ONS: 01 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 2, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: China formally opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti with a flag raising ceremony.
  • AMERICAS: Sources indicated US President Donald Trump dictated his son’s misleading statement about a JUN16 meeting with a Russian lawyer.
  • ASIA: President Xi Jinping said China loves peace but will never compromise on defending its sovereignty, while marking 90 years since the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.
  • EUROPE: The US began its compliance with a Kremlin order to slash its presence in Russia as retaliation for new US sanctions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Qatar filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization alleging that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are violating trade laws and conventions.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Snap Inc joined the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which sees consumer internet companies cooperating to stop the spread of terrorism and extremism online.

 

TOP STORY

  • Venezuela: Opposition leaders arrested at gunpoint in political crackdown.
    • Opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were taken from their homes by security services, where they were serving house arrest.
    • Family members posted videos of Lopez and Ledezma being detained and claimed that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro should be held responsible for whatever happened to them.
    • The move comes just two days after a controversial vote for a constitutional assembly saw violence on the streets, with at least 10 people killed.
    • The apparent political crackdown swiftly follows financial sanctions imposed by the US on Maduro, as Washington characterized the vote as a “sham.”
    • Lopez has become a symbol for rights groups and foreign governments, who’ve said his detention was clear evidence that Maduro was willing to trample basic rights to safeguard his power.
    • Coverage: ABC, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, USA Today, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Fourteen migrants were treated for injuries after they and some 50 others stormed border fences separating Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco. (AP)
  • Djibouti: China formally opened its first overseas military base in the country with a flag raising ceremony. (Reuters)
  • Malawi: The government issued an arrest warrant for former President Joyce Banda over alleged abuse of office and money laundering offences over a two-year period when she was in office. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Shot dead in the city of Rosarito, Luciano Rivera Salgado is at least the eighth journalist to be killed this year in the country. (LAT)
  • Venezuela: A total of 5,051 people have been detained since the wave of anti-government protests began on 01APR. (EFE)
  • United States: Sources indicated President Donald Trump dictated his son’s misleading statement about a JUN16 meeting with a Russian lawyer. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Abu Dujana, the top commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, was killed in Indian-ruled Kashmir, triggering protests and prompting the authorities to suspend internet and train services. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A total of 2,531 Afghan security forces were killed and 4,238 wounded in the first four months of the year, according to a US Congressional report. (Reuters)
  • China: President Xi Jinping said the country loves peace but will never compromise on defending its sovereignty, while marking 90 years since the founding of the People’s Liberation Army. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: The US military detected “highly unusual and unprecedented levels” of North Korean submarine activity and evidence of an “ejection test,” which examines a missile’s “cold-launch system.” (CNN)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: France is ready to seek other buyers for its biggest shipyard should Italy turn down an offer to split ownership 50-50, the country’s economy minister Bruno Le Maire said. (AFP)
  • Region: Twenty-three European cities have put themselves forward as candidates to host two London-based EU agencies after they are forced to leave because of Brexit. (AFP)
  • Germany: The number of people with an immigrant background in the country rose to a record 18.6 million in 2016, largely due to an increase in refugees. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The US began its compliance with a Kremlin order to slash its presence in the country as retaliation for new US sanctions. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization alleging that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are violating trade laws and conventions. (AP)
  • Region: Saudi Arabia accused Iran of stalling investigations into the attacks that targeted the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are on the verge of seizing full control of the southern neighborhoods of Islamic State-held Raqqa. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least 60 civilians were killed as a result of US-led airstrikes on areas in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces are holding foreign fighters with the Islamic State group from Sweden. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Snap Inc joined the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which sees consumer internet companies cooperating to stop the spread of terrorism and extremism online. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 179 NM WSW of Iwo To, Japan
    • Wind: 120 mph
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Thirteen
    • Location: 496 NM NNW of Wake Island
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: E at 16 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Irwin
    • Location: 1165 NM W of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 13 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Emily
    • Location: 35 NM W of Vero Beach, Florida
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: E at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 28JUL: 73,152 (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 28JUL: 67,398 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, 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 28JUL: 51 (Brazil)
        • 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 06JUL: 2,040 (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 06JUL: 712 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27JUL:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
        • Outbreak Terminated as of 27JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
        • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 27JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02AUG)

  • Costa Rica: Our Lady of Angel’s Day – 1824
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Anniversary of the beginning of the Second Congo War – 1998
  • Italy: Anniversary of the Bologna Massacre – 1980
  • Kuwait: Anniversary of the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq – 1990
  • Macedonia: Republic Day – 1944
  • Vietnam: Anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin incident – 1964

 

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