ONS: 17 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 18, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya’s Deputy President said there would be no problem if the election board agrees to meet a raft of demands made by the opposition ahead of a repeat presidential vote.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan opposition insisted that the recent gubernatorial elections were fraudulent and called on the international community to exert more pressure against the Nicolas Maduro government.
  • ASIA: A suicide bomber blew his explosive device next to a police training center in Afghanistan, killing at least 50 people and injuring 200 others.
  • EUROPE: Thousands of demonstrators protested in front of the Ukrainian parliament urging the government to take measures against corruption as well as to reform the country’s electoral legislation.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran that he will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cyber-security firm BAE Systems Plc said it believes the North Korean Lazarus hacking group is likely responsible for a recent cyber heist in Taiwan, the latest in a string of hacks targeting the global SWIFT messaging system.

TOP STORY

  • North Korean official: Nuclear war could break out at any moment
    • North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations warned that “nuclear war can break out at any moment,” as the crisis on the Korean Peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point.”
    • Kim blamed the US for the country’s inability to adopt the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty (NBT), claiming his country supports the denuclearization efforts but cannot be part of it.
    • The confrontation between the US and North Korea has peaked following a number nuclear missile tests threatening US allies in the region and hostile exchanges between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
    • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis “will continue until the first bomb drops.”
    • The US is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J Sullivan said on Tuesday after Kim made his comments.
    • Coverage: AJ, AP, NEW, USA, WP

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Deputy President William Ruto said there would be no problem if the election board agrees to meet a raft of demands made by the opposition ahead of a repeat presidential vote on Oct. 26. (REU)
  • Nigeria: At least 29 people were killed in a new flare-up of violence targeting people sheltered in a primary school, prompting President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an appeal to “stop the madness”. (AFP)
  • Libya: The UN says that more than 20,000 migrants are being held either in detention centers or by traffickers in Libya’s people-smuggling hub Sabratha, warning of abuse “on a shocking scale”. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: A new UN mission dedicated to supporting the rule of law in Haiti began after the end of a 13-year peacekeeping mission in the deeply impoverished Caribbean nation rocked by political instability. (AFP)
  • US: Citing past clashes and protests, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in advance of a speech white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to give at the University of Florida. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The Venezuelan opposition insisted that the recent gubernatorial elections were fraudulent and called on the international community to exert more pressure against the Nicolas Maduro government. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber  blew his explosive device next to a police training center in Gardez city, capital of Paktia province, killing at least 20 people and injuring 160 others. (XIN)
  • Myanmar: Since October 9, 2016, at least 1,500 buildings have been destroyed, driving thousands of ethnic Rohingya from their homes. (HRW)
  • North Korea: Japanese and US vice foreign ministers agreed to seek a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, despite increasing fears about a military conflict with Pyongyang. (KYO)

EUROPE

  • Hungary: The top U.S. diplomat in Hungary has raised concerns about the dwindling numbers of independent media outlets in the country and the growing influence of government allies in the media market. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Thousands of demonstrators protested in front of the Ukrainian parliament urging the government to take measures against corruption as well as to reform the country’s electoral legislation. (EFE)
  • Turkey: Two Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Iraq by an improvised explosive device. (REU)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran that he will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria. (AP)
  • Syria: A commander with the U.S.-backed Syrian forces battling the Islamic State group says the city of Raqqa has been liberated from IS militants and that combing operations are underway to clear the city of landmines and extremist sleeper cells. (AP)
  • Yemen: The US military said it killed dozens of Islamic State fighters at the group’s training camps, in the first such strikes in the country’s conflict. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber-security firm BAE Systems Plc said it believes the North Korean Lazarus hacking group is likely responsible for a recent cyber heist in Taiwan, the latest in a string of hacks targeting the global SWIFT messaging system. (REU)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Khanun
    • Location: 195 NM ESE of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: SW 3 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Post Tropical Cyclone Ophelia
    • Location: 355 KM SW of Mizen Head Ireland
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: N 38 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Lan
    • Location: 187 NM NW of Kayangel
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: WNW 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 06OCT: 60,105 (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 06OCT: 122,881 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 06OCT: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • 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 10OCT: 2,090 (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 10OCT: 730 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18OCT)

  • Azerbaijan: Independence Day – 1991
  • China: Chinese Communist Party Congress to open (to 28OCT)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel to begin talks to form a coalition government
  • South Korea: Vice foreign ministers from US, Japan, and South Korea to meet to discuss trilateral cooperation

 

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