ONS: 20 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 21, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan police tear-gassed opposition supporters demonstrating near the Supreme Court as judges criticized the election board for its performance in last month’s annulled presidential election.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken refuge in shelters as the Caribbean island braces for Hurricane Maria’s direct hit.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Moon Jae-in called US President Trump’s threat to North Korea “firm and specific,” calling for the North to give up nuclear weapons.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police arrested 12 people in raids on offices of the regional government of Catalonia, intensifying a crackdown on the region’s preparations for a secession vote.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have seized more than 90 percent of the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State jihadist group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google announced it will give a total of USD 1.3M to fund projects that help counter extremism in the UK.

 

TOP STORY

  • Mexico: Death toll rises as search for earthquake survivors continues.
    • A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico, killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City.
    • Volunteers, medics and Marines worked through the night in Mexico City, digging through immense piles of rubble searching for survivors
    • Parents and rescue workers pulled through rubble in a search for dozens of young children feared buried under a Mexico City school destroyed in the earthquake.
    • The earthquake happened on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake that killed as many as 10,000 people and flattened 400 buildings in Mexico City.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A US accuses the country of failing to protect free speech and its minorities, investigate abuses by its forces or grant US monitors access to the conflict-ridden Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
  • Kenya: Kenyan police tear-gassed opposition supporters demonstrating near the Supreme Court as judges criticized the election board for its performance in last month’s annulled presidential election. (Reuters)
  • Libya: UN-backed deputy PM Ahmad Maiteeq discussed the return of refugees to the city of Tawergha with the country’s UN mission. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US President Donald Trump’s first major speech at the UN was denounced by some of the member nations he singled out for criticism. (BBC)
  • Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit back at Trump, calling him “the new Hitler” of international politics, interpreting Trump’s remarks as a death threat. (AP)
  • Region: Cuba slammed Trump’s comments about the island being “corrupt and destabilizing” as “disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling.” (Reuters)
  • Puerto Rico: Thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken refuge in shelters as the Caribbean island braces for Hurricane Maria’s direct hit. (CNN)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The first 50 refugees to be resettled in the US under agreement with Australia will be notified within days. (AP)
  • Region: Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina issued a new call for Myanmar to take back the some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in the country. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The country is arming hundreds of civilians nationwide to help protect mosques during the holy month of Muharram. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Islamic militant Muhammad Nur Solihin was sentenced to 11 years in prison for leading a plot to attack a presidential guard-changing ceremony in Jakarta. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Moon Jae-in called US President Trump’s threat to North Korea “firm and specific,” calling for the North to give up nuclear weapons. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Karin Strenz, a close political ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, allegedly received money from Azerbaijan. (Guardian)
  • Region: The UK “future partnership” paper made the case for “a bespoke relationship with Europol” after the UK leaves the EU. (BBC)
  • Region: Germany’s Thyssenkrupp and India’s Tata Steel struck a preliminary deal to merge their European steel operations to create the continent’s No.2 steelmaker after ArcelorMittal. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Spanish police arrested 12 people in raids on offices of the regional government of Catalonia, intensifying a crackdown on the region’s preparations for a secession vote. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: British counterterror police arrested two more people in relation to the London subway attack, bringing the number to five. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey will consider imposing sanctions in Kurdish northern Iraq over its planned independence referendum. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed that two Turkish intelligence officials were captured by Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. (AP)
  • Iran: Iranian-American Baquer Namazi imprisoned in the country underwent surgery to have a pacemaker installed, but is expected to return to prison. (AP)
  • Syria: The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have seized more than 90 percent of the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State jihadist group. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google announced it will give a total of USD 1.3M to fund projects that help counter extremism in the UK. (BBC)
  • Communications: Saudi Arabia will remove its ban on internet phone calls, including WhatsApp and Skype, as the kingdom looks to boost non-oil revenue. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Maria
    • Location: 30 NM SSE of St. Croix
    • Wind: 175 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Jose
    • Location: 230 NM E of Nantucket, Massachusetts
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: NE at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Norma
    • Location: 370 NM W of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 5km ENE of Raboso, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 51 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl, Mexico
    • A mild, brief eruption after the earthquake in Mexico City. (Daily Star)
  • 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)
    • 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21SEP)

  • Global: International Day of Peace – 1981
  • Europe-Canada: Trade deal to take effect provisionally
  • South America: Deadline for Chile to file rejoinder with ICJ in case against Bolivia over access to Pacific
  • Armenia: Independence Day – 1991
  • Belize: Independence Day – 1981
  • Ghana: Founder’s Day – Unknown
  • Kenya: Anniversary of the Westgate Shopping Mall attack – 2013
  • Malta: Independence Day – 1964
  • Russia: Anniversary of the Russian constitutional crisis  – 1993

 

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