ONS: 15 October 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 16, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

 

  • AFRICA: War in South Sudan is worsening despite a faltering peace deal, a coalition of aid agencies said.
  • AMERICAS: Costa Rican police smashed a drug ring linked to the Italian mafia that smuggled cocaine hidden in shipments of vegetables to the US and Europe.
  • ASIA: Myanmar signed a ceasefire with eight ethnic minority armies in a step towards ending decades of civil war.
  • EUROPE: Britain has refused Ecuador’s request to give WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange safe passage for a medical check.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian army troops and their allies, backed by Russian jets, launched an attack on rebel-held towns north of the city of Homs.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Members of European Parliament (MEPs) pressed the European Commission for alternatives to its “safe harbor” policy regarding personal privacy.

 

 

 

TOP STORY

 

  • Cameroon: US deploys military personnel, drones for Boko Haram surveillance.
    • The US deployed 90 military personnel to Cameroon and plans to send surveillance drones to amass intelligence on the Boko Haram militant group and aid counterinsurgency efforts.
    • The US troops will be armed for their protection but that they will not engage in combat.
    • President Obama said the forces would remain in Cameroon until “no longer needed”.
    • Although Boko Haram has not targeted US interests, the Obama administration has become increasingly concerned that the threat could spread.
    • The American officials said the US soldiers would deploy initially to the city of Garoua in northern Cameroon, not far from the Nigerian border.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, Reuters, WSJ, WP

 

 

 

AFRICA

 

  • Niger: A state of emergency was imposed on the southeastern region of Diffa where at least 40 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks blamed on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: War in the country is worsening despite a faltering peace deal, a coalition of aid agencies said. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Police brutality against opposition supporters is on the rise ahead of elections due next year, Human Rights Watch warned. (AFP)

 

 

 

AMERICAS

 

  • Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff vowed to bring the economy back growing again, calling for unity to overcome the economic crisis. (Xinhua)
  • Costa Rica: Police smashed a drug ring linked to the Italian mafia that smuggled cocaine hidden in shipments of vegetables to the US and Europe. (AFP)
  • Honduras: The government seized 19 businesses belonging to Grupo Continental and five homes of company VP Jaime Rosenthal and two other relatives accused by the US of money laundering. (AP)

 

 

 

ASIA

 

  • Region: Vietnam accused China of sinking one of its fishing boats near disputed islands in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • Region: Three militants were killed in two separate gunfights in Indian-controlled Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: The nation signed a ceasefire with eight ethnic minority armies in a step towards ending decades of civil war. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Obama administration is exploring a deal with the country that would limit the scope of it’s nuclear arsenal, the fastest-growing on earth. (NYT)
  • Sri Lanka: Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared before a Presidential Commission over allegations his party failed to pay state media during his failed bid for another term in office. (Xinhua)

 

 

 

EUROPE

 

  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the EU to “show solidarity” in tackling the continent’s spiraling refugee crisis. (AFP)
  • Region: Norway is seeking to return a growing number of Syrian asylum seekers arriving in the Arctic north back to Russia. (Reuters)
  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country would work constructively with Britain on EU reform. (Reuters)
  • Britain: The country has refused Ecuador’s request to give WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange safe passage for a medical check. (AFP)
  • Russia: A Russian state-controlled missile-maker said its investigation of last year’s crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane over rebel eastern Ukraine contradicts conclusions from a Dutch probe. (AP)

 

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

  • Region: Yemen’s Houthi forces fired a ballistic missile at a Saudi air base in retaliation for attacks by a Saudi-led coalition. (Reuters)
  • Iran: China wants to deepen military ties with the country, a senior Chinese admiral was quoted saying after a meeting with the defense minister in Tehran. (Reuters)
  • Iran: In a rare moment of openness, state media broadcasted pictures from an underground missile base. (CNN)
  • Syria: Regime troops and their allies, backed by Russian jets, launched an attack on rebel-held towns north of the city of Homs. (Reuters)

 

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

  • Technology: Members of European Parliament (MEPs) pressed the European Commission for alternatives to its “safe harbor” policy regarding personal privacy. (Xinhua)
  • Technology: Researchers suggest that a recent series of leaks and lawsuits hasn’t deterred governments from investing in off-the-shelf cyberespionage products. (AP)

 

 

 

WORLD

 

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Koppu (24W)
    • Location: 627 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 57 mph
    • Movement: W at 11 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Champi (25W)
    • Location: 394 NM E of Saipan
    • Wind: 57 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Nora (18E)
    • Location: 346 NM SE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 28 mph
    • Movement: NW at 4 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Nineteen-E
    • Location: 1040 miles SSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 18 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,490 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,312 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing:WHO,WHO-2,BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 14OCT: 571,650 (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: 23,483
      • Deaths as of 14OCT: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing:WHO,WHO-2,CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 14OCT: 971
      • Deaths as of 14OCT: 13
      • Sourcing:WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 14OCT: 1595 (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 14OCT: 571 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing:WHO,WHO-2

 

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16OCT)

 

  • Global: World Food Day
  • United States: South Korean President Park Geun Hye to meet with US President Obama

 

 

 

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