ONS: 02 August 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 3, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi pledged to send 800 troops to fight Boko Haram after meeting with Nigerian counterpart Buhari.
  • AMERICAS: A Mexican photo-journalist was among five people found slain in a middle class neighborhood in Mexico City.
  • ASIA: ASEAN and China agreed to set up an ‘emergency hotline’ for territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: Kurdish rebels killed 2 soldiers and wounded 24 others in a suicide attack in eastern Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: U.S.-trained rebel forces abandoned their headquarters after clashes with al-Qaida’s branch in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Colombia will have 100 percent nationwide Internet coverage this year as part of a government effort to promote social inclusion through technology, Information and Communication Technologies Minister David Luna said.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered administrative detention for Jewish suspects in a terror attack in which a Palestinian baby was killed and family members were injured once they were captured.
    • A Palestinian infant in the West Bank burned to death in an arson attack believed to have been carried out by Jewish settlers in the region.
    • Commonly referred to as a “price tag” attack, this and similar incidents are identified as retaliation by Jewish settlers involving graffiti with the phrase “price tag,” vandalism, arson, and the destruction of Palestinian olive trees.
    • Clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli security forces broke out at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
    • Thousands of Israelis participated in protests against hate crimes following the incident.
    • Coverage:  Aljazeera, AFP, BBC, Independent, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi pledged to send 800 troops to fight Boko Haram after meeting with Nigerian counterpart Buhari. (AFP)
  • Burundi: A top general and close aide to President Pierre Nkurunziza was killed in an ambush on his car in the capital Bujumbura, officials and witnesses said. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The country assumed the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council for the month of August. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: The government called for the extradition of U.S. citizen Walter Palmer, whose recent killing of Cecil the lion has sparked international controversy. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A military aircraft crashed 370 miles north of Bogota due to engine failure, killing all 11 on board. (CNN)
  • Mexico: A photographer for the investigative magazine Proceso was among five people found slain in a middle class neighborhood in Mexico City. Ruben Espinosa recently fled his home state of Veracruz after harassment made him fear for his safety. (AP)
  • Mexico: The Attorney General’s office seized more than 800 kilos of endangered marine species from an Oriental restaurant and private residence in the port city of Guaymas. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: ASEAN and China agreed to set up an ‘emergency hotline’ for territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The Philippines expressed alarm in recent months over China’s land reclamation that my turn small outcroppings in the sea into artificial islands capable of hosting military installations. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan:  The Taliban’s controversial new leader vowed to continue fighting while urging unity among his followers in a message aimed at preventing a split in the group between those who want peace and those who still believe they can win. (AP)
  • Korea, North: Satellite imagery revealed that Pyongyang completed upgrades to a rocket launch pad in the northwest of the country and is currently installing a cover over the site. There is no indication that a rocket has yet been placed at the site. (Kyodo)
  • Papua New Guinea: Prime Minister Peter O’Neill pledged his nation’s support in addressing human trafficking following the seizure by PNG authorities of a boat carrying alleged slaves from Cambodia and Myanmar. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: France and Britain vowed that ending a crisis which has seen thousands of attempts by migrants to reach England from Calais in recent weeks is a “top priority”. (AFP)
  • Moldova: The country’s new Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet called for a reset in relations with Russia. Strelet’s remarks come after Moscow’s 2014 reduction of imports from Moldova, widely seen as punishment after Chisinau concluded the Association Agreement with the European Union. (TASS)
  • Turkey: Kurdish rebels on detonated an explosives-laden agricultural vehicle at a military police station in the east, killing two soldiers and wounding 24 others. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey opened an investigation into reports of Iraqi Kurdish civilians killed in an airstrike against KPP militants. (AFP)
  • Iran: Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi urged a speedy approval in Tehran of the recent nuclear deal so blame for any failure falls on U.S. lawmakers who may yet vote against it. (AFP)
  • Syria: U.S.-trained rebel forces abandoned their headquarters after clashes with al-Qaida’s branch in Syria. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Colombia: The country will have 100 percent nationwide Internet coverage this year as part of a government effort to promote social inclusion through technology, Information and Communication Technologies Minister David Luna said. (EFE)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 13W (Soudelor)
    • Location: 4 NM E of Saipan, Cnmi
      Movement: W at 17.3 mph
    • Winds: 74.8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricaine 9E (Guillermo)
    • Location: 920 Miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • 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 (03AUG)

  • Middle East Region: US Secretary of State John Kerry to travel to Doha to brief Gulf Cooperation Council leaders on the Iran nuclear deal.
  • Niger: Independence Day – 1960
  • San Salvador: Fiesta de San Salvador
  • South Africa: The corruption trial of “firebrand” politician Julius Malema

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