ONS: 06 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 7, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s eastern commander Khalifa Haftar said his forces had taken full control of the city of Benghazi from rival armed groups.
  • AMERICAS: The US condemned an attack by stick-wielding government supporters in Venezuela against opposition lawmakers in the National Assembly.
  • ASIA: Human Rights Watch released a report blaming the Bangladeshi government for many of the secret detentions and disappearances of opposition figures since 2013.
  • EUROPE: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Britain cannot enjoy “frictionless” trade with EU partners after it leaves the union, warning of “negative” consequences no matter what.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US was prepared to hold discussions with Russia on setting up no-fly zones in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Only about half of all countries have a cybersecurity strategy or are in the process of developing one, according to the latest UN report.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: US prepares response in escalating nuclear crisis
    • The US said it will use its “considerable military forces” on North Korea “if we must”, following Tuesday’s long-range missile test.
    • President Trump warned he’s considering “some pretty severe things” in response to what he called “very, very bad behavior” from North Korea, though he did not mention any specific plans.
    • US ambassador Nikki Haley said a new resolution would also be tabled against Pyongyang at the UN.
    • South Korean jets and navy ships fired a barrage of guided-missiles into the ocean during drills, a display of military power two days after North Korea test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile.
    • Trade with North Korea might become more perilous as the Trump administration looks to expand sanctions to companies and countries it says are enabling Kim Jong Un’s continued defiance of the international nonproliferation norms.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, LAT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: The country’s eastern commander Khalifa Haftar said his forces had taken full control of the city of Benghazi from rival armed groups. (Reuters)
  • Tanzania: Rights groups urged the government to “end its hostile rhetoric toward civil society groups and threats to obstruct their work.” (AP)
  • Zambia: President Edgar Lungu said he would seek parliament’s approval to impose a state of emergency after an incident he claimed was politically motivated arson. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US condemned an attack by stick-wielding government supporters in Venezuela against opposition lawmakers in the National Assembly. (AFP)
  • Region: US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to discuss the countries’ joint fight against drug cartels. (AFP)
  • United States: Diplomats are struggling to figure out what mission the Trump administration expects them to carry out, as President Donald Trump seeks drastic budget cuts to the State Department. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A Chinese graduate from one of Taiwan’s top universities was charged with espionage as prosecutors accused him of attempting to recruit spies for Beijing. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Human Rights Watch released a report blaming the government for many of the secret detentions and disappearances of opposition figures since 2013. (AP)
  • Japan: Search and rescue operations continued as torrential rain devastated the main island of Kyushu, leaving two dead and at least 11 missing. (Kyodo)
  • Korean Peninsula: Five North Koreans found at sea as they defected to South Korea, turned out to be an elite scientist and his family members from Pyongyang. (Kyodo)
  • Papua New Guinea: Counting is under way in the country’s parliamentary elections, which were marred by claims of rigging, electoral roll flaws, and ballot paper shortages. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Britain cannot enjoy “frictionless” trade with EU partners after it leaves the union, warning of “negative” consequences no matter what. (AP)
  • Belgium: Belgian authorities are looking for more suspects after overnight raids, and charged two men with terror-related offenses, but insist no attack is imminent. (AP)
  • France: Seven terror plots have been foiled since the start of the year, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said as he argued for a final extension of the country’s state of emergency. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Amnesty International called for the release of a group of human rights activists detained by Turkish police, including Amnesty’s in-country director Idil Eser. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: The country began housing Islamist extremists in separate prison units to prevent them radicalizing other inmates. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: French President Emmanuel Macron said he supported a two-state solution to end the Middle East conflict. (AFP)
  • Region: Germany’s intelligence service will participate in efforts to clear up accusations by Arab neighbors that Qatar supports terror groups. (AP)
  • Iraq: Up to 20,000 civilians are trapped in the last Islamic State group-held areas in Mosul’s Old City, the UN said. (AFP)
  • Qatar: Qatar Airways and two other major long-haul Gulf carriers were removed from a US ban on laptops and large electronics in airplane cabins. (AP)
  • Syria: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US was prepared to hold discussions with Russia on setting up no-fly zones in the country. (WSJ)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Only about half of all countries have a cybersecurity strategy or are in the process of developing one, according to the latest UN report. (Xinhua)
  • Technology: The Ukrainian government estimates as many as one in 10 personal computers at companies and government offices across the country may have been compromised in the 27JUN cyberattack. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Four
    • Location: 1545 NM E of the Lesser Antilles
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 3km NNE of Masarayao, Philippines
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 6.5 km
    • Map
  • 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 (07JUL)

  • Global: G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany (to 08JUL)
  • Iran: Anniversary of the institution of Sharia in the country – 1980
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the end of Operation Hammer by Turkish forces fighting the PKK in northern Iraq – 1997
  • Slovenia: Anniversary of the Brioni Agreement ending the independence war in Slovenia against Yugoslavia – 1991
  • Tanzania: Saba Saba Day – 1954
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of the 2005 London Bombing – 2005

 

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