ONS: 31 August 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 1, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Britain’s ambassador to Egypt has been summoned over his “unacceptable interference” following the trial of three al-Jazeera journalists.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, eleven suspects were arrested in three states on charges that they ran an international network that smuggled people from Central America into the US.
  • ASIA: The Japanese defense ministry made its biggest ever budget request, amid ongoing territorial disputes with China.
  • EUROPE: The EU called emergency talks on tackling the bloc’s escalating migration crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Australian FM Bishop urged major European nations to band together to help fight ISIS in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cybertheft of valuable US trade secrets.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Two suspects in Bangkok bombing identified after weekend raid.
    • Police investigating the deadly Bangkok blast said they were seeking a Thai woman and an unidentified man after bomb-making materials were discovered over the weekend in a second apartment raided by police.
    • Police said they had found detonators, ball bearings and a metal pipe they believed was intended to hold a bomb.
    • Wanna Suansan, 26, is the first suspect named in the investigation into the August 17 bombing.
    • Thai police awarded themselves the USD84,000 reward originally offered to the public for information leading to the capture of suspects connected to the Erawan Shrine bombing.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, Reuters, Telegraph, Time

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Italian energy group Eni said it has found one of the world’s largest natural gas fields off the country’s coast. (BBC)
  • Egypt: Britain’s ambassador to the nation has been summoned over his “unacceptable interference” following the trial of three al-Jazeera journalists. (BBC)
  • Libya: At least 12 alleged members of the country’s wing of ISIS were killed near Derna in clashes with Islamist militias loyal to the breakaway government based in Tripoli. (EFE)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram killed 56 villagers in a remote area of the country, as the government warned that the extremists were trying to extend their campaign of violence. (AP)
  • Somalia: The UN said that the country remains in a “critical” state four years after a devastating famine. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: In Mexico, eleven suspects were arrested in three states on charges that they ran an international network that smuggled people from Central America into the US. (EFE)
  • Argentina: Daniel Scioli, the leftist frontrunner in the country’s presidential election, widened his lead over his more business-friendly rival, but not enough to avoid a runoff. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested a former police officer in connection with the killing of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa, rights activist Nadia Vera, and three other female victims in a case that sparked international outrage. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban admitted covering up longtime leader Mullah Omar’s death for more than two years. (AFP)
  • China: Experts said the country’s economy will continue to grow at rates above global averages in the near future, despite market fears sparked this week by the yuan’s dip and economic policy adjustments. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The nation’s defense ministry made its biggest ever budget request, amid ongoing territorial disputes with China. (AFP)
  • South Korea: President Park Geun-hye will hold separate talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and PM Li Keqiang this week. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU called emergency talks on tackling the bloc’s escalating migration crisis. (BBC)
  • Albania: State police said that more than 14,000 cannabis roots were destroyed during the operations undertaken last weekend. (Xinhua)
  • Austria: Three Syrian children hospitalized with severe dehydration after being rescued in the country from a van packed with migrants have “vanished” with their parents. (AFP)
  • Greece: Some 2,500 refugees, most of them from Syria, disembarked on the country’s mainland from the eastern Aegean islands. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: ISIS militants destroyed part of the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel at the ancient site of Palmyra. (BBC)
  • Syria: Australian FM Bishop urged major European nations to band together to help fight ISIS in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: ISIS battled rebel forces in a Damascus neighborhood, bringing the jihadists closer than ever to the center of the capital. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A major hospital in the country’s rebel-held capital is on the verge of shutting down due to a supply shortage caused by a pro-government coalition blockade. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cybertheft of valuable US trade secrets. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Hurricane: Hurricane Kilo
    • Location: 889 miles E of Wake Island
    • Winds: 56 mph
    • Movement: NW at 4 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Ignacio
    • Location: 369 miles E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Movement: NW at 4 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Jimena
    • Location: 1454 miles E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 64 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Fred
    • Location: 80 miles ENE from the Praia in the Cape Verde Islands
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: NW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,041 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,302 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
  • o Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
    • § Suspected Cases as of 28AUG: 541,468 (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: 18,039
    • § Deaths as of 21AUG: 60 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
    • § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
  • o Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
    • § Cases as of 27AUG: 1474 (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 27AUG: 515 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
    • § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01SEP)

  • Eritrea: Anniversary of Eritrean War of Independence, with the shooting of the Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate  – 1961
  • Faroe Islands: Parliamentary elections
  • Poland: Anniversary of Nazi Germany invading Poland – 1939
  • Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan Independence Day – 1991

 

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