ONS: 20 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 21, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A serious food crisis in northern South Sudan  is reaching critical levels, as the east suffers from a biting drought.
  • AMERICAS: Tens of thousands of people across Latin America have taken part in protests against gender violence.
  • ASIA: China and the Philippines have agreed to resume a dialogue on their dispute over the South China Sea, following talks between the countries’ leaders.
  • EUROPE: The number of Britons seeking citizenship in other EU countries has surged as a result of the Brexit vote, with some states recording near tenfold increases.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, a “humanitarian pause” in attacks on rebel-held eastern Aleppo – part of a plan to allow civilians and fighters to leave – has come into effect.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Investigators found a huge trove of stolen documents in the possession of a US National Security Agency contractor, including top-secret NSA hacking tools, that two months ago were offered for sale on the Internet.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Turkey launches airstrikes against US-backed Kurdish militants.
    • Turkish jets have struck the US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia north of Aleppo, claiming to have killed as many as 200 militia members.
    • The jets targeted positions of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in three villages northeast of the city of Aleppo which the SDF had captured from Islamic State
    • Turkey sees the Kurds in Syria as a growing threat as the militants recapture territory from ISIS along the Syria-Turkey border.
    • The US has backed the Kurdish-led forces in their fight against Islamic State, infuriating Ankara, which sees the YPG as an extension of Kurdish PKK militants who have waged a three-decade insurgency in southeastern Turkey.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, NBC, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Somalia: Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Mohamed has been released from detention by Somali security agents in the capital Mogadishu. (Al Jazeera)
  • South Africa: Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of student protesters in Cape Town. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: A serious food crisis in the country’s north is reaching critical levels, as the east suffers from a biting drought. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Tens of thousands of people across Latin America have taken part in protests against gender violence. (BBC)
  • Brazil: The country cut interest rates for the first time in four years, an action aimed at pulling Latin America’s biggest economy out of its worst recession in over a century. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Former president and opposition leader Alvaro Uribe Velez proposed talks with the FARC to recover the defeated peace agreement. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China and the Philippines have agreed to resume a dialogue on their dispute over the South China Sea, following talks between the countries’ leaders. (AP)
  • Australia: The country has quietly lifted the threat of jailing doctors who speak out against child abuse and neglect of asylum seekers in detention. (AP)
  • Indonesia: A man with an Islamic State group symbol was shot after attacking police on the outskirts of Jakarta with a machete. (AP)
  • North Korea: The country fired a missile that appears to have failed, according to the US and South Korean militaries. (CNN)
  • Phillipines: President Rodrigo Duterte declared his “separation” from longstanding ally the United States during a visit to China. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The number of Britons seeking citizenship in other EU countries has surged as a result of the Brexit vote, with some states recording near tenfold increases. (Guardian)
  • Germany: A teenage girl went on trial in the country for stabbing a police officer, an assault allegedly “ordered” by ISIS but which was not claimed by ISIS. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Two Turkish soldiers died in clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers‘ Party in the southeastern town of Hakkari. (DPA)
  • United Kingdom: Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now-abolished sexual offenses are to receive posthumous pardons, the government has announced. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen. (Reuters)
  • Region: Iran denied reports from Washington that it played a part in failed missile attacks on US naval vessels off Yemen. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Iraqi forces were moving faster than expected towards Islamic State’s stronghold of Mosul. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Kurdish forces opened a new front in the Mosul campaign as thousands of pesh merga fighters began to attack from the north. (NYT)
  • Syria: A “humanitarian pause” in attacks on rebel-held eastern Aleppo – part of a plan to allow civilians and fighters to leave – has come into effect. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Investigators found a huge trove of stolen documents in the possession of a US National Security Agency contractor, including top-secret NSA hacking tools, that two months ago were offered for sale on the Internet. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Haima
    • Location: 232 NM WNW of Manila, Philippines
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Colima, Mexico
    • Two ash eruption rose 2 kilometers into the sky. (AP)
  • 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 (21OCT)

  • Azerbaijan: Results of referendum on constitutional amendments suggested by President Ilham Aliyev to be announced
  • Netherlands: Summit of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Maastricht, Ukrainian President Poroshenko to attend

 

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