ONS: 16 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 17, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The DRC ruling coalition and part of the country’s opposition have agreed to delay a presidential election planned for next month until April 2018.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican Prosecutor General’s office (PGR) said it will investigate the disappearance of 19 Honduran migrants as they traveled through Mexico.
  • ASIA: Thai Officials say Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has asked to delay his coronation for at least one year to allow him time to grieve his father’s death.
  • EUROPE: Polls opened in Montenegro in contentious elections between the pro-NATO and pro-EU ruling party and the pro-Russian opposition party.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighters captured the symbolically important town of Dabiq from ISIS.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russia denounced US Vice President Biden’s remarks that the CIA is preparing a retaliatory cyber attack “designed to harass and ’embarrass’ the Kremlin leadership.”

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: New missile launch ends in failure.
    • The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North attempted to fire a mid-range Musudan missile, but it exploded soon after liftoff.
    • South Korea condemned the launch, which violates several UN Security Council resolutions.
    • The US was also critical of the action by North Korea, although the US military noted that the missile did not pose a threat to North America.
    • A Pentagon spokesman reaffirmed that in the event of an actual attack, the US is prepared to come to the defense of its allies in the region.
    • Japan has also expressed concern over North Korea’s test launches.
    • Sources: NYT, AP, Reuters, BBC, CNN

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The ruling coalition and part of the opposition have agreed to delay a presidential election planned for next month until April 2018. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The United States called for restraint and stressed the need for the United Nations-backed national unity government to regain control of government buildings in Tripoli, seized Saturday by the former rebel government. (EFE)
  • Tunisia: Britain has sent 40 military personnel to the country to provide training aimed at helping prevent the spread of Islamic State fighters from neighboring Libya. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: One of 12 suspects arrested for allegedly pledging allegiance to the Islamic State militant group and discussing possible attacks during the summer Olympics has been killed in a penitentiary. (AP)
  • Haiti: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced distress at the “absolute devastation” caused by a deadly hurricane, and disappointment at scant emergency aid reaching the struggling nation. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The Prosecutor General’s office (PGR) said it will investigate the disappearance of 19 Honduran migrants as they traveled through Mexico. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Security was tightened ahead of the expected execution of a senior Islamist extremist whose group has been linked to the murder of foreign hostages. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Duterte said he would raise the controversial arbitral ruling on the South China Sea with the Chinese leadership when he visits China this week. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Officials say Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has asked delay his coronation for at least one year to allow him time to grieve his father’s death.  (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Montenegro: Polls opened in contentious national elections between the pro-NATO and pro-EU ruling party and the pro-Russian opposition party. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Hundreds of people in Madrid protested against the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Boris Johnson, who campaigned prominently for Britain to leave the European Union, wrote a newspaper column arguing in favor of remaining in the bloc just days before switching his position. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bombing targeting Shi’ite Muslims in Baghdad killed at least two people and wounded four. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: Parliament speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem has called for snap elections in the face of mounting security and economic challenges in the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: Turkish-backed rebel fighters captured the symbolically important town of Dabiq from ISIS. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyberwar:  Russia denounced US Vice President Biden’s remarks that the CIA is preparing a retaliatory cyber attack “designed to harass and ’embarrass’ the Kremlin leadership.” (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Sarika
    • Location: 193 NM NW of Manila, Philippines
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Movement: W at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon Haima
    • Location: 76 NM NE of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia
    • Winds: 81 mph
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Nicole
    • Location: 560 NM SSE of Cape Race, Newfoundland
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Movement: E at 10 mph
    • Map
  • 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 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 (17OCT)

  • Global: International Day for the Elimination of Poverty – 1992
  • China: Joint Rescue 2016 medical services drill with Germany in Chongqing Municipality (to 29OCT)
  • Ecuador: Habitat III – United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to be held in Quito (to 20OCT)
  • Japan: Gov’t panel on emperor’s abdication to hold 1st session
  • Russia: The next meeting of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council (FIAC) to be held in Moscow

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