ONS: 27 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 28, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The leader of Angola’s main opposition party called on the country’s electoral commission to explain how it compiled provisional election results giving the ruling MPLA party a landslide victory.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s leftist FARC rebel group will debut its political party, a key step in its transition into a civilian organization after more than 50 years of war and its first chance to announce policy to skeptical voters.
  • ASIA: South Korea’s vice foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam left for the US to meet with senior US officials over North Korea’s nuclear issue and the Seoul-Washington alliance.
  • EUROPE: The Labour Party wants Britain to stay in the European single market and accept free movement of people during a transition period after it leaves the EU.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Yemeni colonel loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and two rebels have been killed in clashes in Sana’a.
  • TECHNOLOGY: About 1,000 Russians in Moscow demonstrated against the government’s moves to tighten controls on internet use, with police arresting about a dozen protesters.

 

TOP STORY

  • The Lebanese army, Hezbollah, and the Syrian army announced a ceasefire in their offensive against Islamic State (IS) militants along the Syria-Lebanon border.
    • The Lebanese army’s ceasefire in its own offensive took effect at 7am local time (0400 GMT).
    • Lebanon would like time for negotiations over nine troops taken hostage by IS in 2014.
    • The fighting began a week ago when the Lebanese army, and Hezbollah together with the Syrian army, launched separate but simultaneous offensives against IS.
    • Lebanon’s army though has insisted it is not coordinating its assault with Hezbollah or Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Al-Jazeera, DW, Reuters, Xinhua-1, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: The leader of the main opposition party called on the country’s electoral commission to explain how it compiled provisional election results giving the ruling MPLA party a landslide victory. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A senior commander in al Shabaab, Somalia’s al Qaeda-affiliated Islamist rebels, was killed last month in a U.S. airstrike, the group said in an online statement. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: A US journalist working in South Sudan was among 19 people killed during fighting between government troops and rebels in Yei River state. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A police officer killed in Rio de Janeiro state was the 100th slain there so far this year — part of a grim surge in violent crime in the region. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The leftist FARC rebel group will debut its political party, a key step in its transition into a civilian organization after more than 50 years of war and its first chance to announce policy to skeptical voters. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Six people were killed in clashes between the army and an armed group in the western state of Tachira during military drills. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea’s vice foreign minister Minister Lim Sung-nam left for the US to meet with senior US officials over North Korea’s nuclear issue and the Seoul-Washington alliance. (Yonhap)
  • China: Mo Jiancheng, the head of the anti-graft committee for China’s Ministry of Finance, has been put under investigation himself for suspected graft. (Reuters)
  • India: A quasi-religious sect leader whose rape conviction led to violence faces up to life in prison. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is also a former governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region, has accused the authorities of Georgia and Ukraine of planning a coup in Georgia. (RFE/RL)
  • Belgium: The Islamic State news agency Aamaq has claimed the Brussels attacker who assaulted three soldiers with a knife is an Islamic State group soldier. (AP)
  • UK: The Labour Party wants Britain to stay in the European single market and accept free movement of people during a transition period after it leaves the EU. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel will press UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on what it says is Hezbollah’s arms buildup in Lebanon during his first visit to the Jewish state since taking office. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Proposed tighter U.S. sanctions on Hezbollah have been altered enough to allay fears of major damage to the country’s economy. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A Yemeni colonel loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and two rebels have been killed in clashes in Sana’a. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: About 1,000 Russians in Moscow demonstrated against the government’s moves to tighten controls on internet use, with police arresting about a dozen protesters. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Pakhar
    • Location: 54 NM SW of Hong Kong
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: NW at 23 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Harvey
    • Location: 40 mi NW of Victoria, Texas
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 1 mph
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  • Earthquakes: 107 km NE of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 8.1km
    • Map
  • 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 (28AUG)

  • Europe: French President Macron to host ‘Big 3’ euro zone leaders: Germany’s Angela Merkel, Spain’s Mariano Rajoy and Italy’s Paolo Gentiloni
  • Middle East: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to visit Israel, Gaza and the West Bank
  • Georgia: Anniversary of the beginning of the August Uprising – 1924
  • Montenegro: Kingdom Proclamation Day – 1910
  • Philippines: National Heroes’ Day – 1931
  • United States: Anniversary of the Emmitt Till Murder – 1955

 

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