ONS: 08 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 9, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Five South Sudanese government soldiers were killed in a shootout between opposing army factions in the South Sudan capital, Juba.
  • AMERICAS: Five Dallas police officers were killed in the deadliest incident for law enforcement in the US since 9/11.
  • ASIA: South Korea and the US said they will deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter a threat from North Korea.
  • EUROPE: Evidence is growing of Britain’s decision to leave the EU is already causing a downturn in the economy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi sacked the head of the security command responsible for Baghdad after a bombing in the capital killed 292 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Part of a broader trend in Russia is a small but growing number of people prosecuted for reposting messages online.

TOP STORY

  • NATO Summit: Key gathering to focus on Russia and ISIS.
    • For NATO, its two-day summit beginning 08JUL may be the most crucial since the Cold War.
    • US President Barack Obama called European leaders to firm against Russia, Islamic State terrorism and other challenges facing NATO — even as a Britain is poised to retrench from Europe.
    • The 28-nation NATO alliance will formally agree to deploy four battalions with 3,000 to 4,000 troops in the Baltic states and eastern Poland on a rotating basis to reassure eastern members of its readiness to defend them.
    • The UK will deploy hundreds of troops in response to growing concerns over Russia’s presence on its border with the Baltic states, UK PM David Cameron is set to announce.
    • The US also will be looking to strengthen cooperation between NATO and the EU—including a new initiative under which the two organizations have regular consultations with the intent to give the US a direct role.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, INDE, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Attackers blew up an oil pipeline in the country’s southern Bayelsa state operated by a subsidiary of Italy’s Eni. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Five South Sudanese government soldiers were killed in a shootout between opposing army factions in the capital, Juba. (AP)
  • Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni may have found a way to run for another term, as a ruling party legislator will petition removing the presidency’s age limit from the country’s constitution. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Colombian army will up their fight against dissident FARC rebels and crime gangs across the nation even after a peace accord is signed with the Marxist group. (Reuters)
  • United States: Five Dallas police officers were killed in the deadliest incident for law enforcement in the country since 9/11. (CNN)
  • Venezuela: The country’s opposition coalition called for the Vatican to join an international mediation effort with the government. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Russia warned the US deployment of an advanced missile defense system in South Korea would have “irreparable consequences,” echoing warnings by China of a threat to regional security. (AFP)
  • Region: Beijing will not take a “single step back” in the contested South China Sea, state-run media said, despite reports of US naval patrols close to its artificial islands. (AFP)
  • Region: Super Typhoon Nepartak brought chaos to Taiwan, forcing more than 15,000 people to flee their homes as the storm is on course for China. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea and the US said they will deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter a threat from North Korea. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: An explosion on a train that injured more than two dozen passengers in Taipei was not terrorism-related, Taiwanese police said. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Region: US President Barack Obama said he was confident that Britain and the EU would be able to agree an orderly transition to a new relationship after last month’s Brexit vote. (Reuters)
  • Region: A commercial data transfer pact provisionally agreed by the EU executive and the US in February received the green light from EU governments. (Reuters)
  • Britain: Evidence is growing of the country’s decision to leave the EU is already causing a downturn in the economy. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sacked the head of the security command responsible for Baghdad after a bombing in the capital killed 292 people. (AFP)
  • Israel: Aircraft debris believed to have come from an EgyptAir crash in May has washed up on a beach near Tel Aviv. (AFP)
  • Syria: At least 15 civilians killed in air strikes on the town of Darkush, near the Turkish border, which is held by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Part of a broader trend in Russia is a small but growing number of people prosecuted for reposting messages online. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 02W (Nepartak)
    • Location: 155 NM SSW of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Winds: 103 mph
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Blas
    • Location: 1280 NM WSW of Baja California
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Four-E
    • Location: 740 NM S of Baja California
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 01JUL: 159,221 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 01JUL: 33,882
      • Deaths as of 01JUL: 18
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (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 07JUL: 1,782 (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 07JUL: 634 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 23JUN:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 23JUN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 23JUN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09JUL)

  • Argentina: Independence Day – 1816
  • Canada: Nunavut Day – 2000
  • Nauru: Elections
  • South Sudan: Independence day, celebrations canceled due to war – 2011
  • Spain: US President Obama to visit (to 11JUL)
  • Ukraine: Canadian PM Trudeau to visit (to 11JUL)

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