ONS: 08 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 9, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya’s interior minister died in hospital, a month before the country is due to hold national elections.
  • AMERICAS: Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said that a group of doctors will help him determine whether a “medical pardon” should be given to ex-President Alberto Fujimori.
  • ASIA: Two US bombers flew to the Korean Peninsula to join fighter jets from South Korea and Japan for a practice bombing run as part of a training mission in response to North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.
  • EUROPE: A day of violent clashes between police and protesters in Hamburg led to 160 injured police officers and 70 arrested protesters.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US and Russia agreed to a ceasefire in southwest Syria, which will go into effect 09JUL at noon, Damascus time.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Leaders at the G20 summit said they would put pressure on Internet providers for a prompt removal of content linked to Islamic extremism.

 

TOP STORY

  • G20: Trump Questions Putin on Election Meddling
    • US President Trump questioned Russian President Vladimir V. Putin about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election, at a meeting that lasted over two hours.
    • Trump called it an “honor” to meet with Putin, drawing swift criticism from Democrats, who accused him of dismissing US intelligence, and giving Putin’s denial of Russian interference too much weight.
    • The two sides offered contrasting accounts of the discussion.
    • Lavrov told reporters that Trump accepted Putin’s denial.
    • Tillerson told reporters that Trump began the discussions by “raising the concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference” in the American political process, which was followed by a “robust” and “lengthy discussion of the matter.”
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, AP, LAT, ABC

 

AFRICA

  • Region: UK PM Theresa May told G20 members of her plan to spend £30m over four years on private insurance policies to reduce the need for humanitarian aid in Africa. (Guardian)
  • Kenya: The country’s interior minister died in hospital, a month before the country is due to hold national elections. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: The South Gauteng High Court ordered the Black First Land First (BLF) group to stop intimidating and threatening journalists. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • El Salvador: A major fire broke out in the Finance Ministry, killing at least two people, and injuring 22 others. (Reuters)
  • Canada: The government formally apologized to Omar Khadr, the only Canadian imprisoned at the US military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. (NYT)
  • Peru: President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said that a group of doctors will help him determine whether a “medical pardon” should be granted to ex-President Alberto Fujimori. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Two US bombers flew to the Korean Peninsula to join fighter jets from South Korea and Japan for a practice bombing run as part of a training mission in response to North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The government has armed hundreds of local villagers freed from Islamic State control, and enlisted them as a militia force to fight against IS. (VOA)
  • India: Government forces threw tear gas and clashed with stone-throwing protesters as the volatile Himalayan region marked the anniversary of a hugely popular rebel leader’s death. (AFP)
  • Japan: The death toll from heavy rains and flooding in the south of the country rose to 15. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: During a meeting with Slovak FM Miroslav Lajcak, Irish FM Simon Coveney indicated that Ireland wants to maintain an open border with Britain after Brexit. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: A day of violent clashes between police and protesters in Hamburg led to 160 injured police officers and 70 arrested protesters. (Guardian)
  • Ukraine: Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker, will be the envoy to lead US diplomacy on the Ukraine crisis. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Judicial officials say security forces have arrested 21 alleged Islamic State (IS) extremists in the northeastern city of Mashhad. (RFE/RL)
  • Iraq: The country’s security forces killed 35 Islamic State militants and arrested six others while they were trying to flee the Old City in the western side of Mosul. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The US and Russia agreed to a ceasefire in the southwest of the country, which will go into effect Sunday at noon Damascus time. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Leaders at the G20 summit said they would put pressure on Internet providers for a prompt removal of content linked to Islamic extremism. (TASS)
  • Technology: Apple is expanding work into differential privacy as a means to build products that understand users without snooping on their activities. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Remnants of Four
      • 16.5N 52.5W
      • Moving, WNW
      • Winds, 23mph
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Eugene
      • 12.5N, 111.6W
      • Moving NW @ 9mph
      • Winds, 45 mph
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes:
    • Klyuchevsky volcano: ash advisory
  • 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 07JUL: 60,252 (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 07JUL: 28,977 (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 07JUL: 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 (09JUL)

  • Argentina: Independence Day – 1810
  • Mongolia: Mongolian Presidential runoff
  • Palau: Constitution Day – 1981
  • South Sudan: Independence Day – 2011
  • Sri Lanka: Anniversary of the Navaly church bombing – 1995
  • Ukraine: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and ambassadors of NATO member countries in Brussels will visit Ukraine (to 10JUL)

 

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