ONS: 24 August 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 25, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Burundi, security forces used iron bars and acid to force confessions and crush opposition during President Pierre Nkurunziza’s successful bid for a third term in office, Amnesty International said Monday.
  • AMERICAS: Guatemalan President Otto Perez dismissed corruption allegations leveled against him by prosecutors and said on Sunday he would not stand down, despite mounting pressure.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Park Geun-hye demanded on Monday that North Korea apologize over recent landmine blasts, even as the bitter rivals held marathon talks to defuse tensions.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday accused Russia of this week sending three military convoys over the border into Ukraine’s separatist-controlled east.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Sixteen Yemeni civilians were killed and scores others injured early Monday in random shelling and exchange of gunfire between the Shiite Houthi group and pro-government fighters in Yemen’s southern province of Taiz.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Online cheating website Ashley Madison, with parent company Avid Life Medi, is now facing a USD578 million class-action lawsuit after personal information of its 37 million users was posted online.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: President Hollande honors Americans and Briton who thwarted attack
    • French President Francois Hollande awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest decoration, to US citizens Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, and to Briton, Christopher Norman.
    • The gunman, identified as 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani, is detained and being questioned by French counterterrorism police outside Paris.
    • Hollande described the attack as a work of “terrorism” and credited the men with averting a bloodbath.
    • The gunman is “dumbfounded” at having been taken for an Islamist militant and says he only intended to rob people on board because he was hungry.
    • Spanish authorities had flagged El-Khazzani for his ties to a militant Islamist mosque there before he left Spain in early 2014.
    • Coverage: AP, LAT, NPR, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Security forces used iron bars and acid to force confessions and crush opposition during President Pierre Nkurunziza’s successful bid for a third term in office, Amnesty International said Monday. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: On Sunday, suspected Boko Haram militants ambushed a convoy carrying the new head of the Nigerian army, the military says. (BBC)
  • Tunisia: A Tunisian border guard was killed on Sunday in a shootout with jihadists on the border with Algeria, state television and the president of a union of border guards said. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Signatories of the States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), aimed at regulating the international arms trade, should agree on key implementation steps at a conference this week, the host country said on Sunday. (Reuters)
  • Guatemala: President Otto Perez dismissed corruption allegations leveled against him by prosecutors and said on Sunday he would not stand down, despite mounting pressure. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Venezuelan security forces have rounded up hundreds of Colombians for deportation as part of a security offensive along the countries’ shared border. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe on Monday criticized his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev’s weekend visit to the disputed Kuril Islands, aggravating a long-running dispute over the archipelago. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Park Geun-hye demanded on Monday that North Korea apologize over recent landmine blasts, even as the bitter rivals held marathon talks to defuse tensions. (Reuters)
  • Maldives: Former president Mohamed Nasheed has been thrown back in jail a month after his 13-year prison sentence was commuted to house arrest, his party said Monday. (AFP)
  • Papua New Guinea: The government said Monday it had sent food and water to drought and frost-hit regions, as it warned a current dry spell could be the worst in decades. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A Thai court Monday indicted Andy Hall, a British labor rights activist, in a case linked to a report he co-authored alleging severe labor abuses in the country’s food industry. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The UK’s plans to renegotiate its relationship with the EU will benefit other nations, Chancellor George Osborne is to tell European leaders. (BBC)
  • Finland: Two US military aircrafts allegedly violated Finnish air space on Sunday, the Finnish government said. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: The mandate to form a government was handed back to President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Monday, after failing to do so within a three-day deadline following PM Alexis Tsipras’s resignation last week. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko on Monday accused Russia of this week sending three military convoys over the border into the country’s separatist-controlled east. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: Organizers of the “You stink” protests that have captivated the Lebanese capital say they are postponing demonstrations set for Monday evening. (AP)
  • Iran: Britain is right to work towards good relations with the nation but should “tread carefully”, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said, ahead of talks with President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran. (BBC)
  • Syria: Islamic State blew up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, the country’s antiquities chief has said. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Sixteen Yemeni civilians were killed and scores others injured early Monday in random shelling and exchange of gunfire between the Shiite Houthi group and pro-government fighters in the southern province of Taiz. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Online cheating website Ashley Madison, with parent company Avid Life Medi, is now facing a USD578 million class-action lawsuit after personal information of its 37 million users was posted online. (Australian)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 17W (Atsani)
    • Location: 426 NM NE of Chichi Jima
    • Movement: NE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 33 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 16W (Goni)
    • Location: 109 NM W of Kadena AB
    • Movement: NE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 56 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 03C (Kilo)
    • Location: 323 NM ESE of Johnston Island
    • Movement: W at 6 mph
    • Winds: 18 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 04C (Loke)
    • Location: 636 NM WNW of Johnston Island
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
    • Winds: 18 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Danny
    • Location: 100 miles E of Dominica
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,965 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,298 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
  • o Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
    • § Suspected Cases as of 11AUG: 475,602 (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: 15,515
    • § Deaths as of 11AUG: 81 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
    • § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
  • o Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
    • § Cases as of 21AUG: 1432 (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 21AUG: 507 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
    • § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25AUG)

  • Global: An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting
  • Uruguay: Uruguay’s Independence day – 1825

 

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