ONS: 30 September 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 1, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Burkina Faso, troops were searching Ouagadougou to find members of an elite unit behind a short-lived coup a day after a raid on their barracks.
  • AMERICAS: US President Obama told Cuban leader Raul Castro that “continued reforms” would “increase the impact” of changes adopted by the Cuban government to ease the embargo on the island.
  • ASIA: China has arrested two Japanese citizens for spying, and Japan said the two had been held since May and diplomats were doing all they could to help.
  • EUROPE: The G7 group of leading economies, European countries and Gulf states pledged $1.8 billion in funding for UN aid agencies struggling with the worst refugee crisis in 70 years.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi-led coalition seized an Iranian fishing boat in the Sea of Oman loaded with weapons destined for Shiite rebels it is fighting in Yemen.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he was skeptical that a new US-China cyber agreement would curb cyber attacks on US computer networks.

TOP STORY

  • Russia: Putin received permission to launch airstrikes in Syria.
    • Russian president Vladimir Putin has been granted permission to launch airstrikes in Syria.
    • At a closed-door session of the Federation Council, Russia’s highest body of parliament, senators voted unanimously to pass the resolution.
    • Mr. Putin has repeatedly emphasized that the use of Russian ground forces was not envisioned in the near term.
    • Sergei Ivanov, the head of the Kremlin administration, said the vote did not mean that Russian ground forces would be engaged in conflict and that the move referred to the use of the air force only.
    • Monitors have reported Russian planes carrying out air strikes, including on the besieged Kweris air base, although they were believed to have been piloted by the Syrian air force.
    • Coverage: BBC, INDE, LAT, NYT, Reuters, USA Today, WP

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: The EU urged the country’s transitional authorities to press ahead quickly with elections. (AFP)
  • Burkina Faso: Burkina troops were searching Ouagadougou to find members of an elite unit behind a short-lived coup a day after a raid on their barracks. (AFP)
  • Mali: The EU has disbursed 10 million euros to support a project aimed at fighting against food and nutritional insecurity in the northern part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari is to take personal charge of the country’s crucial oil portfolio. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Rodrigo Londono, the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), reaffirmed the commitment to abandon the battlefield while shying from a six-month deadline to sign a final peace accord. (AP)
  • Colombia: NATO and the Colombian Defense Ministry started a three-day meeting, seeking to enhance future cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: US President Barack Obama told leader Raul Castro that “continued reforms” would “increase the impact” of changes adopted by the Cuban government to ease the embargo on the island. (EFE)
  • United States: Saudi Arabia was dismissed as a defendant in a Sept. 11 lawsuit by a judge who said there wasn’t sufficient evidence linking the country to the attacks. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: China has arrested two Japanese citizens for spying, and Japan said the two had been held since May and diplomats were doing all they could to help. (Reuters)
  • Australia: The country has launched a new bid to be elected to the UN Security Council, with FM Julie Bishop saying the nation hoped to maintain its focus on international security. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea expressed strong regret over North Korea’s denouncing South Korean President Park Geun-hye and threatening to cancel reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), one of the biggest rebel groups in Mindanao, is trying to locate four victims who were kidnapped in Samal Island last week. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: The G7 group of leading economies, European countries and Gulf states pledged $1.8 billion in funding for UN aid agencies struggling with the worst refugee crisis in 70 years. (AFP)
  • Region: Italian police cleared a camp of migrants and activists from the border of France and Italy with the occupants hiding in a nearby rocky area to avoid arrest. (AFP)
  • Finland: The country has suspended its decision-making on Iraqi and Somali asylum claims due to an ongoing assessment of the security situation in the two countries. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli jets struck military targets in the Gaza Strip before dawn. (DPA)
  • Region: The Saudi-led coalition seized an Iranian fishing boat in the Sea of Oman loaded with weapons destined for Shiite rebels it is fighting in Yemen. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Sixteen Turkish workers who had been kidnapped in the country nearly a month ago were freed and are in good health, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu said. (AFP)
  • Syria: A new study said the high rate of non-combatant deaths in the country has likely fueled the refugee crisis. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he was skeptical that a new US-China cyber agreement would curb cyber attacks on US computer networks. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Marty
    • Location: 100 miles SSE of Zuhuatanejo, Mexico
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: Stationary
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Joaquin
    • Location: 360 miles E of the NW Bahamas
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,331 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,310 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 29SEP: 565,353 (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: 21,722
      • Deaths as of 29SEP: 62 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Cholera – Tanzania
      • Cases as of 29SEP: 971
      • Deaths as of 29SEP: 13
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 29SEP: 1583 (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 29SEP: 566 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01OCT)

  • China: National Day – 1949
  • Nigeria: Nigeria Independence Day – 1960
  • United States: Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey to vacate post

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