ONS: 06 July 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 7, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Burundian President Nkurunziza skipped key regional talks, staying at home to campaign for a controversial third term as a rebel general threatened to step up attacks.
  • AMERICAS: In Trinidad and Tobago, PM Persad-Bissessar created a combined national security force to combat gang violence.
  • ASIA: Officials said that Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Putin and other leaders will discuss the threat ISIS poses in Afghanistan at a Eurasian security summit.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, local media reported that the army called a meeting of troop commanders stationed along its fortified border with Syria to discuss a possible intervention.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Foreign ministers from major powers began crunch talks seeking to seal a nuclear deal with Iran one day before a final deadline.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A range of sensitive documents belonging to Italy-based Hacking Team, which is known for working with governments worldwide, appeared to leak out over the weekend, including email communications and client lists.

TOP STORY

  • Greece: EU considers options after Greeks vote “No” in bailout referendum.
    • The final results of Greece’s bailout referendum with all 19,159 precincts reporting placed the “No” side with a higher than expected 61.31 percent compared to 38.69 percent for “Yes”.
    • Finance Minister Varoufakis resigned, saying he was told shortly after the referendum result that the other Eurozone finance ministers and Greece’s other creditors would prefer he not attend the ministers’ meetings.
    • Eurogroup ministers said they expect fresh reform proposals from the Greek government in talks on Tuesday.
    • French Finance Minister Sapin warned the European Central Bank against lowering its level of emergency financing to Greek banks and said it was up to Athens to make new proposals on its debt crisis.
    • The Euro rose to USD1.1088 from around USD1.1027 before the announcement, and after dropping to USD1.0963 in New York electronic trade after the country rejected creditors’ austerity demands.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Burundi: President Nkurunziza skipped key regional talks, staying at home to campaign for a controversial third term as a rebel general threatened to step up attacks. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A judiciary council asked the government to reconsider sections of a controversial anti-terrorism draft law before its approval by the president. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Officials reported that at least 44 people were killed in twin bomb blasts in the central city of Jos. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) warned Venezuela that its claim on Guyana’s Essequibo zone could “poison” relations with the region. (EFE)
  • Colombia: A policeman was killed and three other people were wounded after FARC rebels attacked a town in Caqueta department. (Xinhua)
  • Trinidad and Tobago: PM Persad-Bissessar created a combined national security force to combat gang violence. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: A border guard of India’s Border Security Force was killed in an exchange of fire with Pakistani counterparts on the Line of Control dividing Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Officials said that Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Putin and other leaders will discuss the threat ISIS poses in Afghanistan at a Eurasian security summit. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: At least six civilians were injured after militants fired two rockets towards Pul-e- Khumri city. (Xinhua)
  • New Zealand: The government reported that Commander of USPACOM ADM Harry Harris arrived in the country for defense and security talks. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Authorities said that fourteen students arrested after staging anti-coup rallies must face military court and will not be released beforehand, despite growing calls for charges to be dropped. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Slovakia: Finance Minister Kazimir warned that Greece’s ‘No’ referendum result opened the door to the country’s departure from the Eurozone. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Local media reported that the army called a meeting of troop commanders stationed along its fortified border with Syria to discuss a possible intervention. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The government said that the country will do “whatever is necessary to protect its economic security” after Greeks voted overwhelmingly against austerity. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Foreign ministers from major powers began crunch talks seeking to seal a nuclear deal one day before a final deadline. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A bomb fell from a Sukhoi warplane and exploded in eastern Baghdad because of a “technical problem”, killing at least seven people. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Authorities said they have foiled a “terrorist” attack and arrested an Iraqi man in possession of explosives said to have come from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Saudi-led warplanes have bombed the Sanaa headquarters of the party headed by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied to Shiite Huthi insurgents. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A range of sensitive documents belonging to Italy-based Hacking Team, which is known for working with governments worldwide, appeared to leak out over the weekend, including email communications and client lists. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 09W (Chan-hom)
    • Location: 321 NM NW of Andersen AFB
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Nangka)
    • Location: 181 NM NW of Ujelang
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Winds: 81 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10W (Linfa)
    • Location: 295 NM NNW of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,235 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 26JUN: 387,115 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 11,792
      • Deaths as of 05JUN: 56 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 03JUL: 1365 (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 03JUL: 487 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07JUL)

  • Asia Region: Talisman Sabre, a two-yearly US-Australian military drill, Japan to take part
  • Britain: 10th anniversary of London terrorist bombings – 2005
  • Libya: Anniversary of Libya’s first free national elections for decades after the ouster of dictator Moamer Kadhafi – 2012
  • Solomon Islands: Solomon Island Independence Day – 1978

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