ONS: 26 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 27, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan police used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters in Nairobi, calling for election officials to be prosecuted and sacked before a re-run of a contested presidential vote.
  • AMERICAS:  Venezuelan FM Jorge Arreaza accused US President Donald Trump of acting like “the world’s emperor”.
  • ASIA: US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is holding talks with Indian PM Narendra Modi, with discussions likely to focus on security in Afghanistan, military technology and a possible deal on fighter jets.
  • EUROPE: The US is preparing to restrict Russian military flights over American territory under the Treaty on Open Skies in the latest strain between Washington and Moscow.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Palestinian attacker opened fire at the entrance to the Har Adar settlement outside Jerusalem, killing three Israeli men and critically wounding a fourth.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance ahead of a big Communist Party gathering next month.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Kurdistan independence referendum raises tensions in region.
    • The Kurdistan Regional Government’s referendum on Kurdish independence received exceptionally high turnout of around 78%.
    • The Iraqi government ruled out talks on possible secession for Kurdish-held parts of northern Iraq after a referendum on independence showed strong support for a split.
    • Thousands of Iranian Kurds poured into the streets of Iran in support of the Iraqi Kurds’ landmark referendum for independence from Baghdad.
    • Iraqi soldiers joined Turkish troops for military exercises in southeast Turkey near the border with Iraq, in response to the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum.
    • The Syrian government is open to negotiations with Kurds over their demand for autonomy within Syria’s borders, FM Walid al-Moualem said.
    • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the referendum on support for independence for Iraqi Kurdistan next door risks sparking an “ethnic war” in the region.
    • Coverage: AP, Forbes, INDE, Reuters, Reuters-2, Reuters-3

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Security officials arrested seven homosexuals after a concert at which the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement was raised. (AP)
  • Kenya: Kenyan police used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters in the capital Nairobi calling for election officials to be prosecuted and sacked before a re-run of a contested presidential vote. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The UN Security Council condemned the attack by unknown assailants against a convoy of the country’s UN mission, which killed three peacekeepers and injured four others. (Xinhua)
  • Rwanda: Police charged Rwandan opposition leader Diane Rwigara with “offenses to state security and forgery.” (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan FM Jorge Arreaza accused US president Donald Trump of acting like “the world’s emperor”. (AP)
  • Canada: The government issued rules to prevent its security agencies from disclosing or requesting information from other countries if it would result in torture or mistreatment. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Rescue operations to find survivors after the country’s earthquake will cease after 28SEP. (Reuters)
  • Puerto Rico: Supermarkets are gradually re-opening throughout the island, but food and water remain scarce in the wake of Hurricane Maria. (AP)
  • United States: Intelligence and law enforcement officials lobbied Congress to let them conduct broad surveillance on foreign targets, to help prevent terrorist and cyberattacks on the country. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: A Cambodian court rejected an appeal to release opposition leader Kem Sokha and said he would not be granted bail as he awaits trial on treason charges. (Reuters)
  • India: US secretary of defense Jim Mattis is holding talks with PM Narendra Modi, with discussions likely to focus on security in Afghanistan, military technology and a possible deal on fighter jets. (AP)
  • Mongolia: The ruling People’s Party chose Deputy PM Khurelsukh Ukhnaa as a replacement for prime minister. (AP)
  • North Korea: The country appears to have boosted defenses on its east coast, after it said US President Donald Trump had declared war. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Former PM Nawaz Sharif made his first appearance before an anti-corruption court in Islamabad to face corruption charges. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: A 33-year-old Iraqi citizen and four fellow suspects are on trial for suspected recruitment activities for the Islamic State group in the country. (AP)
  • Russia: The US is preparing to restrict Russian military flights over American territory under the Treaty on Open Skies in the latest strain between Washington and Moscow. (WSJ)
  • Sweden: Swedish police say a fire that partly destroyed a mosque west of Stockholm is being investigated as arson. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A Palestinian attacker opened fire at the entrance to the Har Adar settlement outside Jerusalem, killing three Israeli men and critically wounding a fourth. (AP)
  • Region: US President Trump has sought to persuade the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, to agree to the closure of a Taliban mission in Qatar, which had been a channel for dialogue for more than six years. (Guardian)
  • Saudi Arabia: A Human Rights Watch study found the Saudi government continues to tolerate hate speech against minority groups. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia denied allegations that its airstrikes killed civilians in Idlib province, but instead only bombed Islamist militant fighters in the area. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance ahead of a big Communist Party gathering next month. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Maria
    • Location: 245 NM SE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Wind: 80 mph
    • Movement: N at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Lee
    • Location: 800 NM E of Bermuda
    • Wind: 90 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: South of the Fiji Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 98.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Manaro, Vanuatu
    • An eruption of ash, lava and stones has forced 6,000 people to flee their homes on the Pacific island. (AP)
  • 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 (27SEP)

  • Global: World Tourism Day – 1979
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the Taliban capturing Kabul – 1996
  • Georgia: Anniversary of the Sukhumi massacre – 1993
  • Poland: Day of the Polish Underground State – 1945
  • United States: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to meet US President Trump
  • Venezuela: Talks between Venezuelan government and opposition to continue

 

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