ONS: 12 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 13, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Leaders of the two sides responsible for mass killings and rapes in South Sudan’s ongoing conflict have amassed enormous wealth, at least some of it illegally, according to a new report by the Sentry.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, supporters of gay and lesbian rights marched to Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral in response to protests opposing same-sex marriage.
  • ASIA: South Korea is preparing for another imminent nuclear test by North Korea, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, Kurdish militants were responsible for a car bomb which ripped through the southeast city of Van, injuring scores of people.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkey said the offensive in Syria would continue until its borders were completely secured and “all terrorists” were routed.
  • TECHNOLOGY: CIA Director John Brennan warned Russia has “exceptionally capable and sophisticated” computer capabilities and that the US must be on guard.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US-Russia ceasefire to begin at sunset.
    • A ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia is set to begin at sunset in Syria amid mixed messages of commitment from various rebel factions but with verbal backing by President Bashar Assad’s government.
    • The 10-day truce is due to be followed by co-ordinated US-Russian air strikes against jihadist militants.
    • The ceasefire represents a beginning of an at-least temporary letup in the war, and a chance for some much-needed humanitarian relief for the hundreds of thousands of embattled Syrians who have endured this five-year-old conflict.
    • Government troops and insurgents fought in several parts of Syria, apparently seeking to strengthen their positions before the ceasefire takes place, as Free Syrian Army rebels said they would observe but with major reservations.
    • When they reconvene early next week, Moscow and Washington are also expected to discuss ways to cooperate against Islamic State, a mostly foreign fighting force reviled by most local rebel groups.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The country has released the fourth and final member of a band arrested in May after they made an online video mocking the government. (AFP)
  • Libya: A rival force seized the Libyan oil port of Zuwaytina from guards loyal to the UN-backed unity government in a new blow to its authority. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Leaders of the two sides responsible for mass killings and rapes in the country’s ongoing conflict have amassed enormous wealth, at least some of it illegally, according to a new report by the Sentry. (NYT)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra sees China as a key, “strategic partner” with a “long-term vision.” (Xinhua)
  • Chile: People across the country honored former President Salvador Allende, marking the 43rd anniversary of the 1973 coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who overthrew him. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Supporters of gay and lesbian rights marched to Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral in response to protests opposing same-sex marriage. (BBC)
  • United States: Authorities say a New York City woman attacked two Muslim women and tried to rip off one woman’s hijab. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Chinese and Russian navies launched eight days of war games in the South China Sea in a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The ongoing peace efforts with the Hekmatyar-led Islamic Party the Hizb-e-Islami would soon be finalized, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea is preparing for another imminent nuclear test by North Korea, the South Korean Defense Ministry said. (CNN)
  • North Korea: The death toll from severe flooding in the country has risen to 133 with another 395 missing and tens of thousands left homeless, the UN said. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Austria: The re-run of the country’s presidential 02OCT election needs to be postponed because of problems with glue on postal votes not sticking. (AFP)
  • Britain: Some 200 religious leaders appealed to PM Theresa May to “do more to welcome refugees” by revising asylum rules and adhering to humanitarian principles. (DPA)
  • Croatia: The conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) won snap parliamentary elections at the weekend, but faces immediate coalition talks. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Kurdish militants were responsible for a car bomb which ripped through the southeast city of Van, injuring scores of people. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen says Saudi air defense forces have shot down a ballistic missile fired at the kingdom from Yemen. (AP)
  • Region: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” days after Israel’s leader lobbed that same allegation at the Palestinians. (AP)
  • Region: Gulf Arab countries have expressed “deep concern” over a bill passed by the US Congress that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. (AP)
  • Iran: The country did not made any secret deal with western powers over its nuclear issues, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the nation’s Atomic Energy Organization. (Kyodo)
  • Syria: Turkey said the offensive in the country would continue until its borders were completely secured and “all terrorists” were routed. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: CIA Director John Brennan warned Russia has “exceptionally capable and sophisticated” computer capabilities and that the US must be on guard. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Meranti
    • 534 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Winds: 135 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Depresson Nineteen
    • 280 NM ESE of Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 11 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Depresson Eighteen
    • 82 NM W of Navsta, Guam
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Depresson Seventeen
    • 896 NM NNE of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 27 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Orlene
    • 700 miles SW of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
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  • 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 09SEP: 185,229 (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 09SEP: 67,620
      • Deaths as of 09SEP: 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 (13SEP)

  • Global: 71st session of the UN General Assembly (to 26SEP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Kim Hong-Hyun to meet with US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim in Seoul
  • United States: Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada to visit
  • Venezuela: XVII Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit to be held on Margarita Island, Venezuela to assume rotating presidency (to 18SEP)

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