ONS: 19 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 20, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Migrants rescued in the Mediterranean last week said they had been lucky to dodge increased patrols along the Libyan coast that have dramatically reduced arrivals in Italy.
  • AMERICAS: The Caribbean island Dominica suffered “widespread damage” from Hurricane Maria, PM Roosevelt Skerrit says, as it moves towards Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • ASIA: Japan is moving the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 mobile missile-defense system on the northern island of Hokkaido near recent North Korean missile flyovers.
  • EUROPE: The US froze arms sales to the bodyguards unit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid strained ties between the two countries.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, a jihadist offensive where a northwestern safe zone deal had brought months of relative calm prompted heavy government and Russian air strikes.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Equifax Inc. learned about a major breach of its computer systems in MAR2017, almost five months before the date it publicly disclosed.

TOP STORY

  • Myanmar: Leader Suu Kyi gives first public response to Rohingya crisis.
    • Leader Aung San Suu Kyi refused to back down or criticize Myanmar’s military or her own lack of reaction to the crisis over claims of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in the country.
    • Suu Kyi said her government is ready to welcome back Rohingya refugees.
    • Suu Kyi said she felt “deeply” for the suffering of “all people” in the conflict, and that Myanmar was “committed to a sustainable solution… for all communities in this state”.
    • Rights groups were critical of the remarks, as Amnesty International regional director James Gomez accused Suu Kyi of “a mix of untruths and victim-blaming.”
    • New satellite images taken above the Myanmar village of Tula Toli have revealed the charred remains of the settlement, confirming reports of continued violence.
    • Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, BBC, Guardian, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Region: Migrants rescued in the Mediterranean last week said they had been lucky to dodge increased patrols along the Libyan coast that have dramatically reduced arrivals in Italy. (Reuters)
  • Region: Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi discussed the settlement of the Libyan conflict with Libya’s self-proclaimed National Army chief, General Khalifa Haftar. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is “out of danger” in a hospital in South Africa after the sudden onset of severe vomiting. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told his US counterpart Donald Trump that Latin America would not support “military intervention” in Venezuela. (EFE)
  • Region: Venezuelan FM Jorge Arreaza said that US President Donald Trump “has nothing to say about Venezuela.” (EFE)
  • Region: The Caribbean island Dominica suffered “widespread damage” from Hurricane Maria, PM Roosevelt Skerrit says, as it moves towards Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. (BBC)
  • United States: The State Department gave immigration and consular officials new grounds to deny entry to visitors to the country or to deport them if they are already here. (NYT)
  • United States: US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election. (CNN)

ASIA

  • Region: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam urged an immediate end to independence debates, warning that the issue was harming the city’s relationship with Beijing. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: More than 250,000 Afghans have been displaced so far this year by conflicts and prolonged insurgency, the UN said. (Xinhua)
  • China: The EU urged the country to carry out promises to open its economy, warning inaction might fuel a backlash against free trade. (AP)
  • Japan: The country is moving the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 mobile missile-defense system on the northern island of Hokkaido near recent North Korean missile flyovers. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia said possible supplies of lethal weapons to Ukraine by the US will not promote stability in eastern Ukraine. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Spanish police arrested a Pakistani man suspected of promoting terrorism and spreading Islamic jihadi propaganda on social media networks in the city of Lleida. (AP)
  • Turkey: The US froze arms sales to the bodyguards unit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid strained ties between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: An explosion at a separatist-installed monument rocked the eastern city of Luhansk, but without injuries. (RFE/RL)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Iraqi security forces launched a new offensive to drive out Islamic State militants from nearby areas in the western province of Anbar. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Police deployed in the northern city of Kirkuk to prevent ethnic clashes ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence. (Reuters)
  • Syria: A jihadist offensive where a northwestern safe zone deal had brought months of relative calm prompted heavy government and Russian air strikes. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Equifax Inc. learned about a major breach of its computer systems in MAR2017, almost five months before the date it publicly disclosed. (Bloomberg)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Jose
    • Location: 235 NM E of Cape Hatteras, NC
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: N at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Maria
    • Location: 270 NM SE of St. Croix
    • Wind: 160 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Otis
    • Location: 1170 NM W of Baja California
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Norma
    • Location: 255 NM WSW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Remnants of Lee
    • Location: 1265 NM W of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 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 (20SEP)

  • Azerbaijan: Oil Industry Workers’ Day – 2001
  • Belarus: OSCE Contact Group on Ukraine to meet in Minsk
  • Germany: Universal Children’s Day – 1950
  • Kyrgyzstan: Entrepreneur’s Day – 2000
  • Lebanon:  Anniversary of the bombing of the US Embassy annex – 1984
  • Pakistan:  Anniversary of the Islamabad Marriott Hotel Bombing – 2008
  • Thailand: National Youth Day – Unknown

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