ONS: 21 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 22, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Africa has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, accusing it of bias against Africans.
  • AMERICAS: More than 500 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean are at risk from mosquito-borne diseases, a summit of Zika-infected nations in Cuba has heard.
  • ASIA: The Philippines will maintain trade and economic ties with the US, Trade Minister Ramon Lopez said, after President Rodrigo Duterte announced his “separation” from Washington.
  • EUROPE: German lawmakers have approved a bill that allows Germany’s foreign intelligence agency to spy on EU institutions and member states.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian government opened a new corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russia’s Foreign Ministry has identified the Russian arrested in the Czech Republic on suspicion of cyberattacks in the US as Yevgeny Nikulin.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Islamic State militants launch counter-attack on Kirkuk.
    • Islamic State militants have raided government buildings in and around the Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
    • The attack targeted Dubiz power plant, a police station, neighborhood and some outlying villages, according to Kamal Karkuki, a Kurdish Peshmerga commander in west Kirkuk.
    • At least 11 workers, including two Iranians, were killed when IS militants stormed a power plant north of the city and then blew themselves up.
    • The most likely reason for the assault is disruption, with ISIS demonstrating it can deploy its resources far behind the front lines.
    • Crude oil production facilities were not targeted and the power supply continued uninterrupted in the city.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, LAT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Guinea-Bissau: The UN Security Council welcomed an inclusive dialogue among political leaders, civil society and religious communities to end the country’s political crisis. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Pro-government forces have freed five foreign nationals held by the Islamic State in Sirte after heavy fighting in their battle to capture the final district of the city. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: The country has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, accusing it of bias against Africans. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: More than 500 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean are at risk from mosquito-borne diseases, a summit of Zika-infected nations in Cuba has heard. (BBC)
  • Colombia: Several modifications to a peace deal with the FARC rebels suggested by the country’s opposition are “inviable,” President Juan Manuel Santos said. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: The country’s electoral council has suspended an opposition drive for a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: Former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said he and seven other opposition leaders have received court orders prohibiting them from leaving the country. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have abducted a South Korean skipper and a Filipino crewman from a South Korean cargo ship. (AP)
  • Australia: The country will allow gun owners to hand in illegal firearms without penalty next year as concerns grow over gun crimes involving such weapons. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: Abdur Rahman, the head of a Bangladeshi Islamist group accused of carrying out a deadly siege at a cafe in Dhaka, died during an arrest operation earlier this month, an elite security unit said. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The country will maintain trade and economic ties with the US, Trade Minister Ramon Lopez said, after President Rodrigo Duterte announced his “separation” from Washington. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Ousted PM Yingluck Shinawatra has been fined USD 996M over a rice subsidy scheme critics say hemorrhaged billions of dollars. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Belgium’s ambassador in connection with a row over Syria. (Reuters)
  • Cyprus: A boat with 83 people believed to be Syrian migrants has been towed to a harbor on the island’s northwestern coast. (AP)
  • France: Hundreds of police demonstrated in Paris for a third night, calling for reinforcements and stiffer penalties following a string of attacks on officers. (AFP)
  • Germany: German lawmakers have approved a bill that allows the country’s foreign intelligence agency to spy on EU institutions and member states. (AP)
  • Sweden: A home for asylum seekers was set on fire in a Stockholm suburb, the second such incident in the Swedish capital in less than a week. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Iraqi soldiers fighting to retake the largely Sunni city of Mosul from Islamic State are flying Shiite flags, stoking the sectarian divisions that the government has vowed to repair. (WSJ)
  • Syria: The Syrian army foiled an attack by the armed rebels on the eastern rim of the capital Damascus, killing 14 of them. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The Syrian government opened a new corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo. (AP)
  • Yemen: Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition hit rebel positions outside the capital Sanaa, after the alliance accused insurgents of breaching a shaky ceasefire. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Russia’s Foreign Ministry has identified the Russian arrested in the Czech Republic on suspicion of cyberattacks in the US as Yevgeny Nikulin. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Haima
    • Location: 91 NM E of Hong Kong
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 8km ESE of Kurayoshi, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 11 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 14OCT: 196,586 (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 14OCT: 107,537
      • Deaths as of 14OCT: 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 (22OCT)

  • Ivory Coast: Campaigning for constitutional referendum to begin (to 29OCT)
  • Russia: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih to visit, meet with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak (to 23OCT)
  • Spain: Socialist Party (PSOE) members to protest for a vote by all party members on coalition government forming
  • United States and Cuba: Anniversary of US President Kennedy announcing quarantine of Cuba – 1962

 

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