ONS: 15 August 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 16, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: President Edgar Lungu was leading in Zambia’s presidential election, but his main rival demanded a recount, citing irregularities.
  • AMERICAS: Tensions flared again in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with one person shot and a police officer injured, amid the fallout of a fatal police shooting.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Park Geun Hye called for efforts to forge a “future-oriented relationship” with Japan on South Korea’s 71st Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule.
  • EUROPE: The EU should grant Turks visa-free travel in October or the migrant deal that involves Turkey stemming the flow of illegal migrants to the bloc should be put aside, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi health ministry will enforce tight border control measures to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Zika viruses during the Hajj season which will start next month.
  • TECHNOLOGY: As the Internet of Things becomes more widespread, security, privacy protections and corporate transparency are set to become core consumer issues.

TOP STORY

  • Kashmir: Indian PM Modi chides Pakistan as violence flares in disputed region.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi took aim at supporters of “terrorism” in his Independence Day speech, ratcheting up criticism of Pakistan while avoiding direct mention of month-long protests in Kashmir.
    • Mr. Modi emphasized alledged human rights violations by Pakistani forces in the Balochistan province and Gilgit, a city in the part of the Kashmir region that Pakistan controls.
    • Mr. Modi’s reference to happenings in Pakistan is being seen as a reaction to comments by Pakistani leaders supporting demands for freedom in India-administered Kashmir.
    • Simultaneously, a police paramilitary commander was shot dead in Kashmir while at least two suspected separatist militants were killed in gun-battles as violence flared in the disputed Himalayan region.
    • Coverage: AFP, DPA, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Mozambique: Six people have been killed by Renamo rebels, the latest in a string of violent skirmishes between opposition fighters and government forces. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The Nigerian army said a journalist and two others are wanted for questioning after a new Boko Haram video purporting to show the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls was released. (Al Jazeera)
  • Zambia: President Edgar Lungu was leading in the presidential election, but his main rival demanded a recount, citing irregularities. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: A criminal gang has dropped three iceboxes with a severed head in each near a government building in Chilpancingo with warning messages. (BBC)
  • United States: Tensions flared again in Milwaukee, with one person shot and a police officer injured, amid the fallout of a fatal police shooting. (Reuters)
  • United States: President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for Louisiana, where at least five people have died and 7,000 people rescued from historic flooding. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean President Park Geun Hye called for efforts to forge a “future-oriented relationship” with Japan on South Korea’s 71st Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule. (Kyodo)
  • Region: Three Occupy Hong Kong activists were sentenced to community service and suspended jail terms for their involvement in a large pro-democracy demonstration two years ago. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents captured a key district in the northern province of Baghlan away after days of fighting. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye defended the proposed deployment of a US anti-missile system as an act of self-defense against North Korea, as hundreds of residents shaved their heads in protest at the plan. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey says Ankara needs defense cooperation with countries outside NATO because some Western partners are unwilling to sell Turkey equipment or exchange information. (AP)
  • Region: The EU should grant Turks visa-free travel in October or the migrant deal that involves Turkey stemming the flow of illegal migrants to the bloc should be put aside, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: UK employers have become more cautious about hiring new staff following the vote to leave the EU, a report claims. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Turkish police raided three major courts in Istanbul in search of more than 170 suspects wanted over last month’s attempted coup. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Israeli army destroyed the home of a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank, after he killed a 13-year-old girl as she slept in her bed. (AFP)
  • Region: A suicide bomber inside a bus killed at least 32 Syrian rebels crossing from Turkey into Syria, with conflicting reports on the exact location of the attack. (DPA)
  • Saudi Arabia: The Saudi health ministry will enforce tight border control measures to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Zika viruses during the Hajj season which will start next month. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Syrian opposition sources say a push by rebel groups and al-Qaida-linked militants to open a new front with government forces in Aleppo has failed. (AP)
  • Yemen: The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemeni rebels said it would allow humanitarian flights into Sanaa’s international airport. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: As the Internet of Things becomes more widespread, security, privacy protections and corporate transparency are set to become core consumer issues. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 09W (Chanthu)
    • Location: 586 NM SSE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Movement: N at 16 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 (16AUG)

  • Croatia: Campaigns to start for snap elections

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