ONS: 30 August 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 31, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya shipped the last of its chemical weapons stocks out of the country on a Danish vessel, under a UN-backed plan to eliminate the arsenal.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators who lit fires in the street of Sao Paulo to protest the looming impeachment of suspended president Dilma Rousseff.
  • ASIA: Secretary Kerry began two days of talks with India to boost business ties, and to encourage dialogue with Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir.
  • EUROPE: France called for an end to the current round of talks between the EU and US over the trade deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN awarded contracts worth tens of millions of dollars to people closely associated with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, as part of an aid program that critics fear is increasingly at the whim of the government in Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Germany’s interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said Facebook should be more proactive in removing forbidden content from its social network platform.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Russian hackers target state voter systems.
    • Hackers targeted voter registration systems in Illinois and Arizona, and the FBI alerted Arizona officials in JUN16 that Russians were behind the assault on the election system in that state.
    • Urging states to increase cyber security for the 08NOV presidential election, US  investigators were also seeking evidence of whether other states may have been targeted.
    • Experts said the method of attack on one of the state election systems — including the types of tools used by the hackers to scan for vulnerabilities and exploit them — appears to resemble methods used in other suspected Russian state-sponsored cyberattacks, including one just this month on the World Anti-Doping Agency.
    • The impact of the breaches is unclear, but computer security experts and US officials expressed concerns that they could reflect a broad, if haphazard, attempt to influence the vote.
    • Coverage: Reuters, WP, WSJ, Yahoo

 

AFRICA

  • Region: About 6,500 migrants were rescued off Libya by the Italian coastguard. (BBC)
  • Libya: The country shipped the last of its chemical weapons stocks out of the country on a Danish vessel, under a UN-backed plan to eliminate the arsenal. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The militant Niger Delta Avengers group, which has claimed responsibility for several attacks on the Nigerian oil and gas facilities, said it had halted hostilities. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Central and South American countries are calling for changes in US immigration policy that encourages a flow of Cuban migrants, but leaves them vulnerable. (AP)
  • Bolivia: President Evo Morales asked miners not to impose their demands with dynamite or roadblocks, after five deaths resulted from the ongoing conflict. (EFE)
  • Brazil: Police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators who lit fires in the street of Sao Paulo to protest the looming impeachment of suspended President Dilma Rousseff. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Secretary Kerry began two days of talks with India to boost business ties, and to encourage dialogue with Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir. (Reuters)
  • Bangladesh: The country’s highest court upheld the death sentence for Mir Quasem Ali, a top tycoon and senior leader of the largest Islamist party. (AFP)
  • Kyrgyzstan: A van driven by a suicide bomber exploded after ramming through a gate at the Chinese embassy in the capital Bishkek, wounding three people. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The country stopped issuance of hajj passports for Muslim pilgrims after detention of more than 170 Indonesians who used fake documents to participate in the Hajj Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: France called for an end to the current round of talks between the EU and US over the trade deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. (FT)
  • Region: German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Britain’s decision to leave the EU would have long-term consequences and both sides needed new, fair and binding rules for their future ties. (Reuters)
  • Greece: More than 460 migrants and refugees arrived on Greek islands from Turkey, the highest in several weeks. (Reuters)
  • Ireland: The European Commission ordered the country to claw back up to USD 14.5B from Apple for granting the American technology giant illegal tax breaks. (NYT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Associated Press documented and mapped 72 of the mass graves in Syria and Iraq used by the Islamic State group, with many more expected to be uncovered. (AP)
  • Region: Human Rights Watch said Palestinian authorities are silencing dissent by cracking down on free speech and abusing local journalists and activists critical of their policies. (AP)
  • Iraq: According to Human Rights Watch, Iraqi militias are recruiting children from displaced civilians ahead of the long-awaited operation to retake militant-held Mosul. (AP)
  • Syria: The UN awarded contracts worth tens of millions of dollars to people closely associated with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, as part of an aid program that critics fear is increasingly at the whim of the government in Damascus. (Guardian)
  • Syria: US-led coalition warplanes hit Islamic State targets near the northern frontier town of Jarablus overnight, as Turkish forces pushed deeper into the country. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Germany’s interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said Facebook should be more proactive in removing forbidden content from its social network platform. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Lionrock (12w)
    • Location: 275 NM SSE of Misawa, Japan
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: N at 19 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Gaston
    • Location: 600 NM E of Bermuda
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Movement: NE at 6 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Lester
    • Location: 1525 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 140 mph
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Madeline
    • Location: 575 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 125 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Eight
    • Location: 125 MI SE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Nine
    • Location: 240 NM W of Key West, Florida
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 12AUG: 180,056 (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 12AUG: 67,411
      • Deaths as of 12AUG: 50
        • 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 28AUG: 1,800 (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 28AUG: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 18AUG:  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 18AUG: 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 18AUG: 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 (31AUG)

  • Kyrgyzstan: Independence Day – 1991
  • Malaysia: Independence Day – 1957
  • Myanmar: 21st Century Panglong Ethnic Conference in Nay Pyi Taw
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Independence Day – 1962
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of Princess Diana’s death – 1997
  • United States: President Obama to speak about climate change at annual Lake Tahoe summit

 

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