ONS: 23 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 24, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Moroccan police arrested four people with suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) group in the southern city of Essaouira.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian police seized seven tons of cocaine at a banana farm in northern Antioquia province.
  • ASIA: China announced that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang’s last ally.
  • EUROPE: The Copenhagen Police and the Danish intelligence agency PET arrested two people in Denmark for allegedly trying to take part in terrorism abroad.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi Security forces retook control of 39 villages from Islamic State (IS) as part of an offensive to dislodge militants from their stronghold of Hawijah.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US federal government told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year’s presidential election.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran tested new ballistic missile hours after showing it off at military parade
    • Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) which was displayed at a military parade.
    • President Hassan Rouhani vowed that his country would continue to bolster its ballistic-missile program, amid rising tensions with the U.S.
    • As its regional rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia sign huge arms contracts with Washington and other Western governments, Iran said repeatedly that it has no choice but to boost its defenses.
    • U.S. President Trump included Iran among a “small group of rogue regimes”, and said its government was bent on “death and destruction” and the nuclear agreement was an “embarrassment” to the US.
    • Mr. Rouhani’s remarks vowing to strengthen defense and military capabilities in Iran come days after President Trump, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, sharply attacked Iran and denounced the 2015 nuclear deal it reached with six world powers, including the U.S.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, REU, WSJ, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Government forces have been killing civilians in an insurgency-hit region, prompting the latest influx of refugees into northern Zambia, a senior U.N. official said. (REU)
  • Morocco: Authorities arrested 28 illegal migrants in two separate operations trying to reach the Spanish coast from the northern city of Tangier. (XIN)
  • Morocco: Police arrested four people with suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) group in the southern city of Essaouira. (XIN)
  • South Africa:  Housing minister and presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu said the ruling African National Congress should discipline President Jacob Zuma for bringing the party into disrepute. (REU)
  • Sudan: The government accused armed rebels of creating clashes inside a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the camp. (XIN)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police seized seven tonnes of cocaine at a banana farm in northern Antioquia province, the defense minister and police said. (REU)
  • Puerto Rico: Tens of thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate amid fears that a dam holding back a large inland lake was in imminent danger of failing because of damage from Hurricane Maria. (WP)
  • Venezuela: Canada will impose targeted sanctions against 40 Venezuelan senior officials, including President Nicolás Maduro, to punish them for “anti-democratic behavior”. (REU)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China announced that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang’s last ally. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Five policemen were killed and eight others wounded after Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints in eastern Ghazni province. (XIN)
  • Afghanistan: One Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel and eight Taliban militants were killed and eight people wounded in a clash in Laghman in the east. (XIN)
  • Bangladesh: The anti-crime elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested 11 people over suspected links to terror financing in the country. (XIN)
  • New Zealand: Voting has closed in the country’s general elections, where pre-election polls indicated it was too close to call between the centre-right National Party of Prime Minister Bill English and the centre-left Labour Party of Jacinda Ardern. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Denmark: Police and intelligence agency PET arrested two people for allegedly trying to take part in terrorism abroad. (XIN)
  • Spain: PM Mariano Rajoy is the great survivor of Spanish politics, however, now his political survival is at stake — as well as the unity of Spain — as a secessionist challenge that he allowed to fester in Catalonia threatens to spiral out of control. (NYT)
  • United Kingdom: The country is prepared to abide by European Union rules and pay into the bloc’s coffers for two years after leaving the EU in March 2019, PM Theresa May said. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The United Arab Emirates said it considers that Iran violates both the “letter and spirit” of the 2015 nuclear deal agreed between the Islamic Republic and world powers. (REU)
  • Region: Iran is working to restore a lost link in its network of alliances in the Middle East, trying to bring Hamas fully back into the fold. (AP)
  • Iraq: Security forces retook control of 39 villages from Islamic State (IS) as part of an offensive to dislodge militants from their stronghold of Hawijah and surrounding areas. (XIN)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US federal government told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year’s presidential election. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Maria
    • Location: 165 NM E of San Salvador
    • Wind: 125 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lee
    • Location: 925 NM E of Bermuda
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: N at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Jose
    • Location: 14 NM SSE of Nantucket, Massachusetts
    • Wind: 55 mph
    • Movement: SE at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Agung, Bali, Indonesia
    • The alert level is at the highest level (4, “awas”) and an eruption can be expected to occur any time.
    • News Coverage
    • Additional
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 22SEP: 59,901 (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 22SEP: 122.774 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, 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 22SEP: 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 21SEP: 2,081 (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 21SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24SEP)

  • Azerbaijan: NATO Secretary-General’s representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia to visit.
  • Europe: Next round of Brexit negotiations to begin.
  • Iraq: Iraqi Kurds to hold independence referendum.
  • Jordan: Anniversary of the founding of the Royal Jordanian Air Force – 1955.
  • Mozambique: Anniversary of the beginning of the Mozambican War of Independence – 1964.

 

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