ONS: 07 July 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 8, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, the local government reported that at least 20 people were killed in a bomb blast in the city of Zaria.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos replaced the country’s top military leaders, days after the release of a HRW report alleging complicity by the country’s top brass in extrajudicial killings of civilians.
  • ASIA: Thai authorities said that a group of students detained over a peaceful anti-coup rally will be released from jail but sedition charges against them will be upheld.
  • EUROPE: Serbia is pressing Russia to use its veto against a British-drafted resolution marking the 20th anniversary of the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war which condemns the killings as a crime of genocide.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian government said that its representatives and IAEA monitors took a “major step” toward resolving remaining issues regarding the country’s disputed atomic program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: FBI Director James Comey called for public debate on the use of encrypted communications, saying Americans may not realize how radical groups and criminals are using the technology.

TOP STORY

  • Greece: Europe to hold summit on Greek debt issue.
    • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Hollande presented a united front on the eve of the summit, urging PM Tsipras to make “precise” proposals in a bid to restart negotiations.
    • French PM Valls said that “France is convinced that we can’t take the risk of Greece leaving the Eurozone,” adding that France would do “everything” to keep it in.
    • European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker also said ‘Grexit’ must be avoided but warned against expecting a deal on Tuesday.
    • Italian FM Gentiloni said Greeks have their own leaders to blame for the crisis in their country, and not “mean Germans”.
    • The emergency Eurozone summit is set to begin at 1600 GMT, after a meeting of Eurozone finance ministers at which Greece’s new finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos will make his first appearance.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Officials reported that suspected al Shebab militants killed at least 14 people in the north of the country. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The local government reported that at least 20 people were killed in a bomb blast in the city of Zaria. (BBC)
  • South Sudan: The UN reported that the number of civilians sheltering in UN bases has risen above 150,000 for the first time in 18 months of the country’s civil war. (AFP)
  • Tanzania: The ruling party is selecting its candidate ahead of presidential elections, with the winner expected to take the country’s top job after polls in October. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US said it has no current plans to modify its Cuban migration rules after the recent announcement of the re-establishment of diplomatic ties from 20JUL. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos replaced the country’s top military leaders, days after the release of a HRW report alleging complicity by the country’s top brass in extrajudicial killings of civilians. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Authorities said the country is importing 75,000 extra barrels of gasoline per day in an “unprecedented” move to mitigate shortages in several states caused by illegal pipeline taps by criminals. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said that a recently created diplomatic back-channel with the US is “working very well” at improving communication between the two countries. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A Taliban suicide bomber targeted NATO forces in Kabul, wounding at least three people. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Eleven civilians were wounded when suspected Islamist extremists lobbed a grenade at a military truck in the southern town of Jolo. (DPA)
  • Thailand: Authorities said that a group of students detained over a peaceful anti-coup rally will be released from jail but sedition charges against them will be upheld. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Serbia is pressing Russia to use its veto against a British-drafted resolution marking the 20th anniversary of the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war which condemns the killings as a crime of genocide. (AP)
  • Region: French officials reported that a migrant died trying to reach the UK through the Channel Tunnel, and one of the six sections of the tunnel was closed for investigation. (BBC)
  • Spain: Police arrested a woman suspected of recruiting girls and teenagers for ISIS. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Three Saudi brothers were arrested in connection with the bombing of a Kuwaiti mosque that killed 26 people. (AFP)
  • Iran: The government said that its representatives and IAEA monitors took a “major step” toward resolving remaining issues regarding the country’s disputed atomic program. (AFP)
  • Iraq:  At least 10 security members were killed and 30 others wounded in three suicide car bomb attacks against security force. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: A suicide bomber from al-Nusra Front killed 25 soldiers and fighters loyal to President Assad’s regime in an attack on an army base in government-held western Aleppo. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: FBI Director James Comey called for public debate on the use of encrypted communications, saying Americans may not realize how radical groups and criminals are using the technology. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon (Chan-hom)
    • Location: 476 Nm SW of Iwo To
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Nangka)
    • Location: 566 NM E of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 127 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Storm 10W (Linfa)
    • Location: 282 NM ESE of Hong Kong
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 99km ENE of Shikotan, Russia
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 38.1 km
    • Map
  • 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 (08JUL)

  • Bolivia: Pope Francis to visit
  • Israel and Palestinian Territories: First anniversary of large-scale military operation of Israeli forces on the Gaza strip against Hamas and other militant groups – 2014

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