ONS: 01 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 2, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN Security Council’s decision to cut peacekeepers in Darfur shows the conflict in Sudan’s war-torn region is a “closed chapter” the foreign ministry said.
  • AMERICAS: Local police in the United States arrested a man for kidnapping Zhang Yingying, a visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Midwest.
  • ASIA: Eight Taliban militants including a key commander have been killed and the Taliban offensive to overrun Dasht-e-Archi district in Afghan northern Kunduz province was repulsed.
  • EUROPE: Moscow and Ankara have reportedly agreed upon a deal for the supply of S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Palestinian Islamist militant wanted for planning bomb attacks in Lebanon was detained by the army at a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US government warned industrial firms this week about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors, the latest event to highlight the power industry’s vulnerability to cyber-attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Europe: Leaders Pay tribute to German reunifier, Helmut Kohl
    • World leaders are attending a ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to commemorate the life of former German chancellor Helmut Kohl.
    • Mr Kohl, who died last month, was a major driving force behind closer European integration and oversaw the reunification of Germany.
    • Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and former US president Bill Clinton spoke.
    • It is the first time that the European Parliament has paid tribute to a leader in such a way.
    • He will be buried in the German town of Speyer later in the day.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC,

 

AFRICA

  • Mali: France’s president to meet in Mali with heads of state from five nations across Africa’s vast Sahel region to support a new 5,000-strong multinational force meant to counter a growing threat from extremists who have targeted tourist resorts and other high-profile areas. (AP)
  • Sudan: The UN Security Council’s decision to cut peacekeepers in Darfur shows the conflict in Sudan’s war-torn region is a “closed chapter” the foreign ministry said. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The body of Anis Amri, the Tunisian blamed for the deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market, was repatriated to the North African country for burial. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A general strike disrupted major cities across the country as union workers protested President Michel Temer’s proposal to loosen labor rules and trim pension benefits. (AP)
  • Colombia: New Zealand gave $1 million in aid to help clear landmines in Colombia. (Reuters)
  • United States: Local police arrested a man for kidnapping Zhang Yingying, a visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Midwest.  (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Eight Taliban militants including a key commander have been killed and the Taliban offensive to overrun Dasht-e-Archi district in Afghan northern Kunduz province was repulsed. (Xinhua)
  • India: A woman was killed and several others injured during anti-India protests and clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir after government forces launched an operation against rebels in the disputed region. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A prominent Kashmir rebel leader recently blacklisted as a terrorist by the US has vowed to continue his armed struggle against Indian forces in the disputed Himalayan region. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Regional: Moscow and Ankara have reportedly agreed upon a deal for the supply of S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey. (Xinhua)
  • Italy: Police in the country are hunting for a multiple murderer dubbed “Johnny the Gypsy” after he absconded during a day release. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The country’s state security service (SBU) said that the Russian security services were involved in a recent cyber-attack that hit Ukraine, saying the aim was to destroy important data and spread panic. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Regional: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned use of UK weapons by Saudi Arabia in Yemen war, and called for the suspension of arms sales. (Al Jazeera)
  • Lebanon: A Palestinian Islamist militant wanted for planning bomb attacks in Lebanon was detained by the army at a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon.  (Reuters)
  • Qatar: British Airways leased nine jets and crews from a Middle Eastern airline so it can continue running services during a cabin crew strike. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US government warned industrial firms this week about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors, the latest event to highlight the power industry’s vulnerability to cyber-attacks. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 6 km
    • Map
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 30JUN: 60,049 (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 30JUN: 28,870 (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 30JUN: 13 (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 19JUN: 2,029 (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 19JUN: 704 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
      • Zika Virus
        • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 29JUN:  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 29JUN: 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 29JUN: 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 (02JUL)

  • Colombia: Anniversary of the release of Íngrid Betancourt from FARC captivity – 2008
  • Vietnam: Anniversary of the inauguration of the combined Socialist Republic of Vietnam – 1976

 

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