ONS: 13 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 14, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta opened parliament, while opposition lawmakers boycotted the legislature.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was prepared to meet the opposition for talks brokered by former Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero.
  • ASIA: Myanmar’s national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing outrage over ethnic violence that has forced about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly session.
  • EUROPE: The Romanian coast guard rescued about 150 migrants on the Black Sea, a new route for migrants trying to reach Western Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu labeled the Kurdistan Workers’ Party a terrorist organization, but said Israel supports Kurdish independence.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China has set up its first “commercial” quantum network, the country’s latest step in advancing “hack proof” communications.

 

TOP STORY

  • Europe: Chief Jean-Claude Juncker gives EU state of the union.
    • European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker urged EU governments to take advantage of Brexit and an economic upswing to forge a tighter union at the heart of world trade.
    • The “wind is back in Europe’s sails”, Juncker has said in his annual state of the union address.
    • Juncker told the European Parliament that Brexit would be a “sad, tragic” moment for the EU but that the 27-member union would “move on.”
    • Juncker called for a special summit in Romania on 30MAR2019, the first day of an EU of 27 member states rather than 28.
    • Juncker also proposed to start EU free-trade talks with Australia and New Zealand, giving the bloc a role in screening foreign investments and deepening euro-area integration.
    • Coverage: BBC, BBC-2, Bloomberg, Guardian, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta opened parliament, while opposition lawmakers boycotted the legislature. (Reuters)
  • Mozambique: The country’s anti-corruption authorities initiated the rial of 28 officials who allegedly diverted USD 2.7M from the national fund for agriculture. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma suffered a setback when a court ruled the election of a faction loyal to him two years ago was invalid. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country’s top court authorized a new corruption and money laundering investigation of President Michel Temer. (AP)
  • Haiti: Protesters brought parts of the capital Port-au-Prince to a standstill in violent demonstrations against the government’s budget plans. (AFP)
  • United States: The death toll from Hurricane Irma has climbed to 22 in the country, while power has been restored to over 2 million customers in Florida. (AP)
  • United States: The Supreme Court agreed with the Trump administration and put on hold a lower-court decision that would have allowed more refugees to enter the country. (WP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said he was prepared to meet the opposition for talks brokered by former Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Myanmar: National leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing outrage over ethnic violence that has forced about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly session. (Reuters)
  • New Zealand: Chinese-born MP Jian Yang denied being a spy for China, although he acknowledged having taught students English at one of China’s leading military academies. (FT)
  • North Korea: The country remained defiant over new UN sanctions, vowing to redouble efforts to fight off what it said was the threat of a US invasion. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Philippine lawmakers voted to slash annual funding for the nation’s human rights commission to just USD 20 in response to its investigations into President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. (AFP)
  • Singapore: Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was declared elected as the country’s first woman president. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • France: PM Edouard Philippe said he would pay attention to demonstrations against his planned labor reforms but pledged to push through with them. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The country deported eight Afghan men whose asylum applications were rejected back to Afghanistan. (AP)
  • Romania: The Romanian coast guard rescued about 150 migrants on the Black Sea, a new route for migrants trying to reach Western Europe. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish authorities issued detention warrants for 79 former school employees over alleged links to last year’s failed military coup. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia said it would not oppose an independent, international investigation of rights violations and crimes in war-torn Yemen, but raised questions about “timing.” (AP)
  • Region: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu labeled the Kurdistan Workers’ Party a terrorist organization, but said Israel supports Kurdish independence. (AP)
  • Region: Israeli banks are contributing to the proliferation of West Bank settlements by providing loans and mortgages for construction there, violating their human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said. (AP)
  • Iran: Reports indicate the Revolutionary Guard detained an unidentified leader of the Islamic State extremist group near Tehran. (AP)
  • Yemen: The country’s Shiite Houthi rebels accused former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party of standing by their foe of Saudi-led coalition, threatening to break from political and military partnership with Saleh. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China has set up its first “commercial” quantum network, the country’s latest step in advancing “hack proof” communications. (Reuters)
  • Technology: The anonymity afforded by the internet, especially in the dark web, is hindering efforts to fight human trafficking, the UN migration agency IOM said. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Talim
    • Location: 150 NM SSW of Kadena AB
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Doksuri
    • Location: 255 NM W of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Jose
    • Location: 495 NM NE of the Southeastern Bahamas
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: SE at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Fifteen-E
    • Location: 770 NM SW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 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 12SEP: 2,080 (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 12SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14SEP)

  • Belarus: Joint military exercises with Russia (to 20SEP)
  • Kazakhstan: Syria talks to take place in Astana (to 15SEP)
  • Mexico: Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit
  • Nepal: Children’s Day – 2008
  • Nicaragua: San Jacinto Day – 1856
  • United Kingdom: Qatar Global Security & Stability Conference to be held in London

 

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