ONS: 21 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 22, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary of Defense Mattis met with French counterpart Florence Parly to discuss the ambush that killed 4 US troops in Niger.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan state elections may be repeated in the five states won by the opposition if the governors-elect continue to refuse to be sworn in by a pro-government legislative super body, President Nicolas Maduro warned.
  • ASIA: Philippine defense secretary cited the US FBI in confirming the death of Abu Sayyaf/IS militant leader Isnilon Hapilon.
  • EUROPE: In Germany, several people were injured in a knife attack in Munich, with police actively searching for a suspect.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish fighters as the central government said it had wrested back control of the last area of disputed Kirkuk province in the latest stage of a sweeping operation after a controversial independence vote.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US and Italy agree to share fingerprint information in counterterrorism cases.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Kabul mosque bombing death toll climbs to 56
    • The Imam Zaman Mosque, a Shia center, was bombed during Friday prayers on the night of OCT20/21.
    • The attack appears to have been a suicide bombing, followed by gunshots.
    • The most recent casualty figures place the total at 56 killed, and 55 more wounded, according to the Afghan interior ministry
    • The attack was claimed by IS, though with no concrete proof of responsibility thus far.
    • Another similar bombing took place the same day at a Sunni mosque in Ghor Province, killing 33 more.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, BBC, REU

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: 2 UN peacekeepers were injured in a clash with Anti-Balaka militants near Pombolo. (AP)
  • Egypt: 35 police and troops were killed in a clash with Islamists 200km south of Cairo. (AFP)
  • Niger: US Secretary of Defense Mattis met with French counterpart Florence Parly to discuss the ambush that killed 4 US troops in Niger. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The President will announce a “state of war” against the al-Shabaab extremist group blamed for a bombing in Mogadishu, the prime minister said. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A former FARC militant leader, identified as Henry Meneses Ruiz, was murdered in Cauca Department. Reports did not indicate who was responsible for his death.  (Telesur)
  • Colombia: Australian Cassie Sainsbury has reached a plea deal with Colombian prosecutors for six years’ jail on drug trafficking charges, pending approval by a Bogota criminal court judge. (GUARD)
  • Venezuela: State elections may be repeated in the five states won by the opposition if the governors-elect continue to refuse to be sworn in by a pro-government legislative super body, President Nicolas Maduro warned. (REU)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: IS claimed a bomb attack that killed 56 people at a Shiite mosque in downtown Kabul. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A strike by the Air Force killed 10 IS militants in Nangarhar. (XIN)
  • Philippines: Defense secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, cited the US FBI in confirming the death of Abu Sayyaf/IS militant leader Isnilon Hapilon. (XIN)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Several people were injured in a knife attack in Munich. (AP)
  • Malta: The killing of a journalist has raised outcry about corruption and criminality on the island nation, and concerns about freedom of expression and the rule of law. (NYT)
  • Spain: The government held a cabinet meeting to prepare to  seize powers from Catalonia’s separatist executive in a move aimed at stopping the northeastern region’s independence drive. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Russian FM Lavrov warns that changes to Iran deal would jeopardize the accord altogether. (AP)
  • Iraq: Forces clashed with Kurdish fighters as the central government said it had wrested back control of the last area of disputed Kirkuk province in the latest stage of a sweeping operation after a controversial independence vote. (AFP)
  • Israel: The Army destroyed three Syrian government artillery positions which had fired into Israeli territory. (Times of Israel)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US and Italy agree to share fingerprint information in counterterrorism cases. (XIN)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Cyclones: Typhoon Lan
      • Location: 337 NM SE of Kadena, AB
      • Wind: 155 mph
      • Movement: NE at 8 mph
      • Map
    • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twenty Seven
      • Location: 253 NM ESE of Andersen AFB
      • Wind: 35 mph
      • Movement: W at 3 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)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
      • 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)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22OCT)

  • Japan: Parliamentary elections
  • Slovenia: Presidential election

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