ONS: 30 September 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 1, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Two weeks of clashes between rival armed groups in the city of Sabratha, a hub for illegal migration on Libya’s Mediterranean coast, left 26 dead and 170 wounded.
  • AMERICAS: Commander of Colombia’s Marxist ELN, Nicolas Rodriguez, ordered his fighters to begin a ceasefire, as the group struggles through complicated peace talks with the government aimed at ending five decades of war.
  • ASIA: 22 people were killed while trying to escape a railway station in the heart of India’s financial capital that had become overcrowded during a rainstorm, authorities said.
  • EUROPE: Catalonia’s independence referendum is no longer about whether Catalans want statehood but whether they will be able to vote on Sunday at all.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State group has killed at least 73 Syrian government troops and allied fighters in surprise attacks on their positions in a desert region in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian media group RT — accused by Washington of interfering in the 2016 presidential election — said its ads appearing on Twitter were legitimate, dismissing any suggestion of impropriety.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Pressures build to dissuade leader Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambitions
    • North Korea said that American-led international sanctions are causing “colossal” damages in the impoverished country, but added Washington would be foolish to think the sanctions would stop the country’s nuclear weapons programs.
    • Successive rounds of UN sanctions have cut off more than 90 percent of North Korea’s publicly reported exports and have restricted the regime’s ability to earn foreign currency income by sending workers abroad.
    • US Secretary of State Tillerson met with China’s top diplomats in Beijing to discuss efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
    • Although opposed to measures that could bring down Kim’s regime, Beijing appears increasingly willing to tighten the screws in agreeing to new UN sanctions that would substantially cut foreign revenue for the isolated North.
    • Ties between Beijing and Washington are considered more crucial than ever with the standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles entering a new, more dangerous phase.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, WP, WP

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Authorities banned all gatherings of more than four people, ordered bus stations, eateries and shops to shut and forbade movement between divisions of its English-speaking region for three days to prevent planned protests. (REU)
  • Libya: Two tribal leaders and two other men were killed when their car was riddled with bullets as they returned from a mediation mission, local sources said. (AFP)
  • Libya: Two weeks of clashes between rival armed groups in the city of Sabratha sparked by a lethal shooting at a checkpoint have left 26 dead and 170 wounded, the health ministry said. (AFP).
  • South Africa: Gang violence flared up in a slum district, leaving ten people dead and two others wounded, police said Saturday. (XIN)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: A 29-year-old Canadian was sentenced to nine years in prison for trying to travel overseas to join the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Commander of the Marxist ELN rebels, Nicolas Rodriguez, ordered his fighters to begin a ceasefire, as the group struggles through complicated peace talks with the government aimed at ending five decades of war. (REU)
  • Peru: Thousands of people marched in the streets to oppose the possibility of a pardon being granted to former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for crimes against humanity. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A US citizen who joined al-Qaeda was convicted of participating in a failed suicide bombing in 2009 at an American military base located in Khost City. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A man wearing an explosives vest blew himself up near a crowded Shiite mosque in central Kabul, killing at least six people and wounding 14 others, Afghan authorities said. (WSJ)
  • Cambodia: Around half the opposition members of parliament have left the country in fear of a crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government, a deputy party leader said. (REU)
  • India: 22 people were killed while trying to escape a railway station in the heart of India’s financial capital that had become overcrowded during a rainstorm, authorities said. (LAT)
  • North Korea:  Authorities said that American-led international sanctions were causing “colossal” damages in the impoverished country, but added that Washington would be foolish to think the sanctions would stop the country’s nuclear weapons programs. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Region: Britain’s departure from the European Union should be followed by a transition period of up to five years, Ireland’s foreign minister said, adding that soothing Irish concerns over the border with Northern Ireland will be difficult.  (WSJ)
  • Spain: Catalonia’s independence referendum is no longer about whether Catalans want statehood but whether they will be able to vote on Sunday at all. (NYT)
  • Ukraine: Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko said investigators are operating under a theory that saboteurs may have used a detonator to trigger a massive explosion and fire at a munitions depot this week. (RFE/RL)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraq’s military prepares to take control of the international borders of the northern Kurdish region, stepping up efforts to isolate the Kurds following their vote on independence earlier this week. (AP)
  • Iraq: Human rights campaigners have criticised the Australian government’s delay in announcing its involvement in two airstrikes believed to have killed children in West Mosul. (GUARD)
  • Syria: The Islamic State group has killed at least 73 Syrian government troops and allied fighters in surprise attacks on their positions in a desert region. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Russian media group RT — accused by Washington of interfering in the 2016 presidential election — said its ads appearing on Twitter were legitimate, dismissing any suggestion of impropriety. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Lee
    • Location: 925 NM WNW of the Azores
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 41 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Maria
    • Location: 560 NM S of Cape Race, Newfoundland
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 31 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 29SEP: 60,039 (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 29SEP: 122,856 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, 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 22SEP: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • 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)
      • Cases as of 21SEP: 2,081 (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 21SEP: 722 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01OCT)

  • Global: International Day of Older Persons – 2014
  • Argentina: Parliamentary Elections
  • China: National Day (to 03OCT) – 1949
  • Colombia: Ceasefire between government and ELN rebel group to begin
  • Croatia: Anniversary of the start of the Siege of Dubrovnik – 1991
  • Cyprus: Independence Day – 1960
  • Georgia: Local Elections
  • Germany: Harvest Festival – 1972
  • Indonesia: Anniversary of the 30 September Movement – 1965
  • Nigeria: Independence Day – 1960
  • Russia: Ground Forces Day – 2006
  • Spain:  Catalonia to hold independence referendum
  • Uzbekistan: Teachers’ Day – 1996

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