ONS: 12 October 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 13, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Africa plans to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) amid criticism for ignoring a court order to arrest Sudan’s president earlier this year.
  • AMERICAS: Honduras ordered the “forced liquidation” of Banco Continental, which stands accused by the US of money laundering and supporting drug trafficking.
  • ASIA: Two more Japanese citizens are being held in China on suspicion of spying, bringing the total number of such cases to four.
  • EUROPE: President Alexander Lukashenko has been re-elected for a fifth term, officials in Belarus said, following a campaign boycotted by the opposition.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian state television reported jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been convicted.
  • TECHNOLOGY: In China, Apple has blocked overseas users’ access to Apple News as long as they are connected to a Chinese telecom network.

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Islamic State ‘prime suspect’ in Ankara bombings.
    • The Islamic State (IS) group is the prime suspect in the Ankara bombings that killed nearly 100 on Saturday, PM Ahmet Davutoglu said.
    • The Saturday attack near Ankara’s main train station was carried out by two suicide bombers, killing at least 97 people and wounding nearly 250 others.
    • No one has claimed responsibility, but the attack bears similarities to a suicide bombing the government blames on the Islamic State group that killed 33 Turkish and Kurdish peace activists near the town of Suruc bordering Syria in July.
    • Government officials made clear that despite alarm over the attack, there would be no postponement of November polls Erdogan hopes can restore an overall majority for the AK Party he founded.
    • More than 40 suspected ISIL militants have now been detained in four cities but it is not clear if the arrests are linked to Saturday’s bombings.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Guinea: Millions of Guineans voted peacefully in the country’s second free election since independence from France nearly 60 years ago. (Reuters)
  • Guinea:  The main opposition party says fraud was widespread in the country’s presidential vote. (AP)
  • South Africa: The country plans to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) amid criticism for ignoring a court order to arrest Sudan’s president earlier this year. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Major rebel leader Gen Johnson Oloni said he may have to take up arms again, despite the signing of a peace agreement six weeks ago. (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Honduras: The country ordered the “forced liquidation” of Banco Continental, which stands accused by the US of money laundering and supporting drug trafficking. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The investigative file for the disappearance of 43 students was made public by the country’s attorney general, releasing 85 volumes of material. (AP)
  • Mexico: Politician Jesus de la O Gallardo, a member of the city council in the city of Acapulco, was gunned down this weekend. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Two more Japanese citizens are being held in China on suspicion of spying, bringing the total number of such cases to four. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Unknown armed men gunned down a female employee of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Kandahar. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea has yet to reach a technology to fit nuclear warheads atop ballistic missiles, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said. (Xinhua)
  • Nepal: PM Khadga Prasad Oli was sworn in by President Ram Baran Yadav a day after he was elected in Parliament with support from smaller parties. (AP)
  • The Philippines: Election season kicked off with politicians registering for thousands of posts, launching a typically raucous and deadly seven months of campaigning. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: France will extradite Kazakh tycoon and opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia, where he is accused of embezzling billions of dollars. (AFP)
  • Austria: A total of 12,220 people entered the country in the previous 36 hours as the migrant flow from the Balkans continues, police said. (AFP)
  • Belarus: President Alexander Lukashenko has been re-elected for a fifth term, officials in Belarus said, following a campaign boycotted by the opposition. (AP)
  • Moldova: Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters blocked the main street in the Moldovan capital, demanding the resignation of the government. (AP)
  • Russia: Russian police have arrested a group of people they said were planning a terror attack on Moscow, the country’s anti-terrorism committee said. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Palestinian militants and the Israeli military continue to clash as a rocket was allegedly fired from the Gaza strip, amid violence in Jerusalem. (Guardian)
  • Iran: Iranian state television reported jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been convicted. (WP)
  • Kuwait: The nation will not slow the development of its oil industry projects in response to the fall of crude prices, oil minister Ali al-Omair said. (Reuters)
  • Qatar: Global oil prices have bottomed out, with signs of a recovery seen in 2016, Energy Minister Mohammed Al Sada said. (Bloomberg)
  • Syria: Several jihadists, and possibly French citizens, were killed in recent French air strikes in the country against Islamic State, a French government source said. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: In China, Apple has blocked overseas users’ access to Apple News as long as they are connected to a Chinese telecom network. (Quartz)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03A
    • Location: 551 NM SSE of Karachi, Pakistan
    • Wind: 28 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Nora
    • Location: 769 NM ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 69 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 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: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 11OCT: 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 11OCT: 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 (13OCT)

  • Global: Investigation of the cause of Malaysia Flight 17 crash in 2014 to be published

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