ONS: 18 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 19, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: According to the Red Cross, the death toll from devastating floods in Sierra Leone has passed 400 while an estimated 600 others remain missing.
  • AMERICAS: Emilio Lozoya, the former head of Mexican oil firm Pemex, denied he was involved in shifting cash to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s campaign.
  • ASIA:  The Philippines police came under pressure to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs.
  • EUROPE: French police moved out around 2,000 migrants from a makeshift camp in an area north of Paris, the 35th evacuation operation in two years in the capital
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel’s Supreme Court has frozen implementation of a law legalizing dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labelled a “thick red line”
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google has removed far-right social network Gab app for violating hate speech policy.

TOP STORY

  • Spain: A van plowed into crowds of pedestrians in Barcelona, followed later that evening by five suspects linked to the car attack running over a second crowd of pedestrians in Cambrils.
    • At least 14 people were killed and another 100 injured in what authorities said was a terrorist attack.
    • The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
    • Five suspects linked to the car attack were killed in a police shootout in the seaside resort of Cambrils. Catalan authorities noted that they were wearing fake bomb belts.
    • Three others were arrested in other parts of the Catalonia region, but the driver responsible for the Barcelona attack remained at large.
    • Leaders from around the world, including the US, China, South Korea, and France, and Germany, offered their condolences and condemned the carnage.
    • Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, LAT, NYT-1, NYT-2, NYT-3, USAT,  Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Police say one person has been killed and 29 others injured in overnight grenade attacks in the Buyenzi quarter of Bujumbura. (AP)
  • Kenya: Officials say suspected Islamic militants have beheaded three people and burnt houses in an attack along the Indian Ocean coast. (AP)
  • Sierra Leone: According to the Red Cross, the death toll from devastating floods has passed 400 while an estimated 600 others remain missing. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Former governor Javier Duarte, in jail awaiting trial on graft charges, has embarked on a hunger strike to protest the “witch hunt” against him. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Emilio Lozoya, the former head of oil firm Pemex, denied he was involved in shifting cash to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s campaign. (Reuters)
  • Region: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence ended a five-day tour of Central and South America that was cut short by a day to return to Washington for a Camp David summit on U.S. South Asia policy. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s legal chief denied any “political motive” in seeking jail for three young pro-democracy activists, responding to reports that he had overruled other legal officials who had initially advised against pursuing the case. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Police came under pressure to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: A military police officer on guard outside the country’s Presidential Office was wounded by a knife-wielding man with a Chinese flag who allegedly tried to break into the building. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Denmark: Prosecutors have charged a 49-year-old imam for making public remarks against homosexuals, whom he compared to pedophiles. (AP)
  • France: Police moved out around 2,000 migrants from a makeshift camp in an area north of Paris, the 35th evacuation operation in two years in the capital. (AFP)
  • Region: According to Georgian media, the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office has sent a formal request to law enforcement agencies in a number of countries, including Ukraine, for the extradition of former President Mikheil Saakashvili. (TASS)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The country’s Supreme Court has frozen implementation of a law legalizing dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labelled a “thick red line”. (AFP)
  • Syria: According to the Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Minister Abdullah al-Gharbi, the country has more than six months’ worth of strategic wheat reserves. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Bouthaina Shaaban, key political and media adviser to President Bashar al-Assad accused the US-led coalition of seeking to fragment Syria, saying the plan will fail. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google has removed far-right social network Gab app for violating hate speech policy. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Banyan
    • Location:
    • Wind: 69 mph
    • Movement: NE at 29 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Post-Tropical Cyclone Gert
    • Location: 410 mi S of Halifax Nova Scotia
    • Wind: 63 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Harvey
    • Location: 95 mi E of Barbados
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 762.4 km N of Georgetown, Saint Helena
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth:10.0 km
    • Map
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • 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)
      • Cases as of 12AUG: 2,066 (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 12AUG: 720 (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 (19AUG)

  • Global: World Humanitarian Day – 2008
  • Asia: Southeast Asia Games begin
  • Afghanistan: Independence Day – 1919
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the August 2009 Baghdad bombings – 2009
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the Canal Hotel bombing – 2003
  • Iraq: End of Operation Enduring Freedom – 2010
  • Russia: Anniversary of the house arrest of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev – 1991
  • Russia:  Anniversary of the Khankala Mi-26 crash – 2002
  • Vietnam: August Revolution Commemoration Day in Vietnam – 1945

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