ONS: 22 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 23, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A UN study found that measures deployed by African governments to combat terrorism actually impel more people to join violent, extremist groups.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, the death toll from this week’s earthquake rose to 273, as rescuers race against the clock to reach trapped survivors.
  • ASIA: The UN estimates USD 200M will be needed over the next six months to help Rohingya Muslims refugees who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar.
  • EUROPE: Hundreds of pro-independence supporters in Catalonia protested to demand the release of regional government officials arrested by Spanish authorities over a planned secession referendum.
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Hassan Rouhani vowed Iran would continue to develop its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the US and France.
  • TECHNOLOGY: At the UN, world leaders urged web and tech companies to stop terrorists from using the Internet.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: H-Bomb test threats represent dangerous turn in stand-off.
    • North Korea threatened to detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean in response to US President Donald Trump’s speech before the UN.
    • The threat follows another remarkable statement by the North, a first-person address from leader Kim Jong-un to Mr Trump.
    • The statement was a response to Trump’s braggadocio at the UN, when he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or its allies.
    • An atmospheric test would be the first globally since China detonated a device in 1980, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
    • North Korea has never tested a nuclear device beyond its own borders and, were it to do so, it would represent a dramatic and worrying new stage in its showdown with Washington.
    • Coverage: BBC, Reuters, USA Today, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A UN study found that measures deployed by African governments to combat terrorism actually impel more people to join violent, extremist groups. (VOA)
  • Region: The Tunisian navy rescued 78 migrants en route to Europe that took on water off the coast of Chebba and were stranded for three days. (Reuters)
  • Congo: The country leads the world in complaints of sexual abuse and exploitation against UN peacekeepers over the past 12 years, numbering more than 700. (AP)
  • Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta said the country’s Supreme Court staged a “coup” against the will of the people when it annulled his win in last month’s presidential election. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Hurricane Maria knocked out power across Puerto Rico before flooding parts of the Dominican Republic, killing at least 32 people. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The death toll from this week’s earthquake rose to 273, as rescuers race against the clock to reach trapped survivors. (BBC)
  • United States: Officials announced the US Coast Guard has captured more than a half a billion dollars’ worth of cocaine and heroin since the beginning of August. (LAT)
  • Venezuela: Authorities arrested 121 people on suspicion of illegal currency exchange. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The UN estimates USD 200M will be needed over the next six months to help Rohingya Muslims refugees who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar. (Reuters)
  • Region: Pakistan says the death toll from the cross-border shooting by India in the disputed region of Kashmir has risen to six. (AP)
  • Japan: A Japanese court ruled the plant operator not the government was responsible for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ordering the former to pay damages. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A roadside bomb in the country’s insurgency-plagued south has killed four army rangers and wounded five other rangers and a civilian. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A vessel carrying migrants has sunk in the Black Sea, killing four people on board, with 20 missing. (AP)
  • Spain: Hundreds of pro-independence supporters in Catalonia protested to demand the release of regional government officials arrested by Spanish authorities over a planned secession referendum. (AP)
  • Spain: A 24-year old man of Moroccan origin was arrested for alleged links to the extremist cell in the attacks in Barcelona and a nearby town. (AP)
  • Russia: The Council of Europe urged the country to let opposition leader Aleksei Navalny “stand for election” for the Russian presidency. (RFE/RL)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Two rockets hit near Syria’s Damascus airport, in a speculated Israeli warplane attack. (Reuters)
  • Region: Senior Syrian opposition activist Aroubeh Barakat and her journalist daughter, Halla, were found dead at their apartment in Istanbul. (AFP)
  • Region: Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa wants Arab boycott of Israel to end, according to Simon Wiesenthal Center founder Marvin Hier. (AP)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani vowed the country would continue to develop its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the US and France. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Mostly Shiite paramilitary troops known as Popular Mobilization Forces have joined the battle against Islamic State militants in the contested province of Kirkuk. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: At the UN, world leaders urged web and tech companies to stop terrorists from using the Internet. (NYT)
  • Technology: Facebook announced new measures for political ads on its platform, including disclosure requirements, boosting its ad-review process and more than doubling the size of its team working on election integrity. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Maria
    • Location: 90 NM NNE of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
    • Wind: 125 mph
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Jose
    • Location: 145 NM SE of Nantucket, Massachusetts
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: W at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 21SEP: 2,081 (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 21SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23SEP)

  • Argentina: National Day of Women’s Political Rights – 1997
  • Brunei: Teacher’s Day – Unknown
  • Canada: US First Lady Melania Trump to visit (to 30SEP)
  • Kyrgyzstan:  Kyrgyz Language Day  – 1989
  • Lithuania: Holocaust Memorial Day – 1945
  • New Zealand: Elections
  • Saudi Arabia: National Day – 1932
  • Singapore: Presidential Elections

 

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