ONS: 23 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 24, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley arrived in Ethiopia, a visit diplomats hope will shed light on US President Donald Trump’s plans to engage with Africa.
  • AMERICAS: The governing coalition of President Mauricio Macri of Argentina won decisive victories in midterm elections, seen as a referendum on the leader.
  • ASIA: Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared the last of the pro-Islamic State group militants in southern Marawi city were “finished.”
  • EUROPE: Catalan authorities will not follow orders from the Spanish government if Madrid moves to reassert control over the region, the region’s foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Elections for Iraq’s Kurdistan region’s presidency and parliament will not be held as planned on 01NOV as political parties did not present candidates.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab launched a “global transparency initiative” in an attempt to win back trust and prove it is safe to use after allegations of Russian spying.

TOP STORY

  • Japan: Abe’s majority win fuels push for constitutional revision.
    • PM Shinzo Abe of Japan won a commanding majority for his party in parliamentary elections, fueling his hopes of revising the nation’s pacifist Constitution.
    • Parties in favor of amending the US-drafted charter won nearly 80 percent of the seats in the lower house election.
    • The victory boosts Abe’s chances of winning another three-year term in SEP2018, which could extend his premiership to 2021.
    • In the immediate term, the win likely means a continuation of Abe’s policies, a hard line on North Korea, close ties with Washington, including defense, as well as a super-loose monetary policy and push for nuclear energy.
    • Abe said his coalition’s win was a “vote of confidence” from the public, and based on that “we would dramatically show countermeasures against the North Korea threat”.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, BBC, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN and the African Union appealed for peace as tensions build in Kenya, where the main opposition group says it will boycott a planned presidential election on 26OCT. (AP)
  • Region: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley arrived in Ethiopia, a visit diplomats hope will shed light on US President Donald Trump’s plans to engage with Africa. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Kenyan prosecutors will charge the sister of opposition leader Raila Odinga and opposition senator Fred Outa with incitement to violence and other crimes after attacks on staff of the election board last week. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico said the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement must strengthen trade and investment in the agricultural sector. (Xinhua)
  • Argentina: The governing coalition of President Mauricio Macri won decisive victories in midterm elections, seen as a referendum on the leader. (NYT)
  • United States: The country is preparing to put nuclear bomber planes on 24-hour alert for the first time since the Cold War. (INDE)

ASIA

  • Region: The defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations started their security dialogue to discuss counterterrorism, drug trafficking and maritime conflicts. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: PM Hun Sen said the main opposition party would be dissolved, despite the supreme court having yet to rule on the matter. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: The government said it was still awaiting a detailed explanation why the US barred its military chief from traveling to the US, despite an official apology. (Reuters)
  • Papua New Guinea: More than 600 asylum seekers and refugees refused to leave the Manus Island immigration detention center, which is due to close next week. (Guardian)
  • Philippines: Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared the last of the pro-Islamic State group militants in southern Marawi city were “finished.” (AP)

EUROPE

  • Spain: Catalan authorities will not follow orders from the Spanish government if Madrid moves to reassert control over the region, the region’s foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva said. (BBC)
  • Spain: The pro-independence Popular Unity Candidacy party in Catalonia called for “mass civil disobedience” in the region following the Spanish government’s move to intervene in the running of the region. (AP)
  • Spain: Catalonia’s regional parliament will hold a plenary meeting on OCT26, which many fear is a cover for a vote on declaring independence from the country. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Britain’s biggest business groups called for a transition period of at least two years following the country’s exit from the EU to provide certainty about regulatory and trade rules. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraq’s PM Haider al-Abadi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II held talks about the influence of Iran in Iraq. (AP)
  • Bahrain: A Bahraini female political activist and two others have been freed from detention in the island kingdom amid its crackdown on all dissent. (AP)
  • Iraq: Elections for Kurdistan region’s presidency and parliament will not be held as planned on 01NOV as political parties did not present candidates. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least 65 bodies of civilians were found Qaryatayn, retaken by government forces from the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Yemen: Three Yemeni soldiers and five assailants were killed in an attack on a military base in the province of Abyan. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab launched a “global transparency initiative” in an attempt to win back trust and prove it is safe to use after allegations of Russian spying. (Guardian)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Lan
    • Location: 187 NM S of Misawa, Japan
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: NE at 36 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twenty Seven
    • Location: 313 NM SSE of Andersen AFB
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 4 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20OCT: 60,308 (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 20OCT: 122,951 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20OCT: 101 (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 10OCT: 2,090 (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 10OCT: 730 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24OCT)

  • Global: United Nations Day – 1945
  • Global: World Development Information Day – 1972
  • Armenia: Eurasian Intergovernmental Council to meet in Yerevan (to 25OCT)
  • Central African Republic: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to visit MINUSCA peacekeepers
  • Finland: Arctic Council Senior Officials Meeting to take place in Oulu
  • Italy: OSCE Mediterranean Conference to open in Palermo (to 25OCT)
  • Zambia: Independence Day – 1964

 

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