ONS: 11 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 12, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clashes between forces loyal to Libya’s unity government and rival fighters east of Tripoli have left four people dead including at least two civilians.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree granting amnesty to another 3,600 members of the FARC rebel group.
  • ASIA: China urged a halt to what it called the “China responsibility theory,” in reference to alleged influence over North Korea.
  • EUROPE: Patriot missiles are being deployed for the first time in NATO military exercises in the Baltic republics.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Amnesty International said it had identified a pattern of attacks by Iraqi forces and the US-led military coalition backing them in the battle for Mosul that violated international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Trump administration will delay, and probably eliminate, a federal rule that would have let foreign entrepreneurs come to the US to start companies.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Donald Trump Jr. allegedly aware of Russian effort to elect Trump.
    • Donald Trump Jr was told that material on Hillary Clinton offered by a Russian lawyer was part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s election campaign.
    • There is no evidence to suggest that the promised damaging information was related to Russian government computer hacking that led to the release of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails.
    • US federal election laws prohibit anyone from “soliciting” or “accepting” any campaign contribution from a foreign national or a foreign government.
    • Trump added that his father knew nothing of the meeting, and the president’s personal legal team said President Trump did not attend the meeting and had not been aware of it.
    • Donald Trump Jr. has hired lawyer Alan Futerfas to deal with matters related to the Russia investigation.
    • Coverage: ABC, BBC, CBS, NYT

AFRICA

  • Kenya: The Kenyan military launched air strikes on the Boni forest hideout of Somali Islamists blamed for deadly attacks on civilians and security personnel. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Clashes between forces loyal to the country’s unity government and rival fighters east of Tripoli have left four people dead including at least two civilians. (AFP)
  • Mali: About 10 Malian soldiers were missing following an ambush by suspected Islamist militants in the West African nation’s desert north. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree granting amnesty to another 3,600 members of the FARC rebel group. (BBC)
  • United States: At least 16 people were believed dead after a military plane crashed in the Mississippi Delta. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: Seven members of the country’s Bolivarian Armed Forces were injured in an explosion in Altamira, a district in eastern Caracas. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: China urged a halt to what it called the “China responsibility theory,” in reference to alleged influence over North Korea. (Reuters)
  • Region: Thousands of Hindus are continuing a religious pilgrimage in Indian-controlled Kashmir under heightened security after gunmen killed seven pilgrims and wounded 19. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban attacked a security outpost in eastern Laghman province, killing two policemen and wounding seven civilians. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s intelligence agency does not believe North Korea has secured re-entry capabilities for its intercontinental ballistic missile program, counter to Pyongyang’s account. (WSJ)
  • North Korea: Leader Kim Jong Un was feted at a concert marking the successful launch of his country’s first intercontinental ballistic missile. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Austrian FM Sebastian Kurz urged dozens of European counterparts to overcome a “crisis of confidence,” as a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe opened. (AP)
  • Region: Patriot missiles are being deployed for the first time in NATO military exercises in the Baltic republics. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in two areas of the country’s southeast, killing 11 Kurdistan Workers Party fighters. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Turkish authorities ordered the arrest of 105 people working in information technology believed to have been involved in the attempted JUL2016 military coup. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Amnesty International said it had identified a pattern of attacks by Iraqi forces and the US-led military coalition backing them in the battle for Mosul that violated international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Sporadic clashes are continuing in Mosul, even after the government declared a “total victory” over the Islamic State group in the city. (AP)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State group have now seized more than 75 percent of Imam Gharbi, a village south of Mosul, and reinforcements are expected. (Reuters)
  • Syria: US-backed Syrian militias captured the town of al-Ukeirshi, where Islamic State ran a major military base and training camp. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Trump administration will delay, and probably eliminate, a federal rule that would have let foreign entrepreneurs come to the US to start companies. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Eugene
    • Location: 565 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 214km NW of Auckland Island, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • 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 (12JUL)

  • Kiribati: Independence Day – 1979
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of the beginning of the Lebanon-Israel War – 2006
  • São Tomé and Príncipe: Independence Day – 1975
  • Sudan: US President Donald Trump to decide on lifting the US’ 1997 permanent sanctions on Sudan
  • United States: US to suspend refugee admissions

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