ONS: 11 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 12, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Al Shabaab Islamist militants attacked a Somali army base 30 miles southwest of Mogadishu with a car bomb and stormed inside, killing at least 10 soldiers.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian military and Marxist FARC guerrillas clashed, despite a bilateral ceasefire and a near peace accord.
  • ASIA: South Korea rejected threats by North Korea made over the deployment of a US anti-missile system in South Korea.
  • EUROPE: Thousands have gathered in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to mark the 21st anniversary of Europe’s worst mass murder since the Holocaust.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Pentagon chief Ashton Carter flew into Baghdad for talks on the fight against the Islamic State group and the strategy to recapture Mosul.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Barack Obama said the US government has to improve its cyber security for the modern age of technology, saying that hackers had targeted the White House.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: Fighting intensifies, threatening country’s stability.
    • Renewed fighting has broken out in South Sudan between forces loyal to the President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar.
    • The UN said Chinese and Rwandan peacekeepers had been killed or injured in attacks.
    • The US is evacuating non-emergency staff from its embassy in South Sudan, after the escalation in fighting.
    • While not immediately clear who or if either side was gaining the upper hand, the violence has raised concerns that Kiir and Machar may not have full control of their forces.
    • Coverage: BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Turkey has not taken any steps yet on normalizing relations with the country but would like to restore ties, Turkish Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus said. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: Government officials have blocked social media sites across the country until the national school examination is concluded on Wednesday. (AP)
  • Somalia: Al Shabaab Islamist militants attacked a Somali army base 30 miles southwest of Mogadishu with a car bomb and stormed inside, killing at least 10 soldiers. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Colombian military and Marxist FARC guerrillas clashed, despite a bilateral ceasefire and a near peace accord. (Reuters)
  • Peru: President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski named Fernando Zavala to be his prime minister, when he takes office on 28JUL. (Xinhua)
  • United States: More than 200 people were arrested in chaotic scenes during a new night of protests over US police violence towards blacks. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China insisted the South China Sea should not be discussed at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) between Asian and European leaders in Mongolia at the end of the week. (Reuters)
  • Region: Five people were killed overnight in Indian Kashmir after a popular rebel leader was shot dead, taking the toll from clashes from the protests to 23. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen authorized a full investigation into the killing of a prominent political analyst, Kem Ley. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea rejected threats by North Korea made over the deployment of a US anti-missile system in South Korea. (Kyodo)
  • Thailand: Thai journalist, Taweesak Kerdpoka, and four activists were charged under a draconian law banning criticism of the ruling junta’s new constitution. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: US and EU negotiators launched their 14th round of talks on a mammoth and controversial free trade deal in Brussels, despite doubts a deal can be reached. (DPA)
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina: Thousands have gathered in Srebrenica to mark the 21st anniversary of Europe’s worst mass murder since the Holocaust. (AP)
  • Germany: A new report details the scale of spying by Germany‘s foreign intelligence in previous years on members of EU governments and NATO countries. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Turkish police have arrested seven more suspects in connection with the attack at Istanbul’s airport, bringing the total number of suspects to 37. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Andrea Leadsom dramatically withdrew from the contest to lead Britain’s Conservative Party and become the next prime minister, leaving Theresa May as the sole contender to take over from David Cameron. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Bahraini activist Ibrahim Sharif was freed from prison after serving a yearlong sentence over comments supporting political change in the kingdom. (AP)
  • Iraq: Pentagon chief Ashton Carter flew into Baghdad for talks on the fight against the Islamic State group and the strategy to recapture Mosul. (AFP)
  • Syria: Syrian opposition fighters launched a major assault on government-held districts of Aleppo after the government severed their only remaining supply route into the city. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Human Rights Watch said Saudi-led bombing raids against civilian factories in the country, appear aimed at inflicting lasting economic damage. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US President Barack Obama said the US government has to improve its cyber security for the modern age of technology, saying that hackers had targeted the White House. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Celia
    • Location: 1040 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 32km NW of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 19.2 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 140km NE of Hihifo, Tonga
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • 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 (12JUL)

  • Asia Region: Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague to rule on the South China Sea
  • Bolivia: 6th International Gas and Oil Congress to be held in Santa Cruz (to 13JUL)
  • Burundi: Second Round of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue to be held in Arusha, Tanzania
  • France: Centenary Commemoration of the WWI Battle of Delville Wood
  • Gabon: Deadline for candidates to file to run in 27AUG presidential elections
  • Pakistan: Indian Coast Guard delegation to visit Karachi to attend maritime conference (to 14JUL)
  • Sao Tome and Principe: Independence Day – 1975

 

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