ONS: 10 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 11, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission said a vote to replace President Joseph Kabila will probably not be possible this year.
  • AMERICAS: A team of international investigators brought to Mexico to unravel one of the nation’s gravest human rights atrocities was targeted with sophisticated surveillance technology sold to the Mexican government to spy on criminals and terrorists.
  • ASIA: Nearly 50 countries and global organizations have publicly condemned or objected to North Korea’s latest missile provocation and pursuit of nuclear and missile programs.
  • EUROPE: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russia it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine and that American and European sanctions would remain in place until Moscow reversed course in the region.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarked between Gulf Arab nations in a bid to resolve a regional crisis over Qatar.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Donald Trump backtracked on his push for a cyber security unit with Russia, hours after promoting it following his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Donald Trump Jr. admits Russian lawyer meeting during campaign.
    • US President Donald Trump’s son has admitted meeting a Russian lawyer last year who, he says, promised to reveal damaging material on Hillary Clinton.
    • In response to the report, Donald Trump Jr., has given two different explanations for the JUN2016 meeting.
    • The meeting was the first confirmed private meeting between members of the president’s inner circle and a Russian national, Natalia Veselnitskaya.
    • During the meeting, Ms. Veselnitskaya claimed Russian figures were “funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs Clinton”
    • The meeting was also attended by Trump’s campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
    • Coverage: BBC, Fortune, FT, NYT, NYT-2

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The country’s electoral commission said a vote to replace President Joseph Kabila will probably not be possible this year. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Chief Justice David Maraga warned President Uhuru Kenyatta not to undermine public confidence in the judiciary, less than a month before national elections are due. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Somali security forces killed 18 Islamist insurgents during an operation in the northern region of Puntland. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Valongo wharf in Rio de Janeiro where slaves from Africa first arrived in the country was added to the list of World Heritage sites, UNESCO announced. (AFP)
  • Canada: British Columbia has freed up USD 77M to help thousands of people displaced by raging wildfires. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A team of international investigators brought to the country to unravel one of the nation’s gravest human rights atrocities was targeted with sophisticated surveillance technology sold to the country’s government to spy on criminals and terrorists. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani forces destroyed two Indian posts and killed four soldiers in retaliation for the killing of five Pakistani civilians in Indian shelling. (Xinhua)
  • China: Floods and landslides have killed scores of people in the central Hunan province as two weeks of torrential rains forced 1.6 million to flee. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea received an advanced submarine to counter North Korea’s underwater combat capabilities. (EFE)
  • North Korea: Nearly 50 countries and global organizations have publicly condemned or objected to the country’s latest missile provocation and pursuit of nuclear and missile programs. (Yonhap)
  • Papua New Guinea: Despite being marred by violence, vote-buying and flaws in the electoral roll, results from the country’s election remain acceptable, observers said. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier condemned British proposals on EU citizens’ rights after the UK leaves the EU. (AP)
  • Region: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russia it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine and that American and European sanctions would remain in place until Moscow reversed course in the region. (AP)
  • Region: Austria barred Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci from entering the country to attend an event marking the anniversary of a failed coup in Turkey. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Turkish police detained 42 people, including academics, for alleged links to a US-based Muslim cleric less than a week before the anniversary of the failed coup. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko says his country will focus on reforms and will not seek NATO membership for the time being. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarked between Gulf Arab nations in a bid to resolve a regional crisis over Qatar. (AP)
  • Region: Iran called for a partial ceasefire in southwestern Syria, agreed between the US and Russia, be expanded to all of Syria. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: A policeman and 2 civilians were injured in multiple shootings in the eastern province of Qatif. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The UN envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura, started a new round of indirect talks between Syrian government and opposition leaders. (AP)
  • Syria: Three southern provinces remained mostly quiet, almost 24 hours into an internationally brokered ceasefire for the region despite scattered violations. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US President Donald Trump backtracked on his push for a cyber security unit with Russia, hours after promoting it following his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Eugene
    • Location: 535 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 105 mph
    • Movement: NW at 12 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 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 (11JUL)

  • Global: World Population Day – 1989
  • Asia: The US, Russia, China, South Korea, and Japan to attend the 27th meeting of the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue to discuss N. Korea
  • Belgium: Russian FM Lavrov to visit Brussels to meet with Belgian officials (to 12JUL)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Anniversary of the beginning of the Srebrenica massacre – 1995
  • India: Anniversary of the Mumbai train bombings, where 209 people were killed – 2006
  • Mongolia: Naadam Festival (to 13JUL)

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