ONS: 19 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 20, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Cameroon must rethink a policy of “murderous repression” in its restive English-speaking regions or risk an armed uprising, the International Crisis Group warned.
  • AMERICAS: A second US federal judge struck down President Trump’s latest attempt at a travel ban on Muslims.
  • ASIA: At least 43 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on a military base in Kandahar province, the third security installation attack this week.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, prominent businessman and rights activist Osman Kavala was detained for questioning by police.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard said its ballistic missile program would accelerate despite US and EU pressure to suspend it.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Europol warned manufacturers to do their utmost to ensure consumer goods which connect to the internet cannot be easily hacked.

TOP STORY

  • Spain: Government will suspend Catalonia’s autonomy.
    • Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont defied an ultimatum from Madrid by threatening to declare regional independence.
    • Puigdemont demanded Madrid agree to talks, and cease its “repression” of the region, or risk a formal declaration of independence.
    • Spain will meet to start suspending Catalonian autonomy on 21OCT to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region.
    • It is unclear what PM Mariano Rajoy will propose to his cabinet, but he may try to gradually raise pressure on the fragile coalition of Catalan separatists, rather than risk a any backfire and galvanize the independence movement.
    • Article 155 has never been invoked before in Spanish history.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, Guardian, LAT, NYT, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: The government must rethink a policy of “murderous repression” in its restive English-speaking regions or risk an armed uprising, the International Crisis Group warned. (AFP)
  • Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta snubbed a voting crisis meeting, saying he would instead spend the day campaigning for next week’s presidential vote re-run. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Witnesses say police used force to disperse opposition demonstrators in Nairobi’s Freedom Park, defying a court order. (AP)
  • South Africa: The FBI opened an investigation into US links to the South African Gupta family, escalating a political scandal over the family’s alleged use of a friendship with President Jacob Zuma to control state business. (FT)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico formally opened an extradition case against a former governor of the state of Tamaulipas who is wanted on money laundering charges in Texas. (AP)
  • Brazil: A congressional committee voted to reject corruption charges against President Michel Temer. (BBC)
  • United States: A second federal judge struck down President Trump’s latest attempt at a travel ban on Muslims. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea condemned US and South Korean naval maneuvers, and threatened to launch an “unimaginable strike” against them. (EFE)
  • Afghanistan: At least 43 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on a military base in Kandahar province, the third security installation attack this week. (AFP)
  • New Zealand: The country finally has a government, with Labour leader Jacinda Ardern securing support as the new PM. (WSJ)
  • Pakistan: A Pakistani anti-graft court indicted ousted-PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter for allegations linked to ownership of posh London flats. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: The country will no longer accept EU aid because of the bloc’s criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte‘s controversial anti-drug campaign. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Malta: The sons of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia dismissed PM Joseph Muscat’s offer of a reward to help find her killers and called for him to quit. (AFP)
  • Poland: Amnesty International alleged Polish authorities have used surveillance, prosecutions, harassment, and even excessive force against peaceful anti-government protesters since 2016. (AP)
  • Turkey: Prominent businessman and rights activist Osman Kavala was detained for questioning by police. (AP)
  • Turkey: President Tayyip Erdogan called on mayors of three major cities to resign, including Ankara, in a push to revitalize his ruling party ahead of 2019 elections. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US said the emerging Palestinian unity government must recognize Israel and disarm Hamas. (AFP)
  • Region: Turkey said Iraq’s retaking of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces rectified the Kurds’ ”mistake” in holding a nonbinding referendum on independence last month. (AP)
  • Region: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey may shut its border with northern Iraq “at any moment,”reviving a threat after Kurds there voted for independence. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard said its ballistic missile program would accelerate despite US and EU pressure to suspend it. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Europol warned manufacturers to do their utmost to ensure consumer goods which connect to the internet cannot be easily hacked. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Lan
    • Location: 500 NM NNW of Kayangel
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twenty Six
    • Location: 343 NM SW of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: NE at 8 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 (20OCT)

  • Czech Republic: Parliamentary elections
  • Guatemala: Revolution Day – 1944
  • Kenya: Heroes’ Day – 1952
  • Libya: Anniversary of the capture and execution of Muammar Qaddafi – 2011

 

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