ONS: 02 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 3, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Mali, Al-Qaeda released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, including elderly Australian surgeon Arthur Kenneth Elliott and Frenchwoman Sophie Petronin.
  • AMERICAS: A huge power outage hit Central America, causing blackouts from Panama to Costa Rica to Nicaragua.
  • ASIA: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to jail critics of his use of martial law, days before the Supreme Court is set to rule on its legality.
  • EUROPE: UK Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure from her ministers to end the government’s policy of economic austerity as a new poll shows her popularity has slumped.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has opened its airspace to passenger planes of Qatar.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a report that the nuclear sector had been targeted in a hacking campaign, but no U.S. nuclear power plant had been penetrated.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Suicide car bomb attack in Damascus
    • A suicide bomber blew himself up in Tahrir square in central Damascus.
    • Syrian police had been chasing three suspected car bombers that were trying to enter the capital.
    • The third was able to enter the city and blew himself up after being surrounded in the square, causing several deaths and leaving a number of people wounded.
    • Senior police official said that “terrorists simultaneously blew up three cars”, two of them on the road to Damascus airport southeast of the capital and a third in the eastern Sahat Al-Tahrir district.
    • Nine people were killed, among them civilians and soldiers, and 15 were wounded.
    • Coverage: Reuters, BBC, Al Jazeera, AP, AFP, CNN

 

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: The United Nations called on the country to publish a timetable for elections which are due by the end of the year. (AFP)
  • Burundi: President Pierre Nkurunziza urged its former colonizers, Germany and Belgium, to pay reparations for damages caused during colonial rule. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Forty-four soldiers loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar were killed in June fighting jihadist groups in Benghazi, according to a medical source in the city. (AFP)
  • Mali: Al-Qaeda released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, including elderly Australian surgeon Arthur Kenneth Elliott and Frenchwoman Sophie Petronin. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A huge power outage hit Central America, causing blackouts from Panama to Costa Rica to Nicaragua. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot said that there was still ample proof against President Michel Temer, which he did not include in the charges brought against the president this week. (Reuters)
  • Peru: The country celebrated the incorporation of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore as associated countries of the Pacific Alliance. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Four protesters were killed in the city of Barquisimeto, bringing the total number of deaths from anti-government demonstrations to 89. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US President Donald Trump will make back-to-back phone calls to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on 02JUL. (CNN)
  • Afghanistan: Militants loyal to the Islamic State group beheaded 10 fighters from the rival Taliban group in the northern Jawzjan province. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban attacked a local militia, killing 13 pro-government fighters in the Chemtal district. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to jail critics of his use of martial law, days before the Supreme Court is set to rule on its legality. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: 2,000 people were evacuated from Paris’s main airport after an individual went into a “restricted area” without first going through security controls. (AFP)
  • Spain: Hundreds of thousands of people marched for LGBT rights in the World Pride parade in Madrid. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: PM Theresa May is under pressure from her ministers to end the government’s policy of economic austerity as a new poll shows her popularity has slumped. (Reuters)
  • Vatican: Pope Francis declined to renew the mandate of German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller as prefect of the office that handles sex abuse cases. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) opened its airspace to passenger planes of Qatar. (Xinhua)
  • Qatar: The country faces possible further sanctions by neighboring Arab states, as a deadline to accept a series of demands will expire the night of 02JUL. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country’s gross domestic product shrank from a year earlier in the first quarter of 2017, for the first time since the global financial crisis. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Militant groups shelled residential districts in the southern city of Deraa, some 110 km from Damascus, leaving two civilians dead and 12 injured. (TASS)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a report that the nuclear sector had been targeted in a hacking campaign, but no U.S. nuclear power plant had been penetrated. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Tropical Depression Nanmadol:
    • 7N 126.9E, located approximately 351 nm, south of Kadena AB
    • North-northwestward at 22 knots, 25 mph
    • Wind 35 mph
  • Hurricanes:
    • Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes:
    • Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes:
    • Dukono volcano, Sabancaya, Bagana, Suwanose-jima
  • 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 (03JUL)

  • Belarus: Independence Day – 1996
  • Cayman Islands: Constitution Day – 1959
  • Egypt: Anniversary of the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi – 2013
  • Iran: Anniversary of United States Navy warship USS Vincennes shooting down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
  • Zambia: Heroes’ Day – 1993

 

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