- AFRICA: A ceasefire in the South Sudan capital, Juba, appeared to hold for a second straight day after intense fighting killed hundreds and forced thousands to flee their homes.
- AMERICAS: The Venezuelan military was put in charge of food distribution and key ports amid dire shortages and mounting unrest in the country.
- ASIA: South Korea announced the US THAAD anti-missile defense unit will be deployed in the southeastern county of Seongju.
- EUROPE: German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Germany will recall soldiers serving at the Incirlik airbase in Turkey if Ankara continues blocking German lawmakers from visiting the troops.
- MIDDLE EAST: A Bahraini court denied bail for prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab as he went on trial on charges of insulting a state institution and neighboring Saudi Arabia online.
- TECHNOLOGY: According to a report published in The Verge, the FBI quietly been collected iris scans from 434,000 people over the last three years involving multiple police departments, the Pentagon and US border patrol.
- South China Sea: China continues rejection of tribunal ruling.
- China vowed to take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty over the South China Sea and said it had the right to set up an air defense zone.
- Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin questioned the arbitration tribunal’s competence and integrity, saying that its five arbitrators lacked knowledge of “Asian culture” and were effectively employed by the Philippines.
- Liu said imposing an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the region, which would require aircraft flying over the waters to first notify China, would depend on the threat level China faced.
- But Liu simultaneously offered bilateral talks with the Philippines under newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte, outside of the scope of the tribunal’s ruling.
- Taiwan also denied the tribunal’s findings and sent a navy ship to Taiwanese-controlled Taiping or Itu Aba, the biggest feature in the Spratly Islands.
- Coverage: CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ
- South Sudan: A ceasefire in the capital Juba appeared to hold for a second straight day after intense fighting killed hundreds and forced thousands to flee their homes. (AFP)
- South Sudan: The US military sent 40 additional soldiers to the capital Juba to help secure American personnel and facilities in the war-torn city. (AP)
- Zimbabwe: Preacher Evan Mawarire is due to appear in court on charges of inciting public violence and protests against President Robert Mugabe. (Reuters)
- El Salvador: More than 3,000 people were violently killed in the country during the first half of this year. (AFP)
- United States: More than two dozen people were sickened in an apparent mass drug overdose on a New York City street corner of K2, also known as synthetic marijuana. (AP)
- Venezuela: The military was put in charge of food distribution and key ports amid dire shortages and mounting unrest. (AFP)
- Myanmar: The country’s top monks distanced themselves from a vocal Buddhist, anti-Muslim nationalist group blamed for a surge in sectarian violence. (AFP)
- Nauru: Opposition figure Roland Kun escaped from the Pacific nation, saying the rule of law had broken down and its citizens were living in fear. (AFP)
- South Korea: The country announced the US THAAD anti-missile defense unit will be deployed in the southeastern county of Seongju. (Reuters)
- Region: German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Germany will recall soldiers serving at the Incirlik airbase in Turkey if Ankara continues blocking German lawmakers from visiting the troops. (Reuters)
- Hungary: A Human Rights Watch report said police and soldiers have beaten migrants severely before sending them back across the border to Serbia. (AP)
- Turkey: Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the security forces have largely wiped out Kurdish militants from the country’s urban areas. (AP)
- Bahrain: A court denied bail for prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab as he went on trial on charges of insulting a state institution and neighboring Saudi Arabia online. (AFP)
- Iran: The country called in the French ambassador and lodged a formal protest over a rally outside Paris held by an exiled opposition group last weekend. (AFP)
- Iraq: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a checkpoint near Baghdad, killing at least four people. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: The Interior Ministry says a border guard was killed by a land mine near the kingdom’s frontier with war-ravaged Yemen. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: According to a report published in The Verge, the FBI quietly been collecting iris scans from 434,000 people over the last three years involving multiple police departments, the Pentagon and US border patrol. (Mashable)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Celia
- Location: 1360 NM W of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 75 mph
- Movement: NW at 12 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Darby
- Location: 475 NM WSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
- Winds: 65 mph
- Movement: W at 10 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- 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 (14JUL)
- Africa Region: Member states of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to meet in Brussels to discuss electrification funding
- France: Bastille Day – 1790
- Honduras and El Salvador: Anniversary of start of Football War – 1969
- Iraq: Republic Day – 1958
- Pacific Region: US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam and Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama to meet in Hawaii
- United States: FCC to vote on new rules to identify and open spectrum for 5G wireless networks