ONS: 13 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 14, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Congo has been brought under control by a major vaccination campaign, the World Health Organization said.
  • AMERICAS: In 2015, 43.4 percent of all households in Latin America and the Caribbean had access to the Internet, almost doubling the 2010 level, according to a UN report.
  • ASIA: US bombers flew over South Korea in a show of force and solidarity with its ally after North Korea’s nuclear test last week.
  • EUROPE: Luxembourg FM Jean Asselborn has called for Hungary to be suspended or even expelled from the EU because of its “massive violation” of EU values.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The cessation of hostilities in Syria is holding well into its first day, reports suggest.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Smartphone app Telegram, favored by the Islamic State group thanks to its encrypted messaging, is proving a headache for French anti-terror investigators.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Israel conducts air raid after Golan strike; denies warplane shoot-down.
    • Israel said its aircraft attacked a Syrian army position after a stray mortar bomb struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
    • Shortly after the air raid, Syria’s armed forces claimed to have shot down an Israeli warplane and an unmanned drone along the frontier between the countries.
    • Syria also cast the Israeli airstrikes as coming in support of “armed terrorist groups,” often referring to opposition fighters as terrorists.
    • The Israel Defense Forces rejected Syrian military claims to have downed an Israeli warplane and drone over southwest Syria as “completely false.”
    • The incident is the fifth exchange of fire between Israel and Syria in less than two weeks.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, Reuters, USA Today, VOA

AFRICA

  • Region: A yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Congo has been brought under control by a major vaccination campaign, the World Health Organization said. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: A police investigation into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is destabilizing the government and creating uncertainty within the economy, deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas said. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: Police plan to ban public demonstrations in the capital Harare for a month. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: In 2015, 43.4 percent of all households in Latin America and the Caribbean had access to the Internet, almost doubling the 2010 level, according to a UN report. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The lower house of Congress has removed from office lawmaker Eduardo Cunha, who pushed for the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff, on graft charges. (AFP)
  • Honduras: Delvin Salgado, the mayor of El Negrito, has been arrested on suspicion of directing a group of assassins. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: The push to remove embattled President Nicolas Maduro has entered its endgame, as the opposition must collect four million signatures in three days to trigger a referendum. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: A curfew has been imposed across Indian-administered Kashmir as Muslims across the country celebrate Eid. (BBC)
  • Korean Peninsula: US bombers flew over South Korea in a show of force and solidarity with its ally after North Korea’s nuclear test last week. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: The Red Cross warned of a “major and complex disaster,” after floods killed scores of North Koreans and left thousands in need of urgent help. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The country moved to shore up relations with the US with guarantees a treaty between them would be honored and security ties were “rock solid”. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: The country’s military courts will still hear some 500 ongoing cases against civilians, a day after the regime announced an end to the controversial practice. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Luxembourg FM Jean Asselborn has called for Hungary to be suspended or even expelled from the EU because of its “massive violation” of EU values. (BBC)
  • France: A Paris judge has handed preliminary terrorism charges to three women suspected of planning imminent attacks in the country on behalf of the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Germany: Three Syrian men believed sent by the Islamic State group were arrested in raids, part of efforts to root out extremists amid the migrant influx. (AP)
  • Turkey: The nation asked the US to arrest American-based preacher Fethullah Gulen for “ordering” the 15JUL coup bid aimed at ousting the government. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Three Qatari members of a Gulf Arab military coalition have been killed during operations in Yemen. (Reuters)
  • Region: Qatar called for good relations between Gulf Arabs and Iran, amid fresh strains between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran over the hajj pilgrimage. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The cessation of hostilities in the country is holding well into its first day, reports suggest. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Smartphone app Telegram, favored by the Islamic State group thanks to its encrypted messaging, is proving a headache for French anti-terror investigators. (AFP)
  • Technology: US tech firms including Facebook, Google, and Twitter are urging the US Congress to support a plan for the US government to cede control of the Internet’s technical management to the global community. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Super Typhoon Meranti
    • 398 NM SE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Winds: 185 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Malakas
    • 289 NM N of Yap
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Depresson Rai
    • 51 NM SE of Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Orlene
    • 660 miles WSW of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Ian
    • 1010 miles SE of Bermuda
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island
    • Molton lava eruption 30m in the air, with no immediate threat to infrastructure or civilians. (Reuters)
  • 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 (14SEP)

  • Taiwan: Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defense Fair (to 17SEP)

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