ONS: 30 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 31, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir pardoned and released prominent human rights activist Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, who had been jailed on spying and other charges.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan Constituent National Assembly voted unanimously to put opposition leaders on trial for allegedly encouraging the US to impose economic sanctions on the leftist government.
  • ASIA: The International Organization for Migration said 18,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled fresh violence in Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh, with hundreds stranded at the country’s’ border.
  • EUROPE: In Spain, PM Mariano Rajoy appeared before lawmakers to answer questions about alleged corruption scandals linked to his ruling Popular Party.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia started the Hajj pilgrimage in 2017, with more than 2 million pilgrims, including 1.8 million foreigners, expected to participate.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The International Committee of the Red Cross created a website where people separated by conflict in the southern Philippine city of Marawi can go online to find their missing relatives.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: International response calls for condemnation and action.
    • The UN condemned North Korea’s “outrageous” firing of a ballistic missile over Japan, demanding that the isolated country halts its weapons program but holding back on any threat of new sanctions.
    • South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed with Japanese PM Abe that pressure must be raised “to the maximum” on the North to leave Pyongyang with no choice but to come to dialogue.
    • President Moon also ordered his military to “demonstrate a strong retaliatory capability against North Korea.”
    • The US called for a “serious” response to the latest missile tests.
    • China is working with other members of the UN Security Council on a response to North Korea’s missile launch, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
    • British PM Theresa May has said the UK will “redouble” its efforts to curb North Korea’s “outrageous” weapons testing regime, but urged China to exert its influence over Pyongyang.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CBS, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: The Libyan coastguard rescued nearly 500 migrants at sea west of the capital Tripoli. (Reuters)
  • Senegal: West African activist Kemi Seba, who was arrested in the country for burning a banknote in an anti-colonial protest, has been acquitted by a Dakar court. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Omar al-Bashir pardoned and released prominent human rights activist Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, who had been jailed on spying and other charges. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Seeking the fate of nearly 50,000 Colombians who disappeared during the country’s civil war should become a “national cause,” Paula Gaviria, presidential adviser on human rights, said. (VOA)
  • Ecuador: The National Court of Justice barred VP Jorge Glas from leaving the country because he is being investigated in relation to the Odebrecht corruption case. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The Constituent National Assembly voted unanimously to put opposition leaders on trial for allegedly encouraging the US to impose economic sanctions on the leftist government. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The UN said Venezuelan security forces committed extensive and apparently deliberate human rights violations in crushing anti-government protests. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China said India can “learn lessons” from a recently resolved border standoff and avoid such occurrences in the future. (AP)
  • Region: The International Organization for Migration said 18,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled fresh violence in Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh, with hundreds stranded at the country’s’ border. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on the home of a member of parliament in the city of Jalalabad that killed two security guards and both attackers. (Reuters)
  • Japan: British PM Theresa May arrived in the country for a three-day visit that is expected to focus on Brexit, trade and security. (AP)
  • Thailand: Former PM Thaksin Shinawatra broke a long silence to comment on judicial tyranny via Twitter following his sister’s flight from the country. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO will send three experts to observe military exercises involving Russian and Belarus troops next month but wants the two countries to allow broader monitoring of the war games. (AP)
  • Germany: More than 1,000 criminal complaints for high treason have been filed against Chancellor Angela Merkel since the height of the refugee crisis in 2015. (AFP)
  • Spain: PM Mariano Rajoy appeared before lawmakers to answer questions about alleged corruption scandals linked to his ruling Popular Party. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: PM Theresa May said the country would be able to change the terms of trade deals after Brexit even if it initially replicates trade deals that the EU has with other countries. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia started the Hajj pilgrimage in 2017, with more than 2 million pilgrims, including 1.8 million foreigners, expected to participate. (Xinhua)
  • Region: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres took a helicopter tour of the Israel-Gaza border before visiting the isolated territory. (AP)
  • Iraq: The Turaibil border crossing between Jordan and Iraq was officially reopened. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Fierce fighting between Syrian government forces and the Islamic State group has killed 64 combatants in Raqa province over a 24-hour period. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Warplanes attacked a checkpoint of the armed Houthi movement near the capital Sanaa, killing and wounding a number of people. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The International Committee of the Red Cross created a website where people separated by conflict in the southern Philippine city of Marawi can go online to find their missing relatives. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Sanvu
    • Location: 129 NM E of Chichi Jima, Japan
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Harvey
    • Location: 60 NM SSW of Cameron, Louisiana
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: NE at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten
    • Location: 85 NM NE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: NE at 24 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 (31AUG)

  • Iraq: Anniversary of the Al-Aaimmah bridge stampede – 2005
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the Iraqi offensive on Irbil to help Masoud Barzani defeat his rivals in PUK – 1996
  • Lebanon: United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon mandate to expire unless renewed
  • Kyrgyzstan: Independence Day – 1991
  • Malaysia: Independence Day – 1957
  • Moldova: National Language Day- 1990
  • Poland: Day of Solidarity and Freedom – 1980
  • Russia: Anniversary of the beginning of the Moscow Apartment bombings – 1999
  • Trinidad: Independence Day – 1962
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of the death of Princess Diana – 1997

 

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