ONS: 12 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 14, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan’s capital Juba was quiet after a ceasefire declaration appeared to halt, at least temporarily, four days of deadly gun battles in the city.

  • AMERICAS: Colombian FM Maria Angela Holguin will meet with her Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez on 04AUG to discuss the re-opening of the common border, closed 11 months ago.

  • ASIA: US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Afghanistan for talks with President Ashraf Ghani, after the US and NATO pledged to keep thousands of troops in the country.

  • EUROPE: European officials approved a new agreement that will allow some of the world’s largest companies, including Google and General Electric, to move digital information freely between the EU and the US.

  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, a suicide car bombing killed at least 11 people in an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated northeastern district of Baghdad.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Israeli and American families of victims of Palestinian attacks filed a USD 1B lawsuit against Facebook, claiming the social network is providing a platform for militants to spread incitement and violence.

 

TOP STORY

  • South China Sea: The Hague denies China’s claims; no legal basis.

    • The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled China’s claims to “historic rights” in the South China Sea are invalid.

    • The tribunal decided China wasn’t entitled to an exclusive economic zone, extending up to 200 nautical miles from one island in the Spratlys archipelago, Itu Aba, which is claimed by China and currently controlled by Taiwan.

    • Despite China’s refusal to acknowledge or implement the verdict, the result will nevertheless undermine its claim to sovereignty under the nine-dash line which it draws around most of the South China Sea.

    • Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay welcomed the “milestone decision.”

    • It is the first time the Chinese government has been summoned before the international justice system, and neighboring countries have hoped that the outcome will provide a model for negotiating with Beijing or for challenging its assertive tactics in the region.

    • Coverage: LAT, NYT, USA Today, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • South Sudan: The capital Juba was quiet after a ceasefire declaration appeared to halt, at least temporarily, four days of deadly gun battles in the city. (AFP)

  • South Sudan: Japan has dispatched military aircraft to evacuate Japanese nationals including aid workers amid renewed fighting in the nation. (AP)

  • Zimbabwe: Minister Evan Mawarire, leader of anti-government protests, was ordered to report to the police, stoking tensions on the eve of more demonstrations. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombian FM Maria Angela Holguin will meet with her Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez on 04AUG to discuss the re-opening of the common border, closed 11 months ago. (EFE)

  • Bolivia: President Evo Morales announced he will open a school to teach “anti-imperialist doctrine” to the country’s armed forces on 17AUG. (Xinhua)

  • Ecuador: President Rafael Correa announced he would maintain a state of emergency in the two provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabi, the worst-hit by an earthquake in April. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrived for talks with President Ashraf Ghani, after the US and NATO pledged to keep thousands of troops in the country. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: Militants loyal to the ultra-extremist Islamic State outfit have made their debut in the northern Badakhshan province over the past weeks. (Xinhua)

  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea warned North Korea that it would face stronger sanctions and isolation if it goes through with a nuclear test. (Kyodo)

  • Singapore: A Singapore court jailed four Bangladeshi men for between two and five years for terrorism financing. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU and Chinese leaders met over Brexit and pressure from European companies for better access to China’s market. (AP)

  • Region: The European Commission’s economy chief Pierre Moscovici urged Britain’s prime minister in waiting Theresa May to accelerate the process towards Brexit. (AFP)

  • Region: European officials approved a new agreement that will allow some of the world’s largest companies, including Google and General Electric, to move digital information freely between the EU and the US. (NYT)

  • Britain: David Cameron will chair his final cabinet meeting as prime minister as Theresa May prepares to take over. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri says it’s halting legal proceedings against Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine, who was killed in Syria. (AP)

  • Iraq: A suicide car bombing killed at least 11 people in an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated northeastern district of Baghdad. (AP)

  • Israel: The Israeli parliament adopted a controversial law to increase the regulation of rights groups and left-wing organizations, specifically those that receive more than half of their funding from overseas governments. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: Intensified fighting in Aleppo has completely cut off the only access road for humanitarian aid deliveries into the rebel-held part of the city. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Israeli and American families of victims of Palestinian attacks filed a USD 1B lawsuit against Facebook, claiming the social network is providing a platform for militants to spread incitement and violence. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report

  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Celia

    • Location: 1225 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico

    • Winds: 100 mph

    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Five-E

    • Location: 285 NM SW of Manzanillo, Mexico

    • Winds: 35 mph

    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph

    • 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 (13JUL)

  • Colombia: Anniversary of US President Bill Clinton signing Plan Colombia aid package – 2000

  • South Korea: Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann to visit (to 14JUL)

  • Russia: NATO to hold talks with Russia in Brussels

  • Ukraine: Next Minsk group meeting to discuss conflict

  • United States: Anniversary of George Zimmerman being found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin – 2013

 

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