ONS: 24 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 25, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Marine forces in Somalia’s Puntland captured a boat carrying anti-aircraft guns and other illegal weapons.
  • AMERICAS: The death toll from a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico earlier this week has climbed to 307.
  • ASIA: North Korea held a large anti-US rally in its capital city, backing its leader Kim Jong Un as he exchanges insult-laden threats with President Donald Trump.
  • EUROPE: Police say a total of 168 Syrian refugees have crossed into Greece over its land border with Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq asked for assistance in building a nuclear power reactor for peaceful purposes, more than 25 years after the destruction of the reactors it had under Saddam Hussein.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, putting some nervous Californians on edge.

 

TOP STORY

  • Tensions between North Korea and the US continue to escalate, causing growing concerns about the future.
    • North Korea’s foreign minister warned that a strike against the US mainland is “inevitable” because President Trump mocked leader Kim Jong Un with the belittling nickname “little rocketman.”
    • North Korea’s state-run television KRT aired a video showing tens of thousands of people attending an anti-US rally at Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang.
    • American warplanes,B-1B bombers and F-15C fighters flew over waters north of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas, in response to what it called the North Korean government’s “reckless behavior.”
    • The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, complained that Trump and Kim are behaving like “children in a kindergarten.”
    • Despite weeks of angry words, experts have played down the risk of direct conflict between the two, however, there are concerns that the escalating rhetoric could lead to one side misinterpreting the other, with dangerous consequences.
    • Coverage: BBC, LAT, NYT, REU, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Chief prosecutor, Keriako Tobiko, has ordered the police and anti-corruption agency to investigate the country’s election commission for alleged “irregularities and illegalities” in the conduct of August’s annulled presidential poll. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Marine forces in Puntland captured a boat carrying anti-aircraft guns and other illegal weapons in the northern part of the country. (XIN)
  • Sudan: The government’s plan launched in August to collect arms from local residents and armed groups in Darfur in order to eliminate one of the main causes of instability in the war-torn region, has gained initial results. (XIN)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Army Commander General Eduardo Villas Boas warned that the military could be forced to intervene in Brazil’s corruption crisis. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Leftist National Liberation Army rebels have said that their temporary ceasefire would stretch from October 1 to January 9, and not three days later as the government indicated. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The death toll from a 7.1-magnitude earthquake earlier this week has climbed to 307, the government announced. (XIN)
  • Venezuela: With less than a month to go from regional polls, campaigning began, with the ruling and opposition parties bitterly divided after months of protests. (XIN)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Forces in the crackdown against Taliban have killed 11 armed fighters and injured 20 others in Dasht-e-Archi district of the northern Kunduz province. (XIN)
  • China: Authorities are pushing for greater international cooperation in the fight against corruption and terrorism when it hosts Interpol’s general assembly next week, against a backdrop of concerns China is using the body for its own goals. (REU)
  • Myanmar: Seven improvised explosive devices, suspected of being planted by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation army (ARSA) extremist terrorist,  have been uncovered by security forces in a village in Yathedaung township of Rakhine state. (XIN)
  • North Korea: The country held a large anti-U.S. rally in its capital city, backing its leader Kim Jong Un as he exchanges insult-laden threats with President Donald Trump. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Police say a total of 168 Syrian refugees have crossed into Greece over its land border with Turkey. (AP)
  • Italy: The populist 5-Star Movement (M5S) unveiled its candidate for prime minister on, as it braces to attempt a revolutionary shift from protest to ruling party. (AFP)
  • Russia: Reports say a prominent opposition figure, Sergei Udaltsov, who was recently released after serving more than four years in prison has been detained again ahead of an unsanctioned rally in Moscow. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels said that they fired a ballistic missile toward a military airbase in a Saudi Arabian border city. (XIN)
  • Iraq: Officials asked for assistance in building a nuclear power reactor for peaceful purposes, more than 25 years after the destruction of the reactors it had under Saddam Hussein. (REU)
  • Syria: The Syrian army and allied fighters have captured 44 towns and villages in central and eastern Syria from Islamic State (IS) militants since Sept. 10. (XIN)
  • Syria: A total of 2,617 civilians have been killed in the U.S.-led anti-terror operations in the country since late 2014, a monitor group reported. (XIN)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology:  A spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, putting some nervous Californians on edge. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twentytwo
    • Location: 255 NM SSW of Hong Kong
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Maria
    • Location: 285 NM E of  Great Abaco Island
    • Wind: 115 mph
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lee
    • Location: 860 NM E of Bermuda
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: SSE at 1 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Pilar
    • Location: 70 NM W of Manzanillo Mexico
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Map

 

  • Earthquakes: Matias Romero, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 9.0 km
    • Map

 

  • Volcano: Agung, Bali, Indonesia
    • The alert level is at the highest level (4, “awas”) and an eruption can be expected to occur any time.
  • Volcano: Popocatépetl, Central Mexico
    • Volcanic Ash Advisory

 

  • 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 (25SEP)

  • Global: Anniversary of the Founding of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation – 1969
  • Angola: João Lourenço to take the office of president
  • Austria:  IAEA board of governors to meet in Vienna
  • 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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