ONS: 12 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 13, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ships carrying Chinese troops are heading to Djibouti to set up Beijing’s first overseas military base, a major step for China’s military expansion abroad.
  • AMERICAS: An international team led by a former Spanish PM met secretly for months with leading Venezuelan officials to persuade them to move Leopoldo López, the country’s most prominent political prisoner, to house arrest from jail.
  • ASIA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed a decree giving the government the power to ban radical organizations, in a move aimed at outlawing groups behind an apparent rise in the political clout of hard-line Islam.
  • EUROPE: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said there were many differences with Britain on citizens’ rights, including on the role of the EU court that needed to be sorted out before talks can start on a trade deal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US-led Iraqi coalition says an Amnesty International report accusing its forces of violating international law during the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul is “irresponsible.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said “state-sponsored” or criminal hackers are targeting US nuclear power plants and other energy providers.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: First overseas military base to be established in Djibouti.
    • Ships carrying Chinese troops are heading to the country to set up Beijing’s first overseas military base, a major step for China’s military expansion abroad.
    • China’s base will be used to resupply navy ships taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia.
    • The military base is part of Beijing’s plan to continue with its “maritime military struggle,” and to overcome conventional thinking that “land outweighs sea,” according to its 2015 defense white paper.
    • China has expanded its military ties across Africa in recent years, as cooperation with Africa on peace and security is now an “explicit part of Beijing’s foreign policy.”
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, Reuters, UPI

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: At least 11 people were killed following multiple explosions in the northeast city of Maiduguri. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Acting president Yemi Osinbajo met with President Muhammadu Buhari in London, where he has been for more than two months for medical issues. (AP)
  • Sudan: The US postponed for three months a decision on whether to permanently lift sanctions on the country over its human rights record and other issues. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Cuban Parliament renewed its call for US President Donald Trump to lift the embargo on the island. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Dozens of civil society organizations presented a report to the International Criminal Court in hopes it will lead to an investigation of possible crimes against humanity in the country’s north. (AP)
  • Venezuela: An international team led by a former Spanish PM met secretly for months with leading Venezuelan officials to persuade them to move Leopoldo López, the country’s most prominent political prisoner, to house arrest from jail. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese aircraft carrier the Liaoning entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on its way back from Hong Kong and is being monitored, Taiwan said. (Reuters)
  • Region: Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir after three men police identified as Kashmiri rebels were killed in a gunbattle with Indian forces. (AP)
  • Indonesia: President Joko Widodo signed a decree giving the government the power to ban radical organizations, in a move aimed at outlawing groups behind an apparent rise in the political clout of hard-line Islam. (AP)
  • North Korea: The country seems to feel freer to take American citizens hostage and the country’s treatment of American prisoners is getting much worse, former US diplomat David Straub said. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said there were many differences with Britain on citizens’ rights, including on the role of the EU court that needed to be sorted out before talks can start on a trade deal. (Reuters)
  • Region: Chinese warships conducted live-firing drills in the Mediterranean Sea while en route to joint exercises with the Russian navy. (AP)
  • Russia: The US removed Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab from two lists of approved vendors, amid concerns the Kremlin could gain entry into US cyber networks. (RFE/RL)
  • Turkey: Turkish police killed five Islamic State militants during a raid on a house in the central city of Konya. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Israeli military shot and killed two people who hurled stones at troops on an arrest raid in the northern West Bank. (AP)
  • Region: Turkey has sent 197 cargo planes, 16 trucks and one ship to Qatar to meet its daily needs since a dispute broke out between Qatar and other Gulf states. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The US-led coalition says an Amnesty International report accusing its forces of violating international law during the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul is “irresponsible.” (AP)
  • Iraq: The government will offer new oil and gas exploration rights to boost energy revenues to fund its war against the Islamic State group and shore up its finances amid low oil prices. (AP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces clashed with Islamic State fighters holding out in Mosul’s Old City, more than 36 hours after PM Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the militants. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said “state-sponsored” or criminal hackers are targeting US nuclear power plants and other energy providers. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Eugene
    • Location: 510 NM SW of Punta Eugenia, Mexico
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Six-E
    • Location: 740 NM S of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W 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 (13JUL)

  • Europe: Anniversary of the Treaty of Berlin, which carves up some Ottoman claims to the Balkans – 1878
  • Europe: NATO-Russia Council meeting to be held in Brussels
  • India: Anniversary of the 2011 Mumbai bombings – 2011
  • Kazakhstan: National Security Committee Day – 1992
  • Montenegro: Statehood Day – 1878
  • Nagorno-Karabakh: Breakaway republic Nagorno-Karabakh to hold presidential elections in its transition to presidential system (to 29JUL)
  • Somalia: Anniversary of the beginning of the Ogaden War – 1977

 

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