ONS: 04 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 5, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN refugee agency reported that Libya is the most common yet deadliest route for refugees looking to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico and Canada signed agreements to eliminate restrictions on flights between the two nations, and to strengthen safety regulations regarding drones.
  • ASIA: The Supreme Court endorsed President Rodrigo Duterte’s enforcement of martial law across the southern third of the Philippines.
  • EUROPE: US President Donald Trump discussed climate change, trade and migration in calls with German and Italian leaders ahead of the G20 summit.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Former French judge, Catherine Marchi-Uhel will head the UN body to document and prosecute serious violations of international law in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A judge dismissed nationwide litigation accusing Facebook of tracking users’ internet activity even after they logged out of the social media website.

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea fires a ‘successful’ medium range ballistic missile
    • The country launched a ballistic missile, the first such test since President Trump and South Korean president Moon Jae-in, agreed to put more pressure on the country to come to the negotiating table.
    • Japan’s government said the missile was believed to have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan but no damage to ships or aircraft in the area has been reported.
    • The intermediate-range weapon flew for 40 minutes, covering approximately 580 miles, and could be powerful enough to reach Alaska.
    • North Korea said it will make a major announcement on Tuesday at 3:30 pm local time (0630 GMT), South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
    • In response Trump tweeted, “North Korea has just launched another missile,” continuing. “Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?
    • Coverage: NYT, AP-1, AP-2, Reuters, WP, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The country will resume talks with France in September on retrieving its national archives during colonial and precolonial years. (Xinhua)
  • Burundi: According to a report by the International Federation for Human Rights, President Pierre Nkurunziza has moved the country toward violent dictatorship. (AFP)
  • Libya: The UN refugee agency reported that the country is the most common yet deadliest route for refugees looking to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico and Canada signed agreements to eliminate restrictions on flights between the two nations, and to strengthen safety regulations regarding drones. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The opposition party, Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) announced that it would hold a referendum on JUL16 to determine whether to agree with the government’s attempts to write a new constitution. (Xinhua)
  • United States: A taxi crashed into a group of cab drivers near Boston’s Logan airport, injuring 10 people in what police said appeared to be a “tragic accident.” (AP)

ASIA

  • Australia: The human services minister, Alan Tudge, sought to downplay the sale of Medicare details by a darknet vendor after facing heavy pressure from opposition and privacy groups. (Guardian)
  • Bangladesh: Police located a prominent critic of the Bangladesh government Farhad Mazhar; a day after his family reported him missing. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The Supreme Court endorsed President Rodrigo Duterte’s enforcement of martial law across the southern third of the country. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: US President Donald Trump discussed climate change, trade and migration in calls with German and Italian leaders ahead of the G20 summit. (Reuters)
  • Italy: The country flagged over 100,000 suspicious financial transactions, 619 were possible terrorist financing, a 127 percent increase from 2015. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: Prosecutors asked that a six-year jail term for Inaki Urdangarin, husband of Princess Cristina, King Felipe Vi’s older sister, be increased to 10 years (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by telephone with Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry on Monday to discuss the Qatar crisis. (Reuters)
  • Syria: US backed forces breached the wall surrounding the Old City of Raqqa as part of an attempt to retake the city from the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Syria: Former French judge, Catherine Marchi-Uhel will head the UN body to document and prosecute serious violations of international law in the country. (Al Jazeera)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A judge dismissed nationwide litigation accusing Facebook of tracking users’ internet activity even after they logged out of the social media website. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Nanmadol
    • 8N 130.3E
    • NE @29 mph
    • Winds 45 mph
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes:
    • Karymsky volcano, Klyuchevskoy (Japan)
      • Ash advisory
    • 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 30JUN: 60,049 (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 30JUN: 28,870 (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 30JUN: 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 (05JUL)

  • Europe: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
  • Algeria: Independence Day – 1965
  • Armenia: Constitution Day – 1995
  • Cape Verde: Independence Day – 1975
  • Peru: Australia and Peru to hold talks on free trade agreement in Lima (to 07JUN)
  • Indonesia: Anniversary of the first presidential elections held – 2004
  • Israel: Anniversary of the Knesset passing laws granting “Right of Return” – 1950
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of the coup overthrowing Zulfikar Bhutto – 1977
  • Russia: Russian FM Lavrov to visit Brussels to meet with Belgian officials (to 12JUL)
  • Venezuela: Independence Day – 1811

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