ONS: 23 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 24, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Dozens of bodies are being pulled out of the waters off the Egyptian coast after a migrant boat capsized, with the death toll at least 70.
  • AMERICAS: In Charlotte, North Carolina, mostly peaceful protests continued for a third night over the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
  • ASIA: India signed a formal agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault for a reported USD 8.8B, one of its biggest defense deals in decades.
  • EUROPE: European trade ministers scrambled to salvage talks on a massive free trade deal with the US amid growing calls in key powers France and Germany to abandon negotiations.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran condemned airstrikes in Yemen by a coalition led by its regional rival Saudi Arabia that are reported to have killed 20 civilians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Congressional intelligence committee members accused Russia of trying to influence the 08NOV US election via computer hacking, and called on President Vladimir Putin to order a halt.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Syrian troops launch a new offensive against Aleppo.
    • The Syrian military has announced a new offensive in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where a quarter of a million people are living under siege.
    • The rebels and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring body described raids by sophisticated jets they said must belong to Russia.
    • A senior US official said news of the Syrian declaration of a new offensive had further undermined hope of restoring the ceasefire.
    • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he takes no notice of what US government officials say.
    • After a contentious two-and-a-half hour meeting with colleagues in New York, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said they would meet again in a bid to find a way forward.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Guardian, LAT, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Dozens of bodies are being pulled out of the waters off the Egyptian coast after a migrant boat capsized, with the death toll at least 70. (AP)
  • Libya: Libyan forces foiled three attempted car bombings in renewed heavy fighting against Islamic State holdouts in the group’s former stronghold of Sirte. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Seventeen people are dead after a clash between Nigerian soldiers and members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the country’s north-east. (DPA)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico has detained one of the FBI’s 10 most-wanted fugitives, a Mexican citizen sought for kidnapping, rape and homicide charges in Chicago, Illinois. (AP)
  • Brazil: The Brazilian air force announced a plan to reduce staffing by 25 percent over the next 20 years in response to the government’s severe fiscal crisis. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The country’s FARC rebels will keep Timoleon “Timochenko” Jimenez as their leader when they relaunch as a political party under a historic peace deal. (AFP)
  • United States: In Charlotte, North Carolina, mostly peaceful protests continued for a third night over the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. (CNN)
  • Venezuela: The country’s opposition party accused the National Electoral Council of trying to delay a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • India: The nation signed a formal agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault for a reported USD 8.8B, one of its biggest defense deals in decades. (AFP)
  • North Korea: UN agencies have called for the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to support a fund to rehabilitate the country’s flood-stricken northeast region. (Yonhap)
  • Pakistan: Russian ground forces arrived for the first-ever joint exercise with the country. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The UN announced it will review the situation of human rights in the country at the end of this month. (EFE)
  • Thailand: Three police officers were killed by a bomb buried beneath a road in the country’s far south. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: European trade ministers scrambled to salvage talks on a massive free trade deal with the US amid growing calls in key powers France and Germany to abandon negotiations. (AFP)
  • Region: EU leaders will meet 03FEB in Malta to help prepare for a summit the following month in Rome aimed at revitalizing a bloc without Britain. (AFP)
  • Region: Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has been transferred to Russia for treatment after suffering suspected heart trouble. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Committee to Protect Journalists called for the immediate release of journalists Sadra Mohaqeq and Yashar Soltani, both detained in Tehran. (AP)
  • Iraq: The country set a production ceiling on oil, as it supports any deal to prop up oil prices ahead of next week’s OPEC meeting in Algeria. (AP)
  • Yemen: Iran condemned airstrikes in the country by a coalition led by its regional rival Saudi Arabia that are reported to have killed 20 civilians. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US Congressional intelligence committee members accused Russia of trying to influence the 08NOV US election via computer hacking, and called on President Vladimir Putin to order a halt. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Megi
    • Location: 1170 ESE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Karl
    • Location: 370 NM S of Bermuda
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: NW at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Lisa
    • Location: 820 NM WNW of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 149km ESE of Katsuura, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • 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 16SEP: 187,192 (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 16SEP: 67,639
      • Deaths as of 16SEP: 53
        • 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 16SEP: 1,806 (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 16SEP: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 15SEP:  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 15SEP: 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 15SEP: 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 (24SEP)

  • Cambodia: Constitution Day – 1993
  • Estonia: Parliament to vote for President
  • Guinea-Bissau: National Day – 1973
  • North Korea: Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho to deliver keynote speech to the UN plenary session
  • Somalia: Parliamentary Elections
  • South Africa: CITES COP 17 Johannesburg World Wildlife Conference (to 05OCT)
  • South Africa: Heritage Day – 1995
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Republic Day – 1962
  • United Kingdom: Outcome of UK Labour Party leadership elections to be announced

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