ONS: 25 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 26, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt ordered the tightening of border security after more than 160 migrants died when their Europe-bound boat sank in the Mediterranean.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican immigration authorities said they have been hit by a surge of almost 5,000 Haitian, African and Asian migrants entering by the southern border with hopes to find refuge in the US in just a few days.
  • ASIA: Eleven people, including four civilians, lost their lives as an explosive device of Taliban militants went off prematurely in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: The World Bank’s regional director Satu Kahkonen said he “welcomed” Ukrainian PM Volodymyr Groysman’s decision to cancel the abrupt ownership change of Ukrtransgaz.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A gunman shot dead Jordanian Christian writer and Islamism critic Nahed Hattar as he was about to go to court in Jordan to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A technician hired by Hillary Clinton to run the private email system she used while US secretary of state told investigators he tried to pass on colleagues’ concerns that the system might not comply with records laws.

TOP STORY

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram’s Shekau says he is ‘in good health’ following claim of his death.
    • The Nigerian army said on 23AUG that the longtime militant chief, Abubakar Shekau, had been seriously wounded in the shoulder in an air raid in which several commanders were killed.
    • Earlier this month, the Islamic State (IS) group – to which Boko Haram has pledged allegiance – announced Shekau was being replaced as leader.
    • Shekau resurfaced in a new video rejecting the Nigerian army’s claim he had been “fatally wounded” in an air strike.
    • In the video dated 25SEP, Shekau mocked the army and spoke about the missing Chibok girls.
    • It is not the first time the Nigerian army has reported the death of Shekau.
    • Sources: AFP, BBC, Independent, Africa News

AFRICA

  • Region: The elephant population has suffered its worst drop in 25 years, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said, blaming the plummeting numbers on poaching. (AFP)
  • Egypt: President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ordered the tightening of border security after more than 160 migrants died when their Europe-bound boat sank in the Mediterranean. (AP)
  • Uganda: Police blocked gay pride celebrations from happening in two resorts outside the capital, Kampala. (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The leader of the FARC, Timochenko, pledged to maintain the fragile ceasefire that has halted the world’s longest-running civil war even if the country’s peace deal is rejected in a plebiscite. (Guardian)
  • Mexico: Thousands of people in Mexico City protested against a government proposal to legalize same-sex marriage. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Immigration authorities said they have been hit by a surge of almost 5,000 Haitian, African and Asian migrants entering by the southern border with hopes to find refuge in the US in just a few days. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Eleven people, including four civilians, lost their lives as an explosive device of Taliban militants went off prematurely in the eastern Kunar province. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Three Pakistani Taliban leaders were reportedly killed by a joint Afghan and NATO air strike in the Laman area of the Paktika Province. (RFE)
  • China: The country began reducing its tariffs on a range of technology goods imported from World Trade Organization members. (Yonhap)
  • South Korea: The nation and the US will hold a joint meeting of their foreign and defense ministers next month in the face of continued North Korean threats. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: The nation’s Serbs are voting on whether to keep 9 January as a national holiday in defiance of the highest court. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: The World Bank’s regional director Satu Kahkonen said he “welcomed” PM Volodymyr Groysman’s decision to cancel the abrupt ownership change of Ukrtransgaz. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: Voters are deciding in a referendum whether to back new surveillance powers for the country’s intelligence agencies. (BBC)
  • Turkey: President Tayyip Erdogan stated that he wants to join the United States in a military operation to push Islamic State from its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, as long as it excludes Kurds. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bomber killed at least four people  and wounded 18 others in the Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: A gunman shot dead Jordanian Christian writer and Islamism critic Nahed Hattar as he was about to go to court to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: FM Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi said he plans to complain to the UN Security Council over Iran’s weapon transfers to Houthi allies fighting the government. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A technician hired by Hillary Clinton to run the private email system she used while US secretary of state told investigators he tried to pass on colleagues’ concerns that the system might not comply with records laws. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Typhoon: Typhoon Megi
    • 486 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Karl
    • 435 miles ENE of Bermuda
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: NE at 29 mph
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  • Hurricane: Post-Tropical Cyclone Lisa
    • 1275 miles NW of the Cabo Verde Islands
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquake: 99 km NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 596km
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  • Earthquake: 125 km WNW of Neiafu, Tonga
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 183km
    • Map
  • 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 16SEP: 187,192 (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 16SEP: 67,639
      • Deaths as of 16SEP: 53
        • 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 15SEP:  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 15SEP: 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 15SEP: 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 (26SEP)

  • Algeria: International Energy Forum to be held in Algiers (to 28SEP)
  • Australia: Family and Community Day – 2007
  • Azerbaijan: Polish Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economic Development Radosław Domagalski-Łabędzki to visit (to 27SEP)
  • Azerbaijan: A referendum on constitutional amendments suggested by President Ilham Aliyev to take place
  • Colombia: Signing ceremony for peace treaty with FARC in Cartagena
  • Mexico: Court to hear the US extradition case of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman
  • South Korea: Dutch PM Mark Rutte to visit (to 29SEP)

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