ONS: 09 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 10, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Al-Shabab extremists from neighboring Somalia beheaded nine civilians in an attack on a village in Kenya’s SE.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez celebrated a surprise return to his family after being granted house arrest with a promise to fight on following three years’ imprisonment for leading anti-government protests.
  • ASIA: N Korea responded to a live-fire drill staged by the US and S Korea, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the “tipping point” of nuclear war.
  • EUROPE: About 76,000 people took part in, and tens of thousands of police officers were mobilized to keep watch over, demonstrations protesting the G20 summit in Hamburg.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry is investigating the discovery of 19 people, believed to be Egyptians, who were found dead in NE Libya.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Somalia’s government says a widespread internet outage that began roughly two weeks ago, is costing the country roughly $10 million each day.

 

TOP STORY

  • Trump Jr., Kushner, Manafort meeting with Russian Lawyer
    • President Donald Trump’s eldest son and his son-in-law Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer with connections to the Kremlin during the presidential campaign.
    • Representatives of Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner confirmed the June 2016 meeting.
    • The meeting took place at Trump Tower between Trump Jr., Kushner and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian attorney, on June 9, 2016.
    • Trump Jr., in a statement, said the “short introductory” meeting was primarily about an adoption program that the Russian government ended, and that he had asked Kushner and Manafort to “stop by.”
    • This is the first confirmed private meeting between a Russian national and members of Mr. Trump’s inner circle during the campaign.
    • Coverage: NBC, AP, ABC, USA Today, NYT

AFRICA

  • Region: The US announced more than $630 million in aid for Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria. (AP)
  • Region: Al-Shabab extremists from neighboring Somalia beheaded nine civilians in an attack on a village in Kenya’s SE. (AP)
  • South Sudan: Thousands of people have been displaced and aid workers evacuated as rebels accused government troops of advancing on their stronghold and killing civilians along the way. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Federal police have announced that they are shutting down the task force behind Operation Car Wash, a behemoth corruption probe that has sent dozens of top politicians and business executives to jail. (LAT)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez celebrated a surprise return to his family after being granted house arrest with a promise to fight on following three years’ imprisonment for leading anti-government protests. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: The attorney general said that politicians deprived of their freedom cannot be used as objects of negotiation or hostages. ( EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: US President Trump met with China’s President Xi Jinping, in an attempt to forge a consensus on how to counter N Korea’s push to develop its ballistic missile and nuclear program. (AP)
  • Region: N Korea responded to a live-fire drill staged by the US and S Korea, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the “tipping point” of nuclear war. (AFP)
  • Japan: The death toll from heavy rains and flooding in Japan’s south rose to 18, as rescue teams continued their search for survivors. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: In a joint statement, the leaders of 18 nations and the EU recognized the US decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, but also indicated that they remained committed to the “irreversible” accord. (BBC)
  • Germany: About 76,000 people took part in, and tens of thousands of police officers were mobilized to keep watch over, demonstrations protesting the G20 summit. (NYT)
  • Turkey: Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the opposition leader is ending a 400 kilometer trek in Istanbul, after 25 days of walking, with a mass rally protesting the erosion of the country’s democracy. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Hamas strengthened its security measures on the borders between the coastal enclave and Egypt. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The Foreign Ministry is investigating the discovery of 19 people, believed to be Egyptians, who were found dead in NE Libya. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: A ceasefire set to take effect in the SW of the country is a US priority and an important step toward eventual peace throughout the war-torn country, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Somalia’s government says a widespread internet outage that began roughly two weeks ago, is costing the country roughly $10 million each day. (AP)

WORLD

    • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
    • Hurricanes: Eugene
      • 14.4N, 113.5W
      • Maximum wind, 80 mph
      • Movement NW @ 8mph
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
    • Volcanoes:
      • Reventador volcano, Copahue
        • 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 (10JUL)

  • Bahamas: Independence Day – 1973
  • Colombia: UN Security Council to vote on UK proposal for a UN Mission to Colombia to help re-integrage former FARC members into society
  • Mauritania: Armed Forces Day – 1960
  • Spain: Anniversary of the abduction of Miguel Ángel Blanco by the ETA – 1997
  • Syria: Next round of UN-led Syria talks to be held in Geneva

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