ONS: 14 July 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 15, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rwandan lawmakers were set to debate possible changes to the constitution to allow Paul Kagame a third term in power as president.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan security forces killed 14 and detained over 250 criminals in a heavily armed operation against criminal gangs in Caracas and the central states of Aragua and Miranda.
  • ASIA: China urged the Philippines to abandon its attempt to solve South China Sea territorial disputes with an international tribunal and instead negotiate with Beijing directly.
  • EUROPE: Greek PM Tsipras was holding meetings with his leftist party as he faced the task of selling a new bailout deal that requires Athens to push through reforms within two days.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Pro-government fighters in Yemen seized control of Aden’s airport after clashes with Iran-backed rebel forces.
  • TECHNOLOGY: TrendMicro posted another Hacking Team zero-day Flash exploit that Adobe said “could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Negotiators reach deal on nuclear program.
    • Diplomats said that Iran and a group of six nations led by the US have agreed to an accord to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.
    • A formal announcement of the agreement is expected later from US Secretary Kerry and Iranian FM Zarif.
    • IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said that he has signed with Iran a “roadmap” for probing suspected efforts to develop nuclear weapons, a key part of an overall accord with major powers, and aims to issue a report on the investigation by December 15.
    • Iranian President Rouhani said a nuclear deal sealed with world powers will open “new horizons” now that “this unnecessary crisis” has been resolved.
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu said the nuclear deal concluded between major powers and Iran was “a historic mistake for the world.”
    • Coverage: AFP, CNN, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: The US has warned its citizens in the country ahead of visit by US President Obama of the risk of terrorist attacks, singling out a conference that Obama is due to address. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: President Buhari has fired all of the country’s military chiefs as a multinational army prepares for a fresh operation against Boko Haram. (AP)
  • Rwanda: Lawmakers were set to debate possible changes to the constitution to allow Paul Kagame a third term in power as president. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: The government and Ukraine reached a free trade agreement that will be formally announced during Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk’s visit to Ottawa. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The government offered a USD3.8 million reward for the capture of fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and fired top prison officials amid suspicions that guards helped him escape. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Security forces killed 14 and detained over 250 criminals in a heavily armed operation against criminal gangs in Caracas and the central states of Aragua and Miranda. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China urged the Philippines to abandon its attempt to solve South China Sea territorial disputes with an international tribunal and instead negotiate with Beijing directly. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The Army said that Taliban militants have overrun the strategically important Qarain valley in Almar district of Faryab province. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: The Navy discovered over a hundred migrants stranded for weeks on a southern island, in the wake of a regional boat crisis earlier this year. (AFP)
  • India: Maoist rebels abducted four policemen in the restive state of Chhattisgarh after intercepting a passenger bus. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Police registered a case under terrorism laws against political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Altaf Hussain over a speech criticizing the country’s military establishment. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: PM Tsipras was holding meetings with his leftist party as he faced the task of selling a new bailout deal that requires Athens to push through reforms within two days. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The constitutional court annulled a controversial law closing private tutoring centers, many of which are run by the movement of US-exiled imam Fethullah Gulen. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: US President Obama urged the country to follow through with tough economic reforms in order to meet its commitments to the IMF and other global lenders. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Local media reported that King Hamad pardoned human rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab after serving three months of a six-month jail sentence. (BBC)
  • Iraq:  A new UN report said that nearly 15,000 people in the country have been killed and 30,000 wounded during a 16-month period. (AP)
  • Yemen: Pro-government fighters seized control of Aden’s airport after clashes with Iran-backed rebel forces. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: TrendMicro posted another Hacking Team zero-day Flash exploit that Adobe said “could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.” (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Nangka)
    • Location: 676 NM SSE of Iwakuni, Japan
    • Movement: N at 10 mph
    • Winds: 104 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 01C (Halola)
    • Location: 496 NM ESE of Wake Island
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 98 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Claudette
    • Location: 310 miles S of Halifax, Nova Scotia
    • Movement: NE at 20 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Dolores
    • Location: 245 miles SSW of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 6 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Enrique
    • Location: 1295 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 40 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 (15JUL)

  • Russia and Georgia: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and State Secretary Grigory Karasin and Georgian prime ministerial special representative Zurab Abashidze to meet in Prague

 

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