ONS: 14 August 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 15, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a partly Islamist Ugandan armed group, killed 30 civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • AMERICAS: Newly reopened border crossings between Venezuela and Colombia allowed thousands of Venezuelans to stock up on food and other necessities.
  • ASIA: Insurgents attacked three police check points in Afghanistan’s Baghlan province, killing nine policemen.
  • EUROPE: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government reports that “Brexit” could be delayed until late 2019.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Pro-Yemeni government troops, backed by the Saudi-led military coalition, retook the town of Al-Kawd from Islamist militants.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The World Economic Forum has published a report predicting that Bitcoin will become central to the global financial system.

 

TOP STORY

  • Switzerland: A knife attack on a Swiss train left one dead and five more injured
    • A 27-year-old Swiss man set a fire and stabbed several people on a moving train as it approached the Salez station, near the Liechtenstein border.
    • Six people were injured in the attack, including a 6-year-old child, three women, and two men.  One of six people, 34-year-old woman, later died of her injuries.  Two remain in critical condition.
    • The attacker also sustained severe burns and later died of his injuries.
    • Police say the attacker’s motive is unknown, but they are not considering this an act of terror.
    • Sources: WSJ, BBC, AFP-1, AFP-2, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a partly Islamist Ugandan armed group, killed 30 civilians in eastern DRC. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Fighting flared in the southwest of the capital between forces loyal to the president and those backing the opposition; two civilians and a soldier were killed. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: President Edgar Lungu remains ahead of his main rival in early counting from the presidential election, and the main opposition alleges that the vote was rigged. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Five border crossings between Venezuela and Colombia opened allowing thousands of Venezuelans to stock up on food and other products in the neighboring country. (WSJ)
  • Mexico: A Mexican court ordered the release of a prison official jailed on charges of abetting the 2015 escape of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AP)
  • Peru: More than 50,000 people marched in in nine cities across the country, including the capital, to protest violence against women and the indifference of the judicial system. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Thai security forces have asked for Malaysia’s help to identify the owner of a phone used in one of several bombings that struck Thailand last week. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The police chief of Baghlan province reported three police check points were attacked by insurgents overnight, resulting in the death of nine policemen. (AP)
  • Japan: The country reportedly plans to develop a new land-to-sea missile to enhance its defense of disputed southern islands. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Hundreds people in Manila protested against President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ burial in a heroes’ cemetery. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Thousands of people marched through Berlin in the 20th annual demonstration in support of legalizing marijuana. (AP)
  • Italy:  The Interior Ministry ordered the deportation of a Tunisian imam based in a mosque in Puglia, following a warning from Libyan authorities that an ISIS cell is active in Milan. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Theresa May’s government reports that “Brexit” could be delayed until late 2019. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: At least 51 civilians, including four children, were killed in air raids and shelling attacks in Aleppo and the neighboring countryside. (AFP)
  • Yemen:  Pro-government troops, backed by the Saudi-led military coalition, retook the town of Al-Kawd from Islamist militants. (AP)
  • Yemen: The Saudi-led coalition denied reports they targeted a school in the north of the country, killing ten children; rather they claim to have targeted a rebel training camp. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The World Economic Forum has published a report predicting that Bitcoin will become central to the global financial system. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W (Conson)
    • Location: 562 NM E of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Winds: 58 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 21 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 09W (Chanthu)
    • Location: 256NM SSE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: NE at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 05AUG: 178,097 (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 05AUG: 37,067
      • Deaths as of 05AUG: 29
        • 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 25JUL: 1,791 (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 25JUL: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 04AUG:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, 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, Maldives, 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 04AUG: 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 04AUG: 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 (15AUG)

  • Bahrain: Anniversary of independence from UK – 1971
  • Equatorial Guinea: Constitution Day – 1968
  • India: Independence Day – 1947
  • Japan: Anniversary of announcement of surrender in WWII – 1945
  • Morocco: US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter IS Brett McGurk to visit
  • Namibia: Drought conference for Africa to be held in Windhoek (to 19AUG)
  • North Korea: Liberation Day – 1945
  • Peru: Anniversary of 8.0 quake off the coast of Peru killing 519 people and injuring over a 1000 – 2007
  • Romania: Dormition of the Virgin Mary
  • Serbia and Kosovo: US Vice President Joe Biden to visit (to 17AUG)

 

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