ONS: 05 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 6, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Armed groups in the Central African Republic killed hundreds of civilians in an unfettered spree of bloodletting, Human Rights Watch said.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian lawmakers picked Deputy Sergio Zveiter to launch congressional proceedings against embattled President Michel Temer that could lead to his suspension from office.
  • ASIA: China insisted India withdraw its troops from a disputed plateau in the Himalaya mountains before talks could take place between the two countries.
  • EUROPE: German police used water cannons to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protesters in the city of Hamburg where the G20 summit will take place on 07JUL.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran will allow its citizens to take part in this year’s hajj pilgrimage despite soaring tensions with archrival Saudi Arabia.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US lifted the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on US-bound flights from the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Claims of nuclear ICBM missile status raises stakes in crisis
    • North Korea said its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile can carry a large nuclear warhead, triggering a call by Washington for global action to hold it accountable for pursuing nuclear weapons.
    • The US army and the South Korean military responded by hosting joint military exercises, firing missiles off the eastern coast of South Korea in what Pacific Command called an “ironclad” show of resolve.
    • China urged North Korea not to violate UN Security Council resolutions after the North said its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile could carry a large nuclear warhead.
    • The top American general in South Korea, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, said self-restraint was all that kept the US and South Korea from going to war with North Korea.
    • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un vowed his country would never negotiate on its weapons program that it believes is needed as a deterrent to prevent a US attack aimed at overthrowing the regime Kim has led since 2011.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2, USA Today, WP

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Armed groups in the country killed hundreds of civilians in an unfettered spree of bloodletting, Human Rights Watch said. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Suspected Somali Al-Shabaab militants raided a Kenyan police post in northern coastal Lamu region and destroyed communication masts. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: Thieves broke into the headquarters of the country’s elite ‘Hawks’ police unit in the capital Pretoria, making off with hard drives and other computer equipment. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Bolivian President Evo Morales accused his Chilean counterpart, Michelle Bachelet, of “revealing” the content of a report, during a dispute over the use of the Silala River. (EFE)
  • Brazil: Lawmakers picked Deputy Sergio Zveiter to launch congressional proceedings against embattled President Michel Temer that could lead to his suspension from office. (AP)
  • Venezuela: A group of armed men attacked a Caracas hospital during an opposition protest wounding at least five people. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: China insisted India withdraw its troops from a disputed plateau in the Himalaya mountains before talks could take place between the two countries. (AP)
  • Region: Refugees on Manus Island were warned their chance for resettlement in the US will be jeopardized if they resist moves to a new transit center near the township of Lorengau. (Guardian)
  • China: The government invited medical experts from the US and Germany to help treat dissident Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo for cancer, in an apparent softening of its previous stance. (Guardian)
  • Malaysia: Two children died after contracting rabies, the country’s first such deaths in almost two decades. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Islamist militants beheaded two Vietnamese sailors held hostage for eight months on the island of Basilan. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU called on member states to step up their efforts and show goodwill in helping Italy and Greece cope with the surge in migrants crossing the Mediterranean. (AP)
  • Region: Suspects in the 2014 downing of passenger flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine will be tried in the Netherlands and under Dutch law. (Reuters)
  • Germany: German police used water cannons to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protesters in the city of Hamburg where the G20 summit will take place on 07JUL. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Spanish police arrested 14 people in the city of Barcelona as part of a European operation against the Camorra organized crime gang. (AP)
  • Spain: PM Mariano Rajoy called for calm in the face of “authoritarian delusions” in the region of Catalonia, where an independence drive is in full swing. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran will allow its citizens to take part in this year’s hajj pilgrimage despite soaring tensions with archrival Saudi Arabia. (AP)
  • Iraq: Some 300 Islamic State fighters remain in the small patch of territory still controlled by the group in Mosul’s Old City, senior Iraqi commander Lt. Gen. Sami al-Aridi said. (AP)
  • Israel: President Reuven Rivlin eased parole restrictions on ex-PM Ehud Olmert, released from prison after serving two-thirds of a 27-month sentence for corruption. (AFP)
  • Israel: An Israeli court convicted Israeli Jewish extremist Yinon Reuveni for the 2015 arson attack on the famous Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Hans-Georg Maassen, Head of Germany’s Domestic Security Service, warned his country against possible increases in cyber-attacks from foreign intelligence services. (DPA)
  • Technology: The US lifted the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on US-bound flights from the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Nanmadol
    • Location: 136 NM ESE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: E at 36 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)
      • 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 04JUL: 2,037 (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 04JUL: 710 (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 (06JUL)

  • Bosnia: Anniversary of the beginning of the attack on Srebrenica by Serbian forces – 1995
  • Comoros: Independence Day – 1975
  • Czech Republic: Jan Hus Day – 1415
  • Kazakhstan: Day of the Capital – 2009
  • Lithuania: Statehood Day – 1991
  • Malawi: Independence Day – 1964
  • Nigeria: Beginning of the Nigerian Civil War with the invasion of Biafra by Nigerian forces – 1967
  • Poland: Three Seas Initiative to meet in Warsaw

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