ONS: 17 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 18, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ethiopia has banned access to foreign-based opposition media and restricted foreign diplomats’ travel, in new provisions of a state of emergency.
  • AMERICAS: The UN is concerned at the rise in looting and attacks targeting emergency aid deliveries in hurricane-ravaged Haiti.
  • ASIA: Japan may accelerate around USD 1B to upgrade its ballistic missile defenses in the wake of recent rocket tests by North Korea.
  • EUROPE: Montenegro remains on track for NATO and EU membership, said PM Milo Djukanovic after securing a win in parliamentary elections the day before.
  • MIDDLE EAST: EU foreign ministers debated whether to extend sanctions against the Syrian regime but not against Russia, said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The growing internet of things presents an increasingly complex situation of enabling technology, while providing hackers with more vulnerable targets.

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Long-awaited military operation to re-take Mosul begins.
    • An Iraqi operation to recapture the city of Mosul, the last major stronghold of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the country, has started.
    • This is the country’s most ambitious fight against the Islamic State since the militants seized large parts of western and northern Iraq more than two years ago.
    • The UN said most of Mosul’s remaining residents could flee during the fighting, creating “one of the largest man-made displacement crises of recent times.”
    • The decision to steer the Shi’ite Popular Mobilization Forces away from Mosul to Hawija 60 miles away is intended to ease sectarian animosity during the fight.
    • The operation could take weeks or even months to complete and Iraqi security forces will face several thousand militants in Mosul.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, Reuters, USA Today, WP

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The EU warned the country faces sanctions if it does not hold early elections and condemned recent deadly violence between opponents and supporters of President Joseph Kabila. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: The country has banned access to foreign-based opposition media and restricted foreign diplomats’ travel, in new provisions of a state of emergency. (AFP)
  • Niger: An attack on the Koutoukale prison housing Islamist militants from various regional groups was repelled in an apparent attempt to free prisoners. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Security forces shut down the newspaper Xog-Ogaal and arrested its editor, Abdi Adan Guled. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Michel Temer vowed to get his country “back on track” of growth to leave behind its profound economic recession. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: The UN is concerned at the rise in looting and attacks targeting emergency aid deliveries in the hurricane-ravaged country. (AFP)
  • United States: A local Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina was struck overnight with a flammable material. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan may accelerate around USD 1B to upgrade its ballistic missile defenses in the wake of recent rocket tests by North Korea. (Reuters)
  • Region: Australia’s detention of asylum-seekers on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus “amounts to torture” under international law, Amnesty International said. (AFP)
  • Region: The Nepali government lifted a four-month ban on sending Nepalese workers to Afghanistan, imposed after the country’s security guards were killed in a Taliban attack. (Xinhua)
  • Region: China has agreed to help modernize Cambodia’s military, after the two countries signed new agreements to boost military aid. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: The government announced it will maintain its intention to hold general elections late next year, despite the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. (EFE)

EUROPE

  • Region: Northern Ireland should push the EU for special associate or membership status to avoid the “devastating” consequences of Brexit, deputy first minister and Sinn Féin leader Martin McGuinness said. (Guardian)
  • Georgia: An unidentified man blew himself up at the state-owned TV center in Abkhazia, a tiny Russian-backed breakaway region of the country. (AFP)
  • Montenegro: The country remains on track for NATO and EU membership, said PM Milo Djukanovic after securing a win in parliamentary elections the day before. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A top court in the country overturned a nine-year jail term against Shiite opposition chief cleric Ali Salman. (AFP)
  • Iran: Hard-liners in the country have released a video showing Siamak Namazi, a detained Iranian-American businessman for the first time since his arrest last year. (AP)
  • Iraq: A suicide car bomb explosion targeting an Iraqi army checkpoint south of Baghdad killed at least 10 people. (AFP)
  • Syria: Air strikes killed at least 12 civilians in Aleppo, bringing to 45 the number killed in 24 hours of bombardment on the battleground city. (AFP)
  • Syria: EU foreign ministers debated whether to extend sanctions against the Syrian regime but not against Russia, said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The growing internet of things presents an increasingly complex situation of enabling technology, while providing hackers with more vulnerable targets. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Haima
    • Location: 225 NM NNW of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon Sarika
    • Location: 306 NM S of Hong Kong
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Nicole
    • Location: 570 NM SE of Cape Race, Newfoundland
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Movement: NE at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 78km WNW of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 35.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 135km NE of Dartang, China
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 32.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Bulusan, Philippines
    • Ash eruption one kilometer into the sky. (Xinhua)
  • 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 (18OCT)

  • Azerbaijan: Anniversary of declaration of independence from USSR – 1991
  • Belgium: Sixth China-EU High-level Economic and Trade Dialogue to be held at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to attend (to 19OCT)
  • Belgium: Prime Minister Charles Michel to deliver state of the union address, face confidence vote
  • China: Philippines President Duterte to visit (to 21OCT)
  • Europe Region: Extra council of EU ministers to formally endorse Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada
  • Japan: Brazil President Michel Temer to visit (to 20OCT)
  • Kenya: 15th session of the UN Committee of Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 15) to meet in Nairobi (to 20OCT)
  • Madagascar: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) summit to be held in Antananarivo (to 19OCT)
  • Morocco: Marrakesh to host pre-COP22 international ministerial meeting on climate change (to 19OCT)
  • South Korea: Polish FM Waszczykowski to visit with delegation of businesspeople, officials, and journalists (to 20OCT)
  • United States: US President Barack Obama to receive Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi at the White House for talks focusing on the future of Europe
  • Uzbekistan: 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to meet in Tashkent (to 19OCT)

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