ONS: 23 October 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 24, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Congolese opposition parties will obey a ban on public demonstrations after deadly street violence, cancelling a planned protest.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivian president Evo Morales is expected to run for a fourth consecutive term as the country’s constitutional court upheld a proposal to eliminate presidential term limits.
  • ASIA: Chinese people have a “sacred mission” to ensure Taiwan is always considered part of China, a top Chinese leader said.
  • EUROPE: French police started moving hundreds of refugees and migrants out of a decommissioned secondary school in Paris, ending a four-month stand-off over their use of the building.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli forces shot and wounded an assailant who stabbed and lightly wounded a soldier in the occupied West Bank.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A cut submarine cable between Algeria and France is expected to disrupt Internet access for several days in the North African country.

 

TOP STORY

  • Nigeria: Suicide bomb blasts hit NE Nigerian mosque; at least 28 killed
    • Twin bomb blasts have killed at least 28 people at a Maiduguri mosque crowded with people observing pre-dawn prayers.
    • No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but Boko Haram has received early blame.
    • Rights group Amnesty International said this month that Boko Haram has killed at least 1,600 civilians since the start of June, and more than 3,500 civilians overall during 2015.
    • This is the latest attack in a string of suicide bombings blamed on Boko Haram extremists who have indiscriminately killed Christians and Muslims they accuse of not following their radical version of Islamic law.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, Bloomberg, DW, Reuters, VOA

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Rwanda has dismissed accusations it was meddling in neighboring Burundi’s political crisis. (AFP)
  • Republic of the Congo: Opposition parties will obey a ban on public demonstrations after deadly street violence, cancelling a planned protest. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Security and medical officials say a roadside bomb has killed a police officer and wounded three conscripts in the northern Sinai city of el-Arish. (AP)
  • South Africa: Thousands of angry South African student protestors tried to pull down a fence surrounding government buildings housing President Zuma’s offices. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Evo Morales is expected to run for a fourth consecutive term as the country’s constitutional court upheld a proposal to eliminate presidential term limits. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities declared a state of emergency and warned residents to prepare as powerful Hurricane Patricia approached the coast. (Weather Channel)
  • Peru: Police arrested an army lieutenant, alleging he regularly collected bribes from drug traffickers. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: New Zealand has officially opened its first diplomatic mission to the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) bloc in Jakarta. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Australia welcomed a pledge by Papua New Guinea to begin resettling refugees from an Australian immigration detention center. (Reuters)
  • Region: Chinese people have a “sacred mission” to ensure Taiwan is always considered part of China, a top Chinese leader said. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: The country’s secretive jade industry is worth an estimated USD 31B with most profits going to powerful military and ex-junta figures instead of the state coffers. (AFP)
  • Nauru: The Pacific nation of is trying to impose a media blackout on alleged human rights abuses in Australian-run migrant centers on the island nation. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: Police started moving hundreds of refugees and migrants out of a decommissioned secondary school in Paris, ending a four-month stand-off over their use of the building. (Reuters)
  • Greece: French President Francois Hollande will praise PM Alexis Tsipras’s “attachment to Europe” in an address to the Greek parliament. (AFP)
  • Portugal: The Socialist Party rejected plans for a new center-right minority government, insisting they could potentially form their own governing coalition. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the country’s interior minister, accused of negligence after the Ankara bombing that killed 102 people this month. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The top diplomats from Russia, the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will hold talks on the war in Syria. (AFP)
  • Region: The Islamic State rakes in up to $50 million a month from selling crude from oilfields under its control in Iraq and Syria, according to Iraqi intelligence and US officials. (AP)
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Israeli forces shot and wounded an assailant who stabbed and lightly wounded a soldier in the occupied West Bank. (AFP)
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Israeli police said they have lifted age restrictions for the main weekly prayers at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque compound. (AFP)
  • Syria: Nine Russian airstrikes have hit hospitals or field clinics operating in the war-torn country, killing civilians and medical staff. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: A cut submarine cable between Algeria and France is expected to disrupt Internet access for several days in the North African country. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Champi
    • Location: 207 NM E of Iwo To, Japan
    • Wind: 109 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 26W
    • Location: 759 NM NW of Wake Island
    • Wind: 28 mph
    • Movement: NE at 29 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Olaf
    • Location: 606 NM ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 109 mph
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Patricia
    • Location: 185 NM SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Wind: 185 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl, Mexico
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,512 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,313 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 22OCT: 573,708 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 23,875
      • Deaths as of 22OCT: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 22OCT: 971
      • Deaths as of 22OCT: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 22OCT: 1595 (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 22OCT: 571 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24OCT)

  • Global: Anniversary of the start of the UN – 1945
  • Zambia: Independence Day – 1964

 

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