ONS: 07 August 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 8, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rebels said the South Sudanese army captured the main rebel stronghold of Pagak near the Ethiopian border.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian president Michel Temer said troops deployed to reinforce security in the crime-stricken state of Rio de Janeiro will remain there until 2018.
  • ASIA: The US, Australia and Japan called for a halt to Chinese land reclamations and military actions in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson promises a response to Russia’s recent expulsion of American diplomats by 01SEP.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordan’s King Abdullah II began a visit to the West Bank — seen as a signal to Israel that he is closing ranks with the Palestinians on key issues.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Ghana’s first satellite began its orbit, with help from NASA.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Nation defiant against international commitment to sanctions.
    • Armed with extraordinary new UN sanctions, nations raced to ensure that North Korea’s biggest trading partners actually carry them out.
    • North Korea dismissed an offer of talks from the South as “insincere”.
    • Also, the North vowed to bolster its nuclear arsenal and launch “thousands-fold” revenge against the US to respond to recent UN sanctions.
    • South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed to apply maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea in a telephone call.
    • Diplomacy is preferable to sanctions as a means to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear program, Le Luong Minh, the head of Association of Southeast Asian Nations said.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, BBC, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: More than 100 migrants stormed a border post between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Ceuta. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: More than 50 people have been killed in clashes between the Twa pygmies and Luba ethnic groups, the largest death toll in months. (Reuters)
  • Mauritania: Voters favored a referendum to abolish the senate in what the country’s opposition says is a bid by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to bolster his power. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Rebels said the South Sudanese army captured the main rebel stronghold of Pagak near the Ethiopian border. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Michel Temer said troops deployed to reinforce security in the crime-stricken state of Rio de Janeiro will remain there until 2018. (EFE)
  • Colombia: UN observers were ambushed while trying to safely remove an explosives cache in the southwestern province of Cauca. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Gunmen attacked a group at a beach in the Baja California peninsula, killing three people and wounding two. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US, Australia and Japan called for a halt to Chinese land reclamations and military actions in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: More than 50 people, including several civilians, were jointly killed by Taliban and Islamic State militants in the northern province of Sari Pul. (AFP)
  • Papua New Guinea: Rights groups called for an independent inquiry after another refugee was found dead at the Manus Island detention camp. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The US has been providing the country with surveillance capabilities, training, information and aircraft to help it fight pro-Islamic State group militants. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Far-right activist Ernst Zundel, who was convicted of Holocaust denial in Mannheim after his deportation from Canada, has died at 78. (AP)
  • Russia: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson promises a response to the country’s recent expulsion of American diplomats by 01SEP. (WSJ)
  • United Kingdom: An ORB opinion poll showed that 61 percent of British voters disapprove of PM Theresa May’s handling of the Brexit negotiations. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Britain’s negotiations over leaving the EU have not begun well due to disagreements among PM Theresa May’s team about the kind of deal they should be seeking. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Jordan’s King Abdullah II began a visit to the West Bank — seen as a signal to Israel that he is closing ranks with the Palestinians on key issues. (AP)
  • Region: Al-Jazeera denounced Israel’s decision to close the Jerusalem bureau of Qatar’s flagship satellite network, saying it will take legal action. (AP)
  • Iran: Two Iranian companies signed the country’s biggest-ever car deal with French automobile manufacturer Groupe Renault to produce 150,000 cars, beginning in 2018. (AP)
  • Qatar: The country held joint military exercises with Turkish troops, showcasing their strategic alliance. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Ghana’s first satellite began its orbit, with help from NASA. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 135 NM SW of Kyoto, Japan
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: NE at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Nalgae
    • Location: 739 NM NNE of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Franklin
    • Location: 100 NM N of Cabo Gracias a Dios
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 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 (08AUG)

  • Asia: Anniversary of the founding of ASEAN – 1967
  • Afghanistan:  Anniversary of 1998 killing of Iranian diplomats in Afghanistan – 1998
  • Antigua and Barbuda: Carnival Tuesday – 1833
  • Kenya: Presidential elections
  • Kuwait: Anniversary of the occupation of Kuwait by Iraq – 1990
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of a hospital attack in Quetta that resulted in the deaths of between 74 and 90 people – 2016
  • South Africa: South African parliament to hold vote of no confidence on President Zuma
  • Syria: Representatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran to meet in Tehran to discuss de-escalation of tensions in Syria
  • Tanzania: Farmer’s Day
  • United States: Anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon – 1974

 

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