ONS: 04 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 5, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rwandans voted in an election that the country’s longtime president Paul Kagame is widely expected to win.
  • AMERICAS: US Special Counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, a sign that his inquiry is growing in intensity.
  • ASIA: China intensified its warnings to India to get out of a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet.
  • EUROPE: The OSCE is concerned about legal steps the Polish government is taking against a reporter who alleges the Polish defense minister has longstanding ties with Russian military agents and mafia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, warring sides exchanged rocket and gunfire north of the city of Homs, hours after a Russia-backed truce took effect, while heavy rocket fire also marred a similar deal east of the capital Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner is considering a system where leading tech engineers would serve a “tour of duty” advising the US government on how to upgrade its digital infrastructure.

 

TOP STORY

  • Venezuela: Controversial constitutional body to take office.
    • Imprisoned political opponent Antonio Ledezma, a former Caracas mayor, was placed back under house arrest hours before Venezuela’s new legislative body plans to take office.
    • The new constituent assembly is tasked with rewriting the country’s constitution and holds powers that override all other government branches.
    • The Venezuelan state prosecutor’s office asked a local court to halt the inauguration of the country’s new 545-member legislative superbody, citing allegations that the government fudged the results of the vote that created it.
    • The US will not recognize Venezuela’s new national constituent assembly, calling it “the illegitimate product of a flawed process.”
    • The Vatican expressed its concern on behalf of the Pope over the crisis in Venezuela and called on the Venezuelan president to scrap the new legislative body.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, Reuters, Reuters-2, EFE

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The UN issued a report documenting the killings of more than 250 people, including 62 children, in the central Kasai region that could turn into “wider ethnic cleansing.” (AP)
  • Egypt: A policeman and a civilian were killed in a drive-by shooting attack in the town of Asna, just south of the ancient city of Luxor. (AP)
  • Ethiopia: The country’s parliament voted to lift a state of emergency declared last year following months of deadly protests that killed hundreds of people. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: Rwandans voted in an election that the country’s longtime president Paul Kagame is widely expected to win. (AP)
  • Somalia: The militant Islamist group al Shabaab seized the southern town of Leego after it was abandoned by the military and African Union-mandated peacekeepers. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: In the first legal attack on the international conspiracy indictment he is facing, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the accused Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, filed court papers claiming that the Mexican government improperly extradited him to Brooklyn, where he is scheduled to stand trial next year on charges of being the biggest narcotics trafficker in the world. (NYT)
  • Mexico: A report found that staff at the National Migration Institute abused and even tortured migrants held in detention centers across the country. (Reuters)
  • United States: Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, a sign that his inquiry is growing in intensity. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China intensified its warnings to India to get out of a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban fighters seized a building and attacked a nearby security forces’ base in the Gereshk district of the southern province of Helmand. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Police said two men facing terrorism charges were involved in an aborted attempt to place an improvised explosive device on an Etihad Airways flight out of Sydney, in a plot directed by Islamic State. (WSJ)
  • Pakistan: The new cabinet of PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was sworn in at an oath-taking ceremony at the Presidency in Islamabad. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The OSCE is concerned about legal steps the Polish government is taking against a reporter who alleges the Polish defense minister has longstanding ties with Russian military agents and mafia. (AP)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin said he will “think about” running for a fourth term as president in the election scheduled for MAR2018. (RFE/RL)
  • Russia: Opposition activist Vladimir Yegorov was jailed until 18SEP while an investigation on suspicion of public calls for extremism is under way. (RFE/RL)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: Warring sides exchanged rocket and gunfire north of the city of Homs, hours after a Russia-backed truce took effect, while heavy rocket fire also marred a similar deal east of the capital Damascus. (Reuters)
  • Syria: An explosion targeted an office of the al-Qaida affiliate Levant Liberation Committee west of the city of Aleppo, inflicting casualties. (AP)
  • Syria: At least seven children were killed by fresh US-led airstrikes on the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner is considering a system where leading tech engineers would serve a “tour of duty” advising the US government on how to upgrade its digital infrastructure. (Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 235 NM ENE of Kadena AB
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Nalgae
    • Location: 536 NM ENE of Minami Tori Shima
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 8 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 (05AUG)

  • Asia: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to visit the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia
  • Burkina Faso: Independence Day – 1960
  • Croatia: Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day – 1995
  • India: Vice Presidential elections
  • Iran: Inauguration of President Rouhani
  • South Africa: Anniversary of the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela – 1962

 

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