ONS: 23 September 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 24, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Burkina Faso’s Interim President Michel Kafando said he was back in power and had restored a civilian transitional government.
  • AMERICAS: A deal regarding the punishment of FARC rebels under a peace accord will not please everyone, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said, as talks finalize.
  • ASIA: Senior South Korean and US defense officials met in Seoul for talks focused on responding to the possibility of an imminent North Korean rocket launch and nuclear test.
  • EUROPE: The new left-wing government of Greek PM Alexis Tsipras took office with a core of returning ministers pledging to restart Greece’s flagging economy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Sec. of State John Kerry said Russia’s military support for President Bashar al-Assad could raise risk of confrontation with coalition forces fighting Islamic State.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A major data-sharing deal between the EU and US is ‘invalid’ given the spying revelations in the Edward Snowden scandal, the top EU court’s main legal adviser said in a case brought against Facebook.

TOP STORY

  • China: President Xi Jinping begins visit to US, promotes bilateral cooperation.
    • President Xi Jinping began his US visit on 22SEP, calling for increased cooperation between the US and China.
    • President Xi Jinping told US business leaders that China was committed to market-based reforms and wanted to modify, not overturn, the economic world order.
    • Xi called for the creation of “a high-level joint dialogue mechanism with the United States on fighting cybercrimes.”
    • Xi added China will not discriminate against foreign businesses and will speed its market opening.
    • Xi said China’s economy is operating “within the proper range” and that its stock market has recovered after a period of severe volatility.
    • Coverage: Bloomberg, CNN, Reuters, Time, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Coup leaders and the army signed an agreement to end a tense standoff sparked by last week’s putsch. (AFP)
  • Burkina Faso: Interim President Michel Kafando said he was back in power and had restored a civilian transitional government. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The EU is urging the country’s warring factions to grasp the opportunity of a new peace deal and is promising massive backing once a unity government is formed. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Tight movement restrictions were imposed in the restive northeast after Boko Haram bombings raised fears of fresh attacks over the Eid al-Adha festival. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A deal regarding the punishment of FARC rebels under a peace accord will not please everyone, President Juan Manuel Santos said, as talks finalize. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos announced a new anti-drug plan involving the substitution of legal crops for the coca plantations. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The bodies of eight Mexican tourists killed in a mistaken attack by Egyptian security forces earlier this month have been returned to the country. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: One foreign soldier of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission has been killed following an attack near Bagram Airfield in the eastern province of Parwan. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: PM Malcolm Turnbull says the plight of asylum seekers and refugees in Australian-run detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru is a “legitimate question” to which his government is paying “close attention.” (Guardian)
  • Korean Peninsula: Senior South Korean and US defense officials met in Seoul for talks focused on responding to the possibility of an imminent North Korean rocket launch and later nuclear test. (AFP)
  • Nepal: PM Sushil Koirala cancelled plans to visit the US so he can hold talks on a new constitution that has triggered deadly protests in parts of the country. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: The French public prosecutor’s office requested the dismissal of a negligence case against IMF chief Christine Lagarde. (AFP)
  • Greece: The new left-wing government of PM Alexis Tsipras took office with a core of returning ministers pledging to restart the country’s flagging economy. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Ahmet Davutoglu appointed new cabinet ministers to replace two Kurdish lawmakers who resigned amid violence between Kurdish rebels and the army. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A soldier was killed in southeastern Diyarbakir province in a new attack blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Turkish jets launched air strikes on a Kurdish militant camp in the country’s north, targeting a facility being used as an “education and logistics” hub. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Over 200 Gambian pilgrims for Hajj have been denied access to Mecca. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: US Sec. of State John Kerry said Russia’s military support for President Bashar al-Assad could raise risk of confrontation with coalition forces fighting Islamic State. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The regime has intensified its air strikes on the jihadist-held ancient city of Palmyra, killing more than 100 people including civilians in recent days. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A major data-sharing deal between the EU and US is ‘invalid’ given the spying revelations in the Edward Snowden scandal, the top EU court’s main legal adviser said in a case brought against Facebook. (AFP)
  • Technology: India withdrew a draft law on encryption technology, after complaints from Internet freedom activists risked marring PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley this weekend. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Dujuan (21W)
    • Location: 503 NM SSW of Iwo To
    • Wind: 46 mph
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Ida
    • Location: 1075 miles ENE of the Northern Leeward Islands
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: ESE at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 17km N of Illapel, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 54.3
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,256 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,306 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 23SEP: 554,481 (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: 19,939
      • Deaths as of 23SEP: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 11SEP: 971
      • Deaths as of 11SEP: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 23SEP: 1569 (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 23SEP: 554 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24SEP)

  • Global: The 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will kick off in Johannesburg
  • Cambodia: Cambodia’s Constitution Day
  • Guinea-Bissau: National Day – 1973
  • South Africa: Heritage Day – 1995
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Republic Day – 1962
  • United States: Pope Francis to address the US Congress

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