ONS: 13 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 14, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, twenty-one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been freed.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of Colombians marched in cities across Colombia to demand a peace deal between the government and leftist rebels not be scuttled.
  • ASIA: Australia and Singapore signed a pact under which Singapore will spend up to USD 1.7B to double the capacity of its Australian military training areas.
  • EUROPE: Turkish authorities released American journalist Lindsey Snell, detained for the last two months after she fled Syria claiming to have been kidnapped by extremists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Human Rights Watch said the Saudi-led coalition’s recent bombing of a packed funeral in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, constitutes an apparent war crime.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google said data requests from governments around the world hit a record high in the six months ending in June, extending a steady rise.

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: US Navy strikes Yemen rebel sites with missiles.
    • The US struck and destroyed three coastal radar sites in the country in a military response to a series of attempted attacks against American warships in recent days.
    • The Pentagon said the strikes were carried out in “self defense”.
    • The Navy’s counter attack with multiple Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles was approved by President Obama.
    • The strikes represent Washington’s first direct military action against suspected Houthi-controlled targets in the country’s conflict.
    • The Houthis, who use some weapons smuggled from Iran, denied launching missiles at the Navy.
    • Coverage: CNN, Reuters, USA Today, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The country’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. (Reuters)
  • Central African Republic: Muslim Seleka militia killed 13 refugees in the country’s remote north before UN peacekeepers repelled them, killing at least 10. (Reuters)
  • Djibouti: Japan will lease additional land next year to expand a military base in the country to counter what it sees as growing Chinese influence in the region. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Twenty-one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been freed. (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US authorities will resume sending undocumented Haitian migrants back to their country when deportation flights can land again in the hurricane-ravaged country. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Thousands of Colombians marched in cities across the country to demand a peace deal between the government and leftist rebels not be scuttled. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Clashes broke out between supporters and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro as protesters sought to show momentum in their push to oust him in a referendum. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Philippine police said the bodies of three foreigners with gunshots to their heads have been identified as South Korean nationals. (AP)
  • Region: Australia and Singapore signed a pact under which Singapore will spend up to USD 1.7B to double the capacity of its Australian military training areas. (AP)
  • China: The country’s exports plummeted 10 percent last month, as anemic global demand dealt another blow to the world’s second-largest economy. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A Spanish diplomat was found dead in his Islamabad home in what authorities suspect is a suicide. (AP)
  • Thailand: Hundreds of Thais continue to offer flowers and chant prayers for King Bhumibol Adulyadej outside the Bangkok hospital where the monarch is being treated for multiple health problems. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany’s highest court rejected calls from opponents of a EU-Canada trade deal for an injunction that had the potential to spell an end to the pact. (AP)
  • Germany: Officials demanded answers after Jaber Albakr, suspected of planning an Islamic extremist bombing attack, was able to take his own life in his jail cell. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish authorities released American journalist Lindsey Snell, detained for the last two months after she fled Syria claiming to have been kidnapped by extremists. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Israel held talks in the country, the first such trip since the two countries normalized ties. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Human Rights Watch said the Saudi-led coalition’s recent bombing of a packed funeral in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, constitutes an apparent war crime. (AP)
  • Iran: The country broke up an Islamic State plan to bomb commemorations marking the Shiite religious mourning period of Ashura. (AP)
  • Syria: Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out more than 20 air strikes on rebel-held districts of Aleppo. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: Human rights groups are criticizing the country for its months long detention and prosecution of local human rights activist, Nasser bin Ghaith. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google said data requests from governments around the world hit a record high in the six months ending in JUN16, extending a steady rise. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Aere
    • Location: 130 NM ENE of Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twenty Four
    • Location: 520 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Nicole
    • Location: 180 NM SSW of Bermuda
    • Winds: 130 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 12 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 (14OCT)

  • Armenia: CSTO Collective Security Council meeting in Yerevan, Russian President Putin to attend
  • Tanzania: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Day – 1999

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