ONS: 21 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 22, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ugandan police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of students protesting against plans to introduce legislation that would allow longtime President Yoweri Museveni to rule for life.
  • AMERICAS: Rescuers are racing against the clock to reach survivors trapped under the rubble of a school in Mexico City which collapsed during the 19SEP earthquake.
  • ASIA: In Myanmar, police arrested eight people after a Buddhist mob tried to block humanitarian aid for the Rohingya Muslims.
  • EUROPE: An EU survey of Muslims throughout the continent finds most are willing to embrace non-Muslims, but often feel rebuffed by the majority populations of the places they live.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia warned the US it would target Syrian regions where US special forces and US-backed militia were operating if its own forces came under fire from them.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google purchased a part of HTC to beef up its hardware business.

 

TOP STORY

  • Hurricane Maria: Storm grows to Category 3; takes aim at Dominican Republic.
    • Hurricane Maria regained strength and is next set to scrape across the northern coast of the Dominican Republic as a Category 3 hurricane.
    • People in the British overseas territory of Turks and Caicos are being urged to find shelter immediately as Hurricane Maria heads their way.
    • The storm battered Puerto Rico with high winds and driving rain, knocking out power all across the island.
    • Puerto Ricans vowed to rebuild, yet the extent of the damage is currently unknown because communication to dozens of municipalities was cut off.
    • Coverage: BBC, Fortune, NYT, USA Today, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: The Anas al-Dabbashi brigade group is seeking legitimacy and state security jobs from Tripoli in exchange for stopping migrant from leaving for Italy. (Reuters)
  • Togo: Security forces clashed with protesters seeking an end to President Faure Gnassingbe’s rule, killing one child. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: Ugandan police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of students protesting against plans to introduce legislation that would allow longtime President Yoweri Museveni to rule for life. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement linking the country and the EU went into effect despite opposition from environmental activists. (AFP)
  • Haiti: Thousands took to the streets of capital Port-au-Prince to demand President Jovenel Moise step down. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Rescuers are racing against the clock to reach survivors trapped under the rubble of a school in Mexico City which collapsed during the 19SEP earthquake. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: An employee of the US embassy in Caracas was released after being kidnapped two days earlier by criminals demanding a ransom. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea will resume humanitarian aid to North Korea, but didn’t determine when to provide the USD 8M worth of assistance amid tensions created by Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests. (AP)
  • Malaysia: Malaysian police arrested seven Filipinos believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Police arrested eight people after a Buddhist mob tried to block humanitarian aid for the Rohingya Muslims. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte said he will have his son, Paolo, killed if drug trafficking allegations against the younger politician are true. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Thousands of protesters demonstrated against President Duterte’s martial law and his brutal anti-drug crackdown. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: An EU survey of Muslims throughout the continent finds most are willing to embrace non-Muslims, but often feel rebuffed by the majority populations of the places they live. (AP)
  • France: Florian Philippot, the second-highest member of the French National Front, said he was quitting the party, raising the prospect of a split in the far-right’s ranks. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The country’s central bank will take over the nation’s eighth-largest lender, B&N Bank, which requested a bailout. (AFP)
  • Spain: The pro-independence Catalan National Assembly called on Catalonia residents to begin a long-term protest against Spanish authorities’ crackdown on the region’s plans to hold a secession referendum. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: A 17-year-old youth was arrested in connection with a bomb attack on an underground train in London, bringing the total number of arrests to six. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Trump is seeking to revisit the nuclear agreement with the country to toughen its provisions and pressure Tehran to return to negotiations. (NYT)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces launched an offensive to dislodge Islamic State from Hawija, an area located west of Kirkuk. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russian special forces are helping Syrian government troops fight Islamic State militants in the city of Deir el-Zour. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia warned the US it would target Syrian regions where US special forces and US-backed militia were operating if its own forces came under fire from them. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The Syrian army and its allies launched air strikes against rebels north of the city of Hama. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google purchased a part of HTC to beef up its hardware business. (Mashable)
  • Technology: The hackers behind an AUG2017 used computer utility software breach also tried to infect machines at Microsoft, Intel and other top technology companies. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Maria
    • Location: 55 NM NE of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
    • Wind: 110 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Jose
    • Location: 150 NM SE of Nantucket, Massachusetts
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 85km NNW of Isangel, Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 200.2 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 281km ESE of Kamaishi, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (22SEP)

  • Bulgaria: Independence Day – 1908
  • Estonia: Resistance Fighting Day – 1944
  • Iran: Anniversary of invasion by Iraq – 1980
  • Japan: Autumnal Equinox – 1948
  • Latvia and Lithuania: Day of Baltic Unity – 2000
  • Mali: Independence Day – 1960
  • Ukraine: Day of Partisan Glory – 1945
  • Uruguay: Teacher’s Day – Unknown

 

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