ONS: 05 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 6, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: By a landslide, Rwandan President Paul Kagame won a third term in office.
  • AMERICAS: US special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has reportedly asked the White House to hand over documents in relation to former national security adviser Michael Flynn in efforts to determine whether he was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the final months of the presidential campaign.
  • ASIA: As many as 10 Taliban militants were killed in an Afghan forces’ counter-attack operation in the northern Jawzjan province.
  • EUROPE: Former Russian ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak, said his conversations with former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn had been transparent and focused on matters of U.S.-Russia cooperation.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Leading Iraqi Shi’ite clerics are calling for the disbandment of powerful Iran-backed Shi’ite militias now that the nation has retaken its second-largest city, Mosul, from the Islamic State extremist group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Foreign ministers from ASEAN and 17 dialogue partner-countries plan utilize social media to counter the spread of violent extremism in the region.

 

TOP STORY

  • Top diplomats of ASEAN are meeting in Manila ahead of other ASEAN meetings including Monday’s ASEAN Regional Forum.
    • Vietnam urged other Southeast Asian nations to take a stronger stand against Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea.
    • ASEAN foreign ministers reiterated in a joint statement their grave concerns over the escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula due to the North’s two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests last month, saying the launches threaten world stability.
    • ASEAN diplomats endorsed the framework of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea for eventual adoption at the ASEAN-China meeting on Sunday.
    • These meetings will take place as the United Nations Security Council votes this weekend on a U.S.-drafted resolution to toughen sanctions against North Korea to punish the isolated regime for its missile and nuclear tests.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, Xinhua-1, Xinhua-2, Yonhap

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: An opposition spokesman said police raided his alliance’s offices, four days before elections – but the government quickly denied any raid had taken place. (Reuters)
  • Mauritania: Mauritanians will vote on several contentious changes to their constitution sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz but opposed by a wide swathe of opposition lawmakers and civil society groups. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: By a landslide, longtime President Paul Kagame has won a third term in office. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: An alarming outbreak of yellow fever that threatened the country early this year appears to be over, according to data released this week by the Pan American Health Organization. (NYT)
  • US: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has reportedly asked the White House to hand over documents in relation to former national security adviser Michael Flynn in efforts to determine whether he was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the final months of the presidential campaign. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: A new assembly packed with allies of unpopular President Nicolas Maduro and with sweeping powers was to begin work on Saturday, deepening divisions in the crisis-wracked country. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: As many as 10 Taliban militants were killed in an Afghan forces’ counter-attack operation in the northern Jawzjan province. (Xinhua)
  • China: Yao Zhongmin, the former head of the supervisory board at China Development Bank, the country’s largest policy lender, has been jailed for 14 years and fined 3.5 million yuan ($520,276) for receiving bribes. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Security forces arrested four suspected insurgents in a western region where government troops have been accused of human rights violations against Rohingya minority. (AP)
  • Vietnam: Authorities in the Quang Binh province have arrested a democracy activist in the latest of a string of actions against dissidents. (RFA)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Holger Muench, president of the Federal Criminal Police Office, has called for tougher laws to fight cyber crime on the illegal internet – the Darknet – and other organized criminal structures. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Former ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak, said his conversations with former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn had been transparent and focused on matters of U.S.-Russia cooperation. (Reuters)
  • UK: According to former Bank of England governor Mervyn King, the UK needs a “credible fallback” in case no EU trade deal is reached during Brexit negotiations. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US President Donald Trump discussed increasing cooperation in the ongoing crises in Syria and Iraq in a telephone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. (AP)
  • Region: Leading Iraqi Shi’ite clerics are calling for the disbandment of powerful Iran-backed Shi’ite militias now that the nation has retaken its second-largest city, Mosul, from the Islamic State extremist group. (RFE/RL)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rohani will take the oath of office for his second term at a lavish ceremony in Tehran. (RFE/RL)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and from 17 dialogue partner-countries will agree to utilize social media to counter the spread of violent extremism in the region. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 212 NM S of Sasebo, Japan
    • Wind: 90 mph
    • Movement: N at 4 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Nalgae
    • Location: 662 NM NE of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: N at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Eleven-E
    • Location: 305 mi SSW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 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)
      • 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 (06AUG)

  • Asia: ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila, Philippines
  • Bolivia: Independence Day – 1825
  • Jamaica: Independence Day – 1962
  • Japan: 82 countries and the European Union to attend 72nd anniversary commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima
  • Ukraine: Air Force Day – 2007

 

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