ONS: 20 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 21, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The headquarters of three opposition parties were torched in the DR Congo, a day after deadly clashes between police and opponents of President Joseph Kabila.
  • AMERICAS: New York-area bombings suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after he was captured in a bloody shootout in New Jersey.
  • ASIA: The Philippines is looking into the unlawful killings during the country’s war against illegal drugs, in response to the resolution issued by the EU.
  • EUROPE: Austria has begun laying a base on which a fence could quickly be erected along a stretch of its border with Hungary.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordanians voted in a nationwide election where opposition Islamists could re-emerge as a major parliamentary force in the key Western ally.
  • TECHNOLOGY: For the first time, the US Wireless Emergency Alerts system was deployed as an electronic wanted poster, identifying a 28-year-old man sought in connection with the bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Fighting resumes as UN suspends aid convoys after deadly strikes.
    • An airstrike against an aid convoy, bombings of civilian neighborhoods and running battles between government troops and al-Qaeda-linked rebels around Aleppo marked the end of a seven day cease-fire meant to calm Syria’s civil war.
    • The International Syria Support Group, including the US, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia, will meet alongside the United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York, after the latest ceasefire agreement appeared to be crumbling.
    • The UN has suspended all aid convoys after an aid convoy and warehouse were attacked by warplanes near Aleppo.
    • No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks and it is unclear whether the convoy was hit by an airstrike or shelled.
    • The Local Coordination Committees, an activist group in Syria, alleged Russia’s air forces and government warplanes were responsible for the strikes.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The headquarters of three opposition parties were torched, a day after deadly clashes between police and opponents of President Joseph Kabila. (AFP)
  • Niger: The country is shelling out more than USD 5M every month for “non-existent” teachers, the state anti-corruption agency said. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram members killed six people in an attack on a commercial convoy escorted by the Nigerian army in the northeastern state of Borno. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: Police fired stun grenades and arrested 31 students in clashes at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with his counterpart, Raul Castro, and the Cuban president’s older brother and predecessor, Fidel Castro. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Authorities in the southern state of Guerrero say the head of the state police has been stabbed to death in suspected drug violence. (AP)
  • United States: New York-area bombings suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after he was captured in a bloody shootout in New Jersey. (USA Today)

 

ASIA

  • North Korea: The country successfully tested a new, high-powered rocket engine, a move experts say will bolster its already burgeoning weapons program. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government is looking into the unlawful killings during the country’s war against illegal drugs, in response to the resolution issued by the EU. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: A pilot of a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight accidentally pressed a hijack alarm, triggering a major security response at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Andy Hall, a UK activist who campaigned for the rights of the country’s migrant workers, has been found guilty of defamation and computer crimes. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Austria has begun laying a base on which a fence could quickly be erected along a stretch of its border with Hungary. (Reuters)
  • France: Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas defended specialized prison units for Islamic radicals, citing less violence than the rest of the overcrowded French prison system. (AP)
  • France: French authorities have made eight new arrests in connection with the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that left 86 people dead. (AP)
  • Germany: German authorities are charging a 58-year-old German citizen with espionage for allegedly passing confidential information to an Indian intelligence agency. (AP)
  • Greece: Greek authorities arrested nine migrants and sent in riot police after clashes and a massive blaze at a camp for asylum seekers on the island of Lesbos. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A Palestinian teenager was shot dead during an attempted stabbing of an Israeli soldier near the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron. (AFP)
  • Region: Aircraft of the Saudi-led coalition hit the rebel-held capital Sanaa in Yemen after the rebels fired a missile at Saudi Arabia overnight. (AFP)
  • Iraq: PM Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of a military operation to retake Shirqat, an Islamic State bastion 60 miles south of the jihadists’ Mosul stronghold. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Turkish armed forces shelled a Kurdish militant target in the country’s north, killed four rebels. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: Jordanians voted in a nationwide election where opposition Islamists could re-emerge as a major parliamentary force in the key Western ally. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: For the first time, the US Wireless Emergency Alerts system was deployed as an electronic wanted poster, identifying a 28-year-old man sought in connection with the bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Malakas
    • Location: 113 NM SE of Iwakuni, Japan
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Movement: NE at 24 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Paine
    • Location: 285 NM WSW of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Karl
    • Location: 760 NM ENE of the Leeward Islands
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Thirteen
    • Location: 355 NM WSW of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Turrialba, Costa Rica
    • Ash and rock explosion 4 km into the sky closes airport. (Tico Times)
  • 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 (21SEP)

  • Global: Event to ratify UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Global: International Day of Peace – 1982
  • Armenia: Armenian Independence Day – 1991
  • Belize: Independence Day – 1981
  • Canada: Chinese Premier Li Keying to visit for talks with PM Trudeau (to 24SEP)
  • Colombia: Colombia to address the UN General Assembly on the International Day of Peace
  • Colombia: US President Obama to meet with President Juan Manuel Santos in New York
  • Ghana: Founder’s Day (Kwame Nkrumah’s Birthday) – 1909
  • Malta: Independence Day – 1964
  • Palestinian Territories: Supreme court to decide on 08OCT local elections
  • Sudan: China’s minister of agriculture Han Changfu to visit (to 23SEP)
  • Syria: UN Security Council to hold high-level meeting on Syrian conflict
  • Ukraine: Meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko to address the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York

 

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