ONS: 30 October 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 31, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A long-awaited regional task force is set to begin raids on Boko Haram’s last enclaves when the rainy season ends soon, said a UN West African official.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas agreed to move up a definitive bilateral ceasefire to mid-December.
  • ASIA: Several Maldives nationals were arrested for suspected involvement in the failed assassination against Maldives President Abdullah Yameen last month.
  • EUROPE: Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held at the US Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba, has been freed after 13 years in detention.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 40 people were killed and about 100 wounded after Syrian government forces fired missiles into a market place in a town near Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Islamic State and other terror groups are flocking to a Berlin-based social-media service that imposes few barriers on the distribution of violent content or recruiting propaganda.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Another Iranian-American detained in Iran on unknown charges.
    • Siamak Namazi, a prominent Iranian-American businessman, has been detained in Iran, potentially throwing up another obstacle to closer US-Iran ties.
    • He was taken into custody around 15OCT, as intelligence officers came to his mother’s house and took him to Evin Prison in Tehran.
    • It was not clear whether any charges have been brought against him or what authorities might allege he did.
    • Mr. Namazi is at least the fourth American of Iranian descent to be incarcerated by the Iranian authorities and the first since the nuclear agreement was completed.
    • In recent weeks, Iranian businessmen with ties to foreign companies have been arrested, interrogated and warned about entering into economic concerns controlled by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
    • Tehran’s moves have fueled concern that hardline political forces are cracking down on individuals and groups seeking a more open political and business environment since Iran signed the nuclear agreement with global powers in July.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, USA Today, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: A long-awaited regional task force is set to begin raids on Boko Haram’s last enclaves when the rainy season ends soon, said a UN West African official. (Reuters)
  • Central African Republic: Interim President Catherine Samba Panza replaced the defense, public security and justice ministers less than two months before a general election. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Unidentified warplanes carried out air strikes on Sirte city, targeting areas controlled by Islamic State militants in the south and west. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: A vote on a new constitution that would enable the re-election of Bolivian President Evo Morales and a term lasting until the year 2025 will be held 21FEB. (DPA)
  • Colombia: The government and leftist FARC guerrillas agreed to move up a definitive bilateral ceasefire to mid-December. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The US ambassador to the UN called on the country to show progress in solving the disappearance of 43 students and other allegations of human rights abuses. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: China will disregard any findings the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration on a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Region: Several Maldives nationals were arrested for suspected involvement in the failed assassination against Maldives President Abdullah Yameen last month. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: The country convened a congress of its ruling Workers’ Party for the first time in 35 years. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The nation is digging a new tunnel at its nuclear test site with an eye to conducting more tests of atomic devices in the future. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: Civic groups staged a rally against Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s visit to Seoul to participate in summits with South Korean President Park Geun-hye. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Britain is pressing for an “emergency brake” to safeguard the economic interests of non-euro countries, as one of London’s EU reform wishes. (FT)
  • Britain: Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held at the US Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba, has been freed after 13 years in detention. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presided over the signing of 15 business agreements. (DPA)
  • Greece: Authorities say 21 people have died after two boats carrying migrants and refugees from Turkey sank overnight. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A rocket attack on a refugee camp housing an Iranian opposition group in Iraq prompted condemnation from Washington. (DPA)
  • Iraq: Heavy rains have brought military operations to wrest the city of Ramadi back from the Islamic State group to a halt. (AFP)
  • Syria: At least 40 people were killed and about 100 wounded after Syrian government forces fired missiles into a market place in a town near Damascus. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Islamic State and other terror groups are flocking to a Berlin-based social-media service that imposes few barriers on the distribution of violent content or recruiting propaganda. (WP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04A
    • Location: 410 NM SSE of Masirah Island
    • Wind: 109 mph
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,575 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,313 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 30OCT: 575,281 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 24,388
      • Deaths as of 30OCT: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 30OCT: 971
      • Deaths as of 30OCT: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 30OCT: 1599 (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 30OCT: 574 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31OCT)

  • India: Anniversary of assassination of Indian PM Gandhi – 1984
  • United States: Halloween

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