ONS: 01 August 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 2, 2015

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

01 August 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan police arrested six terror suspects in Mombasa on charges of alleged links with Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab.
  • AMERICAS: The leader of an Israeli organized crime ring, 49-year-old Moshe Matsri, was sentenced to 32 years in prison in a Los Angeles federal court.
  • ASIA: Crowds celebrated a historic land swap between India and Bangladesh in which the two countries traded a series of small islands, ending 70 years of contested status which left many thousands without citizenship or access to services.
  • EUROPE: A private jet carrying members of Saudi Arabia’s influential Bin Laden family crashed in the U.K. while arriving from Milan, killing all aboard.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of Jordanians demonstrated in Amman after the Israeli military’s storming of the Al Aqsa Mosque.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Obama Administration decided that it must retaliate against Chinese hacking.

 

TOP STORY

  • Asia-Pacific: Pacific trade officials failed to reach an agreement on the final Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.
    • Meeting in Hawaii, sources said negotiations stalled over disputes regarding the automobile, drug, and dairy trade.
    • Trade ministers noted “significant progress,” though ultimately will return to their home countries to address various impediments with leadership before bilateral talks reconvene.
    • The breakdown in negotiations is a setback for the Obama Administration, which promoted the talks as a final step before the accord that would bind 40 percent of the world’s economy under a new set of commercial regulations.
    • The failure of the Hawaii talks illustrates the difficulty of reaching a consensus between many international players.
    • Coverage: NYT, FT, Guardian  BBC, ABC

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Sources say the country deported 2,000 Nigerians who had been living in the country illegally as a measure against the regional Islamist militant group Boko Haram. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Police arrested six terror suspects in Mombasa on charges of alleged links with Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: 40,000 children were immunized against polio in Jigawa. (Guardian)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Minor stuctural damage occurred when a small homemade bomb was thrown at the headquarters of the Lula Institute. Founded by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the Institute focuses on political studies and cooperation between Brazil, South America, and Africa. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: A judge temporarily suspended a U.S. extradition order for the fugitive drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, despite the extradition order’s approval by the federal attorney general’s office a day earlier. No reason was given for the suspension. (Reuters)
  • United States: The leader of an Israeli organized crime ring, 49-year-old Moshe Matsri, was sentenced to 32 years in prison in a Los Angeles federal court. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Crowds celebrated a historic land swap between India and Bangladesh in which the two countries traded a series of small islands, ending 70 years of contested status which left many thousands without citizenship or access to services. WSJ
  • Afghanistan: A spokesperson for the Taliban said that the Taliban Supreme Council was not consulted over the election of a new leader following the death of Mullah Omar and that the Council would hold a meeting to elect a new leader. BBC
  • China: Roughly 9,000 fishing vessels set sail from Hainan Province after China lifted the seasonal fishing ban in the South China Sea. Originally imposed in 1999, the temporary ban helps improve the sustainability of China’s fishing industry. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Austria: Police discovered 34 kg of heroin and opium concealed in a truck originating from Iran during a routine inspection in Vienna. The street value of the illicit substances is estimated to be at least three million euros (3.3 million USD). (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Some 260 members of the outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) were killed with hundreds more wounded in the government’s weeklong series of airstrikes against targets inside Turkey and northern Iraq. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: A private jet carrying members of Saudi Arabia’s influential Bin Laden family crashed in Hampshire while arriving from Milan. The pilot and all three passengers perished in the incident. The Saudi ambassador to the U.K. offered his condolences via Twitter. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish PKK militant targets in northern Iraq, including shelters, camps, and amunition depots. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: Thousands demonstrated in downtown Amman demanding the closure of the Israeli embassy after the Israeli military’s storming of the Al Aqsa Mosque. Xinhua
  • Saudi Arabia: The country executed a Pakistani man found guilty of smuggling heroin hidden in his body. Executions were temporarily suspended during the holy month of Ramadan, but have since resumed. (AFP)
  • Syria: Nearly 40 government and opposition fighters have been killed as Syrian regime forces pushed rebels back from an area bordering President Bashar al-Assad’s heartland (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: The Obama Administration decided that it must retaliate against Chinese hacking. Beijing is accused of stealing the personal information of more than 20 million Americans from the databases of the Office of Personnel Management. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical 13W (Soudelor)
    • Location: 35 NM E of Saipan, Cnmi
    • Movement: N at 9.2 mph
    • Winds:46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricaine Guillermo
    • Location: 1250 miles ESE of Hilo Hawaii
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Piton de la Fournaise Volcano, Reunion Island
    • Eruption, lava floes (LAT)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,235 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 24JUL: 462,561 (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, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 14,069
      • Deaths as of 10JUL: 61 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 29JUL: 1382 (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 29JUL: 493 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02AUG)

  • Iraq and Kuwait: Anniversary of Iraq invading Kuwait and beginning of the Gulf War – 1990
  • Iran: Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, celebrated in support of Palestinians and in condemnation of Israel’s continued occupation – 1979
  • Italy: Anniversary of bombing in Bologna, Italy – 1980
  • Macedonia: Day of the Republic – 1944

 

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