ONS: 03 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 4, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Niger Delta Avengers militant group announced that it has mounted five attacks on Nigeria’s oil infrastructure since Friday.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican air force circumvented roadblocks by teachers protesting education reform, and flew tons of grain to the southern state of Oaxaca.
  • ASIA: Bangladeshi officials announced that the terrorists who killed 20 hostages at a Dhaka restaurant were members of a local group and not followers of the Islamic State.
  • EUROPE: Russian investigators found the remains of a plane that crashed while putting out wildfires in Siberia; all ten passengers died.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that his country will never coordinate with the United States in Syria or other regional conflicts.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Israel’s Minister of Internal Security said Facebook is failing to prevent incitement against Israel and accused the company of “sabotaging” Israeli police work.

TOP STORY

  • Iraq:  Scores killed in Islamic State bombings in Baghdad
    • At least 79 people were killed and 131 more injured in two bombings that hit Baghdad around midnight local time.
    • Up to 80 people were killed when a refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up near a restaurant and shopping district in Karrada, a Shi’ite-majority neighborhood in central Baghdad.
    • Up to five more people were killed when a roadside explosive device blew up in a market in al-Shaab, a Shi’ite district in the north of the capital.
    • Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi toured the Karrada site hours after the explosion promising to punish those responsible, but was met with jeers by angry crowds.  People called him “thief” and threw things at his motorcade. \
    • Coverage: WSJ, WP, BBC, CNN,  Al-Jazeera, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Mohamed Tamalt, a journalist jailed on accusations of insulting the president, began a hunger strike. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: Four senior aides to former President Laurent Gbagbo have returned home from exile in Ghana more than five years after his ouster in a war over a disputed election, a step the leader of his party said would aid reconciliation. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The Niger Delta Avengers militant group announced it has mounted five attacks on the nation’s oil infrastructure since Friday. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: Th country’s political crisis is generating increasing ‘impatience’ within the international community, weeks after its interim president’s mandate expired, the UN peacekeeping chief said. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The air force circumvented roadblocks by teachers protesting education reform, and flew tons of grain to the southern state of Oaxaca. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: The state oil company announced that in 2015 its revenue dropped 41 percent from the previous year. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Australia: Prime Minister Turnbull stated that it may take one week to determine the outcome of the national election. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: Officials announced that the terrorists who killed 20 hostages at a Dhaka restaurant yesterday were members of the Jamaeytul Mujahdeen Bangladesh group and were not followers of the Islamic State. (AFP)
  • China: Several police in Lubu town, Guangdong province were injured when thousands of residents protested an incinerator project that they fear will create pollution. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Flash floods caused by monsoon rains killed at least 43 people in northern Pakistan, the majority from Chitral near the border with Afghanistan. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Police arrested five human traffickers as they prepared to smuggle 87 Syrian migrants across the Albanian border. (AP)
  • Russia: Investigators found the remains of a crashed plane that went missing Friday with ten people on board while putting out wildfires in Siberia; there were no survivors. (AFP)
  • Turkey: President Erdogan stated that Syrian refugees living in the country will have the chance to become Turkish citizens. (CNN)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that Iran will never coordinate with the United States in Syria or other regional conflicts. (AFP)
  • Syria: The death toll in the government bombardment of Jayrud, an opposition-controlled town, rose to 43 people. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government and rebel forces battled over Mallah, a section of farmland north of Aleppo, the control of which would allow the government to cut the rebels’ only supply-line. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Israel’s Minister of Internal Security said Facebook is failing to prevent incitement against Israel and accused the social network of “sabotaging” Israeli police work. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Nepartak
    • Location: 284 NM S of Guam
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: NE at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Agatha
    • Location: 875 NM WSW of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Three-E
    • Location: 605 NM SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 24JUN: 130,728 (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 24JUN: 18,535
      • Deaths as of 24JUN: 17
        • 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 30JUN: 1,769 (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: 630 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 23JUN:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 23JUN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 23JUN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04JUL)

  • China: Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso to pay a state visit (to 08JUL)
  • Europe Region: CSTO Foreign Ministers to meet in Yerevan
  • Israel and Uganda: Anniversary of commando raid freeing hostages at Entebbe airport – 1976
  • United States: Independence Day – 1776

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