ONS: 28 October 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 29, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Côte d’Ivoire, President Alassane Ouattara easily won re-election in the first vote since a violently disputed poll five years ago.
  • AMERICAS: Guyanese President David Granger has ruled out giving Venezuela access to the Atlantic as part of any settlement of the border dispute over Essequibo region.
  • ASIA: Relief agencies were battling to reach cold and hungry survivors of a devastating earthquake that has killed more than 360 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: Austria will build a fence along its border with Slovenia to slow down the migrant flow.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US CIA chief John Brennan ruled out a military solution in parts of the Middle East, arguing effective central governments are unlikely as some countries exist today.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Global online freedom declined for a fifth consecutive year as more governments stepped up electronic surveillance and clamped down on dissidents using blogs or social media.

TOP STORY

  • South China Sea: China summons US ambassador, rebukes US for naval patrol.
    • Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the United States said the US operation is “a very serious provocation, politically and militarily”.
    • US Ambassador to China Max Baucus has been summoned to explain the perceived incursion into territory between the Subi and Mischief reefs that Beijing claims as its own.
    • A US defense official said it is likely the US Navy will make more patrols in the area.
    • China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of world trade passes every year.
    • China is not afraid of fighting a war against the United States in the South China Sea, a state-run newspaper with links to the Communist party has claimed.
    • Coverage: CNN, Guardian, LAT, Reuters, Time, VOA

AFRICA

  • Burundi: At least seven gunmen have been killed in battles with security forces, the latest in a string of clashes. (AFP)
  • Côte d’Ivoire: President Alassane Ouattara easily won re-election in the first vote since a violently disputed poll five years ago. (AP)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Uneasy calm was restored in the country’s east after violent clashes between the army and rebels left six people dead and three others injured. (Xinhua)
  • Tanzania: The nation’s ruling party presidential hopeful held a narrow lead with around half the votes counted in the country’s tightest ever election. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Guyanese President David Granger has ruled out giving Venezuela access to the Atlantic as part of any settlement of the border dispute over Essequibo region. (EFE)
  • El Salvador: An evangelical pastor was arrested for allegedly having ties to a criminal gang. (AP)
  • Mexico: Mexican authorities have searched several homes in three states and seized 11 small airplanes in their hunt for fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Relief agencies were battling to reach cold and hungry survivors of a devastating earthquake that has killed more than 360 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Region: China says it won’t get involved in Taiwan’s upcoming elections, despite an expected strong showing by the opposition favoring formal independence for the island. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Darqad district in the northern Takhar province fell to the Taliban after a six-hour battle. (DPA)
  • Nepal: The country’s first presidential election after the promulgation of new constitution has begun. (Xinhua)
  • Singapore: The country remains the easiest place to do business, according to a recently-published World Bank report. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Belarus sees no need to discuss placing a Russian airbase in the country as it will not help to lower tensions in the region, Belarussian FM Vladimir Makei said. (Reuters)
  • Region: Austria will build a fence along its border with Slovenia to slow down the migrant flow. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon stormed into the Istanbul headquarters of a media group critical of the government. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkish prosecutors have charged two schoolboys aged 12 and 13 with insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after they tore down a poster of him. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US CIA chief John Brennan ruled out a military solution in parts of the Middle East, arguing effective central governments are unlikely as some countries exist today. (AFP)
  • Iraq: PM Nechirvan Barzani of the country’s Kurdistan region has appointed ministers to replace four who were unilaterally expelled from the cabinet. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State group has abducted 48 media workers in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul since June 2014 and executed at least 13 of them, watchdogs said. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Iran said the country is on the verge of human catastrophe as the Saudi-led coalition tightens its grip on humanitarian aid channels to the Arab state. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Global online freedom declined for a fifth consecutive year as more governments stepped up electronic surveillance and clamped down on dissidents using blogs or social media. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,512 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,313 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 28OCT: 575,281 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 24,388
      • Deaths as of 28OCT: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 28OCT: 971
      • Deaths as of 28OCT: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 28OCT: 1599 (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 28OCT: 574 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29OCT)

  • Turkey: Republic Day – 1923
  • Russia: OPCW Director General Ahmet Uzumcu visits Moscow

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