ONS: 21 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 22, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Congolese former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda has ended his nearly two-week hunger strike in his detention cell, refusing to attend his war crimes trial.
  • AMERICAS: Canada has agreed to negotiate a bilateral extradition treaty with China, despite longstanding concerns about China’s lack of due process and other human rights violations.
  • ASIA: A second flight of two US supersonic bombers flew over South Korea, with one of them landing at a South Korean air base.
  • EUROPE: A man wielding a knife has been shot and wounded by security officials outside Israel’s embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkey plans to send more ground troops into Syria to capture a key town held by Islamic State jihadists.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Microsoft software company says its researchers are using artificial intelligence to target cancer cells and eliminate the disease.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Violence in North Carolina over police shooting of black man.
    • Police in North Carolina shot and killed a black man they said was armed outside an apartment complex in Charlotte, setting off violent protests that continued late into the night.
    • The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said “approximately 12 officers” have been injured.
    • Television footage showed dozens of protesters on Interstate 85 apparently looting semi-trucks and setting their contents on fire on the highway.
    • The protests came just hours after another demonstration in Tulsa, Oklahoma, over the shooting there of an unarmed black man by police.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Congolese former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda has ended his nearly two-week hunger strike in his detention cell, refusing to attend his war crimes trial. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: At least 44 people have been killed in protests over President Joseph Kabila’s perceived bid to extend his rule. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg has closed for the rest of the week because of violence by protesters demanding free education. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Mauricio Macri spoke informally with British PM Theresa May regarding the dialogue aimed at resolving the dispute over the Falklands Islands. (AP)
  • Canada: The country has agreed to negotiate a bilateral extradition treaty with China, despite longstanding concerns about China’s lack of due process and other human rights violations. (NYT)
  • Nicaragua: The country’s opposition party chose Jose del Carmen Alvarado to compete against incumbent Daniel Ortega in the November presidential election. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Cambodia has deported 13 Taiwanese nationals suspected of telecoms fraud to China, ignoring protests from Taiwan. (Reuters)
  • Region: Hong Kong police arrested six people with suspected triad links over death threats to a newly-elected lawmaker who advocates greater autonomy from China. (AFP)
  • Australia: Almost half of Australians will support a ban on Muslim immigration, believing they “do not integrate” well into society and culture, a poll has shown. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: A second flight of two US supersonic bombers flew over the country, with one of them landing at a South Korean air base. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Britain: Military nuclear weapon convoys through Britain’s cities and towns have experienced 180 mishaps and incidents during the last 16 years, an International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons report said. (Guardian)
  • Germany: German political parties have fallen victim to a new round of cyber attacks, after Berlin accused Russia of spying and sabotage. (AFP)
  • Greece: A further 100 refugees arrived from Turkey to Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. (EFE)
  • Turkey: A man wielding a knife has been shot and wounded by security officials outside Israel’s embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran said the USD 38B aid deal between the US and Israel makes Iran more determined to strengthen its military. (AP)
  • Bahrain: An Internet watchdog Citizen Lab report says Canadian web filtering firm Netsweeper Inc. is helping block news and opposition websites in the country. (AP)
  • Syria: Four medics were killed and a nurse critically wounded when an air strike hit a clinic in a village near the city of Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Syria: Turkey plans to send more ground troops into the country to capture a key town held by Islamic State jihadists. (AFP)
  • Yemen: An apparent US drone strike east of capital Sanaa killed two suspected al-Qaeda members. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Microsoft software company says its researchers are using artificial intelligence to target cancer cells and eliminate the disease. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Malakas
    • Location: 159 NM NE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 38 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Post-Tropical Cyclone Paine
    • Location: 85 NM W of Punta Eugenia, Mexico
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: N at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Karl
    • Location: 385 NM ENE of the Leeward Islands
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Lisa
    • Location: 515 NM W of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 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 (22SEP)

  • Bulgaria: Independence Day – 1908
  • Iran: FM Zarif to meet world powers over nuclear deal ‘differences’ at United Nations
  • Iran and Iraq: Anniversary of beginning of Iran-Iraq War – 1980
  • Japan: Autumnal Equinox Day
  • Mali: Independence Day – 1960

 

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