ONS: 16 August 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 17, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An yellow fever outbreak that has killed hundreds in central Africa could spread globally, Save the Children warned, as mass vaccination efforts are to begin.
  • AMERICAS: The parents of seven children illegally taken from the US to Brazil asked US Secretary of State John Kerry to sanction the South American country.
  • ASIA: The US Army chief of staff Gen. Mark A. Milley is visiting China amid tensions over South Korea’s decision to deploy a powerful missile defense system and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: Turkish officials made a formal request to Greece for the extradition of eight Turkish officers who fled to the neighboring country after last month’s attempted coup.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran arrested a dual national last week in Tehran linked to Britain’s intelligence service.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s successful launch of the world’s first quantum satellite was “very exciting” and can help conduct experiments that may lead to “much more secure” quantum communications, US quantum expert Alexander Sergienko said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Russian air strikes launch from Iran, as pro-Assad cooperation deepens.
    • Russian bombers based in Iran struck militant targets inside Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said, after Moscow deployed Russian aircraft to an Iranian air force base to widen its campaign in Syria.
    • The announcement suggests cooperation on the highest levels between Moscow and Tehran, both key allies of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
    • The planes took off from the Iranian Hamadan air base and destroyed five armament depots, three command posts and militant training camps in Aleppo, Deir el-Zor and Idlib, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
    • The move comes against a backdrop of Russia’s growing influence in the region as never before have Russian forces been based in Iran, in addition to aggressive Russian support of Syria in its civil war.
    • The announcement came as Moscow and Washington are edging closer to an agreement on Syria that would help defuse the situation in the besieged city of Aleppo.
    • Coverage: AP, NBC, Reuters, USA Today, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: An yellow fever outbreak that has killed hundreds in central Africa could spread globally, Save the Children warned, as mass vaccination efforts are to begin. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Talks to secure a lasting ceasefire in the country’s three warring regions under a road map for peace have collapsed less than a week after they began. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: President Edgar Lungu narrowly won re-election in a vote his main rival Hakainde Hichilema said was rigged. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The parents of seven children illegally taken from the US to Brazil asked US Secretary of State John Kerry to sanction the South American country. (AFP)
  • Bolivia: The country will install a network of 13 radars nationwide to monitor its entire airspace in an effort to fight drug trafficking and smuggling. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The New York Police Department charged a 35-year-old man with murder in the killings of an imam and his friend in Queens, New York City. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US Army chief of staff Gen. Mark A. Milley is visiting China amid tensions over South Korea’s decision to deploy a powerful missile defense system and territorial disputes in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • Region: The Nauru government said most incidents detailed in the Nauru files were “fabricated” and has accused Australian media and politicians of using refugees as political pawns. (Guardian)
  • Region: Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged to defend “every inch” of Indonesia’s land and maritime territory, following clashes with Chinese vessels around Indonesian islands in the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte ordered concerned government agencies to facilitate the travel of leftist rebel consultants who will participate in the formal resumption of talks later this month. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: A military court issued two arrest warrants for unnamed suspects involved in last week’s coordinated bomb and arson attacks. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish officials made a formal request to Greece for the extradition of eight Turkish officers who fled to the neighboring country after last month’s attempted coup. (AP)
  • Austria: Two train passengers were wounded by a knife-wielding 60-year-old German man, whom Austrian police say appeared mentally confused. (Independent)
  • Turkey: Police launched simultaneous raids on 44 companies in Istanbul with warrants to detain 120 company executives as part of the July coup investigation. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country arrested a dual national last week in Tehran linked to Britain’s intelligence service. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Security forces killed three Sunni militants in a firefight in the western city of Kermanshah. (AP)
  • Syria: Human Rights Watch accused regime and Russian forces of using incendiary weapons in rebel-held civilian areas. (DPA)
  • Yemen: A Saudi-led coalition has launched an “independent” investigation into “reports” of an air strike on a Yemeni hospital which Doctors Without Borders said killed 11 people. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: China’s successful launch of the world’s first quantum satellite was “very exciting” and can help conduct experiments that may lead to “much more secure” quantum communications, US quantum expert Alexander Sergienko said. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Chanthu (09W)
    • Location: 257 NM SSE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Movement: NNW 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 12AUG: 180,056 (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 12AUG: 67,411
      • Deaths as of 12AUG: 50
        • 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 (17AUG)

  • Argentina: General Jose de San Martin Holiday – 1850
  • China: Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to visit (to 21AUG)
  • Gabon: Independence Day – 1960
  • Indonesia: Independence Day – 1945
  • Spain: Conservatives to vote on pact with Ciudadanos

 

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