ONS: 11 October 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 12, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Guinea headed to the polls to choose their president, as a last-minute opposition appeal for the country’s six million voters to participate added the latest twist to a campaign wrought with accusations and violence.
  • AMERICAS: FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, alias “Timochenko,” said the guerrilla group should suspend its recruiting because of the progress being made in peace talks with the Colombian government.
  • ASIA: A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of the NATO-led force in Kabul, Afghanistan, wounding at least seven civilians, but there was no immediate word if there were any casualties among coalition troops.
  • EUROPE: Russia said it wanted to see a bigger European monitoring mission in Ukraine to help oversee withdrawal of mortars, tanks and light artillery under recent agreements.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Human Rights Watch accused Russia of being behind the use of new advanced cluster munitions as part of its airstrikes in Syria, by dropping them from its warplanes or supplying them to the al-Assad regime.
  • TECHNOLOGY: According to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, Apple has disabled its news app in China, the most recent sign of how difficult it can be for foreign companies to manage the state’s governance of media.

TOP STORY

  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories: The recent increase of hostilities spread from East Jerusalem and the West Bank to Gaza, raising fears of a full-scale Palestinian uprising, or Intifada.
    • PM Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a massive boost of border police reservists in Jerusalem and across mixed Jewish and Arab cities, amid efforts to quell the spreading violence throughout the country.
    • The Air Force said it struck Hamas weapon manufacturing facilities in the Gaza Strip, adding that the strikes were in response to two rockets fired from the territory into southern Israel. A pregnant woman and her young daughter in a nearby house were killed.
    • A Palestinian woman detonated a car bomb at a checkpoint in the West Bank, in an attempted suicide attack that left her and an Israeli officer wounded.
    • The Islamist movement Hamas warned Israel against “foolishness” after an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip.
    • Coverage: BBCAFPAFP-2,  Xinhua,

AFRICA

  • Region: Somalia dismissed claims by Kenya that the maritime case it filed with the International Court of Justice lacks legal merit, arguing that it will pursue it to its logical conclusion. (Xinhua)
  • Guinea: The nation headed to the polls to choose their president, as a last-minute opposition appeal for the country’s six million voters to participate added the latest twist to a campaign wrought with accusations and violence. (AFP)
  • Mali: A mayor says a group of suspected jihadists attacked a village in a central municipality, killing a local official in front of his family. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, alias “Timochenko,” said the guerrilla group should suspend its recruiting because of the progress being made in peace talks with the government. (EFE)
  • Panama: A Supreme Court justice investigating wiretapping allegations against former President Ricardo Martinelli has found sufficient evidence to link the ex-head of state to the purported eavesdropping on some 150 people during his administration. (EFE)
  • United States: Trade Representative Michael Froman said the Obama administration hopes to release the full text of a Pacific trade deal within the next 30 days. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Two more Japanese nationals have been detained in China on suspicion of spying, bringing the number of Japanese held by Chinese authorities for espionage to four. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of the NATO-led force in Kabul, wounding at least seven civilians, but there was no immediate word if there were any casualties among coalition troops. (WP)
  • Australia: Thousands of people in several cities responded to a national call to rally in support of refugees and to push for the end of mandatory detention. (Guardian)
  • India: Three persons suffered burn injuries after a truck was attacked by a petrol bomb in New Delhi-controlled Kashmir. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia said it wanted to see a bigger European monitoring mission in Ukraine to help oversee withdrawal of mortars, tanks and light artillery under recent agreements. (Reuters)
  • Belarus: The country’s fifth presidential election began, where incumbent Alexander Lukashenko faced no serious competition and was expected easily to win a fifth term. (NYT)
  • Germany: The country’s new government coordinator for refugees and other migrants says the country can cope with the flood of newcomers, but must streamline its systems for dealing with them. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country successfully tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile, signaling an apparent advance in Tehran’s attempts to improve the accuracy of its missile battery. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Human Rights Watch accused Russia of being behind the use of new advanced cluster munitions as part of its airstrikes in the country, by dropping them from its warplanes or supplying them to the al-Assad regime. (AFP)
  • Syria:  A leading commander with Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group was killed during a battle in the country’s northwestern province of Idlib. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Censorship: According to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, Apple has disabled its news app in China, the most recent sign of how difficult it can be for foreign companies to manage the state’s governance of media. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03A
    • Location: 680 NM ESE of Masirah Island, Oman
    • Wind: 29 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Nora
    • Location: 1028 NM ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 52 mph
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,457 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,312 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHOWHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 09OCT: 571,650 (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: 23,483
      • Deaths as of 09OCT: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 11OCT: 971
      • Deaths as of 11OCT: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 11OCT: 1589 (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 11OCT: 567 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12OCT)

  • Germany and South Korea: German President Joachim Guack to visit Seoul for talks with South Korean President Park (to 15OCT)
  • Russia: OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier to visit Moscow
  • Singapore: Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli to visit (to 14OCT)

 

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