ONS: 12 September 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 13, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria’s president Buhari ordered security to be tightened at camps for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict after seven people were killed in a bomb blast.
  • AMERICAS: The U.S. House of Representatives rejected the controversial Iran nuclear deal.
  • ASIA: A gas cylinder explosion killed at least 82 restaurant-goers in India’s Madhya Pradesh state.
  • EUROPE: The RAF scrambled fighter jets to intercept two Russian bombers flying near British airspace.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US and its allies conducted 30 airstrikes against the Islamic State across the region, according to the U.S. military.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US president Barack Obama condemned Chinese cyberattacks against U.S. government institutions as “unacceptable,” stressing the need for a more rapid response to such threats.

 

TOP STORY

  • Saudi Arabia: A crane collapsed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque during worship, killing 107.

○     The head of Saudi Arabia’s civil defence said strong winds and heavy rains had caused the collapse.

○     Mecca is currently preparing for the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.

○     Saudi authorities began a major expansion of the site last year to increase the area of the mosque by 400,000 square metres (4.3 million square feet), to allow it to accommodate up to 2.2 million people at once.

○     Coverage: AP, BBC, Guardian, Independent, REUT, Telegraph,

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: President Buhari ordered security to be tightened at camps for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict after seven people were killed in a bomb blast. (AFP).
  • Sierra Leone: The country recorded its fifth case of the Ebola virus. (XIN)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe reshuffled his cabinet in a move to consolidate power, appointing 14 new ministers in the process. (VOA)

AMERICAS

  • Region: A group of Colombians used the Chinese counterfeit market to launder more than $5 billion for drug traffickers in the United States, Europe and Asia, U.S. federal prosecutors stated. (NYT)
  • Chile: The country saw clashes on the 42nd anniversary of the Pinochet-led coup. (AP)
  • Cuba: Havana is set to release 3,500 prisoners ahead of a visit by Pope Francis next week. (BBC)
  • United States: The House of Representatives rejected the controversial Iran nuclear deal. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • India: A gas cylinder explosion killed at least 90 restaurant-goers in Madhya Pradesh state. (XIN)
  • Nepal: Five protesters and one police officer died in the south of the country in a demonstration against a proposed new constitution. (AFP)
  • Singapore: The nation’s ruling party, the People’s Action Party, won elections and returned to power. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Armenia: Thousands gathered in the capital Yerevan to protest the government’s recent electricity rate hike and demanded a cancellation of the hike. (AP)
  • Spain: Flag-waving protesters in Barcelona rallied for Catalan’s independence from the country. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Russian president Vladimir Putin and his former Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi met for informal talks on the Crimean Peninsula, which has been under Russian occupation since early 2014. (REUT)
  • Ukraine: The country reported its first shooting-free day since the beginning of hostilities in its eastern Donbass region in 2014. (XIN)
  • United Kingdom: The RAF scrambled fighter jets to intercept two Russian bombers flying near British airspace. (REUT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US and its allies conducted 30 airstrikes against the Islamic State, according to the US military. (REUT)
  • Egypt: The country’s military reported that it killed 98 militants in a recent operation in Sinai. (REUT)
  • Iraq: Bombs killed 13 members of the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces during an anti-IS operation. (AFP)
  • Syria: 11 people were killed in rebel shelling in Damascus. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Security: US president Barack Obama condemned Chinese cyberattacks against U.S. government institutions as “unacceptable,” stressing the need for a more rapid response to such threats. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: None to report.
  • Hurricanes: None to report.
  • Earthquakes: None to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mexico’s Colima volcano experienced a series of small eruptions resulting the the expulsion of ash and smoke.

○     Euronews, Skynews

  • 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 Cholera – Tanzania

§ Cases as of 06SEP: 971

§ Deaths as of 06SEP: 13

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 (13SEP)

  • Judaism:  Rosh Hashanah (to 15SEP)
  • Russia: Local elections

 

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