ONS: 10 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 11, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In South Sudan, the death toll from fighting between rebels and government soldiers this week has reached 272 people, including at least 33 civilians.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan government and opposition met separately with international mediators, with the hope that the two sides will meet face to face by Tuesday.
  • ASIA: A Cambodian political analyst and well-known government critic was killed at a gas station in the capital city, police say, in a dispute over money.
  • EUROPE: Kurdish militants killed two Turkish security forces in a car bomb attack on a military outpost in the southeast of the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry traveled to Israel to discuss reviving peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook stated that graphic or violent imagery can be live-streamed on their site as long as the intention is to “raise awareness or find the perpetrator” of a crime.

 

TOP STORY

  • Australia: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claims election victory
    • The Liberal Party-led conservation coalition has been re-elected for a second three-year term after a tight race.
    • Although vote counting is still underway (with up to one-quarter of the ballots yet uncounted), the Australian Electoral Commission has forecast that the coalition will take at least 74 seats in the House of Representatives.
    • The opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has conceded the race.
    • Despite the prime minister’s narrow victory, his government has suffered significant losses.
    • If the party does not secure the minimum of 76 out of 150 parliamentary seats necessary to form a majority government, the prime minister will need to forge an alliance with an independent party and form a minority government.
    • Coverage: NYT, WSJ, BBC, Guardian, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Somalia: Officials reported that security forces arrested several people and seized a cache of weapons in the southern region of Gedo bordering Kenya. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: The death toll from fighting between rebels and government soldiers this week has reached 272 people, including at least 33 civilians. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Ecuador deported 29 undocumented Cubans who asked the government to transfer them to Mexico en route to the United States, the Interior Ministry said. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Fifteen people were killed in several armed attacks across Tamaulipas province; eleven from the same family. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The government and opposition each met with international mediators led by Spain’s former Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, with the hope that the two sides will meet face to face by Tuesday. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: A political analyst and well-known government critic was killed at a gas station in the capital city, police say, in a dispute over money. (AP)
  • India: Unrest continued in Kashmir, with reports of sixteen protesters killed in clashes with security forces. (AP)
  • Japan: Elections opened for half of the 242 seats of the upper house of the country’s parliament. (WSJ)
  • Malaysia: Gunmen of unknown affiliation abducted three crewmen from an Indonesian vessel off the coast of Sabah province. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Spain:  Barack Obama embarked on a shortened but symbolic first presidential trip to the country, saying his crisis-hit ally had turned the economic corner. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Kurdish militants killed two security forces in a car bomb attack on a military outpost in the Van province, in the southeast of the country. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: John Prescott, who was deputy PM in 2003, announced that he now believes that the US-UK invasion of Iraq was “illegal.” (BBC)  

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry traveled to Israel to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discuss reviving peace talks with the Palestinians. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: An Israeli man was shot and killed while driving his car near a settlement in the West Bank. (AFP)  
  • Syria: At least 29 rebels were killed in clashes with regime troops during a failed bid to reopen the opposition’s key supply route into Aleppo city. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook clarified their policy on graphic or violent content in live-streamed videos.  A spokesperson stated that such content is acceptable where it is being used to “raise awareness or find the perpetrator” of a crime. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Nepartak
    • Location: 168 NM W of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Blas
    • Location: 1335 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Celia
    • Forecast to become a hurricane Sunday morning
    • Location: 825 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: W at 12mph
    • 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 08JUL: 159,830 (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 08JUL: 34,172
      • Deaths as of 08JUL: 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 07JUL:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guinea-Bissau, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 07JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 07JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11JUL)

  • Global: World Population Day – 1989
  • Belgium: Flemish Community Day – 1302
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre – 1995
  • Europe Region: US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to visit Paris, London, Brussels and Berlin to discuss economic fallout of Brexit
  • France: South African President Jacob Zuma to visit (to 12JUL)
  • India: Anniversary of the Mumbai train bombings – 2006
  • Nigeria: Senator Bukola Saraki’s trial to resume
  • Norway:  A team of Russian inspectors will perform an observation flight over Norway under the Open Skies Treaty (to 15JUL)
  • Russia: A joint mission of the Turkish and Italian military to perform an observation flight over Russia under the Open Skies Treaty (to 15JUL)
  • Singapore: Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann to visit (to 13JUL)
  • Ukraine: Technical mission of the fiscal affairs department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to visit Kiev

 

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