ONS: 03 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 4, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Guinea, several thousand opponents of President Alpha Conde protested in the capital Conakry against election delays and insecurity, as political tensions escalate.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan attorney general Luisa Ortega opened an investigation into electoral fraud in balloting for a powerful new assembly convened by her arch-foe President Nicolas Maduro.
  • ASIA: China defended its protection of intellectual property and called on the US to remain cooperative on trade, as the Trump administration considers taking a harder line with Beijing.
  • EUROPE: Germany accused Vietnam of involvement in the Berlin kidnapping of a former Vietnamese oil executive, and gave the Vietnamese intelligence attaché 48 hours to leave the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani was sworn in for his second term by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The “Hamilton 68” website was launched to track Russian-supported propaganda and disinformation on Twitter.

 

TOP STORY

  • Japan: PM Abe shakes up cabinet in hopes to stem failing support.
    • PM Shinzo Abe, beset by scandals and falling support, opted almost entirely for safe hands over fresh faces in a Cabinet reshuffle.
    • Among the major changes, Taro Kono, 54 years old, was named foreign minister, putting a rare English-speaking lawmaker in the role.
    • The new defense minister, Itsunori Onodera, 57, returns to a post he held previously and replaces Tomomi Inada.
    • Public approval ratings for Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party have suffered after a spate of scandals over alleged cronyism and other abuses.
    • Abe is increasingly likely to face a rival or rivals in an election for party president expected in SEP2018.
    • Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Gambia: Former interior minister Ousman Sonko will remain in a Swiss jail as an investigation broadens into whether he committed crimes against humanity. (Reuters)
  • Guinea: Several thousand opponents of President Alpha Conde protested in the capital Conakry against election delays and insecurity, as political tensions escalate. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: A policeman was killed after suspected al-Shabab Islamic extremists attacked a police station in the northern county of Mandera. (AP)
  • Nigeria: A Boko Haram faction with ties to Islamic State and led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi has become a deadly force capable of carrying out highly-organized attacks. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Panama moved closer to extraditing Mexican ex-governor Roberto Borge, putting him in the foreign ministry’s hands to be sent home within 60 days’ time. (AFP)
  • Brazil: President Michel Temer came out unscathed after the lower house of Congress voted against his removal from office. (LAT)
  • Venezuela: Attorney General Luisa Ortega opened an investigation into electoral fraud in balloting for a powerful new assembly convened by her arch-foe President Nicolas Maduro. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China urged all parties not to heighten tensions on the Korean peninsula and reiterated condemnation for North Korea’s latest missile test. (Reuters)
  • Region: A pair of ambushes by Indian government forces and Kashmiri rebels killed two soldiers and two militants in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. (AP)
  • Australia: There is no longer any threat to the country’s aviation industry from an alleged plot to bring down an airplane, PM Malcolm Turnbull said. (AP)
  • China: The government defended its protection of intellectual property and called on the US to remain cooperative on trade, as the Trump administration considers taking a harder line with Beijing. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Two Russian citizens were killed by explosions that ripped through a munitions depot in the breakaway region of Abkhazia. (RFE/RL)
  • Germany: The government accused Vietnam of involvement in the Berlin kidnapping of a former Vietnamese oil executive, and gave the Vietnamese intelligence attaché 48 hours to leave the country. (AP)
  • Poland: European Council President Donald Tusk was questioned as a witness in an investigation into the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country vowed to root out suspected Uighur militants plotting against China as the two countries pledged to collaborate on the contentious security issue. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Victims of acid attacks in Britain are calling on the government to enforce longer prison sentences and tighten controls on the sale of corrosive substances, after a jump in the number of cases in 2017. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Lebanese PM Saad Hariri said Hezbollah had made a contribution to the latest cease-fire and the departure of the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front militants. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani was sworn in for his second term by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country prepared a list of 16 responses to new US sanctions, including measures that “improve” Iranian armed forces. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia’s Defense Ministry and the Syrian opposition agreed to create a new “de-escalation” zone north of the city of Homs. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The “Hamilton 68” website was launched to track Russian-supported propaganda and disinformation on Twitter. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 379 NM E of Kadena AB
    • Wind: 105 mph
    • Movement: NW at 11 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Nalgae
    • Location: 449 NM NNW of Wake Island
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 4 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (04AUG)

  • Burkina Faso: Revolution Day – 1983
  • Cook Island: Constitution Day – 1965
  • Croatia: Anniversary of the beginning of Operation Storm, the final major battle of the Bosnian War – 1995
  • Malaysia: Anniversary of the AIA Building Hostage crisis – 1975
  • Slovakia: Matica Slovenská Day – 1863
  • Ukraine: National Police Day – 2015

 

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