ONS: 29 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 30, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The head of the UN food agency has appealed for aid to avert a humanitarian crisis in the conflict-wracked province of Kasai, DR Congo.
  • AMERICAS: Questions over the whereabouts of a former FARC rebel leader have led to the belief that he may have abandoned the peace deal struck with the Colombian government.
  • ASIA:  In Bangladesh, police arrested three suspected Islamist extremists and seized weapons and explosives in a raid targeting a homegrown group.
  • EUROPE: In Spain, deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont “is and will remain” the president of the regional government, his deputy said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Heavy clashes between Syrian army and the Islamic State group in Deir Ezzor city have killed at least 73 fighters in the last 24 hours.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter Inc. said it overstated its number of users for the past three years and committed to take advertising off its site from two Russian media outlets.

TOP STORY:

  • Mogadishu, Somalia, Attacked by Truck Bomb and Gunmen
    • A truck bomb detonated outside a hotel in Mogadishu minutes before gunmen on foot stormed the building, killing at least 23 people and wounding at least 30 others.
    • Provincial leaders, police and intelligence officials were gathering for a meeting with the government to agree on a joint strategy against al-Shabab, due to take place on Sunday.
    • President Mohamed said the new attack was meant to instill fear in Somalis who united after the Oct. 14 bombing.
    • Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks on Saturday.
    • The US military has stepped up efforts against al-Shabab this year in Somalia, carrying out nearly 20 drone strikes, as the global war on extremism moves deeper into the African continent.
    • Coverage: BBC, LAT, NYT, REU, USA-T

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The head of the UN food agency has appealed for aid to avert a humanitarian crisis in the conflict-wracked province of Kasai. (BBC)
  • Mali: Country’s elephants, Africa’s northernmost herd and adapted to life in the country’s harsh desert, were in desperate need of protection. (NYT)
  • Senegal: Hundreds of supporters of high-profile mayor Khalifa Sall called for his release on as prosecutors asked parliament to lift his immunity from prosecution on graft charges. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack in northeast that killed eight soldiers and a civilian and injured five other people. (REU)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Questions over the whereabouts of a former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel leader have led to the belief that he may have abandoned the peace deal struck with the government. (XIN)
  • Cuba: The country will make it easier for its US-based citizens to travel to the island, in a gesture to win support from Cuban Americans during a diplomatic crisis over allegations of mysterious health attacks. (REU)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro appears to have consolidated his grip on power, outmaneuvering the opposition and leaving it fractured, weakened, even disgraced. (WP)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani police say the deputy governor of Afghanistan’s Kunar province has gone missing in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. (AP)
  • India: Rahul Gandhi will within weeks be crowned leader of the Congress party, handing him a freer rein to prove if he can mount a credible challenge to the dominance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (REU)
  • Bangladesh: The police arrested three suspected Islamist extremists and seized weapons and explosives in a raid targeting a homegrown group accused of orchestrating a string of deadly attacks. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: The police ‘use beatings, tear gas and confiscation’ against Calais refugees. (GUA)
  • Iceland: Main centre-right party looks set to remain the largest in a snap election called after a scandal over a paedophile toppled the coalition. (BBC)
  • Spain: Deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont “is and will remain” the president of the regional government, his deputy said. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: An official close to PM says a vote to link West Bank settlements to Jerusalem is stalled due to U.S. concerns. (AP)
  • Qatar: The emir has warned against any military confrontation over the ongoing diplomatic dispute between his country and four other Arab nations. (AP)
  • Syria: Heavy clashes between the army and the Islamic State group in Deir Ezzor city have killed at least 73 fighters in the last 24 hours. (REU)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Twitter Inc. said it overstated its number of users for the past three years and committed to take advertising off its site from two Russian media outlets, while reporting modest user growth for the third quarter. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Saola
    • Location: 211 NM of ESE of Iwakuni, Japan
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 28 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Philippe
    • Location: 75 NM SW of Miami, Florida
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: North of Franz Josef Land
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 27OCT: 60,362 (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 27OCT: 122,957 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20OCT: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 10OCT: 2,090 (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 10OCT: 730 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30OCT)

  • Global: Africa Day of Food and Nutrition Security – 2010
  • Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council to meet
  • Finland: 69th session of the Nordic Council to open in Helsinki (to 02NOV)
  • France: 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference to open in Paris (to 14NOV)
  • Kazakhstan: Syrian talks to continue in Astana
  • Romania: Court to rule on corruption trial against former politician Vasile Blaga
  • Russia: Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repressions in Russia – 1991
  • United Kingdom: Deadline for Northern Ireland political parties to reach a powersharing deal

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