ONS: 11 September 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 12, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: General Prime Niyongabo, the head of Burundi’s armed forces, survived an assassination attempt in the capital Bujumbura.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos have agreed to meet on their escalating border crisis.
  • ASIA: Japan has ordered beefed-up security at its embassies worldwide, after the Islamic State group mentioned its missions in Indonesia, Malaysia and Bosnia-Hercegovina as part of a broader threat.
  • EUROPE: The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia rejected migrant quotas proposed by the EU Commission, while talks in Prague are expected to focus on this issue.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Beijing next week to discuss Iran’s nuclear agreement and efforts to boost ties with China.
  • TECHNOLOGY: FBI Director James B. Comey disputed the ability to unlock encrypted communications as a serious security threat.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN investigation begins to determine blame for chemical weapon attacks
    • The UN Security Council agreed to give a green light to launching an international investigation aimed at assigning blame for chemical weapon attacks.
    • There is a growing belief within the US government that the Islamic State militant group is making and using crude chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria.
    • Russia has lifted its objections to a UN investigation into chemical attacks, clearing the way for the probe to begin.
    • An anonymous UN official has said at least four attacks using powdered mustard agents have been documented on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border.
    • Western governments hope the UN-OPCW investigation could be used someday to prosecute members of the government for war crimes.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CSM, Independent, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: General Prime Niyongabo, the head of the nation’s armed forces, survived an assassination attempt in the capital Bujumbura. (AFP)
  • Liberia: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the Fund was committed to supporting the country’s economy as it recovers from the Ebola epidemic. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: Police fired tear gas for a second consecutive day to disperse supporters of presidential contender Amama Mbabazi. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos have agreed to meet on their escalating border crisis. (AFP)
  • United States: Government officials have blocked the release of 116 pages of defense lawyers’ notes detailing the torture of Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu Zubaydah while in CIA custody. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for inciting violence during deadly protests in 2014. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: Five men including a well-known music promoter have been arrested following an investigation involving the FBI into cocaine trafficking and money laundering in the country, police said. (AFP)
  • China: The nation said the US should stop “groundless accusations,” following a call by US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for increased cyber security against the country. (Reuters)
  • Japan: The nation has ordered beefed-up security at its embassies worldwide, after the Islamic State group mentioned its missions in Indonesia, Malaysia and Bosnia-Hercegovina as part of a broader threat. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The man behind a shocking knife attack on US ambassador Mark Lippert in Seoul was convicted of attempted murder and jailed for 12 years. (AFP)
  • Thailand: PM Prayuth Chan-ocha lashed out at critics of his military government and threatened to use an “attitude adjustment” detention program on anyone who speaks out against the junta. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia rejected migrant quotas proposed by the EU Commission, while talks in Prague expected to focus on this issue. (BBC)
  • Region: Britain sought to calm a political crisis in Northern Ireland by calling on all sides to work together in cross-party talks and supporting the creation of an independent body to disband paramilitary organizations. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Muslim radicals in the country are trying to recruit some of the growing numbers of asylum seekers reaching the country, according to intelligence services. (AFP)
  • Hungary: Disturbing footage emerged of the way migrants are being treated inside the country’s main refugee camp on the border with Serbia, with images showing families fed “like animals in a pen”. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of challenging the “entire democratic world” by annexing Crimea and allegedly arming separatist rebels in the east of his ex-Soviet state. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Beijing next week to discuss the country’s nuclear agreement and efforts to boost ties with China. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: India has urged the country to cooperate in investigations into rape allegations against a diplomat. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Warring parties in the country have agreed to take part in new peace talks in the region next week. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: FBI Director James B. Comey disputed the ability to unlock encrypted communications as a serious security threat. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Kilo
    • Location: 309 miles ESE of Misawa, Japan
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Post-Tropical Cyclone Linda
    • Location: 260 miles WSW of the Punta Eugenia Mexico
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Henri
    • Location: 290 miles NE of Bermuda
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: N at 14 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (12SEP)

  • Asia Region: Japan, China and South Korea will hold a meeting of agriculture ministers
  • Moldova: Moldovan president required to form government
  • United States: Anniversary of USA declaring “War on Terror” – 2001

 

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