ONS: 05 July 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 6, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency to hand his government more authority following an Islamic militant attack on a beach hotel, where 38 foreign tourists were killed.
  • AMERICAS: Peace negotiations with leftist FARC rebels have hit a critical low and the Colombian government could walk away from the process unless the FARC shows more commitment.
  • ASIA: Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation into a Taliban deadly attack which killed more than 20 police personnel in eastern Wardak province.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police say they have arrested a Moroccan national in the northeastern city of Badalona on suspicion of having spent months praising jihadi terrorism and disseminating propaganda for the Islamic State group.
  • MIDDLE EAST: World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China of stealing commercial secrets and “huge amounts of government information.”

TOP STORY

  • Greece: Referendum Vote Begins to Determine Country’s Future
    • The Greek people are voting on a future in which they face two painful prospects: the slow grind of years more of austerity cuts or the country’s potentially catastrophic exit from the 19-nation eurozone.
    • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged Greeks to vote “no,” arguing that a rejection would give his administration a more robust mandate to negotiate better terms for Greece.
    • A “yes” vote backing the reform proposals creditors had made would likely see Greece turn immediately to talks on a new rescue package.
    • A “no” vote is supported by both the parties in government and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.
    • The Greek referendum on whether or not to accept bailout demands by creditors is causing deep divisions, even among individual families.
    • Coverage: AP, Guardian, NYT, WP, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The country launched air strikes in North Sinai, killing 12 militants, security sources said. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: The UN has demanded the immediate release of a Briton held on death row in the country for more than a year. (Guardian)
  • Tunisia: President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency to hand his government more authority following an Islamic militant attack on a beach hotel, where 38 foreign tourists, mostly Britons, were killed. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Peace negotiations with leftist FARC rebels have hit a critical low and the government could walk away from the process unless FARC shows more commitment, the government’s top negotiator said. (Reuters)
  • Cuba: Cubans now demand an eventual lifting of the US blockade against the island which has been going on for over half a century. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: Some 5,000 protesters marched in downtown Guatemala City demanding the resignation of the country’s corruption-plagued president. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The country’s Defense Department says its troops were instructed to have “unrestricted” respect for human rights a year ago when soldiers allegedly killed at least 12 suspected drug gang members after they had surrendered. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation into a deadly Taliban attack which killed more than 20 police personnel in eastern Wardak province. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: PM Najib Razak is facing the risk of a criminal charge over allegations that millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts. (AP)
  • Pakistan: At least three soldiers were killed and six others injured when a bomb hit their vehicle in the country’s northwest tribal area of North Waziristan. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Floods inundated towns as Tropical Storm Linfa struck the northern edge of the archipelago, where relief agencies were braced for disaster. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The German Army plans to take part in two military operations in Ukraine this summer, according to a government document. (DPA)
  • Russia: The country has given priority to the development of its Far East region, and it stands ready to boost cooperation with China in this regard, a senior Russian official has said. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin called for talks on an equal footing between Moscow and Washington, while congratulating his US counterpart, Barack Obama, on the occasion of American Independence Day, the Kremlin announced. (EFE)
  • Spain: Police say they have arrested a Moroccan national in the northeastern city of Badalona on suspicion of having spent months praising jihadi terrorism and disseminating propaganda for the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: A memorial dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attack in Tunisia and a separate site of remembrance for all nationals killed in terrorist atrocities overseas will be funded by the government, PM David Cameron has announced. (Guardian)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: World powers and the country have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief. (AP)
  • Iran: The country says it has deployed a new domestically built long-range radar system, signalling a strengthening of its air defenses. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Six civilians, including a child, were among at least 22 people killed in US air strikes on the Islamic State group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqqa. (AFP)
  • Syria: A video apparently released by the Islamic State group shows 25 men being shot dead in the ancient city of Palmyra. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Fighting gripped the city of Aden as the UN envoy was expected in the rebel-held capital Sanaa to press his efforts to broker a cease-fire. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China of stealing commercial secrets and “huge amounts of government information.” (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 09W (Chan-hom)
    • Location: 6 NM W of Rota
    • Movement: WNW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 20 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 10 (Linfa)
    • Location: 195 NM ENE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 20 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 11W (Nangka)
    • Location: 136 NM ESE of Kwajalein
    • Movement: W at 6 mph
    • Winds: 25 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,235 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • 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 (06JUL)

  • Ecuador: Pope Francis to visit
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of Lebanon War – 2006
  • Lithuania: Statehood Day
  • Malawi: Malawi Independence Day

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