ONS: 30 October 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 31, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Four civilians and a policeman were killed in clashes in eastern DR Congo as protests took place to demand that President Joseph Kabila stand down.
  • AMERICAS: The UN summoned foreign ministry delegations from Guyana and Venezuela to discuss the decades-old border row between the two nations.
  • ASIA: The US, South Korea and Japan urged North Korea to walk away from its “destructive and reckless path” of weapons development.
  • EUROPE: Belgian police held four people over the 2015 attack on a Thalys train to Paris in which an Islamic State extremist shot and seriously wounded a passenger.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahrain will not attend the next Gulf Cooperation Council summit if Qatar attends, Bahraini FM Khalid al-Khalifa said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: North Korea said it would launch more satellites to boost its economy, despite international opposition.

TOP STORY

  • Spain: Direct government control to be tested as Catalonia returns to work.
    • Spain’s control over Catalonia will be tested as politicians and civil servants return to work amid uncertainty over whether they will accept direct rule imposed by the central government to stop the region’s independence bid.
    • Spain is set to put in place measures to take direct control of Catalonia in response to the region’s declaration of independence last week.
    • The Catalan police force, Mossos d’Esquadra, made it clear it would follow orders from the Madrid-installed administration.
    • PM Mariano Rajoy assumed direct control of the region on 27OCT, but some of the Catalan administration, including its president Carles Puigdemont, said they did not accept the move and only the people of Catalonia could dismiss them.
    • Some separatist-minded Catalans have vowed to carry out a wave of civil disobedience in response, saying they refuse to recognize Madrid’s authority.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Guardian, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Four civilians and a policeman were killed in clashes in the country’s east as protests took place to demand that President Joseph Kabila stand down. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Opposition leader Raila Odinga called for calm as the political stand-off over a repeat presidential election has fed into rising ethnic tensions. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: At least five people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque in northeastern town of Ajiri Yala. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The UN summoned foreign ministry delegations from Guyana and Venezuela to discuss the decades-old border row between the two nations. (AP)
  • Region: Facing criticism from US Congress and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Puerto Rico cancelled a 300M contract awarded to a small Montana company to rebuild part of the island’s battered power grid. (NYT)
  • Colombia: Unknown whereabouts of former FARC leader Hernan Dario Velasquez  have fueled rumors he may have abandoned the peace deal struck with the Colombian government. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: The US, South Korea and Japan urged North Korea to walk away from its “destructive and reckless path” of weapons development. (Reuters)
  • Region: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said someone should talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and reassure him nobody is out to remove him or destroy his country. (AP)
  • Region: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg called North Korea a “global threat” and he backed tighter sanctions against it during a visit to Japan. (AFP)
  • China: Xi Jinping Thought will now be taught, researched and promoted in universities across the country. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The island will increase future defense spending by two percent each year, President Tsai Ing-wen said. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Tensions between Germany and Turkey are holding up planned defense projects between both countries. (Reuters)
  • Belgium: Belgian police held four people over the 2015 attack on a Thalys train to Paris in which an Islamic State extremist shot and seriously wounded a passenger. (AFP)
  • Croatia: The country aims to become a Euro-zone member within the next seven to eight years, PM Andrej Plenkovic said. (Reuters)
  • Iceland: The country’s governing conservative Independence Party held off a stiff election challenge to maintain the most seats in Parliament. (NYT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Bahrain will not attend the next Gulf Cooperation Council summit if Qatar attends, Bahraini FM Khalid al-Khalifa said. (Al Jazeera)
  • Region: Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani is ready for US-hosted direct talks aimed at solving the ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis with four Arab states boycotting Doha. (Reuters)
  • Region: Iran decided not to attend a UN conference on nuclear energy being held in the United Arab Emirates. (AP)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani turned down a meeting with US President Donald Trump during his visit to the UN General Assembly in SEP2017. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country will for the first time allow women to attend sports events in three selected stadiums from early next year. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: North Korea said it would launch more satellites to boost its economy, despite international opposition. (EFE)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Saola
    • Location: 64 NM of SSE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 42 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Remnants of Philippe
    • Location: 290 NM S of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 46 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 27OCT: 60,362 (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 27OCT: 122,957 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20OCT: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 10OCT: 2,090 (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 10OCT: 730 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31OCT)

  • Global: World Cities Day – 2013
  • Global: Anniversary of the Day of Seven Billion – 2011
  • Australia: Closure and evacuation of Manus Island immigration detention center to be completed
  • Austria: 120th Session of the International Narcotics Control Board to convene
  • Black Sea Countries: International Black Sea Action Day – 1996
  • China: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to visit (to 02NOV)
  • India: National Unity Day – 2014
  • Mongolia: National Pride Day – 2012
  • Palestine: Hamas to hand over control of Gaza border crossings to the Palestinian Authority
  • United States: Halloween – Unknown

 

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