ONS: 05 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 6, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will hold bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on counter-terrorism, energy and agriculture.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela is willing to restore diplomatic relations with the US after a six-year freeze.
  • ASIA: Indonesian authorities were investigating possible links to the Islamic State group after a suicide bomber blew himself up in an attack on a police station in central Java.
  • EUROPE: French intelligence services should be overhauled in the wake of last year’s terror attacks in Paris, a parliamentary commission of inquiry has recommended.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The number of people killed in Sunday’s suicide bomb attack in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has risen to 165.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter suspended the account of Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has carried out a series of attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria.

 

TOP STORY

  • Saudi Arabia: Suicide bombings at holy sites reverberates through Muslim world.
    • A suicide bomber has killed four security officers and injured five others near one of Islam’s holiest sites in the Saudi city of Medina.
    • The country sought to reassure Saudis of the country’s security after additional suicide attacks targeting the US consulate in Jeddah and Shi’ites in the city of Qatif.
    • The bomber was identified as 34-year-old Abdullah Qalzar Khan, a Pakistani who lived in Saudi Arabia for the past 12 years.
    • Muslim leaders are calling for Sunnis and Shias to unite against Islamist terrorism in reaction to the attack.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Guardian, Reuters, Telegraph

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: The UN called for an investigation into the corpses of six young men found at the edge of a river in the country’s capital, Kinshasa. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ruled out a reconciliation with the country. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will hold bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on counter-terrorism, energy and agriculture. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power vowed to step up efforts to end the decades-old economic and trade blockade by the US. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: Haitian senate candidate Guy Philippe was the mastermind behind an attack on a police station that left one officer dead and two injured, according to police. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The crisis-hit country is willing to restore diplomatic relations with the US after a six-year freeze, the socialist government said. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A dozen militants of the Islamic State outfit were killed following an airstrike carried out by NATO-led forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Election officials began counting more than a million postal votes, in its national, too-close-to-call parliamentary election. (CNN)
  • India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his cabinet, inducting 19 new faces in his Council of Ministers. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Authorities were investigating possible links to the Islamic State group after a suicide bomber blew himself up in an attack on a police station in central Java. (WSJ)
  • Japan: The US said it will limit legal protections and benefits to some American civilian contractors in a bid to assuage local anger in Okinawa. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU criticized a British proposal to slash corporate tax to less than 15 percent following the nation’s vote to abandon the bloc. (AFP)
  • Britain: The ruling Conservative Party has begun the process of selecting a new leader to replace David Cameron as prime minister. (Reuters)
  • France: French intelligence services should be overhauled in the wake of last year’s terror attacks in Paris, a parliamentary commission of inquiry has recommended. (BBC)
  • Hungary: The country will hold a referendum on 02OCT on EU plans to relocate migrants among member states. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Seventeen people including 11 Russians have been charged over the Istanbul airport attack, bringing the total number to 30. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran condemned three suicide bombings in regional rival Saudi Arabia, one of them targeting Islam’s second holiest place, the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The number of people killed in Sunday’s suicide bomb attack in the capital, Baghdad, has risen to 165, interior ministry officials say. (BBC)
  • Israel: A bomb threat on board an El Al flight bound from New York to Tel Aviv led France and Switzerland to deploy military jets as escorts as the plane continued on its journey. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter suspended the account of Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has carried out a series of attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 02W (Nepartak)
    • Location: 1033 NM ESE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Winds: 74 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 19 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post Tropical Cyclone Agatha
    • Location: 1345 NM W of Baja California
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Blas
    • Location: 760 NM SW of Baja California
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 24JUN: 130,728 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 24JUN: 18,535
      • Deaths as of 24JUN: 17
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (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 30JUN: 1,769 (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: 630 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 23JUN:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 23JUN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 23JUN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06JUL)

  • Georgia: US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit and meet with government and opposition officials (to 07JUL)
  • United Kingdom and Iraq: The UK will publish its report on Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War

 

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