ONS: 24 October 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 25, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least seven people were killed in weekend fighting between soldiers from two semi-autonomous regions of Somalia, sparking fears of wider conflict.

  • AMERICAS: Former minister Juan Camilo Restrepo will be the Colombian government’s chief negotiator in peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN), which begin on 27OCT.

  • ASIA: In China, the ruling Communist party four-day plenum began in Beijing, with the focus expected to be corruption and the country’s economy.

  • EUROPE: Wallonia parliament chairman Andre Antoine said it would not respect an EU ultimatum to back a massive trade deal with Canada blocked by the Belgian region.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi security forces ended an attack by the Islamic State group in Kirkuk city, killing at least 74 jihadists in three days of clashes.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The 2013 Snowden documents revealed UK intelligence agency GCHQ to be tapping into the undersea cables that carry Internet traffic, covertly gathering digital comms data.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: French authorities shutter Calais refugee camp.

    • More than 1,200 police and officials have begun an operation to clear the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais.

    • France maintains it is closing the camp for humanitarian reasons and end the squalor that migrants have endured for over a year.

    • According to the French Interior Ministry, 7,500 beds will be made available in temporary asylum centers across the country for evicted Calais migrants.

    • Authorities say the camp, known as “the Jungle,” holds nearly 6,500 migrants who are seeking to get to Britain, whereas aid groups say there are more than 8,300.

    • The fate of about 1,300 unaccompanied child migrants remains uncertain, as negotiations continue over who should take children with no family ties in Britain.

    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: President Paul Biya pledged to investigate the causes of a rail crash that killed at least 75 people. (Reuters)

  • Somalia: At least one person died and two others were injured in the capital Mogadishu when a car exploded near a camp for displaced people. (Reuters)

  • Somalia: At least seven people were killed in weekend fighting between soldiers from two semi-autonomous regions of the country, sparking fears of wider conflict. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Former minister Juan Camilo Restrepo will be the government’s chief negotiator in peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN), which begin on 27OCT. (EFE)

  • Haiti: At least 150 inmates are still on the run after a mass prison breakout from Arcahaie jail 30 miles north of the capital Port-au-Prince. (BBC)

  • Venezuela: Dozens of government supporters burst into the National Assembly, as opposition lawmakers discussed a possible ouster of President Nicolas Maduro. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Shelling across the border between India and Pakistan killed two Pakistani civilians and an Indian soldier. (Reuters)

  • China: The ruling Communist party four-day plenum began in Beijing, with the focus expected to be corruption and the country’s economy. (BBC)

  • India: Indian police killed at least 21 rebels in a shoot-out near the border of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states. (AFP)

  • Philippines: US top Asian diplomat Daniel Russel warned President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiery rhetoric and deadly crime war are becoming a growing concern around the world. (AP)

  • South Korea: President Park Geun-hye proposed amending the country’s constitution to allow presidents to serve multiple terms or to establish a parliamentary system. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Wallonia parliament chairman Andre Antoine said it would not respect an EU ultimatum to back a massive trade deal with Canada blocked by the Belgian region. (AFP)

  • Britain: British members of parliament have asked US President Barack Obama to withdraw a warrant for the extradition of an autistic Briton accused of hacking high-security US state computers. (Reuters)

  • Greece: Asylum-seekers attacked the premises of the European Asylum Support Office on the island of Lesbos, protesting against delays in dealing with asylum claims. (Reuters)

  • Malta: A small plane heading toward Libya’s coast to monitor migrant trafficking routes for the French government crashed soon after takeoff from Malta’s airport, killing all five French crew members. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel’s air force hit a Hamas post in Gaza after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian enclave toward Israel. (AFP)

  • Iraq: Iraqi security forces ended an attack by the Islamic State group in Kirkuk city, killing at least 74 jihadists in three days of clashes. (AFP)

  • Iraq: Human Rights Watch urged a probe into a suspected airstrike last week that mistakenly hit a Daquq mosque, killing over a dozen civilians. (AP)

  • Syria: Turkey’s military struck dozens of Islamic State and Kurdish YPG militia targets in the country over the last 24 hours, as its operation there entered a third month. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The 2013 Snowden documents revealed UK intelligence agency GCHQ to be tapping into the undersea cables that carry Internet traffic, covertly gathering digital comms data. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Seymour

    • Location: 370 NM SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico

    • Winds: 50 mph

    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report

  • Volcanoes: Bulusan, Philippines

  • 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 21OCT: 194,872 (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 21OCT: 107,570

      • Deaths as of 21OCT: 106

      • 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 20OCT:  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 20OCT: 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 20OCT: 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 (25OCT)

  • Germany: Social Democrats (SPD), Die Linke, and Greens to meet in Berlin to consider forming coalition to topple Merkel

  • Grenada: Anniversary of US invasion – 1983

  • Iraq and Syria: Defense ministers from the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group to meet in Paris

  • Japan: Philippine President Duterte to visit (to 27OCT)

  • South Korea: President Park Geun-hye and Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen to meet in Seoul

  • South Korea: The Forum for Enhancing Public Confidence in Nuclear Safety in Northeast Asia to meet in Seoul

  • Ukraine: IMF mission to visit

 

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