ONS: 14 September 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 15, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Democratic Republic of Congo’s leading opposition party broke off talks with representatives of President Joseph Kabila, leaving the two sides deadlocked ahead of next year’s presidential election.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia plans to launch a formal protest Monday against Venezuela for allowing warplanes to cross into Colombian airspace, amid a border crisis between the neighbors.
  • ASIA: Australian PM Tony Abbott faces another challenge to his position, after a senior minister called on Abbott to allow a vote on his party leadership.
  • EUROPE: European ministers will hold emergency talks Monday on plans to distribute migrants around the continent.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Lebanon, British PM David Cameron arrived on for a one-day visit to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis gripping the Middle East and Europe.
  • TECHNOLOGY: iSight Partners, an intelligence start-up company, has sent its analysts onto the “Dark Web” in order to get ahead of hackers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Egyptian forces mistakenly kill Mexican tourists in Western Desert region.

○     Egyptian security forces killed at least 12 people when a joint police-military patrol fired on a convoy carrying a group of Mexican tourists in Egypt’s remote Western Desert.

○     Egyptian authorizes described the incident as a case of mistaken identity in the isolated Al Wahat area, where Egyptian police and armed forces are battling insurgent groups.

○     Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto condemned the incident and said he had “demanded an exhaustive investigation by the Egyptian government”.

○     The Mexican ministry said an “undetermined” number of its country’s nationals had been attacked and that it was in the process of identifying the two who had been killed.

○     The Egyptian interior ministry said it has formed a team to investigate the incident.

○     Coverage: BBC, CNN, FT, LAT, Reuters, Telegraph, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: The leading opposition party broke off talks with representatives of President Joseph Kabila, leaving the two sides deadlocked ahead of next year’s presidential election. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Attackers tried to hack off body parts from a man with albinism to sell for witchcraft, rising fears of cross-border attacks from neighboring Tanzania. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Stalled economic growth and modernization of the power grid has inspired the country’s push for renewable energy. (WSJ)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombia plans to launch a formal protest Monday against Venezuela for allowing warplanes to cross into Colombian airspace, amid a border crisis between the neighbors. (AFP)
  • United States: Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, warned that jihadists with the Islamic State group could embed with refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria, creating a jihadi pipeline endangering Americans. (AFP)
  • United States: The country has broken up a threat against Pope Francis, who will visit Washington and other American cities this month. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents stormed a prison, killing police, releasing more than 400 inmates, and then attacked troops rushing to help, officials said. (Reuters)
  • Australia: PM Tony Abbott faces another challenge to his position, after a senior minister called on Abbott to allow a vote on his party leadership. (AP)
  • India: Police have offered a reward for the fugitive owner of illegally stored explosives which ripped through a crowded restaurant and killed 88 people after an accidental detonation. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Three suspects were arrested in connection with the investigation into a bomb blast in central Bangkok last month that killed 20 people, police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: Army Gen. Lee Sun-jin was named as the new head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in a major military reshuffle, the defense ministry said. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European ministers will hold emergency talks Monday on plans to distribute migrants around the continent. (AFP)
  • Region: EU member states approved plans for military action against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, seizing and destroying boats to break up networks operating out of Libya. (AFP)
  • Germany: Temporary controls on the border with Austria have been reintroduced to help cope with the influx of migrants, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has said. (BBC)
  • Russia: The nation launched its largest military exercises of the year, Centre-2015, involving some 95,000 soldiers including ground troops, navy and airforce units. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities lifted a curfew in the mainly Kurdish southeastern city of Cizre after reimposing it for 12 hours following a deadly nine-day military lockdown. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Ending the conflict in Syria and Iraq is key to solving the migrant crisis facing Europe, Gen John Allen, special US presidential envoy said. (BBC)
  • Region: Muslims and Israeli police clashed at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound for a second straight day, prompting at least three arrests. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: British PM David Cameron arrived in Beirut for a one-day visit to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis gripping the Middle East and Europe. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: iSight Partners, an intelligence start-up company, has sent its analysts onto the “Dark Web” in order to get ahead of hackers. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Vamco)

○     Location: 141 NM ESE of Da Nang, Vietnam

○     Wind: 18 mph

○     Movement: W at 4 mph

○     Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Aso, Japan

○     Smoke plume results in safe evacuation of area. (Reuters)

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

○     Global Disease Outbreaks:

■     Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

  • Cases: 28,183 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
  • Deaths: 11,306 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
  • Sourcing:WHO,WHO-2, BBC

o Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas

  • Suspected Cases as of 11SEP: 552,162 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
  • Confirmed Cases: 19,293
  • Deaths as of 11SEP: 67 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
  • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC,CDC-2

o Cholera – Tanzania

  • Cases as of 06SEP: 971
  • Deaths as of 06SEP: 13

o Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

  • Cases as of 10SEP: 1542 (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 10SEP: 544 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
  • Sourcing:WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15SEP)

  • Global: 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (to 28SEP)
  • Global: International Day of Democracy – 2007
  • China and Iran:  Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Beijing to discuss Iran’s nuclear agreement and efforts to boost ties with China
  • El Salvador: Independence Day – 1821
  • Guatemala: Independence Day – 1821
  • Honduras: Independence Day – 1821
  • Hungary: Hungarian military will help guard the border, under laws due to be approved by parliament
  • Iran: Anniversary of Iran 7.7 earthquake – 1978
  • Nicaragua: Independence Day – 1821

 

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