ONS: 19 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 20, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Botswana plans to eradicate HIV by 2020, a decade earlier than a target set by the United Nations
  • AMERICAS: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, four founding members of the South American trade bloc Mercosur, expressed disapproval of Venezuela’s recently established National Constituent Assembly.
  • ASIA: Nick Xenophon, a key independent senator, became the seventh parliamentarian referred to the High Court to determine if his dual citizenship makes him ineligible to sit in Australian parliament.
  • EUROPE: Britain’s Security Minister Ben Wallace said that the UK terror threat is increasing as so-called Islamic State loses territory in Syria and Iraq.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Lebanese army announced the start of an offensive against the Islamic State close to the Syrian border in the east of the country, where jihadists have been operating for several years.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a prominent digital rights advocacy group, warned that tech companies are going down a dangerous path after three different companies revoked their services from a white supremacist website this week.

 

TOP STORY

  • Attack in Turku, Finland, Investigated as Terrorism
    • Finnish police arrested five people in a Turku apartment overnight in their investigation into a stabbing rampage that left two people dead and eight people injured.
    • Police shot and wounded a knife-wielding suspect on Friday, arresting him minutes after an afternoon stabbing spree at a Turku market square.
    • After receiving additional information overnight, authorities are now investigating the stabbing spree as a terrorist attack.
    • The main suspect has been identified as an 18-year old Moroccan citizen.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, CNN, DPA, NYT, Reuters, WaPo, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Botswana: The country plans to eradicate HIV by 2020, a decade earlier than a target set by the United Nations. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday return from medical leave in Britain where he has been since May 7. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Interim Minister of Finance Fadhel Abdelkafi announced his resignation as he prepares for a court case next month over alleged illegal financial transactions. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, four founding members of the South American trade bloc Mercosur, expressed disapproval of Venezuela’s recently established National Constituent Assembly. (Xinhua)
  • Region: North Korea condemned the US for asking some Latin American countries to sever diplomatic and trade ties with the country, calling the request a violation of international law. (Yonhap)
  • Venezuela: The country’s ousted chief prosecutor has fled to Colombia with her husband a day after the Supreme Court ordered his arrest. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: Nick Xenophon, a key independent senator, became the seventh parliamentarian referred to the High Court to determine if his dual citizenship makes him ineligible to sit in parliament. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: According to police, a gunmen on a motorcycle has killed a local leader of the country’s pro-Taliban Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party in an apparent assassination in the northwest before fleeing. (AP)
  • Region: A South Korean man accused of duping over 20 Thai women into forced prostitution in his home country has been arrested in Bangkok. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A 22-year-old Belgian woman has been arrested in Greece on charges of extremism under a Europol arrest warrant. (AFP)
  • Russia: Officials say a knife-wielding man stabbed and wounded eight people on a central street in the Siberian city of Surgut before police shot and killed him. (AP)
  • UK: Security Minister Ben Wallace said that the UK terror threat is increasing as so-called Islamic State loses territory in Syria and Iraq. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq:  Iraq’s security forces, which suffered huge casualties trying to take back Mosul, are replenished enough to begin the fight for the Islamic State stronghold of Tal Afar. (NYT)
  • Region: The Lebanese army announced the start of an offensive against the Islamic State close to the Syrian border in the east of the country, where jihadists have been operating for several years. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Russian military and the Failaq Al-Rahman Syrian opposition group have signed an agreement that the group will join the cessation of hostilities regime in the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation area. (Interfax)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a prominent digital rights advocacy group, warned that tech companies are going down a dangerous path after three different companies revoked their services from a white supremacist website this week. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Post-Tropical Cyclone Gert
    • Location: 860 mi E of Halifax Nova Scotia
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Harvey
    • Location: 280 mi S of St. Croix
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 18 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Kenneth
    • Location: 810 mi SW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 254.6 km SE of Lambasa, Fiji
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth:538.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes:
  • 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)
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 18AUG: 73,943 (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 18AUG: 67,483 (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 18AUG: 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)
      • 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 (20AUG)

  • Middle East: Anniversary of the end of the Iran-Iraq War – 1988
  • Algeria: Anniversary of the Souhane massacre – 1997
  • Estonia: Independence Restoration Day – 1991
  • Hungary: Saint Stephen’s Day – 1083
  • Israel: Anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords – 1993
  • Morocco: King and People’s Revolution Day – 1953
  • Turkey: Anniversary of the Gaziante wedding bombing – 2016

 

END

Comments on this entry are closed.