ONS: 22 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 23, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: After widespread shock and condemnation, the head of the WHO he is “rethinking” his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador.”
  • AMERICAS: Allies of Argentina’s business-friendly President Mauricio Macri could sweep the country’s “Big Five” voting districts in the congressional election, neutering the opposition and advancing his chances of being re-elected in 2019.
  • ASIA: The centre of Typhoon Lan, which is locally know as Paolo is expected to make landfall just to the west of Tokyo, Japan.
  • EUROPE: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is set to walk free after a 20-day jail term for organising protests against President Vladimir Putin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Kurdistan Regional Government the region is facing as humanitarian crisis as nearly 170,000 people have been displaced from the Kirkuk region by Iraqi forces.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The website of Spain’s Constitutional Court was forced down following threats from cyber-activists, as Madrid prepared to seize powers from Catalonia over its independence threat.

TOP STORY

  • After Raqqa, Trump says US shifts to ‘new phase’ in Syria
    • President Donald Trump is portraying the Islamic State’s ouster from its Syrian stronghold as a milestone in the US fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition and lasting peace in Syria.
    • The fall of Raqqa marks a major defeat for IS, which has seen its territories steadily shrink since last year. IS took over Raqqa, located on the Euphrates River, in January 2014, and transformed it into the epicenter of its brutal rule.
    • That assessment, runs counter to warnings in recent days from national security aides that IS militants remain fully capable of striking American interests.
    • US Central Command stopped short of declaring victory then, saying that “more than 90 percent” of the city was in the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the U.S.-backed group of Syrian Kurds and Arabs.
    • Coverage: AP-1, AP-2, Hill, USA-T

AFRICA

  • Mali: The country will extend, by a year, the state of emergency that was first introduced after a November 2015 attack on a Bamako hotel. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: The UN subcommittee on torture prevention has suspended a visit to the country, citing obstructions imposed by the government that compromised its fact-finding mission. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: After widespread shock and condemnation, the head of the World Health Organization said he is “rethinking” his appointment of President Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador.” (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The government of Mexico has aligned itself with municipalities suing the state of Texas over a new law that, if implemented, would crack down on sanctuary cities, arguing that the state’s action hurts Mexico’s relationship with Washington. (Tribune News Service)
  • Argentina: Allies of the country’s business-friendly President Mauricio Macri could sweep the country’s “Big Five” voting districts in the congressional election, neutering the opposition and advancing his chances of being re-elected in 2019. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos launched Operation Atlas, an initiative to which the government allocated more than 9,000 police and military personnel to fight crime in the troubled municipality of Tumaco, in the southwest of the country (EFE)

ASIA

  • Japan: The centre of Typhoon Lan, which is locally know as Paolo is expected to make landfall just to the west of Tokyo. (Al Jazeera)
  • Myanmar: Police have seized more than US$5 million (S$6.8 million) worth of methamphetamine pills in the north of violence-racked Rakhine state this month, an officer said. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Troops battling a final group of about 30 pro-Islamic State group militants who are surrounded in one building with all their hostages gone as a nearly five-month siege neared its end in southern Marawi city, a military official said. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Malta: The government has offered an unprecedented 1 million Euro reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in the car bombing death of an investigative reporter. (NWS)
  • Russia: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is set to walk free after a 20-day jail term for organising protests against President Vladimir Putin. (AFP)
  • Spain: President of the Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, said that he would call a session of the regional Parliament to debate and decide a proper response to the measures announced earlier in the day by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. (EFE)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih made a high profile visit to Iraq, calling for increased economic cooperation and praising existing coordination to boost crude oil prices. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The Kurdistan Regional Government the region is facing as humanitarian crisis as nearly 170,000 people have been displaced from the Kirkuk region by Iraqi forces. (UPI)
  • Syria: S.-backed militias said they captured a major oil field in Deir al-Zor province, pressing their offensive against Islamic State fighters in the east. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • The website of Spain’s Constitutional Court was forced down following threats from cyber-activists, as Madrid prepared to seize powers from Catalonia over its independence threat. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Cyclones: Typhoon Lan
      • Location: 293 NM SSE of Iwakuni, Japan
      • Wind: 145 mph
      • Movement: N at 23 mph
      • Map
    • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twenty Seven
      • Location: 342 NM SE of Andersen AFB
      • Wind: 35 mph
      • Movement: S at 11 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 (23OCT)

  • Azerbaijan: Negotiations on a strategic partnership between the EU and Azerbaijan to continue (to 24OCT)
  • Hungary: Republic Day – 1956
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of the US Marine Corps barracks bombings in Beirut – 1983
  • Libya: Liberation Day – 2011
  • Myanmar: Bangladesh’s Home Minister to visit to discuss Rohingya refugee crisis
  • New Zealand: Labor Day – 1900
  • Switzerland: 68th session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to open in Geneva (to 17NOV)
  • United States: Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to meet with President Trump

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