ONS: 24 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 25, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Russia’s ambassador to Sudan, Mirgayas Shirinsky, was found dead in his residence in Khartoum.
  • AMERICAS: US VP Mike Pence hinted at economic sanctions against Venezuela, but offered few specifics of what a more robust US response might look like.
  • ASIA: Chinese President Xi Jinping says he’s willing to work with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in to address differences following months of rhetoric and economic retaliation over Seoul’s deployment of a US missile-defense system.
  • EUROPE: Two people were taken into custody after a rock concert in the Dutch city of Rotterdam was canceled following a warning from the police in Spain.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis descended on the capital, Sana’a, in a show of support for ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose party marked 35 years since its founding.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Britain will set out a plan to cooperate closely with Europe on data protection rules after it leaves the EU, to ensure no disruptions to exchanges of information.

 

TOP STORY

  • Qatar & Iran: Full diplomatic relations restored between both countries.
    • Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran, disregarding the demands of Arab nations that it lessen its ties to Tehran.
    • The countries’ foreign ministers discussed “bilateral relations” as well as a “number of issues of common concern,” as Qatar’s ambassador will return to Iran to exercise “diplomatic duties.”
    • The decision comes amid a diplomatic dispute between Qatar and several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.
    • Doha is accused meddling in the internal affairs of other countries and financing terrorism – a charge Qatar has dismissed as “baseless”.
    • Doha’s decision to restore relations with Iran, as well as the presence of Turkish troops on Qatari soil, could point to an emerging alliance in the face of disunity among the Gulf states.
    • Qatar pulled its envoy in solidarity with Saudi Arabia, which cut ties with the Islamic Republic following a 2016 assault on its diplomatic mission in Tehran.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, Bloomberg, CNN, FT

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: The ruling MPLA party said it would win an unequivocal victory in a parliamentary election as votes were tallied ahead of the expected release of partial results. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Rival armed groups agreed to the return of Governor Sidi Mohamed Ag Ichrach to the city of Kidal as part of a ceasefire deal. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Russia’s ambassador to the country, Mirgayas Shirinsky, was found dead in his residence in Khartoum. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US VP Mike Pence hinted at economic sanctions against Venezuela, but offered few specifics of what a more robust US response might look like. (Miami Herald)
  • Canada: PM Justin Trudeau addressed concerns that an unprecedented spike in asylum seekers would weigh heavily on the country’s resources and threaten security. (WSJ)
  • Guatemala: The government accused Attorney General Ivan Velasquez of meddling in state affairs and President Jimmy Morales’ international agenda. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese President Xi Jinping says he’s willing to work with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in to address differences following months of rhetoric and economic retaliation over Seoul’s deployment of a US missile-defense system. (AP)
  • Region: The death toll from Typhoon Hato rose to at least nine as the most powerful storm in more than half a century hit southern China and Hong Kong. (AP)
  • Region: Chinese FM Yang Jiechi told US counterpart Rex Tillerson the US must value Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan and respect its security concerns. (Reuters)
  • Region: Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, prompting Japan and South Korea to scramble jets to escort them. (Reuters)
  • India: The country’s supreme court ruled the right to privacy is a fundamental right of every Indian citizen. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Netherlands: Two people were taken into custody after a rock concert in the Dutch city of Rotterdam was canceled following a warning from the police in Spain. (NYT)
  • Russia: The country is preparing to mount one of its biggest military exercises since the cold war on 14-20SEP. (Guardian)
  • Russia: Kirill Serebrennikov, the director of Moscow’s Gogol Center, was placed under house arrest in an embezzlement case his supporters called the most serious step of artistic repression in the country since the Soviet Union. (LAT)
  • United Kingdom: Net migration has fallen to the lowest level for three years after a surge in the number of EU nationals leaving the UK since last June’s Brexit vote. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Qatar: The country enacted a law giving broad protection to tens of thousands of foreigners, addressing some concerns long highlighted by human rights groups. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Syrian troops backed by Russian warplanes surrounded fighters of the Islamic State group in a vast central Badiya desert region. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: A transgender Singaporean and her friend have been sentenced to a year in prison in the capital, Dubai, for dressing in a feminine way, friends and family say. (AP)
  • Yemen: Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis descended on the capital, Sana’a, in a show of support for ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose party marked 35 years since its founding. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Britain will set out a plan to co-operate closely with Europe on data protection rules after it leaves the EU, to ensure no disruptions to exchanges of information. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Kenneth
    • Location: 1625 NM W of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Harvey
    • Location: 510 NM SSE of Port O’Connor, Texas
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 18AUG: 73,943 (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 18AUG: 67,483 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, 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 18AUG: 51 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 12AUG: 2,066 (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 12AUG: 720 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27JUL:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, 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, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
        • Outbreak Terminated as of 27JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
        • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 27JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25AUG)

  • Belarus: Anniversary of the country gaining independence from the Soviet Union – 1991
  • Croatia: Anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Vukovar  – 1991
  • France: Liberation of Paris Day – 1945
  • North Korea: Day of Songun – 2013
  • Uruguay: Independence Day – 1825

 

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