ONS: 11 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 12, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: More than 500 people have died so far in a cholera epidemic that is sweeping the DR Congo, the World Health Organization said.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, aftershocks continued after a massive earthquake, where the death toll has risen to at least 90 people and damaged tens of thousands of homes.
  • ASIA: The security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar “seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, the UN said.
  • EUROPE: Voting began in Norway’s tight general election between Conservative PM Erna Solberg’s coalition and the opposition led by Labour’s Jonas Gahr Store.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The president of Iraqi Kurdistan Massoud Barzani signalled it will draw the borders of a future Kurdish state if Baghdad does not accept a vote for independence.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev pardoned Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin, who was jailed after traveling to the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

 

TOP STORY

  • Hurricane Irma: Central Florida hit; aftermath damage still uncertain.
    • Hurricane Irma took aim at heavily populated areas of central Florida with high winds and storm surges that left millions without power, ripped roofs off homes and flooded city streets.
    • More than 3.4 million homes in the state are without power, with parts of the city of Miami under water.
    • Irma’s peak winds of 85 mph make it a Category 1 hurricane, as it was downgraded from a Category 4.
    • Florida’s Director of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon, could not yet confirm or deny reports of multiple deaths and extensive damage, but said search and rescue efforts are due to begin on Monday morning,
    • In the Irma aftermath, the heavily-damaged Caribbean has seen a general disintegration of law and order as survivors struggle with severe food and water shortages, and the absence of electricity and phone service.
    • Coverage: BBC, NBC, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Al Shabaab stormed a military base in the Somali border town of Balad Hawo near Kenya, killing at least 10 soldiers. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: More than 500 people have died so far in a cholera epidemic that is sweeping the country, the World Health Organization said. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Egyptian police killed 10 militants who sneaked into Cairo from the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Continuing his visit to Colombia, Pope Francis prayed for a peaceful solution to the “grave crisis” in Venezuela. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Reports indicated 25 drug traffickers wanted by US authorities had tried to slip through the hands of the courts under a peace accord with FARC rebels. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: A Guatemalan congressional committee recommended President Jimmy Morales lose his immunity from prosecution to face a probe into suspected campaign financing irregularities. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Aftershocks continued after a massive earthquake, where the death toll has risen to at least 90 people and damaged tens of thousands of homes. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: The UN warned that crimes against humanity may have been committed by President Nicolas Maduro and his security forces during the country’s ongoing crisis. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Taiwanese democracy activist Lee Ming-cheh confessed to attempting to subvert Chinese government power during a trial in China that has been slammed by rights activists and further soured cross-strait relations. (AFP)
  • Region: The US submitted a new North Korean sanctions resolution to the UN Security Council, toning down its demands as it sought to bring China and Russia on board. (AFP)
  • Region: Bangladesh agreed to free a plot of land for a new camp to shelter hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar. (AP)
  • Cambodia: PM Hun Sen threatened the opposition party would be dissolved if it continues to back detained leader Kem Sokha. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: The security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in the country “seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, the UN said. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Parliament president Antonio Tajani called for standardizing benefits for asylum seekers across the EU. (AFP)
  • Greece: Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold, one of the country’s largest foreign investors, plans to suspend investment at its Greek mines. (AP)
  • Norway: Voting began in a tight general election between Conservative PM Erna Solberg’s coalition and the opposition led by Labour’s Jonas Gahr Store. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders accused President Recep Erdogan of trying to silence the country’s main opposition newspaper and free press as the second hearing of a trial against staff members of the paper began. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Ukrainian authorities vowed to punish those responsible after ex-Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili forced his way back into the country. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Iraqi authorities are holding about 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State fighters in a camp after government forces expelled the group from one of its last remaining strongholds in the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iraq: The president of Iraqi Kurdistan Massoud Barzani signalled it will draw the borders of a future Kurdish state if Baghdad does not accept a vote for independence. (BBC)
  • Syria: Russia will send 175 de-mining engineers to defuse mines in the city of Deir al-Zor. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Tribal figures linked to a US–backed alliance announced plans for a council to run Deir Ezzor, as both alliance and regime troops battle jihadists in and around the city. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The UN verified 5,144 civilian deaths in the country’s civil war, and urged an international investigation. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev pardoned Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin, who was jailed after traveling to the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. (RFE/RL)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Talim
    • Location: 529 NM NNW of Yap
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Irma
    • Location: 40 NM ENE of Sarasota, Florida
    • Wind: 100 mph
    • Movement: N at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Jose
    • Location: 245 NM NE of Grand Turk Island
    • Wind: 115 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)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 07SEP: 2,079 (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 07SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12SEP)

  • Global: United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation – 2001
  • China: 14th China-ASEAN Expo to be held in Nanning (to 15SEP)
  • France: Labor demonstrations scheduled to take place across the country
  • Turkey: Anniversary of coup d’etat – 1980
  • Turkmenistan: Ruhnama Day – 2001
  • United States: 72nd UN General Assembly (to 25SEP)

 

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