ONS: 15 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 16, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The death toll from twin bomb blasts that struck busy junctions in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has jumped to 85.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, opposition candidates could expect to sweep to victory in elections given overwhelming voter dissatisfaction over a collapsed economy and new revelations linking unpopular Maduro to the Odebrecht bribery scandal.
  • ASIA: Australia and East Timor have reached a breakthrough agreement on a maritime border.
  • EUROPE: Russia’s National Anti-terrorism Committee said that the country has detained four supporters of the Islamic State on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks in the Republic of Dagestan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Islamic State fighters are set to abandon Raqqa in a withdrawal agreed with US-backed militias that have them surrounded.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that his country does not support a French proposal to tax the gross revenues of international tech corporations like Google and Amazon.

 

TOP STORY

  • Austria holds watershed election marked by migrant crisis
    • The far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and Social Democrats are competing for second place.
    • A rightward shift in the EU member would be a fresh headache for Brussels as it struggles with UK’s decision to leave and the rise of nationalists in Europe.
    • Kurz says he will shut the main migrant routes into Europe.
    • Founded by ex-Nazis after the second world war, the FPO almost won the presidency last year and topped opinion polls before Kurz’s radical OeVP makeover in spring.
    • Such parties also pose a challenge to the democratic foundations underpinning the entire EU project.
    • Coverage: AFP, AJ, BBC, GUA, REU

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: The country’s army closed the eastern port of Tubruq over detected smuggling of drugs, fuel, and other raw materials. (XIN)
  • Somalia: Death toll from twin bomb blasts that struck busy junctions in the heart of Mogadishu has jumped to 85. (REU)
  • South Africa: Ruling party African National Congress needs to put an end to scandals that are tarnishing its image. (REU)

 

AMERICAS

  • US: Authorities say a lockdown has been lifted on the campus of Virginia State University following a shooting that left one person injured. (WP)
  • Peru: The defense team of former President Alejandro Toledo asked a court to free one of his bank accounts in Lima. (XIN)
  • Venezuela: Opposition candidates could expect to sweep to victory in elections, given overwhelming voter dissatisfaction over a collapsed economy and new revelations linking unpopular Maduro to the Odebrecht bribery scandal. (LA)

 

ASIA

 

  • Afghanistan:  Security forces repelled an attack of Islamic States militants, killing eight IS fighters and injuring four others. (XIN)
  • Region: Australia and East Timor have reached a breakthrough agreement on a maritime border, ending a decade-old row between the two nations that has stalled a $40 billion offshore gas project. (REU)
  • Vietnam: Landslides and floods caused by torrential rain this week in northern and central regions have killed 60, left 37 missing and injured 31 others. (XIN)

 

 

EUROPE

 

  • Macedonia: Macedonians go to polls to elect mayors and town officials in a test for the new government that has pledged to speed up the Balkan country’s accession to NATO and the European Union. (REU)
  • Russia: The National Anti-terrorism Committee said that the country has detained four supporters of the Islamic State on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks in the Republic of Dagestan. (XIN)
  • UK: Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party party which is keeping Britain’s government in power has concerns over finance minister Philip Hammond, saying he is causing unnecessary division over Brexit. (REU)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

  • Palestine: A senior official of the Islamic Hamas movement said that the Gaza Strip is now under the mandate of the Palestinian consensus government of PM Rami Hamdallah. (XIN)
  • Region: A local Kurdish media source reported that Iranian authorities blocked its border crossing points with the region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq in response to controversial independence referendum held by the region last month. (XIN)
  • Syria: Islamic State fighters are set to abandon Raqqa in a withdrawal agreed with US-backed militias that have them surrounded. (REU)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that his country does not support a French proposal to tax the gross revenues of international tech corporations like Google and Amazon. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Khanun
    • Location: 210 NM N of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 105 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Ophelia
    • Location: 670 NM SW of the Azores
    • Wind: 115 mph
    • Movement: NE at 28 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)
    • 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16OCT)

  • Global: World Food Day
  • Germany: Anniversary of the execution of Nazis convicted in the Nuremburg Trials – 1946
  • Kazakhstan: CSO to hold Unbreakable Brotherhood-2017 military drills (to 20OCT)
  • Korean Peninsula: US to conduct joint military exercises with South Korea
  • Oman: Quadrilateral Coordination Group to meet to discuss reviving Afghanistan-Taliban peace talks
  • Spain: Deadline for Catalan Premier Carles Puigdemont to state whether Catalonia formally declares independence
  • Switzerland: UN Human Rights Committee 121st Session opens (to 10NOV)
  • Switzerland: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to meet in Geneva
  • United States: Bilateral talks between Japan and the United States on trade and infrastructure to take place in Washington, DC
  • United States: The OAS to hold a second round of hearings on whether the situation in Venezuela should be referred to the ICC (to 17OCT)

 

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