ONS: 28 September 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 29, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Dozens of British troops are to be sent to Somalia and South Sudan to help peacekeeping efforts to counter Islamist militants, British PM David Cameron said.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela and Guyana agreed to restore ambassadors and hold talks to resolve a long-running border dispute following the discovery of oil in disputed waters.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, at least 22 people, largely militants, were killed after Taliban fighters attacked the city of Kunduz.
  • EUROPE: A German court sentenced two Rwandan rebel leaders to long jail terms for masterminding massacres in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo from their homes in Germany.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The number of Australians fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq doubled in the past year but was not expected to continue to grow so rapidly, Australian FM Julie Bishop said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: India has replaced China as next big frontier for US tech companies.

 

TOP STORY

  • US & Russia: Presidents Obama and Putin to address tensions at UN.
    • President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will confront rising tensions over Moscow’s military engagement in Syria, as well as the stubborn crisis in Ukraine.
    • Russia has no plans for now to deploy combat troops in Syria, President Putin said.
    • The White House said it would focus on Ukraine and getting Moscow to live up to a fragile peace plan, whereas the Kremlin said Ukraine would be discussed only if time allowed.
    • Despite little sign of a breakthrough on either front, U.S. officials insisted it was still worthwhile for the leaders to meet — something that has happened rarely since Obama vowed to isolate Putin in retaliation for Russia’s provocations in Ukraine.
    • Coverage: ABC, AP, AP-2, CNN, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Dozens of British troops are to be sent to Somalia and South Sudan to help peacekeeping efforts to counter Islamist militants, PM David Cameron said. (BBC)
  • Central African Republic: Sporadic gunfire rang out in the capital Bangui overnight despite a curfew imposed following weekend violence that claimed at least 20 lives. (AFP)
  • Libya: The elected House of Representatives will continue talks past the 20OCT deadline if a peace deal with the country’s rival government isn’t reached by then. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela and Guyana agreed to restore ambassadors and hold talks to resolve a long-running border dispute following the discovery of oil in disputed waters. (AP)
  • Bolivia: President Evo Morales said the referendum for the presidential re-election will be a democratic one made by the Bolivian people at the ballots. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos encouraged the National Liberation Army (ELN), the country’s other rebel group, to follow the peaceful path of the FARC rebels. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least 22 people, largely militants, were killed after Taliban fighters attacked the city of Kunduz. (Xinhua)
  • Hong Kong: Protesters gathered a year to the day since huge pro-democracy rallies brought parts of the city to a standstill. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin are to hold talks to lock in a visit by Putin as part of efforts to end a long-standing territorial dispute. (Kyodo)
  • Nepal: The country began rationing fuel as hundreds of protesters blockaded a key import hub to demand changes to a new constitution they say is unfair. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The country’s ruling junta is facing growing opposition over plans to introduce a single internet gateway to increase the government’s ability to monitor the web and block content. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Britain: The gap between Britons who want to remain in the EU and those who want to leave remains tight ahead of a membership referendum due by the end of 2017, according to two opinion polls. (Reuters)
  • Germany: A court sentenced two Rwandan rebel leaders to long jail terms for masterminding massacres in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo from their homes in the country. (AFP)
  • Spain: Pro-independence parties claim their victory in Catalan regional elections gives them a mandate to continue with plans to break away from the country. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police say a rocket fired by Kurdish rebels missed its target and hit a home, killing a 9-year-old girl and injuring five other people. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The number of Australians fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq doubled in the past year but was not expected to continue to grow so rapidly, Australian FM Julie Bishop said. (AFP)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani said he would work for the release of three Americans imprisoned in Tehran if the US would free Iranians held in American prisons. (WP)
  • Iran: President Rouhani will fly home early to attend a repatriation ceremony in Tehran for Iranian pilgrims killed in the stampede at the hajj. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Sixteen Turkish workers held in Iraq since early September have been released. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: New clashes broke out between Israeli police and Palestinians at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: India has replaced China as next big frontier for US tech companies. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Dujuan (21W)
    • Location: 162 NM SE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Wind: 143 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Niala (06)
    • Location: 234 NM S of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Marty
    • Location: 190 miles SSW of Zuhuatanejo, Mexico
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: N at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Eleven
    • Location: 405 miles SW of Bermuda
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,331 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,310 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 27SEP: 565,353 (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: 21,722
      • Deaths as of 27SEP: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 11SEP: 971
      • Deaths as of 11SEP: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 27SEP: 1583 (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 27SEP: 566 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29SEP)

  • China: Beijing to host the 2015 China ‘Internet+’ Summit
  • Haiti: Anniversary of Aristide ousted – 1991
  • Syria and Iraq: US President Barack Obama will host a summit in New York of leaders of the international coalition fighting Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq
  • Ukraine: Contact Group to meet in Minsk

 

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