ONS: 19 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 20, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Political stalemate and ongoing armed conflict are pushing Libya’s economy towards collapse, the World Bank said.
  • AMERICAS: Elections for Venezuela’s state governorships will be held in 2017 rather than DEC2016 as expected.
  • ASIA: Dozens of pro-Beijing lawmakers walked out of the Hong Kong legislature to prevent the swearing-in of two pro-independence activists.
  • EUROPE: In cooperation with the FBI, Czech police detained an unidentified Russian man suspected of participating in cyberattacks on the US.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, a pause in Russian and Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo held for a second day, although ground fighting continued.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Iran’s Air Force successfully conducted an electronic warfare in an ongoing military drill in the central province of Isfahan.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Progress in battle for Mosul, but complications remain.
    • The Iraqi army’s armored division is closing in on the outskirts of Mosul and has swept through swaths of enemy-held territory over the past 48 hours, division commander Lt Gen Qassim al-Maliki said.
    • Some 900 people have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul and crossed the border into Syria, the UN refugee agency says, the first large group of civilians confirmed to have escaped.
    • Islamic State militants have deployed suicide car bombs and fired mortar rounds to slow down the advance of Iraqi troops near Mosul in the key town of Hamdaniyah.
    • Islamic State militant group fighters are trapping civilians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and using them as human shields, the Pentagon said.
    • The Popular Mobilization Force, a Shi’ite paramilitary group, said it would support the Iraqi army’s offensive on Mosul, raising the risk of sectarian strife in the mainly Sunni region.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Newsweek, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: President Pierre Nkurunziza signed a decree for the country to quit the International Criminal Court, after overwhelming parliamentary approval. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: A strike gripped the capital Kinshasa in a protest over plans by President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his term in December. (AFP)
  • Libya: Political stalemate and ongoing armed conflict are pushing the country’s economy towards collapse, the World Bank said. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Thirteen soldiers were wounded in clashes with the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeast Gashigar. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Brazil will evaluate the situation of about 1,000 Venezuelans who have crossed the mutual border to take up residence in the northern state of Roraima. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Representatives from the country’s right-wing opposition could meet with leaders of the FARC rebels to discuss potential changes to a peace accord. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Elections for the country’s state governorships will be held in 2017 rather than DEC2016 as expected. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Dozens of pro-Beijing lawmakers walked out of the Hong Kong legislature to prevent the swearing-in of two pro-independence activists. (Reuters)
  • Region: China said the row over South Korea’s plans to deploy an advanced US missile defense system will not affect economic cooperation between the two countries. (Yonhap)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban rejected reports of secret meetings with the Afghan government, insisting that their hardline policy remains unchanged. (AFP)
  • Philippines: A police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-US rally turned violent at the American Embassy in Manila. (AP)
  • Thailand: The country is monitoring scores of websites and other communication channels for alleged royal defamation since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Europol led a multinational operation, which arrested over 300 people and swooped on red-light districts to bust several trafficking gangs. (AFP)
  • Czech Republic: In cooperation with the FBI, Czech police detained an unidentified Russian man suspected of participating in cyberattacks on the US. (CBS)
  • Spain: Dozens of migrants held in a detention center in Madrid have rioted, demanding their freedom. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police fatally shot a suspected Islamic State group militant who was believed to be planning a suicide bomb attack in the capital, Ankara. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A modest recovery in oil prices falls short of filling budgetary gaps in crude-exporting Gulf countries, the International Monetary Fund said, stressing the need to cut spending. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country rejected the US demand for the release of Siamak and Baqher Namazi, both Iranian-American dual nationals, after being sentenced for espionage. (AFP)
  • Syria: A pause in Russian and Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo held for a second day, although ground fighting continued. (AFP)
  • Syria: Top US officials have met with the anti-Islamic State coalition to forge an agreement to launch an offensive soon on the jihadist group’s Syrian headquarters of Raqqa. (WSJ)
  • Yemen: Iran welcomed a 72-hour ceasefire in the country and asked all sides to respect the truce. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Military Technology: Iran’s Air Force successfully conducted an electronic warfare in an ongoing military drill in the central province of Isfahan. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon Haima
    • Location: 301 NM ENE of Manila, Philippines
    • Winds: 160 mph
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Sarika
    • Location: 106 NM E of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 156km N of Indramayu, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 614 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 07OCT: 196,436 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 07OCT: 107,513
      • Deaths as of 07OCT: 106
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (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 16SEP: 1,806 (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 16SEP: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 13OCT:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, 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, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 13OCT: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 13OCT: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20OCT)

  • Cuba: First regional meeting of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on Zika (to 21OCT)
  • Europe Region: European Council summit (to 21OCT)
  • Kenya: Mashujaa (Heroes’) Day Holiday – 2010
  • Libya: Anniversary of the death of Muammar Al-Gaddafi – 2011
  • Spain: Russia to implement 12hr humanitarian pause in bombing campaign against Aleppo

 

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