ONS: 25 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 26, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US President Donald Trump called President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stress the “strength of the friendship” between the two allies, despite a recent cut in aid.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela cut the signal of two Colombian networks, a move that critics called a crackdown on free speech by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.
  • ASIA: In Myanmar, at least 71 people including 12 security forces were killed as Rohingya militants besieged border posts in northern Rakhine State.
  • EUROPE: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would closely watch Moscow’s military exercises in Belarus and western Russia next month.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi-led airstrikes hit at least three houses in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, killing at least 14 civilians, including women and children.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Justice Department charged a Chinese national, Yu Pingan, with conspiring to hack the computer networks of three unnamed companies in the US

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Former PM allegedly flees country before verdict in criminal trial.
    • Thailand has tightened border controls after former PM Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show up for the verdict in her trial over a rice subsidy scheme.
    • Shinawatra has fled the country, said sources close to the Shinawatra family.
    • Thailand’s Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant for Shinawatra, after she said she was too ill to attend the reading of the verdict of her case.
    • Overthrown in 2014, Yingluck had faced up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
    • Yingluck is being tried for criminal negligence of duty for her hand in the country’s rice subsidy scheme three years ago.
    • Coverage: BBC, Forbes, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: The ruling MPLA party held a commanding lead in provisional general election results, with 64.57 percent of the votes tallied compared with the opposition UNITA party’s 24.4 percent. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: US President Donald Trump called President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stress the “strength of the friendship” between the two allies, despite a recent cut in aid. (AP)
  • Libya: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met commander Khalifa Haftar, urging him to stick to a ceasefire and to back UN-led efforts to end the country’s conflict. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela cut the signal of two Colombian networks, a move that critics called a crackdown on free speech by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: The last remaining class-action lawsuit against the UN over the cholera epidemic in the country was thrown out by a US federal judge, who upheld the organization’s assertion of diplomatic immunity. (NYT)
  • Mexico: Mexican prosecutors are investigating threats a politician allegedly made against slain investigative journalist Candido Rios. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro called for military loyalty after US President Donald Trump’s threat of military action. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea by freezing the assets of Chinese and Namibian firms doing business with the nuclear-armed state. (AFP)
  • Region: Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops were deployed to Macau to help clean up in the aftermath of a devastating typhoon and amid mounting criticism authorities were unprepared for the severity of the storm. (Reuters)
  • Region: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull said it is vital to defeat the Islamic State terror organization in Marawi in the Philippines, to prevent the group from spreading across Southeast Asia. (EFE)
  • Myanmar: At least 71 people including 12 security forces were killed as Rohingya militants besieged border posts in northern Rakhine State. (AFP)
  • Tonga: King Tupou VI dissolved the nation’s parliament and ordering new elections to be held by 16NOV. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would closely watch Moscow’s military exercises in Belarus and western Russia next month. (Reuters)
  • Region: Britain will pay “not a penny more, not a penny less” than what the government thinks its legal obligations are to the EU as the country leaves the bloc, foreign minister Boris Johnson said. (Reuters)
  • France: Former anti-drugs agency boss Francois Thierry has been placed under formal investigation over allegations he aided and abetted narco-traffickers. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The government banned the website “linksunten.indymedia.org,” alleging it was being used to foment left-wing extremist violence. (AP)
  • Turkey: The government dismissed hundreds civil servants and boosted President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers over the national intelligence agency MIT in two new decrees. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Despite a “productive” meeting on Mideast peace talks with a US delegation, some Palestinian officials expressed frustration that the US still has not committed to a two-state solution. (WP)
  • Syria: At least 34 Syrian soldiers and allied fighters were killed in an Islamic State counterattack in the east of Raqa province, rolling back regime gains. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes hit at least three houses in the capital, Sanaa, killing at least 14 civilians, including women and children. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US Justice Department charged a Chinese national, Yu Pingan, with conspiring to hack the computer networks of three unnamed companies in the US. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Pakhar
    • Location: 169 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Harvey
    • Location: 250 NM SE of Corpus Christi, Texas
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 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 (26AUG)

  • Namibia: Heroes’ Day – 1966
  • Papua New Guinea: Repentance Day – 2011
  • Russia: Anniversary of the beginning of the Second Chechen War – 1999
  • Venezuela: Venezuela to hold military drills (to 27AUG)

 

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