ONS: 28 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 29, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya’s Supreme Court ordered the elections commission to allow the opposition, which is disputing the results of this month’s presidential vote, have access to its computer servers and electronic devices used in the vote-count.
  • AMERICAS: Guatemala’s constitutional court blocked an order by President Jimmy Morales to expel Iván Velásquez Gómez, the head of the UN anti-corruption mission.
  • ASIA: India agreed with China to an “expeditious disengagement” of troops at a disputed border area after a stand-off for more than two months.
  • EUROPE: The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain are meeting with African counterparts to find ways to curb illegal migration across the Mediterranean.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian army and Hezbollah prepared to transport Islamic State fighters from the border with Lebanon to eastern Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Iran is negotiating with the European Atomic Energy Community for cooperation in quantum technology.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Hurricane Harvey batters Texas with unprecedented flooding.
    • In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Houston and an ever-expanding swath of cities and towns remained under siege by torrential rain and surging floodwaters that showed no signs of abating.
    • Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, has killed at least two people.
    • As Harvey continues to hover over Texas, the National Weather Service stated, “This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced.”
    • Tropical Storm Harvey is forecast to head back into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will pick up moisture before moving back over Galveston and into Houston again, meaning at least four more days of rain.
    • The catastrophic floods will pose an immediate test for the White House and Congress, pressing policy makers to approve billions of dollars in recovery funds.
    • Coverage: CNN, NPR, Reuters, WP, WP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Military chiefs and experts from 12 African nations met to discuss setting up a rapid response force on the continent. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: The country’s Supreme Court ordered the elections commission to allow the opposition, which is disputing the results of this month’s presidential vote, have access to its computer servers and electronic devices used in the vote-count. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: Moroccan authorities arrested three people in the cities of Oujda, Nador and Casablanca over suspected links to Spain’s terror attacks. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: UN peacekeepers are moving more aggressively to protect civilians caught in the country’s four-year civil war, after years of criticism. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico stressed its position that it will not pay for US President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. (CNN)
  • Guatemala: The constitutional court blocked an order by President Jimmy Morales to expel Iván Velásquez Gómez, the head of the UN anti-corruption mission. (VOA)
  • United States: Sources revealed President Donald Trump’s company pursued a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow during his presidential campaign. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: India agreed with China to an “expeditious disengagement” of troops at a disputed border area after a stand-off for more than two months. (NYT)
  • Region: The remains of all 10 US Navy sailors who died aboard the destroyer John S. McCain in a collision near Singapore have been recovered. (NYT)
  • Japan: The Japanese military will practice deploying anti-missile batteries at three US bases in the country as concern grows about the North Korean missile threat. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Leader Aung San Suu Kyi accused Rohingya fighters of burning down homes and using child soldiers during a recent surge in violence in Rakhine state, allegations denied by the militants themselves. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan denied any knowledge of the whereabouts of former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, days after she failed to show up for a verdict in her trial. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain are meeting with African counterparts to find ways to curb illegal migration across the Mediterranean. (AP)
  • Finland: A Finnish court has named the Moroccan asylum seeker who confessed he killed two women in a knife attack as Abderrahman Bouanane. (Reuters)
  • Switzerland: The country’s environmental protection office partially blamed climate change for a mudslide through a southeastern village that left eight people missing. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: More than 100 people were treated for streaming eyes, sore throats and breathing problems after a chemical haze spread over a stretch of the southern England coastline. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Syrian army and Hezbollah prepared to transport Islamic State fighters from the border with Lebanon to eastern Syria. (Reuters)
  • Iran: US intelligence officials are under pressure from the White House to produce a justification to declare the country in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement. (Guardian)
  • Iran: One of the country’s most influential dissident politicians who once served as foreign minister, Ebrahim Yazdi, has died at 85. (AP)
  • Iraq: A car bomb ripped through a busy market area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least six people. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: A transgender Singaporean and her friend facing prison for dressing in a feminine way had their sentences reduced to a fine and deportation. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Iran is negotiating with the European Atomic Energy Community for cooperation in quantum technology. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Harvey
    • Location: 20 NM E of Victoria, Texas
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: ESE at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten
    • Location: 165 NM SSW of Charleston, South Carolina
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: Nearly Stationary
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (29AUG)

  • Global: International Day Against Nuclear Tests – 2009
  • Algeria: Anniversary of the Rais massacre – 1997
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the assassination of Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim – 2003
  • Russia: Anniversary of the dissolution of the Communist Party – 1991
  • Russia: Anniversary of the first successful nuclear weapon test – 1949
  • Slovakia: Slovak National Uprising Anniversary Day – 1944
  • United States: Anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina – 2005
  • United States: President Trump to travel to hurricane-hit Texas

 

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