ONS: 12 July 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 13, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyian political parties and members of civil society initialled a UN-proposed peace accord in Morocco, despite the absence of a rival parliament not recognised by the international community.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from a maximum-security prison outside Mexico City, his second jail break in 14 years.
  • ASIA: South Korean troops fired warning shots at North Korean soldiers who intruded in the buffer zone marking their heavily armed border, in the first such skirmish this year.
  • EUROPE: Eurozone finance ministers suspended last-ditch talks regarding Greece’s bailout, Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said, describing the negotiations as “very difficult” but making progress.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The IS group said it exploded a deadly car bomb outside the Italian consulate in Cairo, warning Muslims to stay away from such places, SITE Intelligence Group reported.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pacific: Typhoon Chan-Hom makes landfall in Eastern China.
    • Typhoon Chan-hom swiped eastern China, paralysing transport links and devastating farmland as authorities evacuated more than a million people, the government and state media said.
    • Chinese Provincial authorities estimate economic losses from the storm could reach more than 1.9 billion yuan ($305 million), particularly in the agricultural sector
    • Five people in the Philippines were killed earlier in the week and more than 20 people injured in Japan on Friday.
    • Flights across Asia have been grounded, and several stock markets have stopped trading.
    • AFP, AFP-1, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region:  Boko Haram claimed responsibility for attacks in Chad’s capital N’Djamena and the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the SITE Intelligence Group said. (AFP)
  • Libya: Political parties and members of civil society initialled a UN-proposed peace accord in Morocco, despite the absence of a rival parliament not recognised by the international community. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: A senior leader of an Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group that has been blamed for a spate of violence was among five militants killed by security forces in a recent raid, an official said. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: A man was arrested and charged in British Columbia after allegedly posting material supporting the Islamic State group and calling for killings in the name of “jihad,” officials said. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from a maximum-security prison outside Mexico City, his second jail break in 14 years. (AFP)
  • Panama: The country was certified as a country free of measles and congenital rubella syndrome by the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO), an official said. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean troops fired warning shots at North Korean soldiers who intruded in the buffer zone marking their heavily armed border, in the first such skirmish this year. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: About 20 militants have been killed as the army waged military operations in separate provinces, the country’s Defense Ministry said. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: The ruling party, the United National Party (UNP), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its partners in a newly formed political alliance to contest Parliament elections scheduled for next month. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece:  Eurozone finance ministers suspended last-ditch talks regarding the country’s bailout, Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said, describing the negotiations as “very difficult” but making progress. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: Authorities say they cut off the water supply to tens of thousands of people in the capital after police arrested five suspects linked to the Islamic State group who allegedly were planning to poison a reservoir. (AP)
  • Serbia: The prime minister was forced to flee a ceremony held to mark 20 years since the Srebrenica massacre, when mourners hurled stones and bottles at him in what his government later described as an attempted assassination. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: The IS group said it exploded a deadly car bomb outside the Italian consulate in Cairo, warning Muslims to stay away from such places, SITE Intelligence Group reported. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Up to 28 people were killed and 20 others wounded in clashes and air strikes by Iraqi forces on IS militants across Iraq. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: A UN-proposed truce in Yemen, aimed at delivering desperately needed aid to millions threatened with famine, failed to take hold as clashes and Saudi-led coalition air strikes persisted. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Typhoon: Chan-Hom
  • Typhoon: Nangka
    • Location: 428 NM S SW of Iwo To
    • Winds: 92mph
    • Movement: WNW at 2mph
    • Map
  • Typhoon: Halola
    • Location: 1093 NW E SE of Wake Island
    • Winds: 52mph
    • Movement: W at 12mph
    • Map
  • Typhoon: Iune
    • Location: 335 NW S SW of Bradshaw AFB
    • Winds: 40mph
    • Movement: W NW at 13mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Dolores
    • Location: 14.6N 101.1W
    • Winds: 50mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcano: Colima, Mexico
    • Spewing ash, hot lava. 70 people evacuated.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • Global Disease Outbreaks:
        • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
          • Cases: 27,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
          • Deaths: 11,235 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
          • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 26JUN: 387,115 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 11,792
      • Deaths as of 05JUN: 56 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 10JUL: 1,368 (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 10JUL: 489 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13JUL)

  • Global: Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (to 16JUL)
  • Burundi: East African leaders to meet to resolve political crisis in Burundi
  • Colombia: Anniversary of then-President Clinton signing aid package for Plan Colombia – 2000
  • Islam: Lailat al Qadr

 

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