ONS: 27 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 28, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya’s election commission says about 6.5 million people, or one-third of registered voters, went to the polls in the re-run presidential election.
  • AMERICAS: Foreign ministers of 12 countries of the Americas called on the UN to help fight what they called human rights violations in Venezuela.
  • ASIA: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused North Korea of threatening “catastrophe” and said the Trump administration remains committed to the North’s complete nuclear disarmament.
  • EUROPE: The Spanish government prepared to impose direct rule in Catalonia, risking sparking unrest with secessionists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces set a tight deadline of “a few hours” for Kurdish fighters to withdraw from an area on the Turkish border that is critical for oil exports.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter accused Russian media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik of interfering in the 2016 US election and banned them from buying ads on its network.

TOP STORY

  • Australia: PM Turnbull’s government loses majority over obscure law.
    • The country’s conservative government lost its majority grip after judges ousted five lawmakers because of an obscure constitutional rule barring dual citizens from federal Parliament.
    • The seven-judge bench deliberated for two weeks before ruling that five politicians were ineligible as a “subject or citizen of a foreign power”, under to the Australian constitution.
    • The law is archaic, especially now that a quarter of Australians were born overseas and another quarter have parents who were born overseas.
    • The decision means that the seat belonging to Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce of the National Party will be subject to an election, which will be 02DEC.
    • PM Malcolm Turnbull is under added pressure because he refused to force Joyce to step aside while his case was considered by the High Court.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The country is the first to withdraw from the International Criminal Court amid accusations that the court focuses too much on the African continent. (AP)
  • Egypt: Egyptian security forces killed 12 armed militants in the country’s western desert. (Reuters)
  • Equatorial Guinea: A French court handed Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the president’s son, a suspended prison sentence after he was found guilty of embezzling millions in public money. (AP)
  • Kenya: The country’s election commission says about 6.5 million people, or one-third of registered voters, went to the polls in the re-run presidential election. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Foreign ministers of 12 countries of the Americas called on the UN to help fight what they called human rights violations in Venezuela. (AFP)
  • Region: Cuba presented its most detailed defense to date against US accusations that American diplomats in Havana were subjected to mysterious sonic attacks. (AP)
  • Guatemala: The country’s highest court has abolished the death penalty for civil cases in a landmark ruling. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The Venezuelan opposition and the country’s political prisoners have won the EU’s top human rights award, the Sakharov prize. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused North Korea of threatening “catastrophe” and said the Trump administration remains committed to the North’s complete nuclear disarmament. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea will send back a South Korean fishing boat and its crew who were detained for crossing the eastern sea border between the rivals. (AP)
  • Cambodia: PM Samdech Techo Hun Sen decided to postpone the Senate election to 25FEB2018. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A bomb killed secular political leader Abdur Razzaq and his brother in the town of Harnai. (AP)
  • Thailand: The cremated remains of King Bhumibol Adulyadej were collected as part of an elaborate funeral ceremony that drew hundreds of thousands of mourners to Bangkok. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Norwegian rescuers were searching for a second day for a Russian helicopter that went missing at sea with eight people on board off the coast of the Arctic Svalbard archipelago. (Reuters)
  • Region: Ireland is making contingency plans for any unwanted outcomes from the Brexit negotiations, Irish FM Simon Coveney said. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has taken part in major military drills and personally launched four ballistic missiles as part of the exercises. (AP)
  • Spain: The government prepared to impose direct rule in Catalonia, risking sparking unrest with secessionists. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Britain blamed North Korea for a ransomware attack this year that affected a third of English hospitals. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Iraqi forces set a tight deadline of “a few hours” for Kurdish fighters to withdraw from an area on the Turkish border that is critical for oil exports. (AFP)
  • Syria: Human Rights Watch urged sanctions on the Syrian government after UN investigators blamed President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for a sarin gas attack that killed dozens. (AFP)
  • Syria: In Damascus, food and medicine must be allowed to reach at least 350,000 trapped Syrians, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein said. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russia criticized a UN report which blamed a sarin gas attack on Bashar al-Assad’s regime, saying it contained inconsistencies and unverified evidence. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter accused Russian media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik of interfering in the 2016 US election and banned them from buying ads on its network. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Saola
    • Location: 306 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 14 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28OCT)

  • China: Double Ninth Festival – Unknown
  • Czech Republic: Independence Day – 1918
  • Iceland: Parliamentary elections
  • Ukraine: Liberation from Nazi Invaders Day – 1944

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