ONS: 07 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 8, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Twenty-six Egyptian soldiers were killed or wounded in attacks on several checkpoints in Sinai that included car bombings.
  • AMERICAS: Guatemala’s Supreme Court ratified the extradition of Javier Duarte, a former Mexican state governor wanted on charges of embezzlement and organized crime, and he could soon be turned over to Mexican authorities.
  • ASIA: Two US bombers flew over the South China Sea, asserting the right to treat the region as international territory despite China’s claim to virtually the entire waterway.
  • EUROPE: Talks to reunify the divided island of Cyprus collapsed, marking the end of a process seen as the most promising in generations to heal decades of conflict.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain vowed to take additional steps against Qatar after it refused to accept their demands over allegations that it supports extremist ideology.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers are penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities in the US and other countries.

 

TOP STORY

  • G20 Summit: Conference begins amid violent protests, tense global controversies.
    • German police are attempting to prevent small groups of mostly anti-capitalist protesters from disrupting the G20 summit in Hamburg, as world leaders prepare to meet.
    • Hamburg police used a water cannon to clear a blockade by protesters ahead of the opening of the Group of 20 summit.
    • At least 111 police officers have been injured in ongoing protests.
    • US President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin met, with a later meeting scheduled.
    • G20 leaders will urge President Trump to find a way for the US to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, British PM Theresa May said
    • UK PM May also plans to urge G20 leaders to take tougher action to prevent the transfer of funds intended to support terrorism.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, DPA, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Twenty-six Egyptian soldiers were killed or wounded in attacks on several checkpoints in Sinai that included car bombings. (AFP)
  • Egypt: At least 12 Chinese nationals of the Uighur ethnic minority were deported and put on a flight to China, and 22 more were detained for immediate deportation. (NYT)
  • South Africa: Despite a rebuke, the International Criminal Court declined to refer Pretoria to the UN for possible censure over failure to arrest Sudan’s president during a 2015 visit. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Guatemala’s Supreme Court ratified the extradition of Javier Duarte, a former Mexican state governor wanted on charges of embezzlement and organized crime, and he could soon be turned over to Mexican authorities. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: The federal police announced a shutdown of the primary task force assigned to the “Car Wash” corruption investigation, provoking criticism from prosecutors. (AP)
  • Cuba: The government rejected the EU “interventionist” stance on human rights while also celebrating the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement approved by the EU. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Grandparents and other extended relatives of people in the country are not exempt from President Trump’s travel ban, a federal judge decided. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Two US bombers flew over the South China Sea, asserting the right to treat the region as international territory despite China’s claim to virtually the entire waterway. (Reuters)
  • Region: China’s first aircraft carrier – the Liaoning – emerged in Hong Kong as a four-warship flotilla gave a potent demonstration of Beijing’s might. (Guardian)
  • Region: Indian authorities shut down the Internet in Kashmir and sealed off Tral, the hometown of a slain militant leader a day before the anniversary of his killing by the army. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he’s willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un amid heightened animosities after the North’s first ICBM test-launch. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The country’s oil and gas regulator ordered the local subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to pay at least USD 1.99M in damages and compensation for the tanker explosion that killed more than 200 people last month. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Dutch Cabinet declared Turkey’s Vice PM Tugrul Türkes was not welcome to travel to the Netherlands for a ceremony among Turkish expatriates commemorating last year’s failed coup. (Reuters)
  • Cyprus: Talks to reunify the divided island collapsed, marking the end of a process seen as the most promising in generations to heal decades of conflict. (Reuters)
  • France: Paris authorities are evacuating some 1,500 migrants from a makeshift street camp as Europe faces an upsurge in new arrivals. (AP)
  • Turkey: Suspected Kurdish militants detonated an explosive device in the town of Baykan as the vehicle of a district official was passing by, but no one was hurt. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish police detained 29 suspected Islamic State group militants in raids in Istanbul, with most being foreign nationals. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain vowed to take additional steps against Qatar after it refused to accept their demands over allegations that it supports extremist ideology. (AP)
  • Iraq: The UN suspended operations in two camps near the city of Mosul that host nearly 80,000 displaced Iraqis due to security concerns. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A Saudi security corporal was killed and six security men wounded in a militant attack on their patrol in the town of Qatif. (AP)
  • Syria: US-backed forces struggled to gain ground against the Islamic State group in Raqqa, facing a wave of car bombs and mortars unleashed by the jihadists. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Hackers are penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities in the US and other countries. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Four
    • Location: 985 NM E of the Lesser Antilles
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: W at 23 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)
      • 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 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 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 (08JUL)

  • Israel: Anniversary of Israeli offensive on Gaza after the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli soldiers – 2014
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of the assassination of Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani by Mossad agents – 1972
  • Norway: Sunniva Feast Day
  • Thailand: Asalha Puja
  • Ukraine: Air Force and Air Defense Forces Day – 2015

 

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