ONS: 15 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 16, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Observers found some technical problems but no evidence of vote-rigging in Kenya’s presidential election last month, the EU said.
  • AMERICAS: Talks on establishing a dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the opposition will continue on 27SEP, an agreement reached after two days of discussions.
  • ASIA: Amnesty International claims evidence of an “orchestrated campaign of systematic burnings” by Myanmar security forces targeting dozens of Rohingya villages.
  • EUROPE: In the UK, an explosion on a London Tube train in that left several injured is being treated as terrorism, Scotland Yard said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US is “seeking excuses” to tear up the nuclear deal with Iran by demanding military site inspections, Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Federal Trade Commission began an investigation into a massive data breach at credit bureau Equifax that may have leaked sensitive information on 143M people.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Longest-ever missile test flies over Japan.
    • North Korea fired a ballistic missile across Japan, creating new tension in the region after its nuclear bomb test less than two weeks ago.
    • The UN Security Council will meet today to discuss the latest missile test, diplomats said, at the request of the US and Japan.
    • World leaders condemned North Korea after it conducted its longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile, with some calling for even tougher sanctions.
    • “The range of this test was significant since North Korea demonstrated that it could reach Guam with this missile,” the Union of Concerned Scientists said.
    • In response, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in ordered his military to conduct a live-fire ballistic missile drill.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UN is looking into allegations that complaints of sexual abuse and exploitation made against its peacekeepers in the country were mishandled or unreported. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Observers found some technical problems but no evidence of vote-rigging in the country’s presidential election last month, the EU said. (Reuters)
  • Libya: British FM Boris Johnson said he believes the country’s plans to work towards elections in 2018 are probably “the right timescale.” (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US imposed sanctions on seven Mexican entities and individuals for their links to the country’s drug trafficking organizations. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: Congress will withdraw controversial reforms that critics had described as a serious setback in the country’s fight against political corruption. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Talks on establishing a dialogue between the government and the opposition will continue on 27SEP, an agreement reached after two days of discussions. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: An Indian border guard was killed after Pakistani soldiers fired at several positions along the border in disputed Kashmir. (AP)
  • Cambodia: PM Hun Sen called on the US to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers over accusations that US agents conspired with an opposition leader to plot treason. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Amnesty International claims evidence of an “orchestrated campaign of systematic burnings” by the country’s security forces targeting dozens of Rohingya villages. (WSJ)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte may declare nationwide martial law next week if threatened massive protests against his rule turn violent or disrupt the country, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The country jailed Zhou Hongxu, a mainland Chinese man for 14 months for breaching national security laws, for seeking to arrange meetings between Taiwanese and Chinese officials. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • France: A soldier on anti-terrorism patrol in Paris was attacked, but not injured, by a man who was subsequently arrested. (Reuters)
  • Sweden: PM Stefan Lofven survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence brought on by the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko hopes an anti-corruption chamber will be created next month, expressing doubt an independent court could be established before 2019. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: An explosion on a Tube train in south-west London that left several injured is being treated as terrorism, Scotland Yard said. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Two Hamas militants died in separate tunnel collapses in the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
  • Iran: The US is “seeking excuses” to tear up the nuclear deal with the country by demanding military site inspections, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani said. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The death toll rose to more than 80 killed in an Islamic State group-claimed attack in Nasiriyah targeting a restaurant frequented by Shiite Muslim pilgrims. (AP)
  • Syria: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov held a phone call on the Syrian crisis with his American counterpart Rex Tillerson. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US Federal Trade Commission began an investigation into a massive data breach at credit bureau Equifax that may have leaked sensitive information on 143M people. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Talim
    • Location: 193 NM WNW of Kadena AB
    • Wind: 90 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon Doksuri
    • Location: 122 NM NNW of Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Wind: 115 mph
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Norma
    • Location: 115 NM ESE of Socorro Island
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Max
    • Location: 95 NM E of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: E at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Jose
    • Location: 375 NM NE of the Southeastern Bahamas
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Fifteen-E
    • Location: 1045 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Fourteen
    • Location: 380 NM SSW of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 22 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 01SEP: 30,608 (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 01SEP: 113,910 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 01SEP: 86 (Brazil)
        • 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 12SEP: 2,080 (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 12SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16SEP)

  • Iran: Anniversary of Tabas earthquake – 1978
  • Libya: Martyrs’ Day – 2011
  • Malaysia: Malaysia Day – 1963
  • Mexico: Independence Day – 1810
  • Papua New Guinea: Independence Day – 1975
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis: National Heroes’ Day – Unknown
  • Global: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – 1994

 

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