ONS: 12 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 13, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN envoy to DR Congo said there is “extreme risk” to the country’s stability as a deepening political rift over President Joseph Kabila’s future will likely spark large-scale violence.
  • AMERICAS: Aid workers and diplomats say the relief effort in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew is finally gaining steam, with the flow of food and medicine increasing to cities that will serve as hubs for desperate outlying villages.
  • ASIA: A new generation of Hong Kong pro-democracy politicians thumbed its nose at China, openly defying Beijing during a swearing-in ceremony for Hong Kong’s parliament.
  • EUROPE: In France, lawyers for the main suspect in the NOV2015 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, said they will no longer defend him.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Huge crowds of black-clad Shiite Muslim pilgrims thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala, for the annual Ashura commemorations.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An Australian Cyber Security Center report revealed that foreign spies installed malicious software on an Australian government agency’s computer system, stealing an unknown number of documents.

 

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Brexit discussions begin in Parliament.
    • British PM Theresa May signaled she would let parliament scrutinize her plan for Brexit before she begins the formal process to exit the EU.
    • However, PM May has not promised to allow MPs a formal vote on the government’s negotiating strategy.
    • The government has faced calls to set out more detail on what it wants Brexit to look like, with little known so far about its plans for migration and trade with the EU.
    • The Labour Party heaped pressure on ministers by publishing a list of 170 questions the government should answer about its Brexit game-plan.
    • Whitehall officials believe the UK may need to make big payments to the EU to secure preferential trading terms after Brexit, despite pre-Brexit referendum claims such payment would stop.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, BBC-2, FT, INDE

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The UN envoy to the country said there is “extreme risk” to stability as a deepening political rift over President Joseph Kabila’s future will likely spark large-scale violence. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: The country’s parliament approved changing the constitution to ease nationality rules for presidential candidates. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Aid workers and diplomats say the relief effort in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew is finally gaining steam, with the flow of food and medicine increasing to cities that will serve as hubs for desperate outlying villages. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: The relief effort from Hurricane Matthew is finally gaining steam, with the flow of food and medicine increasing to cities that will serve as hubs for desperate outlying villages, aid workers and diplomats say. (WP)
  • Mexico: The website www.memoriayverdad.mx was launched to document human rights abuses in the country. (AFP)
  • United States: US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Hurricane Matthew’s destruction in Haiti has put on hold a new policy of deporting Haitians in the country without permission but the government intends to return to it in the future. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A new generation of Hong Kong pro-democracy politicians thumbed its nose at China, openly defying Beijing during a swearing-in ceremony for Hong Kong’s parliament. (Guardian)
  • Australia: Australian counter-terror authorities arrested two 17-year-old males in the southwest of Sydney, pre-empting a terror attack. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s special warfare command is seeking to create an aviation unit to send commandos into North Korea in times of military conflict. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The country’s ruling junta and Crown Prince will hold talks following days of unprecedented concern over the health of ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: The US and the EU called on the Vietnamese government to release Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a popular blogger arrested for alleged anti-state writing. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Russian defense ministry said accusations by UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson of a Russian attack on an aid convoy in Syria are “Russophobic hysteria”. (Guardian)
  • France: Lawyers for the main suspect in the NOV2015 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, said they will no longer defend him. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities issued arrest warrants for 215 police officers, including 147 police chiefs, in an operation linked to July’s attempted coup. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved the deployment of additional German troops to help operate NATO surveillance aircraft as part of the US-led fight against Islamic State. (Reuters)
  • Region: said senior advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Akbar Velayati, said Iran and Russia must boost strategic cooperation on Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Huge crowds of black-clad Shiite Muslim pilgrims thronged the shrine city of Karbala, for the annual Ashura commemorations. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Turkish Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus said Turkish troops will remain in the northern Bashiqa military camp until Islamic State militants have been driven from the city of Mosul. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The US is seeing growing indications Iran-allied Houthi rebels, despite denials, were responsible for an attack on a Navy destroyer off the country’s coast. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: An Australian Cyber Security Center report revealed that foreign spies installed malicious software on an Australian government agency’s computer system, stealing an unknown number of documents. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon Songda
    • Location: 618 NM ESE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Winds: 149 mph
    • Movement: NE at 18 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Nicole
    • Location: 360 NM SSW of Bermuda
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Movement: W at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 07OCT: 196,436 (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 07OCT: 107,513
      • Deaths as of 07OCT: 106
        • 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 16SEP: 1,806 (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 16SEP: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 06OCT:  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 06OCT: 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 06OCT: 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 (13OCT)

  • Global: International Day for Disaster Reduction – 1989
  • Asia Region: US special envoy for North Korean human rights issues Ambassador Robert King to visit Japan
  • Azerbaijan: Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif to visit (to 15OCT)
  • Ukraine: A delegation of Italian parliamentarians to visit Russia-occupied Crimea (to 15OCT)
  • Mexico: 72nd Annual Assembly of the Inter American Press Association
  • Russia: Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov and his Japanese counterpart Shinsuke Sugiyama to hold another round of strategic talks in Moscow
  • Rwanda: US Secretary of State John Kerry to travel to Kigali (to 14OCT)

 

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