ONS: 14 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 15, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Some 600 migrants rescued at sea arrived in Sicily, raising concerns of a renewed surge on the Libyan human trafficking route.
  • AMERICAS: Three-way negotiations between Mexico, the United States and Canada to update the NAFTA have hit their first major hurdle
  • ASIA: North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the United States and South Korea.
  • EUROPE: The European Union is set to agree to ban business ties with North Korea, part of a new package of sanctions to isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is urging Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to stay focused on defeating the Islamic State group and not turn on each other as tensions spike in the disputed region around Kirkuk.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter has handed over to Senate investigators the profile names, or “handles,” of 201 accounts linked to Russian attempts at influencing the US 2016 presidential election.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kurds in Iraq are on high alert amid fears of violence
    • Thousands of Kurdish fighters have been deployed to Iraq’s disputed Kirkuk region, officials say, amid fears that Iraqi government forces want to retake it.
    • US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is urging Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to stay focused on defeating the Islamic State group and not turn on each other as tensions spike in the region around Kirkuk.
    • The Baghdad central government has taken a series of steps to isolate the autonomous Kurdish region since its overwhelming vote for independence in a September 25 referendum, including banning international flights from going there.
    • The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Security Council stated: “We’re receiving dangerous messages that the Hashed al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) and federal police are preparing a major attack from the southwest of Kirkuk and north of Mosul against Kurdistan.”
    • The disputed areas around Kirkuk are claimed by the Kurds, Arabs, and Turkomans. The Kurds want to incorporate the areas on the edge of their Kurdistan region, but their move is fiercely opposed by the Baghdad government.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, REU, XIN

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Nearly 60 men who said they were captured by the Boko Haram Islamist group and forced to fight for them in Nigeria have surrendered to authorities in northern Cameroon. (AFP)
  • Libya: Some 600 migrants rescued at sea arrived in Sicily — one of the biggest influxes since Italy struck a deal with Libyan authorities to limit migrant smuggling — raising concerns of a renewed surge on the Libyan human trafficking route. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The country has decided to start issuing visas on arrival for all Africans, in a major step toward the goal of free movement on the continent. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Three-way negotiations between Mexico, the United States and Canada to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have hit their first major hurdle. (XIN)
  • Mexico: A reputed member of the Gulf drug cartel who is wanted in the United States was apprehended in the capital. (EFE)
  • United States: An estimated 5 percent of the housing stock, or 3,500 homes and businesses, in Santa Rosa city were burned in wildfires ravaging the North Bay area of western California. (XIN)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Afghan Security forces killed 10 militants loyal to the Islamic State (IS) group after repulsing their attack outside Kunar’s provincial capital Assadabad. (XIN)
  • India: A gunfight between militants and Indian troops broke out Saturday in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir. (XIN)
  • North Korea: The country is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Union is set to agree to ban business ties with North Korea, part of a new package of sanctions to isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs. (REU)
  • Italy: Some 600 migrants rescued at sea arrived in Sicily — one of the biggest influxes since Italy struck a deal with Libyan authorities to limit migrant smuggling — raising concerns of a renewed surge on the Libyan human trafficking route. (AP)
  • Norway: The country said it planned to send an armored battalion near its arctic border with Russia and buy more tanks and artillery to respond to growing threats. (REU)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran and Russia will stage a one-day joint naval drill in the Caspian Sea in the coming days. (XIN)
  • Iraq: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is urging Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to stay focused on defeating the Islamic State group and not turn on each other as tensions spike in the disputed region around Kirkuk. (AP)
  • Syria: A spokesman for the US-backed forces fighting Islamic State militants says they are waging the “final” battle to uproot the extremists from the northern city of Raqqa. (AP)
  • Yemen: Former Aden governor, who has declared a council that seeks secession for southern Yemen, said a referendum on independence would be announced soon. (REU)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Twitter has handed over to Senate investigators the profile names, or “handles,” of 201 accounts linked to Russian attempts at influencing the 2016 presidential election. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Khanun
    • Location: 210 NM N of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Ophelia
    • Location: 670 NM SW of the Azores
    • Wind: 100 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 20 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 06OCT: 60,105 (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 06OCT: 122,881 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 06OCT: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • 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)
      • Cases as of 10OCT: 2,090 (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 10OCT: 730 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15OCT)

  • Global: International Day of Rural Women
  • Global: Global Handwashing Day
  • Austria: Parliamentary elections
  • Bulgaria: Italian Air Force to stop patrolling Bulgarian airspace
  • Germany: Regional elections
  • Haiti: UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to officially end
  • Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan presidential election
  • Macedonia: Local elections
  • Tunisia: Evacuation Day
  • Venezuela: Regional elections

 

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