ONS: 13 July 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 14, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US is in talks with North African countries about positioning drones at a base on their soil to ramp up surveillance of ISIS in Libya.
  • AMERICAS: Diplomats in Havana said the Colombian government reached a major de-escalation agreement with leftist FARC guerrillas, agreeing for the first time to reduce anti-rebel operations in the decades-long armed conflict
  • ASIA: The Cambodian parliament passed a controversial law regulating non-governmental organizations, despite a boycott by opposition lawmakers and street protests by activists who say it will hinder their ability to operate.
  • EUROPE: Romanian PM Ponta was questioned by prosecutors as part of a corruption probe that has sparked calls for him to resign.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi government forces retook two villages in Anbar as part of their operations against ISIS in the western province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Italian cyber-security firm Hacking Team said a government might have been behind a massive hack of its systems and warned that the subsequent leaking of its computer codes could prove a field day for criminals.

 

TOP STORY

  • Greece: Government and EU reach agreement for bailout.
    • EU President Donald Tusk said that eurozone leaders had reached a unanimous deal to offer Greece a third bailout and keep it in the euro after a marathon 17 hours of talks.
    • Greek PM Tsipras, German Chancellor Merkel, French President Hollande and EU president Donald Tusk hammered out the proposal on the sidelines of an emergency summit of the 19 countries that use the euro.
    • PM Tsipras agreed to tough reforms in return for a three-year bailout worth up to 86 billion euros, Greece’s third rescue program in five years.
    • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said there was no longer any risk of Greece crashing out of the euro.
    • German Chancellor Merkel warned that Greece and its European partners still faced a challenging road ahead to finalize a third bailout for Athens.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The US is in talks with North African countries about positioning drones at a base on their soil to ramp up surveillance of ISIS in Libya. (WSJ)
  • Burundi: Security forces said they have arrested around 100 suspected rebels and seized a number of weapons in a crackdown ahead of next week’s presidential elections. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: World leaders are to meet in Addis Ababa for a development financing summit presented as crucial for UN efforts to end global poverty and manage climate change by 2030. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Diplomats in Havana said the government reached a major de-escalation agreement with leftist FARC guerrillas, agreeing for the first time to reduce anti-rebel operations in the decades-long armed conflict. (AFP)
  • Mexico: US Attorney General Lynch said the US is ready to help authorities in their hunt for escaped drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AFP)
  • United States: The top Senate Republican said that Congress is likely to block any nominee that President Obama names as ambassador to Cuba and retain broad economic sanctions. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: ISIS released an audio tape it said was of the movement’s leader for the country, contradicting reports that he was killed in a US drone strike. (Reuters)
  • Cambodia: Parliament passed a controversial law regulating non-governmental organizations, despite a boycott by opposition lawmakers and street protests by activists who say it will hinder their ability to operate. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: A South Korean official said the country has officially confirmed the purging of its defense chief two months after Seoul’s spy service said he had been executed for disloyalty. (AP)
  • Malaysia: Police said they are investigating the leak of confidential documents that allegedly show millions of dollars were funneled to PM Razak’s account. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Romania: PM Ponta was questioned by prosecutors as part of a corruption probe that has sparked calls for him to resign. (AFP)
  • Russia: The Defense Ministry reported that twenty-three soldiers were crushed to death by rubble after their military barracks collapsed in Siberia. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Davutoglu is due to begin coalition talks with the second-placed CHP party. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani is to address the nation on state television amid reports a nuclear deal with world powers could be imminent. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Government forces retook two villages in Anbar as part of their operations against ISIS in the western province. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Saudi-led air raids killed 21 civilians in Sanaa, two days after the start of a UN-brokered humanitarian truce that Riyadh does not recognize. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Italian cyber-security firm Hacking Team said a government might have been behind a massive hack of its systems and warned that the subsequent leaking of its computer codes could prove a field day for criminals. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Chan-hom
    • Location: 78 NM NW of Inchon, South Korea
    • Movement: NNW at 20 mph
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Nangka)
    • Location: 347 NM SW of Iwo To
    • Movement: N at 10 mph
    • Winds: 121 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01C (Halola)
    • Location: 780 NM ESE of Wake Island
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 02C (Iune)
    • Location: 438 NM ESE of Johnston Island
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Enrique
    • Location: 1200 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Dolores
    • Location: 170 miles SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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: 1368 (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 (14JUL)

  • France: Quatorze Juillet (National Day) – 1790
  • Iraq: Republic Day – 1958
  • San Salvador and Honduras: Anniversary of start of Football War between Honduras and El Salvador – 1969

 

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