ONS: 02 August 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 3, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: About 60,000 people have fled South Sudan since violence escalated over the past three weeks, the UN said.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan electoral authorities said the country’s opposition gathered enough signatures to proceed with efforts to call a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro.
  • ASIA: China’s Supreme Court issued a judicial interpretation defining Chinese waters as exclusive Chinese economic zones, including the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said he wants British Ambassador to France Julian King to serve as EU security commissioner.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russian warplanes pounded the southern edges of Aleppo in Syria overnight, slowing a “last chance” rebel offensive against President Bashar Assad’s forces.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The South Korean cyber diplomatic organization VANK launched a campaign to inform Chinese people of the illegality of Japan’s territorial claims to Dokdo and the island country’s past wartime atrocities.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Strained EU ties and post-coup fallout continue.
    • Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said he will not bow to “intimidation” from Turkey as tensions rise between the EU and Ankara.
    • Germany dismissed a Turkish threat to renege on a controversial EU deal on stemming the flow of migrants if it is not granted visa-free travel by October.
    • The failed coup of 15JUL has cost Turkey at least USD 100B in damages, Turkish Customs and Trade Minister Bulent Tufenkci said.
    • Turkey is planning to split its spy service into separate units for foreign and domestic intelligence after the organization was vehemently criticized for shortcomings over the failed coup.
    • Turkey has also taken over factories and shipyards that had been under control of the military general staff as part of a wide-ranging shake-up of the armed forces, PM Binali Yildirim said.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, DPA, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Egypt bought more Spanish weapons than any other African nation in 2015, with USD 118M worth purchased. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Five Islamists were killed as Nigerian troops thwarted a Boko Haram attack near the northeastern city of Maiduguri. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: About 60,000 people have fled the country since violence escalated over the past three weeks, the UN said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Two former Venezuelan officials have been charged in New York with taking part in an international narcotics ring that worked with traffickers to ship cocaine into the US. (NYT)
  • Mexico: A mayor and four police officers were arrested in connection with the murder of 10 people whose bodies were burned. (AFP)
  • United States: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented travel warning for a small community in northern Miami, Florida, where Zika is actively circulating. (CNN)
  • Venezuela: Electoral authorities said the country’s opposition gathered enough signatures to proceed with efforts to call a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China’s Supreme Court issued a judicial interpretation defining Chinese waters as exclusive Chinese economic zones, including the South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Region: China, the US and Australia militaries are gathered in New Zealand to discuss ways to improve emergency humanitarian operations in the South Pacific. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Hong Kong shut down as Typhoon Nida brought violent winds and torrential rain, with hundreds of flights cancelled and the stock market, schools and businesses closed. (AFP)
  • North Korea: A North Korean diplomat said Pyongyang and the US are in a very dangerous situation following the shutdown of their communication channel at the UN. (Yonhap)
  • Thailand: Nineteen leaders of the country’s pro-democracy “Red Shirt” movement were charged with breaching a ban on political gatherings. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said he wants British Ambassador to France Julian King to serve as EU security commissioner. (AFP)
  • Bulgaria: A specialized Bulgarian court has opened the trial of three Syrian nationals charged with terrorism offenses. (AP)
  • Netherlands: After fleeing Syria, a young woman was arrested on suspicion of links to the Islamic State group after returning home with her two children. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Freed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko began a fresh hunger strike in protest over Kiev’s failure to secure the return of other prisoners of war in the separatist east. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani has postponed the annual civil service entry exam because of concerns it discriminates against women. (BBC)
  • Syria: Russian warplanes pounded the southern edges of Aleppo overnight, slowing a “last chance” rebel offensive against President Bashar Assad’s forces. (AFP)
  • Syria: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was informed by his US counterpart John Kerry that US experts was currently in Moscow to receive a Russian pledge to secure a truce of 5 to 7 days in Aleppo. (Al-Awsat)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The South Korean cyber diplomatic organization VANK launched a campaign to inform Chinese people of the illegality of Japan’s territorial claims to Dokdo and the island country’s past wartime atrocities. (Yonhap)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 06W (Nida)
    • Location: 49 NM NW of Hong Kong
    • Wind: 74 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Howard
    • Location: 1125 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl, Mexico
    • The volcano spewed ash on Mexico City and its suburbs, leaving a thin coat of dust on streets and cars. (AFP)
  • 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 29JUL:  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 29JUL: 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 29JUL: 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 (03AUG)

  • Brunei: Asia-Pacific Rain forest Summit 2016 (to 05AUG)
  • Central Asian Region: US Secretary of State John Kerry to hold a joint meeting with foreign ministers of five Central Asian states in Washington
  • El Salvador: Fiesta de San Salvador
  • Niger: Independence Day – 1960
  • Pakistan: India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Islamabad to attend South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit (to 04AUG)
  • South Africa: Local government elections

 

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