ONS: 18 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 19, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clashes along the border of Ethiopia’s Oromiya and Somali regions have displaced around 50,000 people, prompting the government to send the military in.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro said opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez attended meetings between the opposition and the government.
  • ASIA: More than 10,000 Islamist hardliners marched on the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka to protest against the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority.
  • EUROPE: Britain will propose a new security treaty with the EU after Brexit to maintain and intensify cooperation to thwart “ever-growing and increasingly cross-border threats.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: US president Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will launch a concerted assault at the UN against the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Snapchat followed a request from the Saudi Arabia to block access to Al Jazeera news articles and videos on its social-media app to residents in the country.

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: Military drills surround North Korea as crisis continues.  
    • US military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula in joint drills with South Korean warplanes.
    • China and Russia began naval drills near North Korea amid continuing tensions over the isolated state’s nuclear ambitions.
    • North Korea is nearing a final stage of completing technology of intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea’s defense ministry said.
    • US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the UN Security Council had “run out of options” on containing North Korea, and the US may have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.
    • German FM Sigmar Gabriel called for direct talks with North Korea in the standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, CNBC, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Egyptian-US joint drill “Bright Star 2017” is being conducted at Mohamed Naguib Military Base and will last until 20SEP. (Xinhua)
  • Ethiopia: Clashes along the border of the Oromiya and Somali regions have displaced around 50,000 people, prompting the government to send the military in. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Lai Mohammed, the information minister accused political opponents of sponsoring a campaign for secession in part of the southeast formerly known as Biafra. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: Voter registration for the country’s 2018 elections began. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US is considering closing down their recently reopened embassy in Havana following unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba. (AP)
  • Mexico: Security officials in Guerrero say eight civilians and one soldier have been killed after gunmen dressed in camouflage ambushed an army patrol. (AP)
  • United States: More than 80 people were arrested as protests in St. Louis over the acquittal of a white policeman who had shot a black man turned violent for a third night. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez attended meetings between the opposition and the government. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Macau voters elected Sulu Sou, a pro-democracy activist to the Chinese casino capital’s legislature. (AP)
  • Region: Southeast Asian ministers converged in Manila to discuss steps on how to strengthen regional strategies and cooperation to combat transnational crimes. (Xinhua)
  • Region: India and Pakistan exchanged heavy fire and shelling for the fourth-straight day on the International Border in Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: More than 10,000 Islamist hardliners marched on the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka to protest against the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority. (AFP)
  • Philiippines: Philippine troops rescued a catholic priest held hostage for almost four months by Islamic State-linked rebels after an offensive that captured a stronghold of the militants in southern Marawi City. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Britain will propose a new security treaty with the EU after Brexit to maintain and intensify cooperation to thwart “ever-growing and increasingly cross-border threats.” (Reuters)
  • Region: The US and Ukraine told Russia they will not work on a Russian proposal to deploy UN peacekeepers in Ukraine, according to Russian diplomat Vasily Nebenzia. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Yahyah Farroukh was named as the 21-year-old man arrested by police investigating the attack at Parsons Green subway station in London. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US president Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will launch a concerted assault at the UN against the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. (Guardian)
  • Region: Turkey kicked off a previously unannounced military drill near its border with Iraq, as the Iraqi Kurdish region prepares to hold a referendum on independence. (AFP)
  • Iran: The UN says Iranian-Americans Siamak and Baquer Namazi, serving prison sentences on spying charges in the country, should be immediately freed and paid restitution. (AP)
  • Iraq: The country’s supreme court ordered the suspension of a 25SEP referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russia denied US allegations of a Russian Aerospace Force strike on the Syrian opposition near the city of Deir ez-Zor. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Snapchat followed a request from the Saudi Arabia to block access to Al Jazeera news articles and videos on its social-media app to residents in the country. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Talim
    • Location: 79 NM N of Misawa, Japan
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Jose
    • Location: 305 NM SE of Cape Hatteras, NC
    • Wind: 90 mph
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Maria
    • Location: 100 NM NE of Barbados
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Otis
    • Location: 1170 NM WSW of Baja California
    • Wind: 115 mph
    • Movement: N at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Norma
    • Location: 140 NM SW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Lee
    • Location: 980 NM W of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (19SEP)

  • Chile: Army Day – 1915
  • Moldova: Civil Aviation Day – 1994
  • Netherlands: Prince’s Day – 1887
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis: Independence Day – 1983
  • Slovakia:  Day of the First Public Appearance of the Slovak National Council – 1848
  • United States: Qatar addresses the United Nations General Assembly
  • United States: Colombian President Santos to meet US President Trump on the sidelines of UNGA
  • United States: Second annual United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) Summit

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