African National Congress is fending off fresh crises as the bitter fight for control of the former liberation party grows before President Jacob Zuma steps down as party leader in December.
  • AMERICAS: The death toll from the massive earthquake in Mexico that struck on 07SEP has risen to at least 90.
  • ASIA: Rohingya militants, whose 25AUG raids in Myanmar’s Rakhine State sparked an army crackdown that has seen about 300,000 of the Muslim minority flee to Bangladesh, declared an immediate unilateral one-month ceasefire.
  • EUROPE: In Cyprus, police say a 36-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly driving one of a pair of boats that brought 305 Syrian refugees to the island’s northwestern coast, the largest number of migrants to reach Cyprus in a single day.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A rocket-bearing Iranian military vessel confronted an American battleship in the Gulf and warned it to stay away from a damaged Iranian fishing boat.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A major leak says the new phones Apple is expected to announce at its fall event on 12SEP will be called the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.

TOP STORY

  • Hurricane Irma: Irma gains strength once again as it heads towards Florida.  
    • The hurricane re-strengthened to Category 4 status with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph.
    • Hurricane Irma began its assault on Florida early this morning with the storm’s northern eyewall reaching the lower Florida Keys as a powerful Category 4 storm.
    • At least 25 people died when Irma earlier hit several Caribbean islands.
    • In Florida about 30% of the state’s population has been told to evacuate
    • Florida Power and Light said on its website that more than half of power outages were in the Miami-Dade area, where about 600,000 people have been ordered to evacuate.
    • Miami Beach, an iconic destination for generations of merry-makers, was a veritable ghost town in the aftermath of unprecedented evacuation orders.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-1, BBC, LAT , NYT

AFRICA

  • Burundi: AG Sylvestre Nyandwi said an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into alleged crimes against humanity in Burundi since 2015 would be legally groundless. (Xinhua)
  • Mali:  President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita inaugurated the headquarters for a planned five-nation force to combat jihadists in the Sahel region. (AFP)
  • South Africa: The ruling African National Congress is fending off fresh crises as the bitter fight for control of the former liberation party grows before President Jacob Zuma steps down as party leader in December. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The death toll from the massive earthquake that struck on 07SEP has risen to at least 90, said emergency services in the southern state of Oaxaca. (Reuters)
  • Peru: Former President Alberto Fujimori, convicted and jailed for corruption and crimes against humanity, was hospitalized after suffering a heart condition, the second such episode in recent days. (AFP)
  • Uruguay: VP Raul Sendic resigned amid allegations of corruption stemming from purported credit-card misuse during his tenure as head of state oil company ANCAP. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed and seven others wounded in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, the provincial governor office said. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: Rohingya militants, whose 25AUG raids in Myanmar’s Rakhine State sparked an army crackdown that has seen about 300,000 of the Muslim minority flee to Bangladesh, declared an immediate unilateral one-month ceasefire. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The country marked its government’s 69th anniversary not with another missile test, as many had feared, but with a gala party for the scientists involved in carrying out the country’s most powerful nuclear test yet last week. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Police say a 36-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly driving one of a pair of boats that brought 305 Syrian refugees to the island’s northwestern coast, the largest number of migrants to reach Cyprus in a single day. (AP)
  • Switzerland: Authorities have evacuated hundreds of people in the alpine glacier area of Trift in the country’s south, warning of a possible glacial ice avalanche. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Tony Blair has called on the government to introduce a new UK immigration policy which “reasserts control”. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraqi officials say they are holding more than 1,300 foreign women and children, the families of Islamic State fighters, at a camp for displaced people in northern Iraq. (WP)
  • Region: A rocket-bearing Iranian military vessel confronted an American battleship in the Gulf and warned it to stay away from a damaged Iranian fishing boat.  (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least 23 people have been killed in airstrikes by a US-led alliance on a prison run by the Islamic State extremist militia in eastern Syria. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A major leak says the new phones Apple is expected to announce at its fall event on 12SEP will be called the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. (FastCompany)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Talim
    • Location: 16.1N 140.2E
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 11 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Irma
    • Location: 90 NM SE of Key West, Florida
    • Wind: 120 mph
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Jose
    • Location: 110 NM  N of the Northern Leeward Islands
    • Wind: 130 mph
    • Movement: NW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 01SEP: 30,608 (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 01SEP: 113,910 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 01SEP: 86 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11 SEP)

  • Argentina: Teachers’ Day – Unknown
  • Austria: IAEA board of governors to meet (to 15SEP)
  • Chile: Anniversary of coup d’état – 1973
  • Ethiopia: Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Year) – Unknown
  • Morocco: Second Climate Chance World Summit (to 13SEP)
  • Norway: Legislative elections
  • Spain: National Day of Catalonia – Unknown
  • United States: Anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the crash in Shanksville Pennsylvania – 2001
  • United States:  Anniversary of the Benghazi Embassy attack  – 2012

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