ONS: 02 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 3, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Protesters marched on the offices of Kenya’s election commission, demanding a speedy investigation of the murder of a senior official that has raised fears over the legitimacy of next week’s national elections.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, two opposition-appointed judges have taken refuge in the residence of the Chilean ambassador in Caracas.
  • ASIA: Southeast Asia’s top diplomats say they will seek talks “as soon as possible” on a proposed nonaggression pact with China aimed at preventing clashes in the disputed South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: US VP Mike Pence said the future of the Western Balkans lay “in the West”, on the last leg of a tour aimed at reassuring Eastern European allies worried by Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Economic sanctions imposed on Qatar by three fellow Gulf states do not violate World Trade Organization agreements, the United Arab Emirates said, after Doha launched a wide-ranging legal complaint.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Czech Republic opened a new office focused on preventing cyberattacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bomber hits NATO convoy.
    • The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission confirmed an attack on a NATO mission convoy in the country and has resulted in casualties.
    • The suicide bombing occurred near the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.
    • The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it took place near an Afghan intelligence quick reaction force base in the Shor Andam area of Daman district.
    • The Taliban have been ramping up their campaign against beleaguered government forces, underscoring rising insecurity in the war-torn country during the summer fighting season.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al-Jazeera, CNN, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Gambia: China will offer the country support in infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and other areas, after it ditched ties with self-ruled Taiwan. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Protesters marched on the offices of the country’s election commission, demanding a speedy investigation of the murder of a senior official that has raised fears over the legitimacy of next week’s national elections. (Reuters)
  • Malawi: Former president Joyce Banda denied any wrongdoing in a corruption scandal when she was in office, saying she will return to the nation to prove her innocence. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Supreme Court rejected a habeas corpus motion from former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli, who faces possible extradition to his homeland. (EFE)
  • Brazil: The Attorney General’s Office extended for another year the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigation, which centers on state oil company Petrobras. (EFE)
  • United States: Christopher A. Wray was confirmed as the next FBI director. (WP)
  • Venezuela: Two opposition-appointed judges have taken refuge in the residence of the Chilean ambassador in Caracas. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Southeast Asia’s top diplomats say they will seek talks “as soon as possible” on a proposed nonaggression pact with China aimed at preventing clashes in the disputed South China Sea. (AP)
  • Region: A fresh strike called by anti-India separatists to protest the killings of two top rebels and a civilian shut down disputed Kashmir while a teenage boy died a day after he was wounded by government forces. (AP)
  • China: The US is preparing to open a broad investigation into the country’s trade practices, amid growing worries in the US over the country’s effort to become a global leader in microchips, electric cars and other crucial technologies of the future. (NYT)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe will appoint Itsunori Onodera as defense minister in a Cabinet reshuffle. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: A Thai court dismissed a case against former PM Somchai Wongsawat in a rare victory for the pro-Thaksin, anti-junta movement. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: US VP Mike Pence said the future of the Western Balkans lay “in the West”, on the last leg of a tour aimed at reassuring Eastern European allies worried by Russia. (AFP)
  • Region: US VP Pence praised Montenegro for standing up to Russian pressure when it joined NATO earlier this year. (AP)
  • Region: Russian military planes were “followed” over the Baltic Sea neutral waters by a NATO fighter jet, Russian Defense Ministry said. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: German ministers and car executives will meet to agree on ways to cut inner-city pollution to try to stave off bans on diesel cars and restore the tarnished reputation of the country’s auto industry. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Economic sanctions imposed on Qatar by three fellow Gulf states do not violate World Trade Organization agreements, the United Arab Emirates said, after Doha launched a wide-ranging legal complaint. (Reuters)
  • Region: Hezbollah and Syria’s al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front completed a prisoner swap, with the release of 3 Hezbollah fighters in return for 3 al-Nusra prisoners. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Reuters estimates the actual death toll among Russian soldiers and private contractors in the country’s conflict in 2017 is at least 40, indicating a significant rise in the rate of battlefield losses as Russia’s involvement deepens. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: At least 18 people were injured in clashes in Aden between security forces loyal to the Saudi-backed government and rival militiamen. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Czech Republic opened a new office focused on preventing cyberattacks. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 463 NM E of Kadena AB
    • Wind: 120 mph
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Nalgae
    • Location: 392 NM N of Wake Island
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NE at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Post-Tropical Cyclone Irwin
    • Location: 1265 NM WNW of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Post-Tropical Cyclone Emily
    • Location: 235 NM NE of Cape Canaveral, Florida
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinaburg, Indonesia
    • The volcano sent gas and volcanic matter 4.5 kilometers to the east. (APP)
  • 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 (03AUG)

  • Bermuda: Emancipation Day – 1833
  • Equatorial Guinea: Freedom Day – 1974
  • Guinea-Bissau: Anniversary of the Killing of Pidjiguiti – 1959
  • Mauritania: Anniversary of the coup to overthrow Maaouya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya – 2005
  • Niger: Independence Day – 1960
  • Rwanda: Presidential elections
  • Venezuela: Flag Day – 1811

 

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