ONS: 22 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 23, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari would welcome UN representatives as intermediaries in any talks with Boko Haram on the release of about 200 Chibok schoolgirls.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s electoral authority ruled out a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro this year.
  • ASIA: The Afghan government has signed a peace accord with the Hezb-e Islami militant group led by warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
  • EUROPE: The UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, is to grow by nearly 1,000 staff by 2020.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Dozens of Syrians were killed overnight in rebel-held districts of Aleppo during airstrikes described by residents as the most intense bombing in months.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Taiwan asked Google to blur satellite images showing apparent new military installations on Itu Aba, Taipei’s sole holding in the disputed South China Sea.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: State of emergency declared as Charlotte protests continue.
    • A second night of violent demonstrations in Charlotte left one man clinging to life and several businesses damaged.
    • Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in Charlotte, condemned violent protests and said the state highway patrol was sending troopers to help the Charlotte police force as needed.
    • Charlotte mayor Jennifer Roberts was considering a curfew as Bank of America told employees not to report to work at its uptown offices.
    • At least four officers suffered injuries that were not life threatening during the protests, according to police.
    • The evening began peacefully with a vigil at a downtown park but turned violent as some protesters marched through the streets and faced off with police in riot gear.
    • Coverage: CNN, LAT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Opposition leader Moise Katumbi called for international sanctions against security officials responsible for the deaths of protesters in two days of demonstrations against President Joseph Kabila. (Reuters)
  • Gabon: Government officials warned opposition leader Jean Ping risked arrest if unrest resumes when the Constitutional Court rules on his challenge to last month’s presidential election outcome. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari would welcome UN representatives as intermediaries in any talks with Boko Haram on the release of about 200 Chibok schoolgirls. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country will begin testing a vaccine against the mosquito-borne Zika virus in humans in the next two months. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos warned FARC rebels their illicit fortune would be seized and used to pay reparations to war victims should voters approve a peace agreement in a 02OCT plebiscite. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The country delivered the ratified Paris Agreement on climate change to the UN. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The country’s electoral authority ruled out a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro this year. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: India refused dialogue after Pakistan accused New Delhi of putting ‘unacceptable’ conditions for peace talks. (Reuters)
  • Region: Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have charged leading human rights activist Khurram Parvez under a controversial security law. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The Afghan government has signed a peace accord with the Hezb-e Islami militant group led by warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. (RFE/RL)
  • Malaysia: Three foreigners and one Malaysian have been arrested between 02AUG and 17SEP for their alleged involvement in multiple terrorist groups, including the Islamic State. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte said he will invite UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and EU officials to investigate his crackdown on the drugs trade. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International urged the EU to help expose those who represent, or profit, from businesses with secretive links to the world’s biggest tax havens. (AP)
  • Region: Hungarian PM Viktor Orban suggested the EU expel “to an island” more than 1 million people who arrived during the 2015-16 migration crisis. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Despite international objections, Professor Mehmet Altan was arrested while his brother journalist Ahmet Altan was released under judicial control in a continued post-coup crackdown. (DPA)
  • United Kingdom: The UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, is to grow by nearly 1,000 staff by 2020. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A Bahraini appeals court upheld an order dissolving the country’s main Shiite opposition group despite international criticism of the kingdom’s crackdown on dissent. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces are gaining ground in the northern town of Sharqat where they are fighting to retake from Islamic State jihadists ahead of a push for the city of Mosul. (AFP)
  • Syria: Dozens of Syrians were killed overnight in rebel-held districts of Aleppo during airstrikes described by residents as the most intense bombing in months. (Guardian)
  • Syria: Russia rejected a proposal by US Secretary of State John Kerry to ground aircraft to prevent further escalation of tensions in the country. (WSJ)
  • Yemen: Saudi-led air strikes killed 20 civilians in the rebel-held port city of Hodeida. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Yahoo is poised to confirm a massive data breach of its service that has exposed several hundred million user accounts, according to several close sources. (Re/Code)
  • Technology: Taiwan asked Google to blur satellite images showing apparent new military installations on Itu Aba, Taipei’s sole holding in the disputed South China Sea. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Lisa
    • Location: 620 NM WNW of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Karl
    • Location: 725 NM SSE of Bermuda
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 15 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 (23SEP)

  • India: Military to purchase 36 Rafael fighter jets from France’s Dassault Aviation in $8.84 billion deal
  • Saudi Arabia: National Day – 1932
  • South Korea: Foreign Minister Yun to deliver a keynote speech to the UN plenary session

 

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