ONS: 01 August 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 2, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Al-Shabaab militants claimed a dual car bomb attack outside a police base in Somali capital Mogadishu before gunmen stormed inside, leaving at least 10 people dead.
  • AMERICAS: In Brazil, protesters turned out for demonstrations in Rio against embattled President Dilma Rousseff five days before the start of the 2016 Olympic Games.
  • ASIA: In Malaysia, tough new security legislation came into force, with critics saying the “draconian” law threatens democracy and could be used against political opponents.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Special Forces captured 11 fugitive commandos who were involved in a bid to seize President Erdogan during July’s failed coup.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Russian Mi-8 transport helicopter has been shot down by rebels in northern Syria, with its five passengers unaccounted for.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Seoul accused North Korea of hacking into the email accounts of dozens of South Korean government officials this year.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Bombing, gun battle with Taliban in Kabul kills three.
    • The Taliban claimed responsibility for a truck bomb attack on a military and logistics services compound, mainly used by foreigners, in Kabul.
    • One police officer and both attackers were killed, and three police officers were injured during the resulting gun battle that lasted for several hours.
    • The Northgate is typical of many pre-fabricated compounds that offer secure accommodation to foreigners working in the Afghan capital, but was a target in a 2013 Taliban attacks.
    • Casualties among Afghan police and the army are close to 20% higher this year, reflecting an intensifying war against the Taliban and other militant groups.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, LAT, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in the capital Kinshasa to demand President Joseph Kabila step down when his mandate ends in November. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A Nigerian behind a multimillion-dollar online fraud network was arrested in southern city of Port Harcourt, Interpol said. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Al-Shabaab militants claimed a dual car bomb attack outside a police base in Mogadishu before gunmen stormed inside, leaving at least 10 people dead. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico and Argentina signed a space cooperation agreement for peaceful purposes during Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s recent state visit to Argentina. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: Protesters turned out for demonstrations in Rio against embattled President Dilma Rousseff five days before the start of the 2016 Olympic Games. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Aparecida Schunck, the mother-in-law of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, who was kidnapped in the country, has been freed unharmed without any ransom being paid. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Malaysia: Tough new security legislation came into force, with critics saying the “draconian” law threatens democracy and could be used against political opponents. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte voiced hope that the peace talks with communist rebels will continue, stressing the need for peace in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Singapore: The country’s central bank formally launched a unit to fight money laundering, strengthening the financial hub’s safeguards against illicit fund flows. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: President Tsai Ing-wen formally apologized to the island’s indigenous Tsai people for their centuries of suffering. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The German ambassador to Ankara is to be summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry over restrictions placed on a weekend protest in Cologne in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (DPA)
  • Austria: Soldiers have started guarding embassies in Vienna to free up police for other duties, including preventing possible terrorist attacks. (AP)
  • Netherlands: Enhanced security measures at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport are to remain in force until further notice after a possible terror threat. (EFE)
  • Turkey: Special forces captured 11 fugitive commandos who were involved in a bid to seize President Erdogan during July’s failed coup. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Saudi Arabia: India is negotiating with Saudi authorities to repatriate thousands of migrant workers after they lost their jobs, leaving them destitute and with no money to return home. (AFP)
  • Syria: A Russian Mi-8 transport helicopter has been shot down by rebels in the country’s north, with its five passengers unaccounted for. (BBC)
  • Syria: Rebel fighters have launched a major assault on government-held southwestern parts of Aleppo to try to reopen supply lines. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Seoul accused North Korea of hacking into the email accounts of dozens of South Korean government officials this year. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 06W (Nida)
    • Location: 294 NM ESE of Hong Kong
    • Wind: 74 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Nine-E
    • Location: 930 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 22JUL: 175,956 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 22JUL: 36,732
      • Deaths as of 22JUL: 28
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (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 26JUL: 1,791 (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 26JUL: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 28JUL:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guinea-Bissau, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 28JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 28JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02AUG)

  • Indonesia: 12th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) (to 04AUG)
  • Italy: Anniversary of bombing in Bologna – 1980
  • Iraq and Kuwait: Anniversary of Iraq invading Kuwait and Gulf War begins – 1990
  • Macedonia: Day of the Republic – 1944
  • Spain: Possible parliamentary debate on viability of government
  • United States: Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong to make state visit to Washington

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