ONS: 25 August 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 26, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nearly half a million children face severe malnutrition due to drought and Islamist militant group Boko Haram’s insurgency in the country’s northeast, the UN said.
  • AMERICAS: Former Colombian Agriculture Minister Andres Felipe Arias was arrested in Miami, following an extradition request by the Colombian government.
  • ASIA: An attack on American University of Afghanistan in Kabul left 12 people dead and 30 wounded.
  • EUROPE: The death toll in the Italian earthquake has risen to at least 247 as thousands of rescuers continue efforts to find survivors.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, Kurdish-led Syrian forces have withdrawn to the east of the Euphrates river, after US VP Joe Biden publicly threatened to pull US support if the fighters stayed in areas Turkey has said pose a threat to its national security.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook, Twitter and Google are not doing enough to prevent their social networks from being used by extremists for a recruitment drive, a panel of British MPs said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Colombia: Government and FARC rebels strike historic peace accord.
    • The Colombian government and the FARC rebel group have signed a historic peace accord, putting an end to more than five decades of conflict.
    • The FARC – Latin America’s oldest guerrilla group – renounced its armed struggle and will begin its transformation into a legal political party.
    • Under the deal, the FARC will have non-voting representation in Congress until 2018 and can participate in elections.
    • Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is moving fast to hold a plebiscite on the landmark peace deal, presenting Congress with the full text of the accord.
    • Colombian voters must ratify the accord in a vote that would take place 02OCT, which is shaping up as a showdown between Santos and his biggest political rival, former president Álvaro Uribe.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Guardian, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The country could scrap presidential term limits from its constitution after a commission said most citizens wanted no curbs on the number of times the head of state may seek re-election. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The country’s UN-backed government said it would continue seeking approval from the eastern-based parliament, despite its recent rejection. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Nearly half a million children face severe malnutrition due to drought and Islamist militant group Boko Haram’s insurgency in the country’s northeast, the UN said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Former Colombian Agriculture Minister Andres Felipe Arias was arrested in Miami, following an extradition request by the Colombian government. (EFE)
  • Brazil: The Brazilian police dismantled an international ring dedicated to synthetic drugs, netting 33 arrests across five Brazilian states. (Xinhua)
  • United States: A months-long, multi-agency probe into a northern California Vietnamese crime ring resulted in nearly two dozen arrests, including a police officer, along with cash, drugs and weapons. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea said surviving South Korean women forced into sexual slavery by Japan’s military in World War II will be eligible to receive around USD 90,000 each from a foundation funded by the Japanese government. (AP)
  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe showed willingness to host a trilateral summit with China and South Korea by the end of this year. (Kyodo)
  • Region: A Japanese man who was questioned by authorities on Russian-held Kunashiri Island has been cleared to return to Japan. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: An attack on American University of Afghanistan in Kabul left 12 people dead and 30 wounded. (WSJ)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea and the US agreed to seek more retaliatory action against North Korea’s recent launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The German army is preparing for the withdrawal of its troops and military equipment from the Incirlik air base in Turkey‘s southeast. (DPA)
  • Italy: The death toll in the Italian earthquake has risen to at least 247 as thousands of rescuers continue efforts to find survivors. (BBC)
  • Russia: The country launched large-scale snap military drills, putting its troops on full combat readiness in districts bordering Ukraine and the Baltic states. (AFP)
  • Serbia: Police say they have arrested a man after finding 34 migrants in his house in a Belgrade suburb. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: Kurdish-led Syrian forces have withdrawn to the east of the Euphrates river, after US VP Joe Biden publicly threatened to pull US support if the fighters stayed in areas Turkey has said pose a threat to its national security. (WP)
  • Syria: The US is seeking to enlist Russia as a partner in the country as the situation becomes more volatile and uncertain with the introduction of Turkish ground forces. (AP)
  • Syria: At least 10 more Turkish tanks crossed the border into the country after pro-Ankara Syrian opposition fighters ousted jihadists from the town of Jarabulus. (AFP)
  • Syria: A strike on the terror group Islamic State near Raqqah on Tuesday may have resulted in civilian casualties, the US Central Command said. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called for an international investigation of human rights violations in the country’s civil war. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Facebook, Twitter and Google are not doing enough to prevent their social networks from being used by extremists for a recruitment drive, a panel of British MPs said. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Lionrock (12W)
    • Location: 258 NM SE of Kadena AB
    • Winds: 120 mph
    • Movement: SSW at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Fourteen
    • Location: 340 NM ESE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Winds: 25 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 33 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Gaston
    • Location: 1205 NM W of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Thirteen-E
    • Location: 215 NM S of Socorro Island
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 12AUG: 180,056 (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 12AUG: 67,411
      • Deaths as of 12AUG: 50
        • 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 21AUG: 1,792 (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: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 11AUG:  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 11AUG: 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 11AUG: 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 (26AUG)

  • Brunei: Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang to visit (to 28AUG)
  • Libya: Anniversary of rebels moving interim government to Tripoli – 2011
  • Syria: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to meet in Geneva to discuss ways to end conflict
  • Ukraine: Trilateral Contact Group meeting in Minsk

 

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