ONS: 30 September 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 1, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US ordered families of government personnel stationed in DR Congo to leave amid fears about escalating violence.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s second-largest rebel force, the National Liberation Army, released a civilian captive to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  • ASIA: Indian villagers living close to the border with Pakistan are fleeing, one day after India said it launched strikes targeting militants in Kashmir.
  • EUROPE: German police closed a motorway at the Austrian border overnight after stopping a car carrying suspected bomb-making materials.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 3,800 civilians have been killed in one year of Russian air strikes in support of President Bashar al-Assad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Banks are tightening the security of their SWIFT messaging networks – used by the industry to shift trillions of dollars each day – following revelations hackers are increasingly able to get into this system to steal money.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: World leaders attend former PM Shimon Peres funeral.
    • The body of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres was laid to rest in a funeral attended by world leaders flanked by heavy security.
    • World leaders have hailed the vision of the late Israeli leader, Shimon Peres, as he is laid to rest three days after he died at the age of 93.
    • The funeral brought together Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who shook hands at the ceremony.
    • The state funeral for Peres is one of the largest in Israel since the 1995 burial of Yitzhak Rabin, the prime minister who was assassinated by a Jewish extremist.
    • Israel laid on heavy security, deploying some 8,000 police and intermittently closing the main highway between Tel Aviv’s airport and Jerusalem.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The US ordered families of government personnel stationed in the country to leave amid fears about escalating violence. (AFP)
  • Gabon: Opposition leader Jean Ping called for national talks to form a “new republic” and urged foreign powers to impose sanctions on allies of President Ali Bongo. (Reuters)
  • Niger: The US is investing at least USD 50M in a military air base in the country that will be capable of deploying drones. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The country’s second-largest rebel force, the National Liberation Army, released a civilian captive to the International Committee of the Red Cross. (AFP)
  • Honduras: Around 60 babies have been born with microcephaly in the country this year, with the majority caused by the Zika virus. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities recovered 12 bodies in the western Lerma river, as suspicion about the deaths turned toward two drug gangs. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian villagers living close to the border with Pakistan are fleeing, one day after India said it launched strikes targeting militants in Kashmir. (BBC)
  • Region: US health officials recommended that pregnant women postpone nonessential travel to 11 Southeast Asian countries because of the risk of Zika virus infection. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Jewish leaders reacted angrily after President Rodrigo Duterte compared his anti-drug campaign to the Holocaust. (BBC)
  • South Korea: The country announced a site change for a US missile shield, amid strong oppositions from people living in the originally designated site. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The country confirmed two newborns born with microcephaly, the first time it has been linked to Zika in Southeast Asia. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The country ordered plane hijacker Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa extradited to Egypt for trial. (AFP)
  • Germany: Police closed a motorway at the Austrian border overnight after stopping a car carrying suspected bomb-making materials. (BBC)
  • Russia: President Putin signed a decree to draft 152,000 young Russians into the Russian army before the end of the year. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Authorities ordered 12 more news organizations closed down for alleged threats to national security. (AP)
  • Turkey: Authorities issued dozens of arrest warrants for staff in the judicial and prison systems in the latest 15JUL coup crackdown. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Shelling from Yemeni rebels killed a Saudi border guard and wounded three civilians including a Bangladeshi. (AFP)
  • Iraq: French fighter jets took off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle for an operation against the Islamic State group in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 3,800 civilians have been killed in one year of Russian air strikes in support of President Bashar al-Assad. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government forces and rebels waged fierce battles north of Aleppo, a week into a Russian-backed offensive by the Syrian army to take the entire city. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Doctors Without Borders appealed to the Syrian government and its Russian ally to stop bombing rebel-held eastern Aleppo, warning they were provoking a “bloodbath” among civilians in the city. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Banks are tightening the security of their SWIFT messaging networks – used by the industry to shift trillions of dollars each day – following revelations hackers are increasingly able to get into this system to steal money. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Chaba
    • Location: 971 NM SE of Kadena AFB
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Movement: W at 11 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Ulika
    • Location: 930 miles E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Matthew
    • Location: 125 miles N of Curacao
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Turrialba, Costa Rica
    • Ash eruption rose 2 km into the sky. (Tico Times)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 23SEP: 195,397 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 23SEP: 107,364
      • Deaths as of 23SEP: 108
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 16SEP: 1,806 (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 16SEP: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 22SEP:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, 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, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 22SEP: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 22SEP: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01OCT)

  • Global: US government to cede more control over internet to Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • Global: International Day of Older Persons – 1991
  • China: National Day – 1949
  • New Zealand: Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to visit (to 03OCT)
  • Nigeria: Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group possibly to declare independence
  • Nigeria: Independence Day – 1960
  • Tanzania: Opposition Chama Cha Demokrasia (Chadema) party to hold nationwide rallies against President Magufuli’s “dictatorial tendencies”
  • Hinduism: Navaratri (to 10OCT)

 

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