ONS: 20 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 21, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The FBI joined the US investigation into how a group of militants thought to be Islamists killed four American soldiers in Niger two weeks ago.
  • AMERICAS: Chile welcomed four Venezuelan judges who oppose the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
  • ASIA: CIA director Mike Pompeo warned that North Korea is on the cusp of being able to hit the US with a nuclear missile.
  • EUROPE: EU leaders agreed to start preparatory talks on the bloc’s relationship with Britain after Brexit, giving some progress for embattled PM Theresa May.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces took control of the last district in the province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Bipartisan US legislation to boost social media ad transparency and curb foreign influence in elections was introduced.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Raqqa declared free of Islamic State jihadist presence.
    • The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former “capital” of Raqqa, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence.
    • The handover of control to internal Raqqa security forces will not be immediate, as the city is still littered with explosives and largely in ruins.
    • Drone footage shows the bombed-out shells of buildings and heaps of concrete slabs lay piled on streets littered with destroyed cars, with little sign of civilian life.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported more than 3,200 civilians lost their lives during the battle for Raqqa.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, VOA

AFRICA

  • Kenya: The chief executive of the country’s election board, Ezra Chiloba, who the opposition has demanded must be fired, said he was taking three weeks of leave. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Four people died as result of police intervention during opposition protests in the past two weeks, amid concerns of violence in next week’s repeat presidential vote. (Reuters)
  • Niger: The FBI joined the US investigation into how a group of militants thought to be Islamists killed four American soldiers in the country two weeks ago. (WSJ)
  • Somalia: The US military carried out a drone strike against al-Shabab in the country, about 35 miles southwest of the capital, Mogadishu. (AP)
  • Uganda: Leading opposition figure Kizza Besigye was arrested and charged with murder, after an anti-government rally that security personnel broke up with teargas and bullets. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Chile welcomed four Venezuelan judges who oppose the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (AP)
  • Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro slammed a “brutal campaign” against his country, orchestrated “from Washington, from Bogota, from Madrid, against the Bolivarian revolution.” (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leaders presented what it says is the first evidence of possible ballot tampering in Sunday’s contested gubernatorial elections. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea sent Australia a “rant about how bad Donald Trump is”, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull said. (Guardian)
  • Japan: Emperor Akihito is likely to abdicate at the end of MAR2019 and Crown Prince Naruhito is expected to ascend the throne in APR2019. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: CIA director Mike Pompeo warned the country is on the cusp of being able to hit the US with a nuclear missile. (BBC)
  • Philippines: Three Russian navy ships arrived in the country to deliver donated military equipment in Russia’s third naval visit under President Rodrigo Duterte. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU leaders agreed to start preparatory talks on the bloc’s relationship with Britain after Brexit, giving some progress for embattled PM Theresa May. (AFP)
  • Region: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he did not believe Britain would crash out of the EU with no Brexit deal. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Greek police arrested a Syrian man over suspected links to the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Spain: The Spanish government has agreed with the opposition Socialists to hold regional elections in January in Catalonia as part of measures to temporarily impose direct rule on the region. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US isn’t seeking to disrupt European business deals with the country, despite President Donald Trump’s refusal to certify the nuclear deal. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces took control of the last district in the province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: The Lebanese parliament approved the country’s first budget in 12 years of political crises. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Bipartisan US legislation to boost social media ad transparency and curb foreign influence in elections was introduced. (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Lan
    • Location: 478 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Wind: 100 mph
    • Movement: N at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twentysix
    • Location: 283 NM SW of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: NE at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Twenty Seven
    • Location: 345 NM ESE of Guam
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: S at 9 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 (21OCT)

  • Egypt: Naval Day – 1967
  • Honduras: Armed Forces Day – Unknown
  • United Kingdom: Trafalgar Day – 1896
  • United States: All five living former US presidents to appear at a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M University

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