ONS: 01 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 2, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya, six people were killed when suspected Islamist gunmen fired on two buses close to the Somalia border.
  • AMERICAS: The US included Haiti, Venezuela and Belize on its list of countries that are not doing enough to combat people trafficking.
  • ASIA: The latest international sanctions on North Korea have had an adverse impact on Pyongyang’s exports of natural resources and weaponry, South Korea’s intelligence agency said.
  • EUROPE: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov and Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu met for the first time since the downing of a Russian jet last year.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranians are staging anti-Israel rallies across the country, with protesters condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A slate of technology giants and other corporations signed on to a White House push to help provide support to the millions of refugees around the world.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: More arrests, information uncovered in wake of airport attack.
    • The organizer of the Istanbul airport massacre, Akhmed Chatayev, is a well-known terrorist who served as a top lieutenant in the ISIS war ministry.
    • Turkish police detained 11 foreigners suspected of being members of an Islamic State cell in Istanbul linked to the Ataturk airport attack.
    • Turkish officials have strong evidence that ISIS leadership was involved in the planning of the Istanbul airport terrorist attack.
    • Officials believe the men entered Turkey about a month ago from the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria and lived in an Istanbul apartment.
    • Coverage: CNN, CNN-2, Reuters, Telegraph, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Six people were killed when suspected Islamist gunmen fired on two buses close to the Somalia border. (AFP)
  • Namibia: The country has halted ties with two North Korean state-run companies to comply with UN sanctions on Pyongyang. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari urged community leaders from the Niger Delta to pacify people in the restive southern region. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US included Haiti, Venezuela and Belize on its list of countries that are not doing enough to combat people trafficking. (EFE)
  • Puerto Rico: US President Barack Obama signed debt-relief legislation for the country. (WSJ)
  • Venezuela: The government rejected American-backed steps for a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro from power. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • China: The country will never compromise on sovereignty, President Xi Jinping said ahead of an international tribunal ruling over Beijing’s maritime claims. (AFP)
  • India: The country inducted its first squadron of domestic made Light Combat Aircraft Tejas into Indian Air Force. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: The latest international sanctions on North Korea have had an adverse impact on Pyongyang’s exports of natural resources and weaponry, South Korea’s intelligence agency said. (Yonhap)
  • Taiwan: The island’s navy mistakenly launched a supersonic anti-ship missile from a naval base, killing one person and injuring three. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov and Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu met for the first time since the downing of a Russian jet last year. (AFP)
  • France: French police opened an investigation after a charity director was stabbed by a couple shouting “Allahu Akbar.” (Reuters)
  • Germany: Bruno Kahl took over as head of the country’s beleaguered BND intelligence service with a pledge to fundamentally reform the organization. (DPA)
  • Spain: Spanish police have arrested three Pakistani men suspected of promoting terrorism and spreading Islamic extremist propaganda via social media networks. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The country will join the EU within the next decade, PM Volodymyr Groysman said. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A Palestinian woman attempted to stab an Israeli guard at a flashpoint West Bank shrine and was shot dead, the third violent incident in two days. (AFP)
  • Region: Muslim pilgrims joining this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia will have to wear an electronic safety bracelet, after more than 2,000 died in a stampede last year. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: A woman was killed and three children wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in the capital, Manama, the interior ministry said in what it called a “terrorist” attack. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iran: Iranians are staging anti-Israel rallies across the country, with protesters condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A slate of technology giants and other corporations signed on to a White House push to help provide support to the millions of refugees around the world. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 24JUN: 130,728 (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 24JUN: 18,535
      • Deaths as of 24JUN: 17
        • 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 30JUN: 1,769 (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 30JUN: 630 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 23JUN:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 23JUN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 23JUN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02JUL)

  • Australia: General elections
  • China: Greek PM Tsipras to visit (to 06JUL)
  • France: Tour de France (to 24JUL)
  • Poland: Country will restore temporary border controls (to 31JUL)
  • Islam: Lailat al-Qadr

 

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