ONS: 02 July 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 3, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisian security forces arrested eight people suspected of having direct links to the jihadist killing of 38 foreign tourists at a beach resort.
  • AMERICAS: In Ecuador, President Correa said the government had “clear indications” a coup would be attempted when opposition protestors marched in the capital today.
  • ASIA: The Center for Strategic and International Studies said a 3,000-meter airstrip Beijing is building on a reef in disputed waters in the South China Sea is “nearly complete”.
  • EUROPE: Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis said in an interview that he would no longer serve as finance minister if the ‘Yes’ vote wins in the weekend referendum on the country’s bailout.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, fighting continued in Aden a day after the UN declared its highest level humanitarian emergency in the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Europol said it will create a new unit next month to discover and dismantle social media accounts used by Islamist radicals to spread their message and recruit foreigners.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UK poised to consider expanding anti-ISIS mission amid spreading instability.
    • British Defense Minister Fallon signaled a possible shift in policy by saying it’s illogical that Royal Air Force jets conduct airstrikes against ISIS extremists in Iraq but not in Syria.
    • Local media reported that Syrian government forces eliminated 15 rebels in the southern province of Daraa, as part of an ongoing military operation in the key province near Jordan.
    • The Lebanese army arrested 30 people, among them three US citizens and three “Koreans,” charging that they were planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the east of the country.
    • Chairman of the US JCS GEN Dempsey told a Pentagon news conference that vetting must be done carefully to weed out extremists in US moves to train forces in Syria.
    • Save the Children and the United Nations Children’s Fund said that in households surveyed inside Syria, children in more than 75 percent of them were working.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, DPA, NYT, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: President Kafando moved to solve a conflict between PM Isaac Zida and the presidential guard, which is pushing for the premier to be removed. (AFP)
  • Libya: The country’s rival governments will not return to peace talks this week after rebel forces rejected the latest proposal, defying threats the UNSC would impose sanctions. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The UN said that rebels opened fire on a UN peacekeeping base sheltering 30,000 civilians, killing one and wounding six in a possible war crime. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Security forces arrested eight people suspected of having direct links to the jihadist killing of 38 foreign tourists at a beach resort. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police reported that two policemen were killed in an ambush conducted by the FARC in the western Huila department. (Xinhua)
  • Dominican Republic: The government said it will cooperate with an Organization of American States inquiry into its migration policies. (BBC)
  • Ecuador: President Correa said the government had “clear indications” a coup would be attempted when opposition protestors marched in the capital today. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: The Constitutional Court agreed to hear a motion to delay this year’s general elections, now scheduled for 06SEP, to allow for the implementation of electoral reforms prior to the voting. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Center for Strategic and International Studies said a 3,000-meter airstrip Beijing is building on a reef in disputed waters in the South China Sea is “nearly complete”. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Six militants including a local commander were killed and three others injured in a clash in Takhar province. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: Police said they had arrested 12 suspected militants including the local head of al-Qaeda’s branch in the region. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: The Air Force said that the military plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood and killed 142 people likely suffered an engine failure. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Finance Minister Varoufakis said in an interview that he would no longer serve as finance minister if the ‘Yes’ vote wins in the weekend referendum on the country’s bailout. (The Guardian)
  • Romania: NATO SG Stoltenberg is meeting top officials in the country and will inspect a site where the alliance will build a facility in reaction to the crisis in Ukraine. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko proposed constitutional changes giving sweeping powers to the regions but failing to address demands of pro-Russian militants. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: British Foreign Secretary Hammond said nuclear talks are not at a breakthrough moment yet amid speculation on progress. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Hamas-run ministry of interior in Gaza strengthened security on the borders with Egypt following deadly attacks in Sinai. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Fighting continued in Aden a day after the UN declared its highest level humanitarian emergency in the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Europol said it will create a new unit next month to discover and dismantle social media accounts used by Islamist radicals to spread their message and recruit foreigners. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 09W (Chan-hom)
    • Location: 374 NM ESE of Andersen AFB
    • Movement: WSW at 23 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 10W (Ten)
    • Location: 437 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 25P (Raquel)
    • Location: 800 NM ENE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    • Movement: NE at 6 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,273 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,173 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 05JUN: 353,194 (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: 10,512
      • Deaths as of 05JUN: 47 (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 30JUN: 1357 (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: 486 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03JUL)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of President Morsi ousted from power – 2013
  • Ukraine: European Parliament President Martin Schulz to address Rada

 

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