ONS: 27 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 28, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN launched a new push to stabilize Libya by getting rival factions to revise a stalled peace plan and set the country on the path to elections.
  • AMERICAS: Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello asked the US to immediately approve an aid package to ease the critical situation the island following Hurricane Maria.
  • ASIA: US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit hours after several small rockets exploded in and around Kabul airport.
  • EUROPE: Massive explosions and a blaze at a military ammunition depot in central Ukraine forced authorities to evacuate 24,000 people and close airspace.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces defeated Islamic State group infiltrators near Ramadi, west of Baghdad, after several hours of fighting.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Starting on 18OCT, the US plans to collect social and internet search data on US immigrants, including naturalized citizens and those with a green card.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: US Defense Secretary Mattis visits amid Kabul violence.
    • US Defense Secretary James Mattis made an unannounced visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, his first trip to the country since US President Donald Trump announced a new Afghan strategy in late August.
    • Hours before, at least five civilians including a woman were wounded after several rockets were fired toward Kabul international airport in the Afghan capital.
    • Mattis and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, who also made the trip, renewed their commitment to Afghanistan.
    • The Taliban and the Islamic State both claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on Kabul’s international airport.
    • At Mattis’ previous stop, India, Indian defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman, promised to strengthen cooperation with Kabul, though she ruled out sending any Indian troops there.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, CNN, Reuters, USA Today, VOA

AFRICA

  • Angola: João Lourenço, the country’s first new president in almost four decades, vowed to rebuild an economy devastated by falling oil prices and fight corruption. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The UN launched a new push to stabilize the country by getting rival factions to revise a stalled peace plan and set the country on the path to elections. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: A Zimbabwean court freed activist pastor Evan Mawarire, a critic of President Robert Mugabe, following charges of attempting to subvert the government. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello asked the US to immediately approve an aid package to ease the critical situation the island following Hurricane Maria. (EFE)
  • Region: Cuba insisted their government had nothing to do with unexplained health “attacks” on US diplomats on its soil. (AP)
  • Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on his army to prepare to defend the country in an escalating war of words with US President Donald Trump. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: The first 52 refugees to be accepted for resettlement in the US under a contentious agreement with Australia left Pacific island camps where they have languished for years. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Authorities standby to divert flights destined for the island of Bali as increasingly frequent tremors stoke fears a volcanic eruption could be imminent. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The government will manage the redevelopment of torched villages in Rakhine state, raising questions about any return of half a million fled-Rohingya Muslims. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: A Thai court sentenced former PM Yingluck Shinawatra in absentia to five years in prison for alleged negligence in a money-losing rice subsidy program. (AP)
  • Uzbekistan: Police detained dissident writer Nurulloh Muhammad Raufkhon as he returned to the country from Turkey. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Belgium: Belgian agents arrested a Spaniard man suspected of leading a cell that worked to recruit and indoctrinate members for the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • France: The UN expressed concern about a proposed French counterterrorism bill, warning of possible “discriminatory repercussions” especially for Muslims and other negative consequences for human rights. (AP)
  • Germany: The Free Democrats leader Christian Lindner said the party will only join an alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel if there is a change in the direction of government policy. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The Basque separatist group ETA condemned Madrid’s opposition to the planned independence referendum in Catalonia, saying it had “trampled on the rights” of the Catalan people. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Massive explosions and a blaze at a military ammunition depot in the country’s central region forced authorities to evacuate 24,000 people and close airspace. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The value of Qatar’s imports rebounded sharply in August, suggesting the economic impact of sanctions imposed by other Arab states is fading. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Thousands of Iranians mourned the death of a young Revolutionary Guard soldier Mohsen Hojaji, beheaded by the Islamic State group in Iraq, at state funeral in Tehran. (AP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces defeated Islamic State group infiltrators near Ramadi, west of Baghdad, after several hours of fighting. (AFP)
  • Qatar: Many thousands of migrant workers in the country, including for the 2022 World Cup, are being subjected to potentially life-threatening heat and humidity, according to Human Rights Watch. (Guardian)
  • Syria: Russia says its airstrike killed five warlords of al-Qaida’s Syrian branch, who Moscow says are responsible for attacking Russian military police in Hama province. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Starting on 18OCT, the US plans to collect social and internet search data on US immigrants, including naturalized citizens and those with a green card. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Lee
    • Location: 570 NM ESE of Bermuda
    • Wind: 110 mph
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Maria
    • Location: 150 NM E of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: N at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28SEP)

  • Global: World Maritime Day – 2005
  • Global: World Rabies Day – 2007
  • Egypt: Anniversary of the death of Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser – 1970
  • Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to dissolve Japanese House of Representatives
  • Jordan: 2nd Gulf-Jordanian Economic Forum to take place in Amman
  • Middle East: Anniversary of the signing of the Oslo II Accord – 1995
  • Nepal: Anniversary of Pakistan International Airline crash in Kathmandu – 1992
  • Syria: Anniversary of the 1961 Syrian coup d’état – 1961
  • Turkey: Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara
  • United States: China-US Social and Cultural Dialogue to take place in Washington, DC

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