ONS: 17 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 18, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Protesters calling for DRC President Joseph Kabila to resign demonstrated in an opposition stronghold city.
  • AMERICAS: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the former leader of Haiti, was hospitalized after passing out while campaigning for a new candidate for the presidency.
  • ASIA: A source reported that North Korea’s mid-range Rodong missiles have increased in accuracy.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police detained more than 20 alleged Islamic State militants believed to be organizing an attack in Istanbul.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Intermittent shelling and clashes resumed overnight in Syria, testing the strained Russian-American brokered truce.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Associated Press filed a suit against the FBI to learn who they paid to hack into the iPhone of the terrorist in the DEC15 attack in San Bernardino, California.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel-Palestine: Multiple injuries in a series of attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank
    • Israeli authorities said all four Palestinians, who attacked security officers and civilians in separate incidents, were shot.
    • The first assault took place at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City in Jerusalem around 1 p.m. on Friday.  The knife-wielding man rushed border police officers, and was shot to death.
    • In the second attack, a Palestinian woman attempted to ram Israeli troops with her car near the entrance of an Israeli settlement on the outskirts of Hebron. Two Israeli soldiers and three civilians were injured in the attack.  The attacker is in critical condition after being shot by security forces.
    • In the third attack on Friday, a Palestinian teenager stabbed an Israeli soldier in the face at a checkpoint in Hebron, and was then shot to death.
    • On Saturday morning the fourth attack occurred, also at a Hebron checkpoint.  One soldier was stabbed in the incident, and the attacker was shot to death.
    • Sources: NYT, WSJ, AFP, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Protesters calling for President Joseph Kabila to resign demonstrated in the opposition stronghold of Lubumbash. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The government denounced a report by a Washington-based advocacy group that accuses the president of fomenting violence in order to amass illegal wealth. (NYT)

 

AMERICAS

  • Haiti:  Former leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide was hospitalized after passing out while campaigning for a presidential candidate from his political faction. (AP)
  • Puerto Rico: Health officials reported more than 2,000 new cases of the Zika virus over the past week for a total of nearly 20,000 cases. (AP)
  • Uruguay: A judge rejected calls to forcibly hospitalize a former Guantanamo prisoner who is on a hunger strike, saying that medical officials determined he is not at imminent risk of death. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Myanmar: The military engaged in 13 skirmishes with an ethnic splinter group since launching an operation against them last weekend. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea:  A South Korean government source reported that North Korea’s mid-range Rodong missiles have increased in accuracy in recent months. (UPI)
  • Vietnam: The Ministry of Public Security issued an international wanted notice for a former official who has not returned to the country after traveling for medical treatment. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets across the country to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police detained more than 20 alleged Islamic State militants believed to be organizing an attack in Istanbul. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: In a report written in APR16, the former head of Britain’s Joint Forces Command stated that British armed forces would be unable to defend the country against any serious military attack. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A soldier shot to death three of his comrades and then killed himself at a youth correctional facility 455 miles south of Tehran. (AP)
  • Israel: Doctors reported that former President Shimon Peres’ condition was showing improvement after suffering a major stroke. (AP)
  • Syria: Intermittent shelling and clashes resumed overnight, testing the strained Russian-American brokered truce. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Associated Press filed a suit against the FBI to learn who they paid to hack into the iPhone of the terrorist in the DEC15 attack in San Bernardino, California. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Malakas
    • Location: 101 miles SE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Winds: 127 mph
    • Movement: N at 14 mph
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  • Hurricane: Post-Tropical Cyclone Orlene
    • Location: 1,160 miles W of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Julia
    • Location: 275 miles SSE of Cape Fear, North Carolina
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 2 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Karl
    • Location: 875 miles WNW of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
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  • Earthquake: 7km NE of Norsup, Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 36.8 km
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  • 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: 187,192 (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: 67,639
      • Deaths as of 09SEP: 53
        • 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 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 (18SEP)

  • Armenia: Local elections
  • Chile: Anniversary of the beginning of the War of Independence – 1810
  • Chile: Anniversary of the ending of the Civil War – 1891
  • Germany: Local elections in Berlin
  • Russia: State Duma elections

 

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