ONS: 06 August 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 7, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The government of South Sudan accepted the deployment of a regional force to the country, almost a month after fighting erupted between opposing army factions.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan government threatened to cut off the cash and electricity to the opposition-led legislature.
  • ASIA: Japan protested to China after six Chinese coast guard vessels approached disputed East China Sea islands accompanying a fleet of hundreds of fishing boats.
  • EUROPE: Igor Plotnitsky, the separatist leader of Ukraine’s Luhansk region, was wounded in a car bombing.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran reacted angrily to UN criticisms over executions.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Pooler ruled that no specific license is needed to buy and sell bitcoins.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebels turn tables on regime in Aleppo as IS loses bastion of Manbij.
    • Rebel groups seized government military facilities in Aleppo in their attempt to break a regime siege on the opposition-held section in the northern city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported.
    • Although they made advances, the assault had been repelled and more than 100 fighters were killed.
    • In Manbij US-backed forces trying to oust IS militants from the city took “almost complete control” of the city.
    • Coverage: Guardian, BBC, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: United Nations officials detained Jean-Francis Bozize, the son of a former president. (AP)
  • Kenya: Most of the country suffered a blackout due to a fault on a major transmission line serving the capital Nairobi. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The government accepted the deployment of a regional force to the country, almost a month after fighting erupted between opposing army factions. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: A judge lifted his arrest warrant for the head of acclaimed human rights group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who had ignored his orders to testify in a corruption case. (AFP)
  • Chile: A court in the southern city of Temuco voted unanimously to acquit photojournalist Felipe Duran. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The country’s government threatens to cut off the cash and electricity of the opposition-led legislature. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said that she will not allow Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, the so-called “the triple alliance,” to “take by assault” the pro tem presidency of Mercosur. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Five police personnel were killed in a bomb attack on the southern outskirts of the capital of Kabul. (Xinhua)
  • China: Air Force aircraft inspected the airspace around the Nansha and Huangyan islands in the South China Sea. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The nation protested to China after six Chinese coast guard vessels approached disputed East China Sea islands accompanying a fleet of hundreds of fishing boats. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: The government expelled a Malian believed to pose a “serious threat” to public order “for belonging to a pro-jihadist Islamist movement.” (AP)
  • Ukraine: The military launched 186 mines and shells on Gorlovka’s northern suburb and Donetsk’s. (TASS)
  • Ukraine: Igor Plotnitsky, the separatist leader of the Luhansk region, was wounded in a car bombing. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: International rights group Amnesty International decried the prolonged detention and torture of a young detainee over allegations that he belongs to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group. (AP)
  • Iran: The nation reacted angrily to UN criticisms over executions. (AP)
  • Yemen: The US military killed three al Qaeda operatives in a strike, the US Central Command said. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cryptocurrency Regulation: Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Pooler ruled that no specific license is needed to buy and sell bitcoins. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07W (Omais)
    • 351 NM West of Iwo To
    • Winds: 60 kts
    • Movement:
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Earl
    • Location: 55 MI WSW of Veracruz, Mexico
    • Winds: 50mph
    • Movement: W at 9mh
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Ivette
    • Location: 1615 MI WSW of the Southern Tip of Baja, California
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
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  • 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 29JUL: 177,585 (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 29JUL: 36,962
      • Deaths as of 29JUL: 28
        • 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 26JUL: 1,791 (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 26JUL: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 05AUG:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guinea-Bissau, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 05AUG: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 05AUG: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07AUG)

  • Ivory Coast: Independence Day – 1960
  • Kenya and Tanzania: Anniversary of bombings of US Embassies in Africa – 1998
  • Sao Tome and Principe: Presidential runoff election
  • Thailand: Referendum on new constitution

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