ONS: 17 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 18, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: According to the UN, the number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in Uganda has reached 1 million.
  • AMERICAS: Chile refused to endorse aggressive foreign policy initiatives against Venezuela and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) pursued by the US, during a visit by US Vice President Mike Pence.
  • ASIA: Police in the Philippine capital of Manila shot dead at least 25 drug suspects in another round of anti-drug raids.
  • EUROPE: Turkish authorities issued detention warrants for 70 former finance ministry employees over alleged links to last year’s failed coup attempt.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A suicide bomber killed a Hamas guard in southern Gaza while trying to cross into Egypt, in what sources described as a rare Islamist attack against the Palestinian group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter, joining other technology firms, has suspended the account belonging to The Daily Stormer, an American neo-Nazi and white supremacist news and commentary website.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Korean president Moon Jae-in said that a war on the Korean peninsula would never happen again, in a press conference marking his first 100 days in office.
    • President Moon insisted that US President Donald Trump’s comments were intended to increase pressure on Pyongyang and were not a sign of imminent military action.
    • He assured that the US would not take any military action against North Korea without Seoul’s consent.
    • Moreover, Jae-in said that he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests.
    • He admitted though that North Korea is approaching a “red line” and would consider the line crossed if the North completes development of an intercontinental ballistic missile and mounts a nuclear warhead on it.
    • Though the US is pushing forward with conducting military drills alongside South Korea next week, it remains open to dialogue with North Korea.
    • Coverage: EFE, LAT, Reuters, WSJ, Yonhap, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Schoolgirls from Chibok say that their kidnap by Boko Haram was the accidental outcome of a botched robbery. (Reuters)
  • Region: According to the UN, the number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in Uganda has reached 1 million. (AP)
  • Sierra Leone: Nearly half of the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding on the outskirts of Freetown have already been buried. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: The government refused to endorse aggressive foreign policy initiatives against Venezuela and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) pursued by the US, during a visit by US Vice President Mike Pence. (Xinhua)
  • Region: A Canadian man has been sentenced to 20 years in a U.S. federal prison for his role in a smuggling operation that sent more than $130 million worth of drugs between the United States and Canada. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The country’s Supreme Court of Justice ordered the arrest of congressman German Ferrer, the husband of ousted Attorney General Luisa Ortega. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan:  At least five Taliban militants were killed after an aircraft pounded the insurgents’ hideout in the restive Chardara district of the country’s northern Kunduz province. (Xinhua)
  • China: Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of the country’s Central Military Commission, believes that the “wrong” actions of the US on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Police in Manila shot dead at least 25 drug suspects in another round of anti-drug raids. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Suspected militants raided a car dealership in Songkhla province near the border with Malaysia and turned two of the cars into bombs, raising concerns that a “new generation” of Muslim separatists is operating in the insurgency-plagued region. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey’s EU minister Omer Celik said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comments about halting the expansion of a customs union between Ankara and the European Union harmed the credibility of the bloc. (Reuters)
  • Russia: State news agencies reported that Russia’s state railway monopoly plans to order additional trains from Siemens despite a recent scandal over Moscow’s delivery of four of the German company’s turbines to Crimea in violation of sanctions. (RFE/RL)
  • Turkey: Authorities issued detention warrants for 70 former finance ministry employees over alleged links to last year’s failed coup attempt. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A suicide bomber killed a Hamas guard in southern Gaza while trying to cross into Egypt, in what sources described as a rare Islamist attack against the Palestinian group. (AP)
  • Region: Israeli forces blew up the West Bank home of a Palestinian who took part in an attack in Jerusalem in which a policewoman was killed. (AFP)
  • Region: Turkey and Iran voiced strong opposition to a referendum on Kurdish independence scheduled next month in neighboring Iraq during a rare visit to Ankara by Tehran’s army chief of staff. (RFE/RL)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications:  Twitter, joining other technology firms, has suspended the account belonging to The Daily Stormer, an American neo-Nazi and white supremacist news and commentary website. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Banyan
    • Location:
    • Wind: 69 mph
    • Movement: NE at 29 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Gert
    • Location: 410 mi SE of Halifax Nova Scotia
    • Wind: 105 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 37 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 11AUG: 73,928 (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 11AUG: 67,460 (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 11AUG: 51 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 21JUL: 2,040 (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 21JUL: 712 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27JUL:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, 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, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
        • Outbreak Terminated as of 27JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
        • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 27JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18AUG)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the Uzbin Valley Ambush – 2008
  • Azerbaijan: Border Guard’s Day – 2000
  • Macedonia: Army Day – 1943
  • Thailand: National Science Day – 1868

 

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