ONS: 25 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 26, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, six US air strikes on an Islamic State desert camp killed 17 militants, the first American strikes in the country since US President Donald Trump took office.
  • AMERICAS: President Donald Trump issued a new ban on entry to the US that applies a range of restrictions on nationals from eight countries, including new targets Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe announced his intention to dissolve parliament and call a snap general election.
  • EUROPE: German chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office but will have to govern in a fractured parliament with increasing support to the far right.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah will travel to the Gaza Strip on 02OCT as part of renewed reconciliation efforts with Hamas, which runs the enclave.
  • TECHNOLOGY: More than 20 million online items containing pornographic or obscene content have been deleted or properly handled in a crackdown by China.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Kurds commence independence reference, despite international pressure.
    • Kurds began voting in a landmark referendum on independence from Iraq, seeking to advance their dream of statehood despite pressure from Baghdad and the international community.
    • The Kurds also say the vote acknowledges their crucial contribution in confronting Islamic State after it seized control of a third of Iraq in 2014.
    • Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said the vote was unconstitutional and threatened peace, adding: “We will take the necessary measures to preserve the unity of the country.”
    • Iran and Turkey fear the vote will inspire similar separatist sentiments among their own sizable and restive Kurdish populations.
    • Iran closed its border with the Kurdish region of Iraq at the request of Baghdad.
    • Coverage: BBC, INDE, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Six US air strikes on an Islamic State desert camp killed 17 militants, the first American strikes in the country since US President Donald Trump took office. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Three UN soldiers were killed and five others seriously wounded by an explosive device that detonated as they were escorting a convoy in the country. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: Police arrested activist pastor Evan Mawarire, accusing him of subversion for a series of social media posts that charged Robert Mugabe’s government had wrecked the economy. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Brazilian army continued for the third consecutive day in cracking down on the drug trafficking trade across Rio de Janeiro. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Leftist National Liberation Army rebels said their temporary ceasefire would stretch from 01OCT to 09JAN. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The death toll from a 7.1-magnitude earthquake has climbed to 307. (Xinhua)
  • United States: President Donald Trump issued a new ban on entry to the country that applies a range of restrictions on nationals from eight countries, including new targets Chad, North Korea and Venezuela. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: The country will establish a national space agency to capitlize on the rapid growth of the space industry. (BBC)
  • Indonesia: Nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated near the active volcano, Mount Agung, in Bali, as authorities warn it could erupt imminently. (BBC)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe announced his intention to dissolve parliament and call a snap general election. (FT)
  • Myanmar: Government forces found the bodies of 28 Hindu villagers, who authorities claim were killed by Muslim insurgents last month. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU said time is running out for Britain to seal an agreement on leaving the EU, with a fourth round of Brexit negotiations about to begin in Brussels. (AP)
  • Region: The UN says Russia is violating international law in Crimea, including by imposing Russian citizenship on its people and deliberately transferring hundreds of prisoners and detainees to prisons in Russia. (AP)
  • Region: Special forces from Russia and Pakistan have begun a joint training exercise in the North Caucasus republic of Karachayevo-Cherkessia. (RFE/RL)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office but will have to govern in a fractured parliament with increasing support to the far right. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: British police made a new arrest in their investigation into a London underground bomb attack, the seventh so far. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: OPEC will discuss extending production cuts that have boosted oil prices and imposing output quotas on all cartel members at a November meeting in Vienna. (AFP)
  • Region: Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah will travel to the Gaza Strip on 02OCT as part of renewed reconciliation efforts with Hamas, which runs the enclave. (AFP)
  • Syria: US-led coalition strikes near the Islamic State group’s stronghold Raqa in March killed at least 84 civilians, Human Rights Watch alleged. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russian warplanes struck US-backed Syrian militia positions in Deir al-Zor province, near a major natural gas field they seized from Islamic State in recent days. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: More than 20 million online items containing pornographic or obscene content have been deleted or properly handled in a crackdown by China. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Twenty Two
    • Location: 138 NM ESE of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Maria
    • Location: 385 NM SSE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Wind: 90 mph
    • Movement: N at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Lee
    • Location: 900 NM E of Bermuda
    • Wind: 90 mph
    • Movement: ESE at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Pilar
    • Location: 155 NM S of Mazatlan, Mexico
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (26SEP)

  • Global: World Environmental Health Day – 2011
  • Global: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons – 2014
  • Global: World Contraception Day – 2007
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the execution of former President Mohammad Najibullah by the Taliban – 1996
  • Europe: European Day of Languages – 2001
  • Malaysia: 48th Meeting Governing Board of IIUM to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • United States: US President Donald Trump and Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy to hold one-on-one talks
  • Yemen: September Revolution Day – 1962

 

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