ONS: 13 September 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 14, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The police in Nigeria’s Rivers State confirmed the release of Vanguard Newspaper columnist Donu Kogbara, who was abducted from her residence 11 days ago.
  • AMERICAS: The foreign ministers of Venezuela and Colombia met in Quito to discuss the border crisis between their two countries.
  • ASIA: Casualties from a restaurant explosion in India’s Madhya Pradesh region have risen to at least 90 killed and over 150 injured as the authorities begin to search for those responsible.
  • EUROPE: Thousands of people gathered in Warsaw to protest against migrants and the European Union’s fixed migrant quotas.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi accepted Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb’s resignation of the cabinet, though requested the cabinet remain in a caretaking role until a new cabinet could be formed.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Palestinians clashed with Israeli police at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound hours before the start of the Jewish New Year.

○     Last week Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon outlawed two Muslim groups that confront Jewish visitors to the compound, which is holy to both faiths.

○     Palestinian witnesses said police entered the mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, and locked protesters inside.

○     Police say they locked in protesters who threw rocks, fireworks, and other objects as a means of restoring calm and order.

○     According to police, the rioters had barricaded themselves in the mosque overnight with the aim of disrupting visits by Jews to the site ahead of the start of New Year celebrations on Sunday evening.

○     Non-Muslims are allowed to visit the compound, but Jews are forbidden from praying or displaying national symbols for fear of triggering tensions with Muslim worshippers.

○     Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas condemned what he called an “attack” by Israeli authorities at the flashpoint mosque.

○     Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Independent

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Algeria confirmed last month’s arrest of the former head of counter-terrorism, General Hassan. (AFP)
  • Burundi: The country’s president urged the nation’s military to stay united after a failed assassination attempt against the army chief. (REUT)
  • Nigeria: The police in Rivers State confirmed the release of Vanguard Newspaper columnist Donu Kogbara, who was abducted from her residence 11 days ago. (XIN)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The foreign ministers of Venezuela and Colombia met in Quito to discuss the border crisis between their two countries. (XIN)
  • Canada: The country announced the creation of an emergency relief fund for refugees fleeing Syria, which will match private citizens’ donations dollar-for-dollar up to Can$100 million. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) called for an end to paramilitary activities and “dirty warfare,” in order to bring peace to the country. (XIN).
  • Mexico: A judge sentenced the son of the former governor of the western state of Michoacan to just over 11 months in prison for failing to supply evidence on a drug lord. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and New Zealand held FM-level talks on bilateral economic ties and discouraging North Korean provocations. (Yonhap)
  • Afghanistan: Some 145 militants have been killed in latest military operations across the country, the Defense Ministry said. (XIN)
  • Afghanistan: At least three civilians were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in the northern outskirts of Kabul. (XIN)
  • India: Casualties from the Madhya Pradesh restaurant explosion have risen to at least 90 killed and over 150 injured as the authorities begin to search for those responsible. (XIN)

 

EUROPE

  • Belgium: Brussels expressed its readiness to send ground troops to Syria as part of an international coalition in the event that order was restored there. (AFP)
  • Poland: Thousands of people gathered in Warsaw to protest against migrants and the European Union’s fixed migrant quotas. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities lifted a nine-day curfew for residents of Cizre after an operation against Kurdish militants. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkey’s ruling AK Party re-elected Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as its chairman at a party congress. (REUT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar appoints its first ambassador to Iraq in 25 years. (REUT)
  • Egypt: An Egyptian court ratified death sentences for 12 people convicted of planning attacks on behalf of the jihadist Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Egypt: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi accepted Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb’s resignation of the cabinet, though requested the cabinet remain in a caretaking role until a new cabinet could be formed. (AlJazeera)
  • Iran: Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali-Akbar Salehi, announced that recent explorations have resulted in the discovery of a considerable amount of natural uranium reserves. (XIN)
  • Yemen: Saudi-led coalition warplanes heavily bombarded rebel positions across the Yemeni capital ahead of expected UN-mediated talks. (AlJazeera)
  • Yemen: Shiite rebels intensified attacks against pro-government forces in the southern city of Taiz, as they pushed to seize a strategic mountain and landmark positions ahead of scheduled peace talks. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Nothing to report.

WORLD

  • Cyclones:

○     Nothing to report

  • Hurricanes:

○     Nothing to report

  • Earthquakes:

○     A 6.6 magnitude earthquake was reported 59km SSW of Topolobampo, Mexico.

  • Volcanoes:

○     Mexico’s Colima volcano experienced a series of small eruptions resulting the the expulsion of ash and smoke.

○     News Coverage: LAT, REUT

  • 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 (14SEP)

  • CSTO Region: The Collective Security Treaty Organization council meeting in Dushanbe (to 15SEP)
  • Europe Region: Meeting of European Union interior and justice ministers to find “concrete” measures to cope with the escalating refugee/migrant crisis

 

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