ONS: 11 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 12, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The opposition party in Guinea-Bissau won parliamentary elections for the first time in four decades.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian rebel group, the FARC, has handed over a first group of child soldiers as part of a peace accord signed with the government.
  • ASIA: China and Russia decided  agreed to stage an eight-day Navy drill in the South China Sea off southern China’s Guangdong Province.
  • EUROPE: Around 2,300 migrants were rescued from the Mediterranean by several vessels while on a perilous crossing to Italy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 90 people have been killed in airstrikes by unidentified war planes in northern region of Syria after the US and Russia reached an agreement on a ceasefire.
  • TECHNOLOGY: There is a debate within the Obama administration over whether to publicly blame Russia for the hack of the Democratic National Committee or to wait for the FBI to complete its investigation.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Amid international pressure, North Korea says the US must recognize the country as a “nuclear state”
    • The US stated it may launch unilateral sanctions against North Korea.
    • North Korea said a push for further sanctions following its fifth and biggest nuclear test was “laughable.”
    • The United States plans to dispatch a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to South Korea next month in a show of force to deter further military provocations.
    • The South Korean government stated it will use every diplomatic and military measure to deal with North Korea’s repeated provocations.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Yonhap, Yonhap-2, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Guinea-Bissau: The opposing sides in the political crisis accepted a plan that would see a new “consensus” government formed. (AFP)
  • Libya: Forces loyal to eastern region commander Khalifa Haftar launched attacks at oil ports. (Reuters)
  • Seychelles: The opposition party won parliamentary elections for the first time in four decades. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The rebel group, the FARC, has handed over a first group of child soldiers as part of a peace accord signed with the government. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Thousands of people across the country marched to protest against gay marriage, challenging President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposal. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region:  China and Russia decided  agreed to stage an eight-day Navy drill in the South China Sea off southern China’s Guangdong Province. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: The drug war that has claimed nearly 3,000 lives in two months was dubbed a “success” by a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte. (AFP)
  • Japan: Four Chinese vessels sailed into territorial waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The country developed a plan to annihilate the North Korean capital of Pyongyang through intensive bombing in case of a nuclear attack. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Around 2,300 migrants were rescued from the Mediterranean by several vessels while on a perilous crossing to Italy. (AFP)
  • Croatia:  Polls predicted a close election outcome and another coalition that lacks a clear mandate to push through painful cuts and restructuring being urged by European authorities. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The country ousted 28 mayors accused of links to Kurdish militants or US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, replacing them with state-appointed trustees in a major shake-up under emergency powers after a failed coup. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Security forces shot dead a suicide bomber at a crowded area in Baghdad, leaving a civilian killed and nine others wounded. (Xinhua)
  • Syria:  At least 90 people have been killed in airstrikes by unidentified war planes in northern region after the US and Russia reached an agreement on a ceasefire. (EFE)
  • Yemen: At least 21 civilians were killed in two separate air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in northern part of the nation. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: There is a debate within the Obama administration over whether to publicly blame Russia for the hack of the Democratic National Committee or to wait for the FBI to complete its investigation. (WAPO)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Meranti
    • 431 NM NNW of Yap
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Map

 

  • Cyclone: Tropical Depresson Seventeen
    • 607 NM ESE of Misawa, Japan
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NE at 17 mph
    • Map

 

  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Sixteen
    • 700 miles SSW of the Southern tip of Baja California
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Moyobamba, Peru
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 114km
    • Map
  • 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 (12SEP)

  • Global: United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation – 1978
  • China: Russian and Chinese navies to participate in Joint Sea-2016 exercise in Zhanjiang (to 19SEP)
  • Islam: Eid al-Adha

 

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