ONS: 21 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 22, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said his government will reinvigorate its campaign against Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist insurgency in the country’s northeast.
  • AMERICAS: Opening-round talks to remake the North American Free Trade Agreement wrapped, revealing early fissures dividing the US from Mexico and Canada.
  • ASIA: The US and South Korea began annual joint military exercises, while North Korea warned that the drills would deepen tensions by “throwing fuel onto fire.”
  • EUROPE: Spanish authorities confirmed 22-year-old Moroccan suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub as the driver of the deadly van attack in Barcelona is still at large.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Qatar denied it had banned Saudi Arabian flights from landing in the emirate to transport Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, after an accusation by authorities in Riyadh.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Scholars have started an online petition to urge Cambridge University Press to restore more than 300 politically sensitive articles removed from its website in China after a request from authorities.

TOP STORY

  • Singapore: Ten US Navy sailors missing after USS John McCain collision.
    • Ten US Navy sailors were missing and five were injured after a US destroyer collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore.
    • US military helicopters as well as the Singaporean, Indonesia and Malaysian navies and coast guards are currently conducting search and rescue operations.
    • The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain arrived at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base, hours after colliding with an oil tanker with “significant damage” to its hull.
    • The McCain had been heading to Singapore on a routine port visit after conducting a sensitive freedom-of-navigation operation last week by sailing near one of China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea.
    • This was the second time in two months that a Navy destroyer based at the 7th Fleet’s home port of Yokosuka, Japan, has been involved in a collision at sea.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, NYT, USA Today, WP

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari said his government will reinvigorate its campaign against Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist insurgency in the country’s northeast. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Separatists calling for the breakup of the nation crossed a red line and the country’s unity is not negotiable, President Buhari said. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer says the country’s civil war presents humanitarians with “one of the unique crises” in the world. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Opening-round talks to remake the North American Free Trade Agreement wrapped, revealing early fissures dividing the US from Mexico and Canada. (WSJ)
  • Canada: Clashes erupted between police and dozens of anti-racist activists on the sidelines of a pro-immigration rally in Quebec City. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Colombian authorities captured three leaders of the criminal gang Clan del Golfo in two operations, in which weapons, ammunition and money were seized. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: China strongly warned North Korea against additional provocations during a foreign ministerial meeting held in the Philippines earlier this month. (Yonhap)
  • Afghanistan: US President Donald Trump is expected to announce a modest increase in US troops, as recommended by his senior advisers. (Reuters)
  • Bangladesh: A Bangladesh court sentenced to death 10 leaders and activists from a banned Islamist group for a plot in 2000 to kill PM Sheikh Hasina by planting bombs at one of her rallies. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The US and South Korea began annual joint military exercises, while North Korea warned that the drills would deepen tensions by “throwing fuel onto fire.” (NYT)
  • Philippines: Abu Sayyaf militant gunmen killed at least nine people and wounded 16 others in a dawn attack in a remote village in the country’s restive south. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the release of German writer Dogan Akhanli, detained in Spain on a Turkish warrant and criticized Turkey for “abusing” Interpol. (AP)
  • Germany: Berlin police said nine people were slightly injured when a smoke bomb went off at an event by the Kurdish community. (AP)
  • Russia: The US Embassy in the country will stop issuing visas at its consulates in the country in response to the Russian decision to cap embassy staff. (AP)
  • Spain: Spanish authorities confirmed 22-year-old Moroccan suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub as the driver of the deadly van attack in Barcelona is still at large. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: British prosecutors have promised to vigorously prosecute hate crimes committed on social media. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar denied it had banned Saudi Arabian flights from landing in the emirate to transport Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, after an accusation by authorities in Riyadh. (AFP)
  • Region: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a joint operation with Iran against Kurdish militants in neighboring Iraq was “always on the agenda.” (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The government announced the allocation of 109 security centers in Mecca to inspect violations by pilgrims and imaginary hajj firms. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Russia’s air force destroyed a large column of Islamic State fighters on their way to the city of Deir al-Zor, killing over 200 militants. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Scholars have started an online petition to urge Cambridge University Press to restore more than 300 politically sensitive articles removed from its website in China after a request from authorities. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Hato
    • Location: 20 N 125 E
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Kenneth
    • Location: 1315 NM WSW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Wind: 115 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 18AUG: 73,943 (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 18AUG: 67,483 (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 18AUG: 51 (Brazil)
        • 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)
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 12AUG: 2,066 (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 12AUG: 720 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27JUL:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, 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, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
        • Outbreak Terminated as of 27JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
        • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 27JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22AUG)

  • France: Anniversary of the assassination attempt on Charles De Gaulle by the OAS – 1962
  • Russia: Flag Day – 1991
  • South Korea: US and South Korean officials to meet on possible trade agreement in Seoul

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