ONS: 16 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 17, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN said renewed fighting since JUL16 has sent the number of refugees from South Sudan past one million.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan opposition’s push to remove President Nicolas Maduro ran into a roadblock when authorities announced a delay in setting the date for the final stage in the process.
  • ASIA: The Philippines faced calls to investigate after a self-confessed hitman alleged President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a thousand opponents and suspected criminals murdered when he was a city mayor.
  • EUROPE: A Swedish appeals court upheld a request by prosecutors to detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on suspicion of rape.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, fierce fighting and clashes between regime forces and rebels rocked the eastern edge of capital Damascus, despite a fragile nationwide truce.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI is intensifying efforts to find evidence to enable the US to indict some of the Russians that US intelligence agencies have concluded are hacking into American political parties and figures.

 

TOP STORY

  • European Union: Leaders gather to regroup amid major issues.
    • EU leaders gathered in Bratislava, Slovakia, hoping to find a sense of common purpose in the face of the planned departure of Britain and fundamental disagreements over issues from uncontrolled migration to the economy.
    • Topics expected to be discussed include areas where there is common ground, pledging closer defense cooperation, bolstering security at the EU’s external borders and boosting the capacity of an EU investment fund meant to generate growth and jobs.
    • European Council President Donald Tusk views migration as the main issue to tackle.
    • Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán promised the Visegrád group – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia – would present a plan to tackle the EU’s problems.
    • French President Francois Hollande said France can take the lead in European defense cooperation, but cannot do it all on its own.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Guardian, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Gabon: The African Union is putting together a high-level legal team to send to the country “as soon as possible” to help ensure the “transparency and credibility” of a much-awaited Constitutional Court election ruling. (AFP)
  • Gabon: An internet curfew and social media blackout sparked outrage, as citizens await a pivotal ruling challenging President Ali Bongo’s contested re-election. (AFP)
  • Somalia: African Union and Somali troops killed senior al-Shabaab commander Mohamed Hassan. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: The UN said renewed fighting has sent the number of refugees from the war-scarred nation past one million. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: A social media campaign drew hundreds to a march demanding President Enrique Pena Nieto’s resignation. (AP)
  • Mexico: Almost two years after the disappearance of 43 students, the Mexican attorney general’s office backed down from its conclusion that the young men were incinerated at a garbage dump. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The Venezuelan opposition’s push to remove President Nicolas Maduro ran into a roadblock when authorities announced a delay in setting the date for the final stage in the process. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Police arrested Khurram Parvez, a prominent rights activist in Indian-controlled Kashmir a day after he was barred from leaving India to participate in a session of the UN Human Rights Council. (AP)
  • China: The country refused to disclose the verdict in a spying case which set free a detained Canadian citizen. (AP)
  • China: Typhoon Meranti left at least 16 people dead or missing as it wreaked havoc on the country’s eastern coast. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Seven Myanmarese soldiers were sentenced to jail for killing villagers during an interrogation. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The nation faced calls to investigate its president after a self-confessed hitman alleged Rodrigo Duterte ordered a thousand opponents and suspected criminals murdered when he was a city mayor. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Overseas Development Agency said hundreds of thousands of migrants are entering Europe via little-known “covert” routes increasingly used since some nations adopted stricter border controls. (DPA)
  • France: Police and city officials are evacuating migrants living on the streets of northern Paris, the latest attempt to find solutions for the country’s migrants. (AP)
  • Sweden: A Swedish appeals court upheld a request by prosecutors to detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on suspicion of rape. (WSJ)
  • Turkey: Authorities detained four people in an investigation into a potential threat against British and German diplomatic missions but found no links to any terrorist groups. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Clashes in eastern Agri province left 10 members of the Turkish security forces dead, with blame indicating the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Britain apologized for the 2003 death of an Iraqi teen who drowned after being forced into a canal by four British soldiers in the southern city of Basra. (AP)
  • Syria: The UN urged the Syrian government to allow immediate aid deliveries to hunger-stricken civilians after a fragile ceasefire was extended for 48 hours. (AFP)
  • Syria: Fierce fighting and clashes between regime forces and rebels rocked the eastern edge of capital Damascus, despite a fragile truce across the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The FBI is intensifying efforts to find evidence to enable the US to indict some of the Russians that US intelligence agencies concluded are hacking into American political parties and figures. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Malakas
    • Location: 348 miles SSE of Taipai, Taiwan
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Ian
    • Location: 1305 miles NE of Bermuda
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: NE at 53 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Julia
    • Location: 190 miles ESE of Charleston, South Carolina
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: ESE at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Karl
    • Location: 575 miles WNW of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Orlene
    • Location: 920 miles W of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 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 09SEP: 185,229 (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 09SEP: 67,620
      • Deaths as of 09SEP: 54
        • 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 28AUG: 1,800 (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 28AUG: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 08SEP:  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 08SEP: 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 08SEP: 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 (17SEP)

  • Colombia: FARC congress on peace deal (to 23SEP)
  • Middle East Region: Anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords – 1978

 

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