ONS: 29 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 30, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya’s opposition says the country’s electoral commission declined to give it access to its servers even after an order to do so from the Supreme Court.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia sent a letter of protest to Venezuela after it said security forces from the socialist country crossed the border into the Colombian province of La Guajira over the weekend.
  • ASIA: Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh from fighting in Myanmar, despite attempts by the Bangladesh authorities to send them home.
  • EUROPE: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said many issues still need to be settled on the Brexit divorce proceedings between the EU and Britain before a new relationship with London can be negotiated.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Qatar’s banks can withstand the pressure of sanctions imposed by other Arab states, Qatari central bank governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud al-Thani said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Symantec Corp, a digital security company, says it identified a sustained cyber spying campaign, likely state-sponsored, against India and Pakistan.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Most “provocative” missile launch flies directly over Japan.
    • Tokyo and Washington requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council after Pyongyang launched a missile over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
    • The missile appeared to be a Hwasong-12, an intermediate-range ballistic missile that enabled North Korea to send a strong political signal without overtly crossing a “red line” and spurring the US into action.
    • Japan issued an immediate rebuke, as residents in several northern prefectures were told to take cover.
    • World stocks tumbled after North Korea fired a missile over northern Japan, fueling worries of fresh tension between Washington and Pyongyang.
    • Experts are calling the incident North Korea’s most “serious” and “provocative” launch in 30 years of missile testing.
    • Coverage: CNN, Reuters, USA Today, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: The country’s opposition says the electoral commission declined to give it access to its servers even after an order to do so from the Supreme Court. (AP)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari said he was delighted by the way the country’s economy was improving. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: FM Ibrahim Ghandour said his country is looking forward to normal ties being restored with the US, after 20 years of US sanctions. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombia sent a letter of protest to Venezuela after it said security forces from the socialist country crossed the border into the Colombian province of La Guajira over the weekend. (Reuters)
  • United States: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned of a long, slow recovery, as flooding continued from Hurricane Harvey. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: Former Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega said she can prove President Nicolas Maduro pocketed between USD 8-10M in public funds. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Luisa Ortega Diaz, ousted as chief prosecutor by the government, charged the socialist administration of hiring people to kill her. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh from fighting in Myanmar, despite attempts by the Bangladesh authorities to send them home. (Reuters)
  • Region: The 11 countries committed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership are considering amendments to the trade deal, according to sources. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber hit the entrance to a Kabul Bank branch close to the US embassy, killing at least five people and wounding several others. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Tonga: A senior official implicated King Tupou VI dissolved the nation’s parliament and dismissed its PM because the government usurped some of the monarch’s powers. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany could “not stay silent” on EU fears about the rule of law in neighboring Poland, calling it a “serious issue.” (AFP)
  • Region: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said many issues still need to be settled on the Brexit divorce proceedings between the EU and Britain before a new relationship with London can be negotiated. (AP)
  • Region: Juncker said Turkey “is taking giant steps away from Europe” and believes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants the EU to halt membership talks with his country. (AP)
  • Belgium: Soldiers patrolling the country’s streets will switch tactics to protect themselves against militant attacks, moving around more and changing routes. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar’s banks can withstand the pressure of sanctions imposed by other Arab states, Qatari central bank governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud al-Thani said. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Two Israeli lawmakers visited the contested Jerusalem Temple Mount holy site for the first time in two years. (AP)
  • Syria: A convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families reached an exchange point in the country’s east, where they will be transferred into IS-held territory under a ceasefire deal. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The cholera epidemic that has ravaged the country has been declining for the past two months because of an unprecedented response by “unsung local heroes”, the UN said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Symantec Corp, a digital security company, says it identified a sustained cyber spying campaign, likely state-sponsored, against India and Pakistan. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Sanvu
    • Location: 402 NM ESE of Iwo-To, Japan
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: NE at 11 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Harvey
    • Location: 70 NM E of Port O’Connor, Texas
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: ESE at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten
    • Location: 20 NM SSW of Charleston, South Carolina
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 7 mph
    • 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 29AUG: 2,067 (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 29AUG: 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 (30AUG)

  • Global: International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances – 2010
  • Azerbaijan: Anniversary of Azerbaijan declaring independence from the Soviet Union – 1991
  • Bosnia: Anniversary of the beginning of NATO’s Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces – 1995
  • East Timor: Popular Consultation Day – 1999
  • Iran: Anniversary of the assassination of President President Mohammad-Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar – 1981
  • Kazakhstan: Constitution Day – 1995
  • Lebanon: Security Council vote on renewing UNIFIL’s mandate is expected
  • Peru: Saint Rose of Lima Day – 1671
  • Turkey: Victory Day – 1922
  • Vietnam: Anniversary of the end of the August Revolution – 1945

 

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