ONS: 26 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 27, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US warned South Sudan to bring peace to the country or risk losing support from Washington, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the nation’s President Salva Kiir.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian President Michel Temer secured enough votes in the lower house of Congress to avoid facing trial on corruption charges.
  • ASIA: Thailand began a lavish and elaborate ceremony steeped in ancient rites for the funeral and cremation of revered late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian lawmaker Ihor Mosiychuk, wounded in an explosion in Kiev that killed two people, blamed Russia for the blast that officials called an act of terrorism.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces launched an offensive to rout Islamic State from its final stronghold in the country, while advancing against Kurdish fighters on a separate front.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  A study shows Twitter’s campaign to suspend accounts supporting Islamic State hampered the jihadist group’s ability to spread its message but may have made it harder for law enforcement to detect and disrupt terror threats.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: Voting and clashes begin in presidential election re-run.
    • Voting is under way in the country amid tight security in a re-run of the presidential election, which is being boycotted by the main opposition.
    • Kenyan police clashed with opposition supporters where burning barricades and gangs of youths prevented voting in some towns in an election re-run, seeking to challenge the credibility of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s expected victory.
    • While voting proceeded calmly in areas where President Uhuru Kenyatta has support, some polling stations in opposition areas did not open, reflecting the main opposition leader’s call for a boycott.
    • Kenyans voted for a new president on 08AUG, but the Supreme Court annulled the result in September because of widespread irregularities.
    • The re-run has been rocked by scandal after scandal, including the withdrawal of Raila Odinga, the main opposition candidate, who said country lacked the institutions to hold a credible election.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: The Nigerian military is investigating reports that a recent bombing raid killed one of the wives of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The US warned the government must bring peace to the country or risk losing support from Washington, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the nation’s President Salva Kiir. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley cut short a visit to a refugee camp in Juba, after protests against President Salva Kiir grew rowdy. (INDE)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Michel Temer secured enough votes in the lower house of Congress to avoid facing trial on corruption charges. (BBC)
  • Colombia: The government and the National Liberation Army guerrilla group began the fourth round of peace talks amid an historic ceasefire between the two. (AFP)
  • United States: All incoming flights to the country will be subject to new security screening procedures before takeoff, including both American citizens and foreigners possibly facing security interviews from airline employees. (WP)

ASIA

  • Region: Taiwan and China need to drop historical baggage to seek a breakthrough in cross-straits relations, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said. (Reuters)
  • New Zealand: Jacinda Ardern was sworn in as PM and said she will lead a government that’s active, focused, empathetic and strong. (AP)
  • Korea Peninsula: Washington is seeking a “peaceful resolution” with North Korea, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said ahead of a visit to the divided peninsula. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A Pakistani court issued an arrest warrant for ousted PM Nawaz Sharif in two cases of corruption spiralling from the Panama Papers leak. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The country began a lavish and elaborate ceremony steeped in ancient rites for the funeral and cremation of revered late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: The joint NATO-Russia Council will meet, with Ukraine and Afghanistan on the agenda. (RFE/RL)
  • Turkey: An Istanbul court ordered eight human rights activists released from prison pending the outcome of their trial on charges of belonging to and aiding terror groups. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish police began an operation to detain 121 former foreign ministry staff over alleged links to last year’s attempted coup. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Ukrainian lawmaker Ihor Mosiychuk, wounded in an explosion in Kiev that killed two people, blamed Russia for the blast that officials called an act of terrorism. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel is willing to resort to military action to ensure Iran never acquires nuclear weapons, Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces launched an offensive to rout Islamic State from its final stronghold in the country, while advancing against Kurdish fighters on a separate front. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: Baghdad dismissed an offer from Iraqi Kurdish leaders to freeze the outcome of a vote for independence last month in a bid to pave the way for dialogue. (AFP)
  • Qatar: The country and Russia signed a number of inter-governmental agreements on military and technical cooperation. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A study shows Twitter’s campaign to suspend accounts supporting Islamic State hampered the jihadist group’s ability to spread its message but may have made it harder for law enforcement to detect and disrupt terror threats. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Saola
    • Location: 642 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: NW at 11 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 (27OCT)

  • Global: World Day for Audiovisual Heritage – 2005
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Independence Day – 1979
  • Slovakia: Černová Tragedy Day – 1907
  • Turkmenistan: Independence Day – 1991

 

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