ONS: 17 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 18, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s navy has rescued more than 2,000 migrants off the country’s coast in a week.
  • AMERICAS: The tiny two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean faces its third hurricane watch in two weeks, as tropical storm Maria is expected to strengthen to a hurricane.
  • ASIA: A Pakistani official says a roadside bomb has killed a senior tribal government administrator and four tribal police near the Afghan border.
  • EUROPE: Police arrested a 21-year-old man in Hounslow, west London, in connection with the London subway attack.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Three suicide bombers attacked the US forces in northern Iraq, US troops killed two of the attackers and the third blew up himself, without causing casualties among the US soldiers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Post Brexit Britain can become global tech powerhouse.

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Second London Underground bomb suspect arrested as the investigation continues.
    • A second man has been arrested over Friday’s bomb attack on a London underground train that injured 30 people, police said, as Britain remains on its highest level of alert with soldiers helping provide security.
    • The suspect, who was not identified, was detained under the Terrorism Act and is being held at a police station in South London.
    • Armed police raided the home of two respected foster carers in their hunt for the bomb factory used by the Parsons Green bomber.
    • Islamic State claimed responsibility, but intelligence officials say there is scant evidence that it had orchestrated them.
    • The incident occurring on London’s underground network naturally brings back memories of the coordinated suicide bombings of 2005.
    • Coverage: INDE, NYT, REU, REU, TELE

AFRICA

  • Angola: The leading opposition party said its lawmakers would take their seats in parliament, withdrawing a threat to boycott the assembly to protest last month’s election outcome. (AFP)
  • Libya: The Navy has rescued more than 2,000 migrants off the country’s coast in a week. (XIN)
  • Nigeria: Three police personnel abducted by gunmen have been rescued and are in stable condition, a senior police officer confirmed. (XIN)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The tiny two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean faces its third hurricane watch in two weeks, as tropical storm Maria, is expected to strengthen to a hurricane. (NYT)
  • United States: Iran’s president says he is “inviting” the US to dinner as he heads to New York for the UN General Assembly. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Lawmaker and opposition negotiator, Luis Florido, said that no dialogue has been initiated nor will there be one without certain government guarantees. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Malaysia: Police have arrested seven juvenile suspects of having torched a religious school, killing 23 people, in what appeared to be an act of revenge. (EFE)
  • Pakistan: A Pakistani official says a roadside bomb has killed a senior tribal government administrator and four tribal police near the Afghan border. (WP)
  • Philippines: The Military said it had captured the command center of Islamic State group supporters who have besieged a southern city for nearly four months. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey summoned the German ambassador to Ankara, over what was a Kurdish militant rally in Cologne, a further sign of strained relations between the NATO allies. (REU)
  • Germany: Police stopped a truck near the German-Polish border with 51 people squeezed inside, among them 17 children, detaining the driver on suspicion of human trafficking. (NYT)
  • United Kingdom: Police arrested a 21-year-old man in Hounslow, west London, in connection with the London subway attack. (WP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Palestinian Islamist Hamas group said it has dissolved its administration that runs Gaza and agrees to hold general elections in order to end a long-running feud with President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement.  (REU)
  • Iraq: Three suicide bombers attacked the US forces in a village near Makhmour, US troops killed two of the attackers and the third blew up himself, without causing casualties among the US soldiers. (XIN)
  • Syria: Russian military forces attacked a location in Syria where they knew troops from the US-led coalition and allied Syrian rebels were operating, the US military said. (WSJ)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Brexit is London’s chance to catch the wave of new technology, and to put the country in the lead as a “tech powerhouse” as one of four big tech investment areas of the world. (XIN)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Talim
    • Location: 120 NM S of Sasebo, Japan
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: NE at 16 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Jose
    • Location: 465 NM SSE of Cape Hatteras, NC
    • Wind: 80 mph
    • Movement: N at 7 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lee
    • Location: 760 NM WSW of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Maria
    • Location: 500 NM ESE of the Lesser Antilles
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Norma
    • Location: 120 NM NNE of Socorro Island
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Otis
    • Location: 1230 NM WSW of the Southern tip of Baja California
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: W at 3 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, Ecuador)
        • 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)
      • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18SEP)

  • Global:  Anniversary of the drafting of the Ottawa Treaty (AKA the Mine Ban Treaty) – 1997
  • Global: World Water Monitoring Day – 2003
  • Armenia: Astronomy Day – Unknown
  • Austria: IAEA General Conference – 61st session (to 22SEP)
  • Azerbaijan: National Music Day – 2008
  • Chile: Independence Day – 1810
  • Croatia: Navy Day – 1991
  • Japan: Respect for the Aged Day – 1947
  • United Kingdom:  Anniversary of the failed Scottish independence referendum – 2014

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