ONS: 26 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 27, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Suspected Boko Haram militants sprayed a village in remote Cameroon with automatic fire, killing 15 people and kidnapping eight others in an overnight raid near the Nigerian border.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela kicks off two days of military drills in response to US President Donald Trump’s threat of military action and newly announced sanctions.
  • ASIA: Violence in India’s northern state of Haryana calmed down after 31 people died in a rampage by people supporting a guru convicted of rape.
  • EUROPE:  A knife-wielding man was shot dead after wounding a soldier in the center of Brussels, in what Belgian authorities called a “terrorist attack”.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Iraqi forces have driven the Islamic State from central Tal Afar and its historic citadel, placing them on the verge of fully recapturing one of the last IS strongholds in the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Qatar’s attorney general said Turkey has detained five suspects in connection with the hacking of Qatar’s state news agency in May.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea launched three missiles into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, reigniting tensions.
    • According to the US and South Korea, the missiles flew about 155 miles to the northeast before falling into the sea, with the second appearing to have blown up almost immediately.
    • The launches took place amid an annual joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States, which North Korea condemned.
    • The tests were the first by North Korea since it launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.
    • South Korea planned to hold a national security council meeting following the launches, where officials redoubled their commitment to the allied exercises.
    • Coverage: BBC, Bloomberg, Kyodo, LAT, NYT, WaPo, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Suspected Boko Haram militants sprayed a village in remote Cameroon with automatic fire, killing 15 people and kidnapping eight others in an overnight raid near the Nigerian border. (Reuters)
  • Guinea: A former minister was sentenced to seven years in prison following his conviction of laundering $8.5 million in bribes that U.S. prosecutors say he took in exchange for helping a Chinese conglomerate secure mining rights. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Country`s forces supported by U.S. troops shot dead 10 Somalis, including three children, in a village near the capital Mogadishu. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: Ecuador’s National Assembly voted to deprive VP Jorge Glas of immunity, which will allow the court to sue him for allegedly accepting bribes from Brazil’s construction giant Odebrecht. (AP)
  • Guatemala: Chief prosecutor asked a court to strip President Jimmy Morales of his immunity so an investigation of campaign finance violations may proceed. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The country kicks off two days of military drills in response to US President Donald Trump’s threat of military action and newly announced sanctions. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • India: Violence in northern state of Haryana calmed down after 31 people died in a rampage by people supporting a guru convicted of rape. (DPA)
  • Thailand: Former PM Yingluck Shinawatra has fled to Dubai, a day after she failed to show up for a negligence ruling in which she faced up to 10 years in prison. (Reuters)
  • Region:  A policeman and three paramilitary troopers of India’s Central Reserve Police Force were wounded in a predawn militant attack on police lines in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Belgium: A knife-wielding man was shot dead after wounding a soldier in the center of Brussels, in what Belgian authorities called a “terrorist attack”. (AFP)
  • Germany: Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned that country is potentially facing a new Cold War, and Chancellor Angela Merkel was making a grave error by following US President Donald Trump down the rearmament path. (Reuters)
  • UK: Counter-terror police launched an investigation after two police officers were injured outside Buckingham Palace during the arrest of a man with a knife. (Telegraph)
  • Region: Prime ministers from Western Balkans countries have gathered for an informal meeting to discuss deepening regional economic cooperation as part of the process for joining the European Union. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: According to local media sources, FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said that any move of the United States to exert pressure on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal is a violation of the accord. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces have driven the Islamic State from central Tal Afar and its historic citadel, placing them on the verge of fully recapturing one of the last IS strongholds in the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: US-led airstrikes destroyed parts of the general hospital of Raqqa city in northeast, as the Islamic State launched a counteroffensive against the Syrian army in eastern Raqqa, killing 34 soldiers. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Qatar’s attorney general said Turkey has detained five suspects in connection with the hacking of Qatar’s state news agency in May. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Pakhar
    • Location: 187 NM NNW of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Harvey
    • Location: 5mi N of Rockport, Texas
    • Wind: 130 mph
    • Movement: NW at 7 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 25AUG: 67,653 (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 25AUG: 105,227 (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 25AUG: 75 (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 (27AUG)

  • Moldova: Independence Day – 1991
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of the peaceful coup by Army Chief of Staff Major General Ibrahim Babangida – 1985
  • Turkey: Anniversary of the assassination of Turkish Col. Atilla Altikat in Canada – 1982
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of the assassination of British retired Admiral Lord Mountbatten – 1979
  • United States: Anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Irene – 2011

 

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