ONS: 29 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 30, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Al Shabaab fighters attacked a Somali military base outside the capital, Mogadishu, using car bombs and guns, killing 17 soldiers and taking control of the base and a nearby town.
  • AMERICAS: The US is preparing to announce a major withdrawal of staff and family from the US embassy in Cuba in response to attacks targeting diplomats.
  • ASIA: The UN says more than 60 people are either confirmed dead or missing and presumed dead following the shipwreck of a boat carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar.
  • EUROPE: French President Emmanuel Macron and German counterpart Angela Merkel plan to reform the EU after Brexit with “intense” cooperation between Paris and Berlin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State group killed at least 58 government troops and militia in a fierce resistance to a Russian-backed offensive in the desert town of Sukna.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Russian media group with links to the Moscow government spent USD 274,000 in 2016 on Twitter ads which may have been used to try to influence the US election.

TOP STORY

  • Russia: Opposition leader Navalny detained before rally.
    • Opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he was detained by police as he left his Moscow home to attend a pre-election rally in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.
    • Navalny tweeted that he had been “detained and was being taken somewhere”, but that he did not know where.
    • A Moscow police spokesman said “Navalny was detained over multiple calls to participate in an unauthorised public event.”
    • The Nizhny Novgorod authorities said they have refused him permission to hold the event but his supporters have vowed to go ahead anyway.
    • Navalny is campaigning for Russia’s MAR2018 presidential election despite statements in which election officials have said he is disqualified due to a criminal conviction.
    • Coverage: AFP, INDE, Reuters, RFE/RL

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Thousands of Burundi refugees are under pressure to go home where they risk being killed, tortured or raped, Amnesty International said. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Most schools in Borno state, the worst hit by the Boko Haram conflict, remain shut, the UN said, blaming the jihadists for deliberating targeting education. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Al Shabaab fighters attacked a military base outside the capital, Mogadishu, using car bombs and guns, killing 17 soldiers and taking control of the base and a nearby town. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US is preparing to announce a major withdrawal of staff and family from the US embassy in Cuba in response to attacks targeting diplomats. (CBS)
  • Region: The US started destroying a stock of old, World War II–era chemical weapons it left in Panama decades ago. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos hoped the bilateral ceasefire with the National Liberation Army, starting 01OCT, would lead the guerrillas to surrender their weapons like the FARC. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan warned more provocation was possible from North Korea on 10OCT, when the start of Japanese lower house election campaigns coincides with one of the North’s main anniversaries. (Reuters)
  • Region: The UN says more than 60 people are either confirmed dead or missing and presumed dead following the shipwreck of a boat carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar. (AP)
  • India: A stampede at a Mumbai railway station during the morning rush hour has left 22 people dead and injured about 30. (BBC)
  • North Korea: The UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano said the country has made rapid progress on weapons development that posed a new, global threat. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: French President Emmanuel Macron and German counterpart Angela Merkel plan to reform the EU after Brexit with “intense” cooperation between Paris and Berlin. (Reuters)
  • Region: Britain will remain “unconditionally committed” to protecting Europe after it has left the EU, PM Theresa May said, citing the need to face threats from Russia. (Reuters)
  • Azerbaijan: Human rights groups urged the government to release dozens of LGBT people from jail after reports of mass arrests and abuse. (INDE)
  • Germany: Peter Altmaier, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, will take over as acting finance minister from Wolfgang Schaeuble. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Detention warrants were issued for 117 military personnel over alleged links to the US-based cleric accused of orchestrating last year’s attempted coup. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US ambassador to Israel David Friedman angered Palestinians with a comment downplaying Israel’s 50-year occupation of the West Bank. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces launched an assault on the northern town of Hawija, one of the last bastions still held by the Islamic State group in the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Islamic State group killed at least 58 government troops and militia in a fierce resistance to a Russian-backed offensive in the desert town of Sukna. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: A Russian media group with links to the Moscow government spent USD 274,000 in 2016 on Twitter ads which may have been used to try to influence the US election. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Lee
    • Location: 645 NM ENE of Bermuda
    • Wind: 80 mph
    • Movement: NE at 22 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Maria
    • Location: 335 NM N of Bermuda
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: E at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 22SEP: 59,901 (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 22SEP: 122.774 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, 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 22SEP: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • 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)
      • Cases as of 21SEP: 2,081 (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 21SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30SEP)

  • China: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to visit
  • Indonesia: Anniversary of the 30 September Movement’s attempted coup – 1965
  • Kazakhstan: Day of Justice Bodies Employees – 2012
  • Ukraine: Day of Libraries – 1998

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