ONS: 03 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 4, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: African powers launched a new multinational military force in the Sahel, which France’s President Emmanuel Macron told a regional summit should be fully operational by the autumn.
  • AMERICAS: The leader of the Colombian FARC rebel group, Rodrigo Londoño, is being treated in hospital for a stroke and expected to make a full recovery.
  • ASIA: Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the grave threat a US anti-missile system in South Korea poses to both Chinese and Russian interests.
  • EUROPE: France, Germany and the EU’s migration chief have pledged more money for Libya and Italy to help cope with a surge of migrant arrivals from Africa.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two women suicide bombers, hiding among a group of fleeing civilians, targeted Iraqi troops in Mosul, killing 15.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Security researchers are increasingly looking in developing countries to discover the newest, most creative and potentially most dangerous types of cyberattacks being deployed.

 

TOP STORY

  • Qatar: Nation to respond to crisis demands amid 48-hour extension.
    • Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states have extended the deadline for Qatar to accept a list of demands or face further sanctions by 48 hours.
    • Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, arrived in Kuwait to deliver a response to the demands of Arab states.
    • The list includes restricting diplomatic ties with Iran, closing a Turkish military base on Qatari territory, severing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, and shuttering the Al-Jazeera broadcasting network.
    • So far, Qatar has deployed its formidable treasury to keep its 300,000 people in the luxurious comfort to which they are accustomed to help weather the crisis.
    • US President Trump urged unity as he spoke with several regional leaders and addressed ongoing disputes between Qatar and some of its Arab neighbors.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CBS, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: African powers launched a new multinational military force in the Sahel, which France’s President Emmanuel Macron told a regional summit should be fully operational by the autumn. (Reuters)
  • Region: The 29th ordinary session of the African Union summit kicked off at the headquarters of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The entire eastern region of the country is suffering a total blackout due to a malfunction in the power system. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Costa Rica asked the highest U.N. court to establish its maritime boundaries with Nicaragua once and for all to end repeated border disputes with its Central American neighbor. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The leader of the FARC rebel group, Rodrigo Londoño, is being treated in hospital for a stroke and expected to make a full recovery. (BBC)
  • Ecuador: Ecuadorian authorities arrested 12 Mexican citizens on charges of drug trafficking and financing the drug trade. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the grave threat a US anti-missile system in South Korea poses to both Chinese and Russian interests. (Reuters)
  • Region: US President Donald Trump spoke with the leaders of China and Japan and reaffirmed their shared commitments to dealing with North Korea. (AP)
  • China: Chinese President Xi Jinping noted recent “negative factors” in relations with the US in a phone call with US President Trump. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged North Korea to return to the negotiating table, saying now may be the last chance to do so. (Yonhap)
  • Philippines: Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of Islamic militants who laid siege to the city of Marawi, is suspected to be hiding in a mosque there. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: France, Germany and the EU’s migration chief have pledged more money for Libya and Italy to help cope with a surge of migrant arrivals from Africa. (AP)
  • Cyprus: Negotiators in the island’s peace talks are gearing up for a tough second week at a Swiss resort, with the rival sides submitting their positions in writing. (AP)
  • France: French authorities say a man has been given preliminary terrorism charges for plotting a possible attack on President Emmanuel Macron or minority groups. (AP)
  • Germany: Up to 18 people were feared dead after a tour bus carrying pensioners burst into flames following a collision with a trailer truck in the southern town of Stammbach. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Kurdish militants killed a soldier, village guard and three workers in attacks in three separate provinces in the southeastern Hakkari province. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani assailed a major dam project by Turkey involving the Euphrates and the Tigris River, demanding a halt in the construction. (AP)
  • Iraq: Two women suicide bombers, hiding among a group of fleeing civilians, targeted Iraqi troops in Mosul, killing 15. (AP)
  • Syria: At least 11 civilians, including three children, have been killed by airstrikes and artillery fire in the city of Raqqa. (EFE)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Security researchers are increasingly looking in developing countries to discover the newest, most creative and potentially most dangerous types of cyberattacks being deployed. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Nanmadol
    • Location: 163 NM ENE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: N at 16 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 23JUN: 59,565 (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 23JUN: 28,868 (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 23JUN: 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 (04JUL)

  • Israel: Indian PM Modi to visit Israel (to 06JUL)
  • Russia: Chinese President Xi Jinping will make an official visit to Russia
  • Rwanda: Liberation Day – 1994
  • Syria: Next round of Moscow-led Syria talks to be held in Astana (to 05JUL)
  • United States: Independence Day – 1776
  • Zambia: Unity Day

 

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