ONS: 22 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 23, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Libyan naval forces denied charges from a rescue organization that one of their crew had attacked a migrant boat packed with around 150 people, causing some to fall into the sea and at least four to drown, a spokesman said.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan opposition called for nationwide demonstrations on 26OCT to protest the suspension of a presidential recall referendum campaign.
  • ASIA: A North Korean delegation held talks with former government officials of the United States in Malaysia to discuss issues including nuclear and missile tests.
  • EUROPE: French police staged a fifth night of unauthorized protests in Paris and other cities, saying they are no longer sufficiently equipped to defend themselves.
  • MIDDLE EAST: According to a UN report, the Syrian army is guilty of attacking the village of Qmenas with chemical weapons in March 2015.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A former FBI counter-intelligence agent said that the cyber attacks that crippled Twitter, Netflix and other major websites Friday may be the work of a state actor.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Security forces make gains in battle for Mosul; Pentagon chief arrives in Baghdad
    • US Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived on an unannounced visit to Baghdad to meet Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and assess the Mosul campaign, which started on 17OCT.
    • The Iraqi army is advancing on Mosul from the south and the east while Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are holding fronts in the east and north.
    • The Iraqi army captured Qaraqosh, a Christian town 13 miles SE of Mosul that had been under control of the Islamic State group since 2014.
    • The army said about 50 villages have been taken from the militants since 17OCT in operations to prepare the main thrust into the city of Mosul itself.
    • Mosul is the Islamic State’s last major stronghold in Iraq; the only other major city the group still holds is Raqqa, its de facto capital in northern Syria.
    • Islamic State militants, in retreat from Mosul and the surrounding areas, set oil fields on fire and allegedly executed 284 men and boys initially taken with the intention of using them as human shields.
    • Islamic State militants retaliated against the advance of Iraqi and Kurdish forces by attacking Kirkuk.  46 people, primarily security forces, were killed in the attack.
    • Sources: WSJ, CNN, AFP-1, AFP-2, AP, Reuters-1, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: An overloaded train derailed along the route that links two major cities, killing at least 53 people and injuring more than 300. (AP)
  • Egypt: A senior Egyptian army officer was shot dead outside his home in a Cairo suburb on Saturday. (AFP)
  • Libya: The country’s naval forces denied charges from a rescue organization that one of their crew had attacked a migrant boat packed with around 150 people, causing some to fall into the sea and at least four to drown, a spokesman said. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The government extended an anti-piracy operation combatting attacks on merchant ships by three months. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: A local judge ordered preventive prison for a former oil minister on grounds of bribery amid an investigation into a $12 million corruption scandal in the state oil company. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela:  The opposition alliance called for nationwide demonstrations on 26OCT to protest electoral authorities’ decision to suspend a presidential recall referendum campaign. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: A half-dozen hooded gunmen tried to break into the offices of the comptroller commission at the Venezuelan National Assembly, according to the president of the opposition-led commission, who said the incident was likely politically motivated. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China slammed the US for sailing a warship near disputed territory in the South China Sea, saying the move was a “serious illegal act” and “deliberately provocative.” (AFP)
  • Region:  A North Korean delegation held talks with former government officials of the United States in Malaysia to discuss issues including nuclear and missile tests. (Yonhap)
  • Pakistan: Three senior Taliban members traveled to to the country this week and held a series of meetings with officials in Islamabad, briefing them on talks between the Taliban and Kabul. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Parliament President Martin Schulz says a free trade deal between the European Union and Canada should be signed next week, after overcoming a roadblock set by the Belgian region of Wallonia. (DPA)
  • France: Police staged a fifth night of unauthorized protests in Paris and other cities, saying they are no longer sufficiently equipped to defend themselves. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Security has been stepped up around the transport network in London, after a man was arrested over the discovery of a suspect device on a Tube train. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: According to a UN report, the Syrian army is guilty of attacking the village of Qmenas with chemical weapons in March 2015. (AFP)
  • Syria: Turkish forces hit Syrian Kurdish militia targets for the second time in less than 72 hours; it is unknown whether any militia fighters were killed. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Warring factions exchanged accusations of violating the ceasefire; the Saudi-led coalition says Houthi forces attacked several cities in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A former FBI counter-intelligence agent said that the cyber attacks that crippled Twitter, Netflix and other major websites Friday may be the work of a state actor. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • 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 21OCT: 194,872 (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 21OCT: 107,570
      • Deaths as of 21OCT: 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 20OCT:  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 20OCT: 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 20OCT: 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 (23OCT)

  • Libya: Liberation Day – 2011
  • Lithuania: Second round of parliamentary elections
  • Somalia: Parliamentary elections (to 10NOV)
  • Spain: Socialist Party to debate strategy
  • Thailand: Chulalongkorn Day – 1910

 

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