ONS: 19 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 20, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In DR Congo, police fired tear gas at opposition supporters rallying in Kinshasa to demand long-serving President Joseph Kabila step down.
  • AMERICAS: A package filled with five improvised explosive devices was found in a New Jersey train station and exploded without casualties.
  • ASIA: India stepped up patrols along its border with Pakistan, as Indian PM Narendra Modi’s administration weighed its response to an attack India blames on its neighbor.
  • EUROPE: United Russia, backed by President Vladimir Putin, won a majority in the country’s parliamentary election, far ahead of rival parties.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US coalition partners Australia and Denmark expressed remorse for a weekend airstrike against Islamic State militants that killed scores of Syrian soldiers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australia is set to undertake a major review of the nation’s six intelligence agencies, as a response to the changing face of terrorism and the growing threat posed by cyber-spying.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Ceasefire crumbling as violations continue.
    • Seven days after a US and Russian-backed cease-fire took effect in Syria, aid has still not reached the besieged city of Aleppo and the truce’s two main backers are trading accusations.
    • There have been numerous reports of violations, and both the Russians and Americans have said the other party is not fulfilling its obligations.
    • It is unclear how much longer the ceasefire will continue beyond its last agreed extension to 11:59 pm local time.
    • A senior opposition official declared the cease-fire “clinically dead,” as Damascus announced no extensions of the truce.
    • The UN said it does not have sufficient security guarantees from all sides in the conflict, now in its sixth year, to be able to deliver to eastern Aleppo.
    • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey-backed rebels may extend their zone of control in northern Syria by pushing south toward the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, Reuters, Reuters-2, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda entered the 12th day of a hunger strike, refusing to attend his war crimes trial in The Netherlands. (AFP)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Police fired tear gas at opposition supporters rallying in Kinshasa to demand long-serving President Joseph Kabila step down. (AFP)
  • Libya: General Khalifa Hifter, who answers to the parliament based in the country’s east, criticized UN envoy Martin Kobler for “meddling” in Libyan affairs. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Soldiers rescued 43 cattle farmers abducted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the country’s northeast. (DPA)
  • Tunisia: Activists are warning of a potential “thirst uprising” in the country following protests over severe water shortages. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: In Venezuela, the Non-Aligned Movement expressed support for  President Nicolas Maduro, and opposition to US “interventionism” around the world. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Opposed to the FARC peace deal, dissident First Front guerrillas are reportedly clinging to their guns deep in the Amazon rainforest, targeting its gold. (AFP)
  • United States: A package filled with five improvised explosive devices was found in a New Jersey train station and exploded without casualties. (CNN)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China accused Japan of trying to “confuse” the situation in the South China Sea, after its neighbor said it would step up activity in the contested waters, through joint training patrols with the United States. (Reuters)
  • Region: India stepped up patrols along its border with Pakistan, as Indian PM Narendra Modi’s administration weighed its response to an attack India blames on its neighbor. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Korea and Japan agreed to seek strong sanctions against North Korea to punish it for pursuing its weapons of mass destruction program. (Yonhap)
  • Region: Taiwan opposition officials bypassed the government and travelled to China on a bridge-building trip. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A US air strike killed as many as eight Afghan policemen outside Uruzgan province as security forces battled Taliban militants. (Reuters)
  • Cambodia: Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed to “eliminate” his opponents if they push ahead with plans for nationwide protests. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The number of migrants reaching Greece has sharply risen, with at least 374 arriving from Turkey over the weekend. (DPA)
  • France: A ceremony in memory of all victims of terror attacks was held in Paris. (AP)
  • Russia: United Russia, backed by President Vladimir Putin, has won a majority in the country’s parliamentary election, far ahead of rival parties. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Police in Istanbul detained some 40 foreign nationals suspected of having links to the Islamic State group. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A Palestinian stabbed and wounded two Israeli police officers in Jerusalem before being shot at the scene. (AFP)
  • Syria: US coalition partners Australia and Denmark expressed remorse for a weekend airstrike against Islamic State militants that killed scores of Syrian soldiers. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Amnesty International said a US-made bomb was used in a 15AUG air strike on a hospital in the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Australia is set to undertake a major review of the nation’s six intelligence agencies, as a response to the changing face of terrorism and the growing threat posed by cyber-spying. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Malakas
    • Location: 262 NM SSW of Sansebo, Japan
    • Winds: 120 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Karl
    • Location: 1025 NM E of the Leeward Islands
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Paine
    • Location: 345 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: NW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Post-Tropical Cyclone Julia
    • Location: 110 NM SSE of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch, Russia
    • Ash eruption 7 km into the air. (TASS)
  • 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 16SEP: 187,192 (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 16SEP: 67,639
      • Deaths as of 16SEP: 53
        • 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 08SEP:  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 08SEP: 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 08SEP: 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 (20SEP)

  • Global: UN General Assembly annual high-level debate
  • Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan-Iran Business Forum to be held in Baku
  • China: Silk Road International Cultural Expo to be held in Dunhuang in Gansu Province
  • Cuba: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to potentially visit
  • Jordan: Parliamentary Elections
  • Nigeria: US President Obama to meet with President Muhammad Buhari in New York
  • Syria: International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to meet at sidelines of UNGA
  • United States: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to visit for UNGA (to 22SEP)

 

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