ONS: 11 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 12, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Libyan eastern-based parliament approved the amendment of the current UN-sponsored political agreement and granted the Tripoli-based Presidential Council the specialty to choose senior military and security leaders.
  • AMERICAS: A Brazilian congressional report recommended that President Michel Temer should not face trial for obstruction of justice and membership in a criminal organization, arguing that the charges against him were unfounded.
  • ASIA: A US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters.
  • EUROPE: In Spain, regional premier Carles Puigdemont has pulled back from the brink of a full-blown unilateral declaration of independence for Catalonia, requesting a last minute series of negotiations be started to resolve the crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The U.N. special envoy for Yemen accused the country’s warring leaders of refusing to end the fighting and liberate the people “from the scourge of famine and conflict” because they stand to lose wealth and power.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein indicated that the Justice Department may be more aggressive in trying to secure access to encrypted information from technology companies during criminal and terrorism investigations.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya’s parliament passes controversial election law amendment
    • Opposition leader Raila Odinga shocked the country by withdrawing his candidacy for the fresh presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court.
    • The Supreme Court ruled the Aug. 8 presidential election invalid because the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission failed to follow the correct procedures laid down in the constitution and electoral law.
    • Analysts have suggested that Mr. Odinga, who is running low on campaign money, is withdrawing from the race for tactical reasons.
    • A judge has allowed a minor opposition candidate to run for president, just a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from the rerun of the poll.
    • Further muddying the political waters, parliament passed an amendment to the country’s election laws, saying that if one candidate withdrew from a repeat presidential election, the other one would automatically win.
    • Coverage: AP, LAT, NYT, REU, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The country signed five cooperation agreements with Russia, as part of the two-day official visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the nation. (XIN)
  • Gambia: Armed Forces handed dismissal letters to seven of its senior members, according to a senior member of the army, on suspicion that they were giving information to former President Yahya Jammeh who is currently in exile in Equatorial Guinea. (XIN)
  • Libya: The eastern-based parliament approved the amendment of the current UN-sponsored political agreement and granted the Tripoli-based Presidential Council the specialty to choose senior military and security leaders. (XIN)
  • South Africa: As part of its commitments to the Paris Agreement, the country will introduce a climate change legislation by 2018, Parliament said. (XIN)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A congressional report recommended that President Michel Temer should not face trial for obstruction of justice and membership in a criminal organization, arguing that the charges against him were unfounded. (REU)
  • Guatemala: The public sector expressed support for the UN sponsored International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and its commissioner, Ivan Velasquez, whose visa was revoked after the organization’s 10th report was made public. (EFE)
  • Mexico: At least 13 people were killed when a fight broke out in a prison in the northern region of Nuevo Leon, security troops were sent in to quell the violence. (REU)
  • Venezuela: Former AG Luisa Ortega said that neither the rule of law nor democracy exists in her country any longer. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Two US Air Force B-1B bombers, joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military, flew over the Korean peninsula in a show of force. (REU)
  • Region: A US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters. (REU)
  • Afghanistan: 15 Taliban fighters have been confirmed dead as aircrafts targeted militants’ hideouts in parts of the eastern Paktia province, the Interior Ministry said. (XIN)
  • Philippines: A group of lawyers filed an injunction with the Supreme Court to try to stop President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, calling it as an illegal campaign that lets police kill and circumvent legal procedures. (REU)

 

EUROPE

  • Denmark: Police say 18 men, including five foreign nationals, have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and other financial crimes worth 440 million kroner ($70 million). (AP)
  • Italy: A new electoral law moved to parliament, amid rising tensions over the cabinet’s decision to call confidence votes on it. (XIN)
  • Spain: Regional premier Carles Puigdemont has pulled back from the brink of a full-blown unilateral declaration of independence for Catalonia, requesting a last minute series of negotiations be started to resolve the crisis. (INDE)
  • Turkey: A court sentenced a Wall Street Journal reporter to more than two years in prison on terrorism charges over an article, the newspaper said, in a case that highlighted the government’s escalating clampdown on press freedoms. (WP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The army took full control of al-Hawija, an Islamic State stronghold in the north-east, major areas of which were retaken in early October, including the main city.
  • Lebanon: The US stepped up its rhetoric against Hezbollah, slapping rewards on two commanders and urging allies to blacklist the armed group. (AFP)
  • Syria: Local officials and tribal leaders lead “discussions” to secure safe passage for civilians from parts of Raqa still held by the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The UN special envoy accused the country’s warring leaders of refusing to end the fighting and liberate the people “from the scourge of famine and conflict” because they stand to lose wealth and power. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein indicated that the Justice Department may be more aggressive in trying to secure access to encrypted information from technology companies during criminal and terrorism investigations. (WP)

 

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 SW of the Azores
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: SE at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Bouvet Island region
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 10.0 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 (12OCT)

  • Global: UN Spanish Language Day
  • Bahamas: National Heroes’ Day
  • Equatorial Guinea: Independence Day
  • Latin America: Columbus Day
  • Myanmar: Tenth annual ASEAN Science, Technology, and Innovation Week (to 20OCT)
  • Spain: National Day
  • Turks and Caicos Islands: National Heritage Day

 

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