Overnight News Summary
Produced by the Rendon Group
04 July 2015
- AFRICA: A shell slammed into a house in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing a woman and two children as the army battles Islamic State group jihadists, medical and security sources said.
- AMERICAS: Tens of thousands demonstrated in Tegucigalpa to demand the resignation of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez over allegations of corruption.
- ASIA: The Philippines expects a UN tribunal to rule in its favor in an increasingly fraught dispute with China over territories in the South China Sea, a presidential spokeswoman said.
- EUROPE: Tens of thousands of Greeks have attended rival rallies in Athens ahead of a crucial referendum.
- MIDDLE EAST: A Saudi-led air strike on a Huthi Shiite rebel stronghold in Yemen’s northern mountains killed 23 people, tribal sources said.
- TECHNOLOGY: China unveiled an “Internet Plus” action plan, aiming to integrate the Internet with traditional industries and fuel economic growth.
- Iran: Endgame in Sight as Negotiations Continue
- US officials in Vienna say international nuclear and sanctions experts are grinding through details of various issues in an effort to negotiate a final agreement on Iran’s controversial nuclear program.
- Some of the most contentious issues remain including the extent and timing of sanctions relief, and how to win access to suspect Iranian nuclear sites.
- Iran’s FM Mohammad Javad Zarif released a video message Friday as nuclear talks were nearing an end, saying an agreement is at hand and can be reached if the United States and its partners choose cooperation over coercion.
- FM Zarif suggested an acceptable deal will allow co-operation on fighting Middle East extremism threatening both nations’ interests.
- FM Zarif also said despite closeness, there were no guarantees of success.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, VOA, WP
- Egypt: A shell slammed into a house in the country’s Sinai Peninsula, killing a woman and two children as the army battles Islamic State group jihadists, medical and security sources said. (AFP)
- Egypt: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made an unannounced visit to the Sinai Peninsula to rally troops following a wave of deadly jihadist attacks on security forces, his office said. (AFP)
- Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned a fresh wave of violence in the country’s north, calling the attacks, blamed on Boko Haram, “inhuman and barbaric”. (Al-Jazeera)
- Tunisia: PM Habib Essid has told the BBC that the slow response of police to last week’s deadly attack on a tourist resort was a major problem. (BBC)
- Honduras: Tens of thousands demonstrated in Tegucigalpa to demand the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez over allegations of corruption. (Reuters)
- Mexico: Martin Villegas Navarrete, the alleged co-leader of the once-mighty Beltran Leyva drug cartel, was arrested in Mexico City, authorities said. (AFP)
- Panama: The country’s Supreme Court approved a third investigation against ex-president Ricardo Martinelli on suspicion he issued illegal pardons to allies while in office between 2009 and 2014. (Reuters)
- Venezeula: President Nicolas Maduro has declared a state of emergency in the western state of Apure after massive floods have left over 40,000 people affected. (Xinhua)
- Region: North Korea appears to have little interest in negotiations with Japan, as Saturday marked the first anniversary of Pyongyang’s launch of a fresh investigation into the whereabouts of Japanese nationals it abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. (Kyodo)
- Afghanistan: Hajji Wazir, a key Taliban commander in west Afghanistan, was killed, according to police. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: The nation’s parliament rejected President Ashraf Ghani’s nominee for defense ministry. (AFP)
- Philippines: The country expects a UN tribunal to rule in its favor in an increasingly fraught dispute with China over territories in the South China Sea, said a presidential spokeswoman. (AFP)
- Philippines: Police have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of a ferry that capsized off the coast of Leyte, killing at least 56 people. (BBC)
- France: Traffic along the Channel Tunnel connecting the country and Britain was disrupted when dozens of migrants attempted to enter restricted areas of the tunnel in Calais. (AFP)
- Greece: Tens of thousands of Greeks have attended rival rallies in Athens ahead of a crucial referendum on Sunday. (BBC)
- Ukraine: About 1,000 Ukrainian pro-government fighters and far-right supporters have marched through the center of the capital, Kiev. (BBC)
- Syria: An explosion in a mosque in the northern part of the country killed 25 members of Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, including one of its leaders, a monitoring group said. (AFP)
- Syria: The Syrian army and its allied militia have launched a major assault on the rebel-held city of Zabadani, the Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah group’s television station said. (Reuters)
- Yemen: A Saudi-led air strike on a Huthi Shiite rebel stronghold in the country’s northern mountains killed 23 people, tribal sources said. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: China on Saturday unveiled an “Internet Plus” action plan, aiming to integrate the Internet with traditional industries and fuel economic growth. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 09W (Chan-hom)
- Location: 219 NM ESE of Andersen AFB
- Movement: NNW at 4 mph
- Winds: 23 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 10 (Linfa)
- Location: 201 NM ENE of Manila, Philippines
- Movement: W at 6 mph
- Winds: 23 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 11W (Nangka)
- Location: 130 NM ENE of Kwajalein
- Movement: WNW at 4 mph
- Winds: 20 mp
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- Suspected Cases as of 26JUN: 387,115 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 11,792
- Deaths as of 05JUN: 56 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 30JUN: 1357 (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: 486 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05JUL)
- Algeria: Algerian Independence Day
- Cape Verde: Cape Verde Independence Day – 1975
- Egypt: Anniversary of the dissolution of the Islamist-led parliament – 2013
- Greece: Referendum on the outcome of negotiations with regards to Greece’s bailout
- Venezuela: Venezuela’s anniversary of independence – 1811