ONS: 18 October 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 19, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Vatican announced Pope Francis will meet slum dwellers and refugees and call for dialogue between Christians and Muslims when he visits Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic next month.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government and FARC rebels reached a deal on searching for the thousands missing and presumed dead in their decades-long conflict.
  • ASIA: An armada of carriers, cruiser, destroyers and submarines gathered off Japan’s coast on Sunday in a display of naval power that showcased Tokyo’s latest warships and signaled wider engagement by the U.S. Navy in the western Pacific.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Istanbul to press Turkey to stem the flow of migrants into the continent.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jerusalem and Washington resumed talks on future defense aid that PM Benjamin Netanyahu suspended in protest at the Iran nuclear deal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cyberattacks against firms that sell digital spying tools to governments with questionable human rights records have given researchers greater insight into the world of commercial surveillance.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: The country’s first parliamentary election in three years started amid tightened security measures.

○     Due to threats of regular militant attacks since the ousting of former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, at least 185,000 military troops and 180,000 police will secure the election in the first phase.

○     Critics of President Adbul Fattah el-Sissi, who was elected following the toppling of Mohammed Morsi in July 2013, say the vote is dominated by his supporters.

○     The election consists of two rounds of voting and results are not expected to be known until early December.

○     Coverage: AFP/DPA, BBC, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: The Vatican announced Pope Francis will meet slum dwellers and refugees and call for dialogue between Christians and Muslims when he visits Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic next month. (AP)
  • Burundi: The African Union’s peace and security council recommended the organization hasten plans for sending troops to the country if violence in the central African nation worsens and called for investigations into rights abuses there. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government and FARC rebels reached a deal on searching for the thousands missing and presumed dead in their decades-long conflict. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was flown to a mountainous region of his home state of Sinaloa following his July escape from prison. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: An armada of carriers, cruiser, destroyers and submarines gathered off Japan’s coast on Sunday in a display of naval power that showcased Tokyo’s latest warships and signaled wider engagement by the U.S. Navy in the western Pacific. (Reuters)
  • Region:  A top Chinese general said China’s newly created islands in the disputed South China Sea are intended mainly to aid shipping and dismissed concerns that Beijing is seeking to strengthen its control over the strategically vital region. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The government and ethnic armed groups formed two joint committees in a series of their meetings to implement the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA). (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Homes have been flattened, power lines toppled, and thousands of people have fled their homes as Typhoon Koppu swept into the northern area of the country. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Istanbul to press Turkey to stem the flow of migrants into the continent. (AFP)
  • Spain:  Thousands took to the streets of San Sebastian to call for the release of Arnaldo Otegi, the jailed head of the Basque independence Sortu party. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: The country began to vote for a new parliament, with the populist right expected to strengthen its already dominant position amid concerns over migrants and asylum rules. (Guardian)
  • United Kingdom: PM David Cameron pledged £5.0 million to root out the “poison” of extremists like Islamic State (IS) that target the alienated and vulnerable in British communities. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The country’s security forces pressed their major offensive against positions of Islamic State (IS) militants and made a new advance to the oil refinery town of Baiji. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Jerusalem and Washington resumed talks on future defense aid that PM Benjamin Netanyahu suspended in protest at the Iran nuclear deal. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The military removed dozens of Jewish worshipers who clashed with Palestinians after illegally entering a biblical shrine in the West Bank that was recently torched by Palestinians. (AP)
  • Syria: An airstrike killed a top al-Qaida commander and two other fighters, but it was not immediately clear whether it was carried out by the U.S.-led coalition or Russian warplanes. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber security, Surveillance: Cyberattacks against firms that sell digital spying tools to governments with questionable human rights records have given researchers greater insight into the world of commercial surveillance. (Washington Post)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Koppu

○     Location: 91 NM N of Manila, Philippines

○     Wind: 115 mph

○     Movement: W at 10 mph

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  • Cyclones: Typhoon Champi

○     Location: 343 NM S of Iwo To, Japan

○     Wind: 115 mph

○     Movement: NNW at 4 mph

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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm OLAF

○     Location: 1277 NM WSW of Socorro Island

○     Wind: 65 mph

○     Movement: W at 9 mph

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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Kilauea Volcano

○     Eruptions continue at Kilauea Volcano’s summit and in its east rift zone at Pu’u ‘O’o (USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory)

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

○     Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

■     Cases: 28,490 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)

■     Deaths: 11,312 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)

■     Sourcing:WHO,WHO-2,BBC

○     Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)

■     Suspected Cases as of 16OCT: 573,708 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)

■     Confirmed Cases: 23,875

■     Deaths as of 16OCT: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)

■     Sourcing:WHO,WHO-2,CDC, CDC-2

○     Cholera – Tanzania

■     Cases as of 17OCT: 971

■     Deaths as of 17OCT: 13

■     Sourcing:WHO

○     Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

■     Cases as of 17OCT: 1595 (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 17OCT: 571 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

■     Sourcing:WHO,WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19OCT)

  • Canada: General elections

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