ONS: 15 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 16, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya the Tripoli-based Government of National Salvation, a rival to the UN-backed unity government, seized key offices in the capital.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro signed off on the country’s 2017 budget, without parliamentary approval.
  • ASIA: Former Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda has temporarily assumed the role of regent for the Thai throne, as Thailand mourns the death of the King.
  • EUROPE: Switzerland is hosting multilateral talks in an attempt to stop fighting in Aleppo, Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, a suicide bombing targeting Shi’ite Muslims in northern Baghdad killed at least 31, and wounded 65.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Privacy advocates in Congress are moving to stop a new rule from taking effect December 1 that would allow law enforcement to hack millions of computers at once with one search warrant.

TOP STORY

  • Global: More than 170 nations reach an accord to phase out use of HFCs.  
    • The amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol places deadlines on countries to begin lowering their emissions of  hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
    • HFCs are a powerful global warming agent, and are more harmful than carbon dioxide in climate change.
    • HFCs were developed as a replacement chemical to use in refrigerants after the Montreal Protocol phased out chlorofluorocarbons, which damaged the ozone layer.
    • HFC leakage from the increased use of air conditioning around the world threatens to increase the global temperature by an additional half degree in this century.
    • Under the new amendment, developed nations will be required to begin phasing out HFCs quickly; the United States will be required to begin lowering emissions in 2019.  Most developing countries will have until 2024 to begin lowering emission levels.
    • Sources: WP, NYT, CNN, BBC,

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The military launched airstrikes against extremist targets in the Sinai Peninsula, in response to an ISIS attack that had killed 12 soldiers at a checkpoint. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Russian paratroopers traveled to the country to take part in joint anti-terror drills. (Tass)
  • Libya: The Tripoli-based Government of National Salvation, a rival to the UN-backed unity government, seized key offices in the capital and proclaimed the reinstatement of their administration. (AFP)
  • Niger: An American NGO worker was kidnapped by unknown attackers and transported to Mali. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Health Ministry reports 2,033 cases of zika-related microcephaly have been confirmed in the past year. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro signed off on the country’s 2017 budget, drawing fire from the opposition-led National Assembly, which accused him of despotism. (Reuters)
  • Puerto Rico: Outgoing governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla presented a fiscal turnaround plan to a federal oversight board, stating if “things do not change” the island faces a 10-year cumulative budget deficit of $34 billion. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The anti-graft watchdog of China’s ruling Communist Party has criticized the Beijing government department in charge of Hong Kong affairs for weak leadership and not properly following policy following a routine inspection. (Reuters)
  • India: A stampede at a religious gathering in northern India killed 12 people and injured five others. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Former prime minister Prem Tinsulanonda has temporarily assumed the role of regent for the throne, as the country mourns the death of the King. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Belgium: The country overcame a political deadlock over its budget, Prime Minister Charles Michel said, after talks collapsed earlier this week straining his center-right coalition. (Reuters)
  • France: President Hollande led tributes to those killed in a Bastille Day attack in the southern resort city of Nice. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Government forces shelled the militia positions in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic eight times over the past 24 hours, the LPR defense authorities said. (Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen said that one of its warplanes had “wrongly targeted” a funeral in Sanaa, killing more than 140 people. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A suicide bombing targeting Shi’ite Muslims in northern Baghdad killed at least 31, and wounded 65. (AP)
  • Syria: At least 15 people were killed by suspected US-led air strike on the northern province of al-Raqqa. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Switzerland is hosting multilateral talks in an attempt to stop fighting in Aleppo.  (Washington Post)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Privacy: Privacy advocates in Congress are moving to stop a new rule from taking effect December 1 that would allow law enforcement to hack millions of computers at once with one search warrant. (USA Today)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Sarika
    • Location: 168 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Winds: 104 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Haima
    • Location: 251 NM E of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 18 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Nicole
    • Location: 640 NM S of Cape Race, Newfoundland
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 145km NNE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 447 km
    • Map
  • 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 07OCT: 196,436 (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 07OCT: 107,513
      • Deaths as of 07OCT: 106
        • 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 16SEP: 1,806 (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 16SEP: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 13OCT:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, 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, 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 13OCT: 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 13OCT: 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 (16OCT)

  • Global: World Food Day – 1945
  • Brunei: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit (to 18OCT)
  • Montenegro: Parliamentary elections
  • Syria: International meeting on Syria conflict to be held in London, UK
  • Judaism: Sukkot (to 23OCT)

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