ONS: 16 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 17, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Congolese security forces killed at least 18 Burundian refugees at a camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in clashes over plans to send some of them home.
  • AMERICAS: Caracas denounced President Donald Trump’s plans to meet with Latin American leaders concerning Venezuela’s ongoing crisis, branding the talks as “rival dialogue.”
  • ASIA: North Korea leader Kim Jong Un has said his country is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the United States.
  • EUROPE: An Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bomb explosion in a packed London subway car on Friday.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to fight with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Equifax chief information officer and head of security will retire, effective immediately, as “part of the company’s ongoing review of the cybersecurity incident.”

 

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Detectives investigating terrorist attack make an arrest, while terror threat level remains at ‘critical’.
    • The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the London subway attack, the fifth this year, which injured 29 people and triggered the highest security level.
    • Police arrested an 18-year-old man in connection to their investigation into the bombing.
    • The terror threat level has been raised from “severe” to “critical,” Prime Minister Theresa May announced, following the explosion.
    • The country deployed hundreds of soldiers at strategic sites to free up police to hunt those behind the bombing.
    • London transport authorities say they have reopened the station where a bomb partially detonated.
    • Coverage: AFP, CNN, LAT, REU , WP

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Army troops arrested three individuals over charges of offering support to terrorist groups in the province of Medea. (XIN)
  • DR Congo: Security forces killed at least 18 Burundian refugees at a camp in clashes over plans to send some of them home. (REU)
  • South Africa: A widening political scandal is drawing in international firms that worked with members or associates of one of the country’s most prominent business families. (WSJ)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Trade between the United States and Mexico would not end if the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was terminated, Mexico’s foreign minister said. (REU)
  • Brazil:  Lawyers defending President Michel Temer asked Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin to send back to the prosecutor’s general office the new graft charges that were presented against Temer on Thursday. (REU)
  • Peru: President Pedro Kuczynski’s considering appointing Vice President Martin Vizcarra as his new prime minister in a new Cabinet to replace the one Congress ousted. (REU)
  • Venezuela: Caracas denounced President Donald Trump’s plans to meet with Latin American leaders concerning Venezuela’s ongoing crisis, branding the talks as “rival dialogue.” (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Japan: Southwest is bracing for further heavy rain and high winds as Typhoon Talim moved closer to the country’s main islands, forcing the evacuation of more than 200,000 people in China earlier this week. (REU)
  • North Korea: Kim Jong Un has said his country is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the United States. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A new Pakistani political party controlled by an Islamist with a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head is backing a candidate in a by-election on Sunday. (REU)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: The Health Ministry suspended blood donations in the seaside town of Anzio near Rome and in parts of the capital due to an outbreak of the chikungunya virus, which is spread by mosquito bites. (XIN)
  • Ukraine: A former justice minister and close aide to pro-Moscow ex-president Viktor Yanukovych has been detained over actions in 2010 that amounted to an alleged “coup d’etat”. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom:  An Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the latest attack to rock Britain — the fifth this year — after a homemade bomb exploded in a packed London subway car Friday. (LAT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Thousands of Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to fight with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria. (AP)
  • Qatar: French President Emmanuel Macron urges the lifting of a Saudi-led embargo on Qatar in effect since June. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government troops and their allies intensified an offensive Friday against Islamic State militants in central Syria, trying to consolidate their control on the area. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Equifax chief information officer and head of security will retire, effective immediately, as “part of the company’s ongoing review of the cybersecurity incident.” (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Talim
    • Location: 179 NM NW of Kadena AB
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Norma
    • Location: 55 NM ENE of Socorro Island
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 2 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Jose
    • Location: 600 NM NE of Cape Hatteras, NC
    • Wind: 80 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Fifteen-E
    • Location: 1115 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 2 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Fourteen
    • Location: 500 NM WSW of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 15SEP: 31,433 (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 15SEP: 113,991 (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 15SEP: 88 (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 (17SEP)

  • Angola: National Heroes’ Day – Unknown
  • Australia: Citizenship Day – 2001
  • Germany:  Anniversary of the assassinations of Iranian-Kurdish opposition leaders at Mykonos Restaurant – 1992
  • Honduras: Teachers’ Day – Unknown
  • Middle East:  Anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords – 1978
  • Ukraine: Rescuer’s Day – 1998
  • United States: Constitution Day – 1952

 

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