ONS: 14 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 15, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Many Nairobi residents returned to work despite a call by opposition leader Raila Odinga to stay at home to protest Kenya’s disputed presidential election.
  • AMERICAS: US VP Mike Pence tamped down President Donald Trump’s threats of US military intervention in Venezuela amid growing regional fears that such comments have strengthened that country’s president, Nicolás Maduro.
  • ASIA: China issued an order banning imports of coal, iron ore, lead concentrates and ore, lead and seafood from North Korea, Beijing moved to implement UN sanctions.
  • EUROPE: North Korea’s success in testing intercontinental ballistic missiles was made possible by black-market purchases probably from a Ukrainian factory with ties to Russia’s missile program, according to classified assessments by US intelligence.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanon’s Hezbollah group says hundreds of Syrian rebels and civilians have started leaving the Lebanon-Syria border area after a deal was reached for their departure.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Saudi Arabian prosecutors summoned a number of Twitter users for promoting extremism.

TOP STORY

  • Burkina Faso: Suspected Islamic extremists attack restaurant, at least 18 dead.
    • Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the capital Ouagadougou, killing at least 18 people.
    • The attack is now over, authorities say, with the two assailants also killed by security forces.
    • It’s not known how many attackers were involved, nor has there been any claim of responsibility.
    • The victims came from several different nationalities, with at least one of the dead was French.
    • African nations launched a new multinational military force to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel last month, but it will not be operational until later this year and faces a budget shortfall.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CBS, CNN, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Many Nairobi residents returned to work despite a call by opposition leader Raila Odinga to stay at home to protest last week’s disputed presidential election. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The UN’s relationship with the country is intact, UN official Peter Lundberg, despite a military raid on a UN compound in the conflict-ridden Maiduguri. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: Sources indicated government plans to drop treason charges against main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and free him from prison. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US VP Mike Pence tamped down President Donald Trump’s threats of US military intervention in Venezuela amid growing regional fears that such comments have strengthened that country’s president, Nicolás Maduro. (WSJ)
  • Region: One of Venezuela’s most powerful leaders, Diosdado Cabello, may have put out an order to kill Florida Senator Marco Rubio, according to intelligence obtained by the US last month. (Miami Herald)
  • Argentina: President Mauricio Macri got a strong show of support in Sunday’s primary election, dealing a setback to former President Cristina Kirchner. (WSJ)
  • Venezuela: The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela said the opposition must return to the electoral path, specifically in regional elections in October. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: China issued an order banning imports of coal, iron ore, lead concentrates and ore, lead and seafood from North Korea, Beijing moved to implement UN sanctions. (Reuters)
  • Region: Heavy monsoon rains, landslides and floods have killed at least 160 people and displaced millions of others across India, Nepal and Bangladesh. (AP)
  • Australia: The country is scrapping secrecy laws designed to stop whistleblowers from speaking out about alleged abuse at offshore asylum-seeker detention camps. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: Tensions eased as South Korean President Moon Jae-in said resolving Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions must be done peacefully and key US officials played down the risk of an imminent war with North Korea. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Fighting between government-backed separatist rebels and pro-Islamic State militants have killed at least 25 people on the southern island of Mindanao. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: North Korea’s success in testing intercontinental ballistic missiles was made possible by black-market purchases probably from a Ukrainian factory with ties to Russia’s missile program, according to classified assessments by US intelligence. (NYT)
  • Region: Germany opened a probe against three Swiss intelligence agents on suspicion of spying on German authorities. (AFP)
  • Greece: Firefighters battled to contain a wildfire northeast of Athens as the blaze spread, causing hundreds to evacuate. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The Russian Aerospace Forces acquired “new methods of striking ground targets” due to the experience gained in Syria, according to force chief commander, Viktor Bondarev. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Lebanon’s Hezbollah group says hundreds of Syrian rebels and civilians have started leaving the Lebanon-Syria border area after a deal was reached for their departure. (AP)
  • Region: Yemen’s Central Bank accused the Saudi-led coalition of blocking flights bringing cash to the country and “strangling” its economy. (AP)
  • Iran: Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed hardliner Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi as new head of the oversight Expediency Council, as Iranian conservatives tightened their grip on a key institution. (AFP)
  • Israel: Billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz and four other suspects were taken into custody on a battery of charges, including money laundering, obstruction of justice and bribery. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Saudi Arabian prosecutors summoned a number of Twitter users for promoting extremism. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Banyan
    • Location: 263 NM NW of Wake Island
    • Wind: 105 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 4 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Gert
    • Location: 785 NM WSW of Bermuda
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone JOVA
    • Location: 1045 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 11AUG: 73,928 (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 11AUG: 67,460 (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 11AUG: 51 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 21JUL: 2,040 (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 21JUL: 712 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2:
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27JUL:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, 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, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
        • Outbreak Terminated as of 27JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
        • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 27JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, 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 Bahrain’s independence – 1971
  • Bangladesh: National Morning Day – 1975
  • Cambodia: Anniversary of the end of US bombing – 1973
  • Colombia: FARC to hand over last of its child soldiers
  • Equatorial Guinea: Constitution Day – 1982
  • India: Independence Day – 1947
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of the August 2013 Beirut car bombing – 2013
  • Lichtenstein: National Day – 1940
  • Macedonia: Macedonia to hold local elections
  • Paraguay: Founding of Asunción – 1537
  • Poland: Armed Forces Day – 1920
  • Republic of the Congo: National Day – 1960
  • South Korea: Anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Korea – 1948
  • Sudan: UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi to visit Sudan over its refugee conditions
  • Turkey: Anniversary of the 1984 PKK bombings – 1984
  • Ukraine: Russia to launch railroad services bypassing Ukraine
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of the Omagh bombing – 1998
  • Zimbabwe: Defense Forces Day – 1980

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