ONS: 13 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 14, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: President Omar al-Bashir’s party said it would hold the US responsible for any insecurity in Sudan after Washington extended decades-old sanctions against Khartoum.
  • AMERICAS: Former Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero met with Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who was transferred from prison to house arrest thanks in part to the Spaniard’s efforts.
  • ASIA: China resisted international pleas to let cancer-stricken Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo seek treatment abroad after the latest hospital updates suggested the democracy champion was close to death.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron presided over a joint cabinet meeting aimed at underscoring Franco-German resolve to kick-start the EU.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled back to Qatar for more talks in hopes to resolve the regional standoff with its neighbors.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Personal information for as many as 14M Verizon customers was publicly accessible and unsecured in JUN2017.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: President Trump, Macron kick off Bastille Day summit.
    • US President Donald Trump arrived in Paris seeking common ground with France’s new leader Emmanuel Macron.
    • Trump’s visit was set in motion by a call Macron had made to discuss Syria, in which he invited Trump to the 14JUL Bastille Day celebration.
    • The two leaders are expected to discuss counterterrorism as well as potential solutions to the crisis in Syria.
    • Macron is eager to reassert France as a global power, and his invitation to Trump comes on the heels of a similar visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    • Coverage: ABC, Bloomberg, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sindika Dokolo, the son-in-law of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, was sentenced in absentia by a Congolese court to one year in prison for real estate fraud, a move that could further strain relations between both countries. (Reuters)
  • Region: Burkina Faso armed forces fought back heavily armed men close to its border with Mali, with no casualties on either side. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: A series of military victories over extremist Islamic groups along the country’s Mediterranean coastline has forced militants, including Islamic State fighters, to seek refuge in the vast deserts of the North African nation. (AP)
  • Sudan: President Omar al-Bashir’s party said it would hold the US responsible for any insecurity in the country after Washington extended decades-old sanctions against Khartoum. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Human Rights Watch says poor sanitation and water conditions that contributed to an outbreak of Zika persist and leave the country vulnerable to a resurgence of the virus. (AP)
  • Haiti: The country announced plans to rebuild its military to handle disasters and smuggling, despite fears the force could return to misdeeds, and be a tool of oppression. (AFP)
  • United States: Despite reaching the Trump administration’s limit of 50,000 refugees for this budget year, additional refugees will still be allowed to enter the country. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Former Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero met with opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who was transferred from prison to house arrest thanks in part to the Spaniard’s efforts. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China’s trade with North Korea rose more than 10 percent in the January-June period, amid US-pressure for Beijing to do more to rein in its erstwhile ally. (Reuters)
  • China: The government resisted international pleas to let cancer-stricken Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo seek treatment abroad after the latest hospital updates suggested the democracy champion was close to death. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: The country held a memorial service to mark the anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in JUL2014, which killed all 298 people aboard. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Unidentified gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying a senior police officer in the city of Quetta, killing the officer and three other policemen. (AP)
  • South Korea: The government responded to a US request for talks on the two countries’ free-trade agreement by saying it’s unclear if the pact is causing a growing imbalance. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron presided over a joint cabinet meeting aimed at underscoring Franco-German resolve to kick-start the EU. (AFP)
  • Region: Britain will not pay the EU a penny more than it needs as part of its Brexit settlement, Brexit Minister Steve Baker said. (Reuters)
  • Region: The Council of Europe called Poland’s vote to change regulations governing a top legal body a “major setback for judicial independence.” (AP)
  • Sweden: The country has intensified its crackdown on illegal immigrants, but the move has raised concerns that more migrants will be driven underground to join a shadowy underclass. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Turkish police detained 44 people suspected of planning terror attacks linked to Kurdish militants, including suspects in two separate Istanbul attacks last year. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled back to Qatar for more talks in hopes to resolve the regional standoff with its neighbors. (AP)
  • Region: Israel’s cabinet has frozen a plan to expand the West Bank’s most densely populated Palestinian city, Qalqiliya. (AP)
  • Iraq: Nine security members were killed and 12 others wounded when suicide bombers, affiliated to Islamic State group, attacked the Anbar headquarters of a paramilitary tribal fighters. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Personal information for as many as 14M Verizon customers was publicly accessible and unsecured in JUN2017. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Eugene
    • Location: 525 NM WSW of Punta Eugenia, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Fernanda
    • Location: 790 NM SSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 38km SSE of Taron, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 47 km
    • Map
  • 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 (14JUL)

  • France: US President Donald Trump to visit France for Bastille Day
  • France: Bastille Day – 1790
  • France: Anniversary of the Nice truck attack, killing 86 – 2016
  • France: Anniversary of an assasination attempt on Jaques Chiraq by a member of right wing group  Unité Radicale – 2002
  • Iran: Anniversary of the agreement on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – 2015
  • Iraq: Republic Day – 2005

 

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