ONS: 25 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 26, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Chief Justice David Maraga said the Kenyan Supreme Court could not hear a case to delay elections because there are not enough judges present to make a quorum.
  • AMERICAS: The Trump administration will allow refugee admissions to the US to resume, but people from 11 targeted countries will see more scrutiny.
  • ASIA: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Indian PM Narendra Modi, in an effort to deepen economic and strategic ties amid China’s growing clout.
  • EUROPE: One of the priorities for Spain is restoring “normality and legality” in the region of Catalonia, PM Mariano Rajoy said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Kurdistan Regional Government offered to put an independence referendum on hold as part of efforts to end the military confrontation with Iraqi forces.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter will bring more transparency to advertisements on its site, including political ads, in response to criticism about its role in spreading foreign propaganda during the 2016 US presidential campaign.

TOP STORY

  • China: President Xi Jinping positioned for true power in country’s “New Era.”
    • President Xi Jinping thrust China into a new era of strongman politics, unveiling a leadership team without a likely successor among the six officials who will help him rule for the next half decade.
    • All seven Standing Committee members are men in their 60s and, for the first time, none was born before China’s 1949 Communist revolution.
    • The lack of younger blood in the lineup lays the groundwork for Xi to keep the focus in the next five years on his policy agenda and, in the longer term, to hold sway over the party.
    • In his three-and-a-half hour speech to Congress, Xi set out a vision not just for the five years ahead but for 30, terming it a “New Era” for China.
    • Several Western media organizations were excluded from attending the ceremony.
    • Coverage: BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Chief Justice David Maraga said the Supreme Court could not hear a case to delay elections because there are not enough judges present to make a quorum. (Reuters)
  • Madagascar: The death toll from a plague outbreak has reached 124 people as the disease for the first time affects the island’s two biggest cities. (AP)
  • Niger: The US military believes someone in a local village may have tipped off attackers to the presence of US commandos, setting in motion the ambush that killed four Americans. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Nigerian troops killed 11 fighters of the terror group Boko Haram in an operation aimed at routing the terrorists from their stronghold in the northeastern state of Borno. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Bolivian President Evo Morales urged the international community to do more to compel the US to abide by the Paris climate agreement. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The country’s Supreme Court suspended a decree issued by President Michel Temer’s government changing the definition of slavery that was widely condemned as a reversal in the fight against forced labor. (Reuters)
  • United States: The Trump administration will allow refugee admissions to the country to resume, but people from 11 targeted countries will see more scrutiny. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Region: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Indian PM Narendra Modi, in an effort to deepen economic and strategic ties amid China’s growing clout. (Reuters)
  • Region: Pakistan said Indian forces fired artillery shells at villages along the separation line in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing two people and wounding six others. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban fighters stormed a security post in Farah province, killing nine soldiers and wounding four. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Indonesian authorities arrested nine men suspected of having links to a militant network loyal to Islamic State and planning attacks on police posts. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Russia handed over army trucks and thousands of assault rifles to President Rodrigo Duterte as the two nations celebrated their growing military ties. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Britain expects the EU to provide guidance on its approach to a Brexit transitional deal by December, Brexit minister David Davis said. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Berlin police confiscated weapons and a large quantity of munitions in a series of raids focused on a man they allege is connected to Islamic extremism. (AP)
  • Spain: One of the priorities for the Spanish government is restoring “normality and legality” in the region of Catalonia, PM Mariano Rajoy said. (Reuters)
  • Spain: A 52-year-old man of Spanish origin was arrested in Madrid for alleged links with the Islamic State terror group. (EFE)
  • Turkey: Trial began for eleven human rights activists, including the two local heads of Amnesty International, accused of belonging to and aiding terror groups. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar conveyed its appreciation for Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s speech about the ongoing Gulf dispute at the opening session of the Kuwaiti parliament. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said US sanctions target the country’s “malign behaviors” and were aimed at helping the Iranian people take control of their government. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The Kurdistan Regional Government offered to put an independence referendum on hold as part of efforts to end the military confrontation with Iraqi forces. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces readied an offensive to recapture the last patch of Iraqi territory of al-Qaim and Rawa still in the hands of Islamic State, along the Syrian border. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Twitter will bring more transparency to advertisements on its site, including political ads, in response to criticism about its role in spreading foreign propaganda during the 2016 US presidential campaign. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Saola
    • Location: 326 NM NNW of Yap
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20OCT: 60,308 (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 20OCT: 122,951 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20OCT: 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 10OCT: 2,090 (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 10OCT: 730 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26OCT)

  • Austria: National Day – 1955
  • Azerbaijan: Negotiations on a strategic partnership between the EU and Azerbaijan to continue in Baku (to 27OCT)
  • Belgium: NATO and Russian representatives to meet in Brussels to discuss Afghanistan
  • Benin: Armed Forces Day – Unknown
  • Canada: Latin American and Caribbean leaders to meet to discuss Venezuela crisis
  • Israel: Anniversary of the signing of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty – 1994
  • Kenya: New presidential election to be held
  • Libya: Mourning Day – 1911
  • Switzerland: WTO General Council Meeting to convene in Geneva (to 27OCT)
  • Syria: OPCW to report the findings of investigation into April 4th Syrian gas attack

 

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