ONS: 26 August 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 27, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The death toll from an attack by Islamic al Shabaab militants on a seaside restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to 10.

  • AMERICAS: The US airline JetBlue will make the first regular commercial flight between the US and Cuba in more than half a century on 31AUG.

  • ASIA: The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas have agreed an indefinite extension to a ceasefire to facilitate talks on a peace deal.

  • EUROPE: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi declared a state of emergency for Italy’s central earthquake-stricken region as the death toll climbed to 267.

  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian FM Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva for an expected push towards resuming Syrian peace talks.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The Israeli NSO Group, one of the world’s most evasive digital arms dealers, is believed to have been taking advantage of three security vulnerabilities in popular Apple products in its efforts to spy on dissidents and journalists.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Car bomb kills at least 11 police officers in southeastern town.

    • Kurdish militants attacked a police checkpoint in the southeastern town of Cizre with an explosives-laden truck, killing at least 11 police officers and wounding 78 other people.

    • The early morning blast almost completely destroyed the police headquarters.

    • There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

    • Turkish PM Binali Yildirim has vowed retaliation for the attack.

    • The attack is the latest in a series of bombings on police or military equipment in Turkey, which authorities have blamed on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, CNN, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Somalia: The death toll from an attack by Islamic al Shabaab militants on a seaside restaurant in the capital Mogadishu has risen to 10. (Reuters)

  • Tunisia: Prime Minister designate Youssef Chahed said austerity measures, including public sector job cuts and new taxes, would need to be implemented if current economic difficulties continued. (Reuters)

  • Zimbabwe: Police fired teargas to disperse anti-government supporters gathering in the capital Harare ahead of a protest calling for electoral reform. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US airline JetBlue will make the first regular commercial flight between the US and Cuba in more than half a century on 31AUG. (AFP)

  • Bolivia: Striking informal miners kidnapped and killed deputy interior minister Carlos Romero after he traveled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws. (AP)

  • Canada: A new report shows the number of people who have traveled overseas from the country and are suspected of involvement in radical activities has grown. (Reuters)

  • United States: President Barack Obama will create the largest protected national marine area on the planet in Hawaii to encompass 582,578 square miles of land and sea. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Pakistan: Gunmen killed six soldiers and a provincial government official in an ambush on their convoy in the insurgency plagued southwest province of Baluchistan. (Reuters)

  • Philippines: The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas have agreed an indefinite extension to a ceasefire to facilitate talks on a peace deal. (AFP)

  • Philippines: Philippine troops have killed at least 11 Abu Sayyaf militants, including an influential commander, in an assault following the beheading of a captive. (AP)

  • Vietnam: A  L-39 military training aircraft crashed at in central Phu Yen Province. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Hungary plans to build a second fence on its border with Serbia that would keep out any major new wave of migrants, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban said. (Reuters)

  • Germany: A poll suggests a large majority of Germans favor at least a partial ban on the face-covering veils used by some Muslim women. (AP)

  • Italy: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi declared a state of emergency for the country’s central earthquake-stricken region as the death toll climbed to 267. (Guardian)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran denied US accusations it has delivered missiles to Yemeni rebels. (AFP)

  • Kuwait: A Kuwaiti government employee has been arrested for spreading Islamic State ideology and hacking social media pages of “some friendly and sister countries.” (AP)

  • Syria: Rebels and civilians in the Damascus suburb of Daraya are to be evacuated under a deal struck between the Syrian rebels and the government. (AP)

  • Syria: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian FM Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva for an expected push towards resuming Syrian peace talks. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Israeli NSO Group, one of the world’s most evasive digital arms dealers, is believed to have been taking advantage of three security vulnerabilities in popular Apple products in its efforts to spy on dissidents and journalists. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Lionrock (12W)

    • Location: 265 NM SE of Kadena AB

    • Winds: 120 mph

    • Movement: ESE at 4 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Gaston

    • Location: 1075 NM ENE of the Leeward Islands

    • Winds: 65 mph

    • Movement: NW at 17 mph

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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lester

    • Location: 480 NM SSW of Baja California, Mexico

    • Winds: 60 mph

    • Movement: W at 6 mph

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  • 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 18AUG:  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 18AUG: 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 18AUG: 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 (27AUG)

  • Africa Region: The sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) to be held in Kenya (to 28AUG)

  • Gabon: Presidential Elections

  • Moldova: Independence Day – 1991

  • Moldova: Opposition forces to disrupt military parade marking independence

  • United Kingdom and Ireland: Anniversary of IRA bomb killing Lord Mountbatten – 1979

 

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