ONS: 06 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 7, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The United Nations’ peacekeeping mission has uncovered mass graves in a region of northern Mali beset by conflict between rival groups.
  • AMERICAS: US, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, and Peru slammed the decision made by Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly to fire the country’s attorney general, Luisa Ortega, a critic of the new government.
  • ASIA: Thirty-four Taliban militants were killed and 29 others injured after Afghan police launched a Special Operation in the restive province of Baghlan.
  • EUROPE: Britain is prepared to pay up to 40 billion euros to the EU to settle its accounts when it leaves the bloc.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government forces retook control of IS’s last bastion in the country’s central province of Homs.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The British government issued new guidelines requiring manufacturers of internet-connected vehicles to put in place tougher cyber protections.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • UN Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions against North Korea  
    • Top US and South Korean officials applauded the decision and appreciated support from the countries like China and Russia.
    • China’s foreign minister Wang Yi called for all sides in the North Korean nuclear dispute to return to negotiations following a U.N. vote.
    • Yi said he urged his North Korean counterpart to abide by U.N. resolutions and stop provoking “the international community’s goodwill”.
    • U.S. said it will be watching China closely to ensure it fully and continuously implements new U.N. sanctions on North Korea.
    • Top diplomats at the ASEAN regional forum debated about how to stop North Korea’s weapon development and how to deal with Chinese expansion in the South China Sea.
    • Despite feuds, ASEAN foreign ministers and China approved the framework of Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP-1, AP-2, AP-3, AP-4, LAT, NYT, Reuters, TASS, Yonhap,  Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Four foreigners who were helping the country’s political opposition with its election campaign were ordered to leave the country. (DPA)
  • Mali: The United Nations’ peacekeeping mission has uncovered mass graves in northern region beset by conflict between rival groups. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Those in the Niger delta say the fragile peace is under strain as the government takes time to carry out reforms ranging from the construction of a maritime university to cleaning up oil spills. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: More than 3,500 soldiers started to occupy slum communities in northern Rio de Janeiro as part of efforts to combat a spike in violence. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was returned to house arrest after being detained in military prison for four days. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: US, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, and Peru slammed the decision made by the Constituent Assembly to fire the country’s attorney general, Luisa Ortega, a critic of the new government. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Thirty-four Taliban militants were killed and 29 others injured after police launched a Special Operation in the restive northern province of Baghlan. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: U.S. military officials called off a search and rescue operation for three U.S. Marines who were missing after their Osprey aircraft crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia while trying to land. (AP)
  • Myanmar: A government-appointed commission cleared the country’s security forces of systematic rape, murder and arson against Rohingya Muslims, dismissing UN allegations of widespread abuses during a recent crackdown. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) has recently published its first women’s magazine, urging potential female jihadists to join the ranks of the militant group and to devote themselves to the cause of jihad. (VOA)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German journalist Mesale Tolu Corlu could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of terrorism-related charges by a Turkish court. (DPA)
  • Turkey: A police officer was killed during clashes between security forces and Kurdistan Workers’ Party militants in the southeastern Hakkari province. (Xinhua)
  • UK: Britain is prepared to pay up to 40 billion euros to the European Union to settle its accounts when it leaves the bloc. (Telegraph)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel offered asylum to a Turkey-based Iranian blogger Neda Amin who it said faced forcible deportation to Iran, where she would be at risk given her work for an Israeli news site. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Security forces killed a terrorist and arrested 2 others in a raid in Saihat in Qatif region in the Eastern Province. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Government forces retook control of Islamic State’s last bastion in the country’s central province of Homs in the latest setback to the extremist militia. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The British issued new guidelines requiring manufacturers of internet-connected vehicles to put in place tougher cyber protections to ensure they are better shielded against hackers. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 156 NM SSE of Sasebo, Japan
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: NE at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Nalgae
    • Location: 739 NM NNE of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 20 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Post-Tropical Cyclone Eleven-E
    • Location: 115 mi NNW of Socorro Island
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 6 mph
    • Map
  • 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)
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 04AUG: 73,796 (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 04AUG: 67,446 (Bolivia, 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 04AUG: 51 (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)
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 06JUL: 2,040 (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 06JUL: 712 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27JUL:  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 27JUL: 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 27JUL: 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 (07AUG)

  • Colombia: Battle of Boyacá Day – 1819
  • Georgia: Anniversary of the Russo-Georgian war over South Ossetia – 2008
  • Iceland: Commerce Day – 1894
  • Ivory Coast: Independence Day – 1960
  • Kiribati: Youth Day
  • United States: Anniversary of the US Embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya – 1998
  • United States: Aniversary of the passage of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution – 1964
  • Zambia: Farmer’s Day

 

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