ONS: 26 September 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 27, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria is set to be removed from the list of polio endemic countries in what is being regarded as a “milestone” on the quest to eradicate the disease.
  • AMERICAS:  A new poll across 18 countries suggest the region’s political leaders face a “bleak” future and a “potent backlash” from citizens.
  • ASIA: A UN report says the Islamic State group is making inroads in the country, winning over a growing number of sympathizers and recruiting followers in 25 of the country’s 34 provinces.
  • EUROPE: A high-ranking EU official announced Russia and Ukraine reached agreement on supplies of natural gas to Kiev for the coming winter.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Pentagon said a group of US-trained rebels in the country had handed over ammunition and equipment to Al-Qaeda’s local affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, purportedly in exchange for safe passage.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Federal Trade Commission has started investigating complaints that Google unfairly uses its Android mobile operating system to bolster popular products like Google Search and Google Maps.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: US President Obama and visiting Chinese President Xi announced the positive results of their meeting in Washington.
    • President Xi put forward a six-pronged proposal for next-stage development of China-U.S. relations.
    • President Obama announced that he had reached a “common understanding” with President Xi on curbing economic cyber espionage, but threatened to “impose U.S. sanctions on Chinese hackers who persist with cyber crimes.”
    • The Chinese president also made a public commitment for the first time not to “militarize” artificial islands that Beijing has been building in the disputed South China Sea.
    • President Xi said China would introduce a national cap-and-trade system in 2017 that would limit carbon emissions across major industrial sectors, from electricity to iron and steel production.
    • The Chinese foreign ministry said  the two countries agreed to step up cooperation in fighting corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing.
    • China and the United States agreed to step up cooperation in fighting corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing
    • The two countries also signed up to a major agreement to end the global trade in ivory.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, Reuters, WSJ,  Reuters, AFP,  Guardian

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs reminded the international community to pay attention to the Lake Chad Basin, now an epicenter of “violence and terror.” (Xinhua)
  • Burkina Faso: The country’s interim cabinet dissolved the presidential guards unit which staged last week’s abortive coup, as it held its first meeting following the takeover. (Reuters)
  • Mozambique: Nine members of a convoy carrying the county’s opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama were killed in a shootout. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The country is set to be removed from the list of polio endemic countries in what is being regarded as a “milestone” on the quest to eradicate the disease. (BBC)
  • Somalia: The parliamentary speaker has withdrawn an impeachment motion brought against President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud – the latest crisis to threaten the country’s stability. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • South America:  A new poll across 18 countries suggest the region’s political leaders face a “bleak” future and a “potent backlash” from citizens. (WSJ)
  • South America:  Amid a military mobilization in response to rising tensions with Venezuela over the contested Essequibo region, the head of the Guyana Defense Force said any cross-border incursion by foreign soldiers could result in arrests. (EFE)
  • United States: Hundreds of immigrants with mental disabilities who were deported from the U.S. after representing themselves in court may be allowed to return to the country under a settlement approved by a judge. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A UN report says the Islamic State group is making inroads in the country, winning over a growing number of sympathizers and recruiting followers in 25 of the country’s 34 provinces. (AFP)
  • Australia: The country is set to abandon the Abbott government’s position that Syrian President Assad must step aside as part of any durable peace settlement. (Guardian)
  • Philippines: According to the military, authorities found a boat they suspect was used by kidnappers to take a group of mainly Western hostages to an island stronghold of Islamic militants. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Following EU leaders’ recent agreement to send 1 billion euros to international agencies helping refugees at camps near their bordering countries, Norwegian PM Solberg called for more humanitarian assistance for Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Region:  A high-ranking EU official announced Russia and Ukraine reached agreement on supplies of natural gas to Kiev for the coming winter. (AP)
  • Region: According to Nagorno-Karabkh’s defense ministry, four Armenian soldiers were killed in an attack by Azeri forces near the contested region. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani said ties with the US had improved, although there was “still a long road to travel” before the two estranged nations could have normal relations. (Reuters)
  • Saudia Arabia: As the region’s governments place blame on various entitites, the country’s top religious leader says the stampede which killed 717 pilgrims was beyond human control on the final day of this year’s Hajj. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Pentagon said a group of US-trained rebels in the country had handed over ammunition and equipment to Al-Qaeda’s local affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, purportedly in exchange for safe passage. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology and Law: The Federal Trade Commission has started investigating complaints that Google unfairly uses its Android mobile operating system to bolster popular products like Google Search and Google Maps. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Dujuan (21W)
    • Location: 361 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Wind: 103 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Ida
    • Location: 22.9N 45.5W
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 30km SW of Ovalle, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 38.1km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,331 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,310 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
  • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
    • Suspected Cases as of 25SEP: 565,353 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
    • Confirmed Cases: 21,722
    • Deaths as of 25SEP: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
  • Cholera – Tanzania
    • Cases as of 11SEP: 971
    • Deaths as of 11SEP: 13
    • Sourcing: WHO
  • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
    • Cases as of 25SEP: 1570 (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 25SEP: 555 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27SEP)

  •    Global: Anniversary of the founding of Google – 1998
  •    Global: World Tourism Day
  •    Belgium: French Community Day – 1975
  •    Spain: Early regional election in Catalonia
  •    Christianity: Meskel, an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian celebration of the discovery of the True Cross
  •    Judaism: First Day of Sukkot

 

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