ONS: 23 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 24, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Angolans began voting in an election that will bring about the first leadership change in almost four decades for Africa’s second-biggest oil producer.
  • AMERICAS: Panama said starting in October; Venezuelans would need a visa to visit, accusing the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of undermining democracy at home and security abroad.
  • ASIA: North Korea state media released a photograph suggesting the country is working on a more powerful solid-fuel ballistic missile, as leader, Kim Jong-un, had ordered the production of more rocket engines and warheads.
  • EUROPE: The headless female torso found in the Copenhagen waterside has been identified as the missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, Danish police said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Senior US officials including presidential adviser Jared Kushner met with leaders in Saudi Arabia and Qatar to discuss the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: To purge extremist propaganda from its platform, YouTube inadvertently removed videos that could be used to document atrocities in Syria, potentially jeopardizing future war crimes prosecutions, observers and rights advocates say.

 

TOP STORY

  • US Navy: Seventh Fleet’s Vice Admiral Aucoin removed from command.
    • Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet relieved Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin from his duties at the 7th Fleet’s Yokosuka base in Japan.
    • A statement from the 7th fleet said Aucoin was relieved “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.”
    • The move comes after four embarrassing accidents this year, two of which killed sailors at sea.
    • Rear Admiral Phil Sawyer, the Pacific Fleet’s deputy commander, will immediately take command.
    • The Navy said it would impose a rare operational pause across the globe following the accidents, all within Seventh Fleet’s waters.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: Angolans began voting in an election that will bring about the first leadership change in almost four decades for Africa’s second-biggest oil producer. (Bloomberg)
  • Angola: The Angolan ruling party’s presidential candidate, Joao Lourenco, said he would have all the power if elected, dismissing concerns over President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ continued influence. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The country expressed its regret over a US decision to deny millions in aid, adding that it may have a negative impact on common interests. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram militants in the country’s northeast have sent out 83 child suicide bombers this year, four times as many as in all of 2016, the UN said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Panama said starting in October; Venezuelans would need a visa to visit, accusing the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of undermining democracy at home and security abroad. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: The country’s Prosecutor General plans to use new testimony to build up an investigation targeting President Michel Temer. (Reuters)
  • El Salvador: The country’s supreme court cancelled arrest orders for 16 retired soldiers accused of involvement in the killing of six Jesuit priests and two others in 1989. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China opposes a US move to sanction companies and individuals trading with North Korea, and says the decision will damage Sino-US ties. (WP)
  • Afghanistan: A Taliban suicide car bomber targeted a military convoy in southern Helmand province, killing at least seven people. (AP)
  • Cambodia: The government said the US-based National Democratic Institute must cease operations and remove its foreign staff from the country within a week. (AP)
  • North Korea: State news media released a photograph suggesting the country is working on a more powerful solid-fuel ballistic missile, as leader, Kim Jong-un, had ordered the production of more rocket engines and warheads. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The headless female torso found in the Copenhagen waterside has been identified as the missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, Danish police said. (NYT)
  • Spain: Police widened their probe into a terror cell that unleashed carnage in the country last week, after a suspect admitted the jihadists were targeting monuments in Barcelona in an even bigger attack. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The US sent its first shipment of coal under a deal designed to increase the country’s energy security. (RFE/RL)
  • Ukraine: The country was not involved in North Korea’s missile development program, according to a National Security and Defense Council report. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Senior US officials including presidential adviser Jared Kushner met with leaders in Saudi Arabia and Qatar to discuss the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated Turkey’s demand that the Iraqi Kurds cancel a scheduled referendum for independence. (AP)
  • Kuwait: The country’s state oil company says it has contained an oil spill off the southern coast. (AP)
  • Yemen: Yemeni Houthi rebels warned former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, their main ally, that he would “bear the consequences” after calling the Iran-backed rebels “militias.” (AFP)
  • Yemen: More than 30 civilians were reported killed in an air raid by the Saudi-led military coalition on the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: To purge extremist propaganda from its platform, YouTube inadvertently removed videos that could be used to document atrocities in Syria, potentially jeopardizing future war crimes prosecutions, observers and rights advocates say. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Hato
    • Location: 21.5 N 114.6 E
    • Wind: 105 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Kenneth
    • Location: 1535 NM W of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 18AUG: 73,943 (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 18AUG: 67,483 (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 18AUG: 51 (Brazil)
        • 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)
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 12AUG: 2,066 (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 12AUG: 720 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27JUL:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, 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, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
        • Outbreak Terminated as of 27JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
        • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 27JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24AUG)

  • Europe: Anniversary of the NATO treaty going into effect – 1949
  • Israel: Anniversary of the Israel-PLO Agreement on Preparatory Transfer of Powers and Responsibilities to the Palestinians in the West Bank – 1994
  • Liberia: National Flag Day – 1874
  • Libya: Anniversary of the fall of Tripoli – 2011
  • Russia: Anniversary of the Domodedovo International Airport aircraft bombings – 2004
  • Russia: Anniversary of the resignation of Mikhail Gorbachev as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union – 1991
  • Ukraine: Independence Day – 1991
  • Ukraine: US Secretary of Defense Mattis to visit Kyiv

 

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