ONS: 23 August 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 24, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged South Sudan to “get the job done” by fully implementing a peace deal or face a UN arms embargo and sanctions.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of children trying to escape violence and poverty in Central America have made their way to the US this year with no sign of letting up, a UN report said.
  • ASIA: More than 1,900 people have been killed in the Philippines’ violent campaign against drugs since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office, national police chief Director-General Ronald dela Rosa said.
  • EUROPE: A recent report states new and more dangerous smuggling practices and attempts to reach Europe have led to a spike in migrant deaths as they attempt to cross the Mediterranean.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi security forces launched an operation to flush out Islamic State militants from the town of Qayyara in south of IS major stronghold in Mosul.
  • TECHNOLOGY: France and Germany want messaging apps such as Telegram to limit encryption to help governments monitor communications among suspected terrorists.

 

TOP STORY

  • Nigeria: Many Boko Haram commanders allegedly killed, including leader Shekau.
    • Nigeria’s army says it has killed several commanders of the Islamist group Boko Haram in an air strike and seriously wounded its disputed leader, Abubakar Shekau.
    • Government planes attacked the Islamist group inside the Sambisa forest in its northeast heartland on Friday night, the air force said, saying it had only just confirmed details of the raid.
    • Shekau and other senior militants had gathered for prayers on Friday when they were hit by strike.
    • Leaders of the militant group are thought to be holed up deep in the forest, and any reports of deaths or injuries to commanders were impossible to independently confirm.
    • Nigeria has previously claimed to have killed Shekau, but those claims were later thrown into doubt when video surfaced showing a man claiming to be Shekau alive and well.
    • Coverage: BBC, Independent, NYT, Reuters, VOA

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Opponents of the country’s UN-backed unity government voted to reject it in a rare session of the eastern-based parliament. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A Muslim mob killed eight people in the northern Zamfara  state after torching the house of a man who tried to save a Christian student accused of blasphemy. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the country to “get the job done” by fully implementing a peace deal or face a UN arms embargo and sanctions. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Thousands of children trying to escape violence and poverty in Central America have made their way to the US this year with no sign of letting up, a UN report said. (AP)
  • Peru: The government is advancing an investigation of alleged police death squads and has identified nine officers, including a general, who allegedly masterminded the disappearance of at least 20 civilians since 2012. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The head of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro said a 14-year prison term for an opposition leader marked the end of democracy in the country. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • North Korea: The country ordered the children of its diplomats stationed overseas to return home, intelligence sources said, in an apparent bid to block potential defections. (Yonhap)
  • Pakistan: The country’s paramilitary Rangers have shuttered the offices of an ethnic party accused of violence after overnight clashes in Karachi left one person dead and eight wounded. (AP)
  • Philippines: More than 1,900 people have been killed in the country’s violent campaign against drugs since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office, national police chief Director-General Ronald dela Rosa said. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: The trial of two Chinese Uighurs accused of planting a deadly bomb in Bangkok last year was postponed because the defence was unable to produce a Uighur translator. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A recent report states new and more dangerous smuggling practices and attempts to reach Europe have led to a spike in migrant deaths as they attempt to cross the Mediterranean. (AP)
  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the EU and North African countries to do deals modelled on an agreement with Turkey to stem migrant flows to Europe. (AFP)
  • France: Seven people with links to terrorist networks, at least three of whom were planning attacks, have been arrested in the country during August. (AFP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel urged longtime Germany residents with Turkish roots to be loyal to the country, while pledging to listen to their concerns. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey shelled Islamic State positions in Syria for a second day, in response to mortar fire from across the border. (AFP)
  • Region: Israeli security forces rushed to the West Bank city of Nablus to rescue ultra-Orthodox Jews stoned by Palestinians as they visited a Jewish shrine. (AFP)
  • Iran: The Iranian parliament pushed back against the military over it dismissing civilian oversight following Russia’s use of an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes on Syria. (AP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi security forces launched an operation to flush out Islamic State militants from the town of Qayyara in south of IS major stronghold in Mosul. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Moscow offered to help negotiate a communication mechanism to prevent incidents between Syrian and US air forces. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A coalition of 28 US organizations expressed opposition to the US Department of Homeland Security’s proposal to include social media in its review of visa-waiver applicants. (The Hill)
  • Technology: France and Germany want messaging apps such as Telegram to limit encryption to help governments monitor communications among suspected terrorists. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12W (Lionrock)
    • Location: 362 NM ENE of Kadena AB
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: S at 5 mph
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  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 10W (Mindulle)
    • Location: 152 NM S of Misawa, Japan
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 32 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Kay
    • Location: 570 NM W of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Fiona
    • Location: 505 NM N of the Northern Leeward Islands
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Gaston
    • Location: 450 NM WSW of the Southernmost Cabo Verde Islands
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 18 mph
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  • 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 12AUG: 180,056 (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 12AUG: 67,411
      • Deaths as of 12AUG: 50
        • 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 21AUG: 1,792 (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 21AUG: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 11AUG:  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 11AUG: 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 11AUG: 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 (24AUG)

  • Moldova: Romania to issue Chisinau first 60-million-euro tranche of promised 150-million-euro loan
  • Saudi Arabia: US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit
  • Turkey: American delegation including Vice President Joe Biden to visit
  • Ukraine: Polish President Andrzej Duda to visit Kyiv
  • Ukraine: Independence Day – 1991

 

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