ONS: 18 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 19, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A top election commissioner has quit and fled Kenya a week before a re-run of the presidential vote.
  • AMERICAS: Significant disagreements remain between Canada, the US and Mexico, which will prolong North American Free Trade Agreement talks into 2018.
  • ASIA: The US, South Korea and Japan reaffirmed their commitment to a diplomatic solution to the threat posed by North Korea’s rapidly expanding nuclear program.
  • EUROPE: Spain will seek to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy unless the region’s leader abandons his push for independence.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces said they had achieved their objectives in a 48-hour operation against Kurdish forces in disputed territory outside the autonomous Kurdish region.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook is helping Intel build its first AI chip.

TOP STORY

  • China: President Xi lays out vision for China’s future.
    • China has entered a “new era” where it should “take centre stage in the world”, President Xi Jinping says.
    • President Xi said the Communist Party of China will defeat separatist attempts for “Taiwan independence” in any form.
    • Xi’s address laid out China and its place in the international community, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution.
    • The Communist Party will scrap the practice of secretive interrogations known as “shuanggui”, President Xi said as part of broader reforms of its anti-corruption architecture.
    • China will deepen economic and financial reforms and further open its markets to foreign investors as it looks to move from high-speed to high-quality growth.
    • Coverage: BBC, Fortune, Reuters, Reuters-2, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the Security Council to reinforce the peacekeeping mission in the country with 900 extra troops. (AFP)
  • Kenya: A top election commissioner has quit and fled the country a week before a re-run of the presidential vote. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The country’s navy rescued almost 100 migrants from a sinking boat off its southeast coast. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

 

  • Region: Significant disagreements remain between Canada, the US and Mexico, which will prolong North American Free Trade Agreement talks into 2018. (AFP)
  • Region: Canada questioned the results of the gubernatorial elections held in Venezuela and expressed concern about numerous irregularities. (EFE)
  • Haiti: Haitian police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters marching on the capital Port-au-Prince. (AFP)

ASIA

 

  • Region: US Treasury Department said no major trading partner of the US, including China, manipulated their currencies. (Xinhua)
  • Region: The US, South Korea and Japan reaffirmed their commitment to a diplomatic solution to the threat posed by North Korea’s rapidly expanding nuclear program. (AP)
  • Philippines: Philippine authorities arrested a militant leader’s widow who recruited foreign fighters and spread extremist propaganda. (AP)

EUROPE

 

  • Spain: The government will seek to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy unless the region’s leader abandons his push for independence. (AFP)
  • Sweden: A powerful explosion outside a police station in Helsingborg caused significant damage to the building, but no casualties. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Kiev says two soldiers were killed and four were wounded amid multiple ceasefire violations by Russia-backed separatists on 17OCT. (RFE/RL)

MIDDLE EAST

 

  • Region: Qatar accused Saudi Arabia of attempting “regime change” during its four-month blockade of its Gulf neighbor. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces said they had achieved their objectives in a 48-hour operation against Kurdish forces in disputed territory outside the autonomous Kurdish region. (AFP)
  • Iraq:  A US lawsuit contends that American corporations doing business with the Iraqi government during the Iraq War became a source of funding for a Shiite militia that targeted US troops. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook is helping Intel build its first AI chip. (Forbes)

WORLD

    • Cyclones: Typhoon Lan
      • Location: 314 NM NNW of Koror
      • Wind: 75 mph
      • Movement: N at 10 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 13OCT: 60,203 (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 13OCT: 122,884 (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 13OCT: 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 (19 OCT)

  • Belgium: European Council summit to open (to 20OCT)
  • France: General Confederation of Labor (CGT) union to strike in protest of labor reforms
  • Niue: Constitution Day – 1974
  • Russia: Nonproliferation Conference to take place in Moscow (to 21OCT)

 

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