ONS: 12 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 13, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Unitaid, an international organization hosted by the World Health Organization, launched a project to bring malaria prevention care to 400,000 pregnant women and their babies in the DR Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria.
  • AMERICAS: As Hurricane Irma dissipated into a tropical storm, nearly two-thirds of Florida was left without electricity.
  • ASIA: Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina visited a refugee camp with hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees and demanded that Myanmar “take steps to take their nationals back.”
  • EUROPE: Turkey signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defense systems – its first major weapons purchase from Moscow.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Human Rights Watch accused the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen of war crimes, saying its airstrikes killed 39 civilians including 26 children in two months.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Cyber-attack Trends Mid-Year Report revealed the threat of cybercrime has evolved rapidly, evidenced by a rapid surge in cyber-attacks in 2017.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: UN backs fresh sanctions as crisis deepens.
    • The UN imposed a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test.
    • The new sanctions set a cap on crude and refined oil exports, natural gas and prohibited all North Korean textile exports.
    • Major US allies in Asia welcomed the UN Security Council’s unanimous vote, with South Korea and Japan prepared to apply more pressure if Pyongyang refuses to end its development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
    • Despite supporting the latest round, China does not believe that sanctions will force the North Korean leader to surrender his weapons.
    • South Korean PM Lee Nak-yon said that while dialogue is ultimately the only solution, it’s not time to talk with North Korea.
    • North Korea has yet to respond to the sanctions.
    • Coverage: BBC, BBC-2, Bloomberg, NPR, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Unitaid, an international organization hosted by the World Health Organization, launched a project to bring malaria prevention care to 400,000 pregnant women and their babies in the DR Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Somali government forces regained control of a town on the border with Kenya after al Shabaab militants stormed an army base, where at least 17 people died. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Militants attacked a security convoy in the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 18 policemen – an assault claimed by Islamic State. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: Lawmakers voted against lifting President Jimmy Morales’ immunity from prosecution, after a congressional commission recommended the protection be withdrawn to open the way for a possible trial on campaign-finance accusations. (AP)
  • United States: As Hurricane Irma dissipated into a tropical storm, nearly two-thirds of Florida was left without electricity. (WP)
  • Venezuela: Eleven people died in an exchange of gunfire with soldiers in the southeast town of Tumeremo, where criminal gangs dispute control of gold mines. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina visited a refugee camp with hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees and demanded that Myanmar “take steps to take their nationals back.” (AP)
  • Cambodia: The country’s main opposition party said it is determined to participate in elections next year despite the arrest of the party’s leader for alleged treason. (AP)
  • China: The country is facing heightened threats from foreign infiltration via religion and from the spread of extremism, said top official for religious affairs, Wang Zuoan. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: A tropical depression flooded metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces that killed at least four people. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defense systems – its first major weapons purchase from Moscow. (AFP)
  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it’s unacceptable for Hungary to ignore a ruling by the EU’s top court that it must accept refugees under an EU-wide plan. (AP)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron’s presidency is facing its first big public test, as unions hold nationwide protests against changes to labor laws that they fear corrode job security. (AP)
  • Turkey: The government issued arrest warrants for 63 people, including former National Intelligence Agency personnel, over alleged links to orchestrating last year’s attempted coup. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Turkish police detained 25 suspected Islamic State militants in operations across Istanbul. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Human Rights Watch accused the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen of war crimes, saying its airstrikes killed 39 civilians including 26 children in two months. (Reuters)
  • Region: Several thousand Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan have fled one makeshift camp for another, running from fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces. (AP)
  • Iraq: The Iraqi parliament voted to oppose an independence referendum planned by Iraqi Kurdish leaders for later this month. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russia’s military says Syrian troops have liberated about 85 percent of the war-torn country’s territory from militants. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Cyber-attack Trends Mid-Year Report revealed the threat of cybercrime has evolved rapidly, evidenced by a rapid surge in cyber-attacks in 2017. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Talim
    • Location: 337 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: NW at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twenty-One
    • Location: 52 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Jose
    • Location: 400 NM NNE of Grand Turk Island
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: NE at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Irma
    • Location: 5 NM S of Columbus, Georgia
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Fifteen-E
    • Location: 640 NM WSW of Manzanilla, Mexico
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: W 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 (13SEP)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the attack on the US Consulate in Herat – 2013
  • Colombia: Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit
  • Israel: Anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords – 1993
  • Singapore: Nomination Day for presidential elections

 

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