ONS: 14 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 15, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US, India and other countries continue to evacuate their citizens from South Sudan, where a fragile cease-fire appears to hold amid fears of a return to civil war.
  • AMERICAS: El Salvador’s Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional a 1993 amnesty law that helped end the country’s civil war, but also prevented authorities from seeking justice for human rights violations committed during the brutal conflict.
  • ASIA: China threatened a “decisive response” to any provocations in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: New British finance minister Philip Hammond ruled out an emergency budget in response to economic turbulence triggered by Brexit.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary of State John Kerry said the nuclear agreement with Iran “has lived up to its expectations,” marking the first anniversary of the landmark accord.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said Google and Facebook now compile more information than the US National Security Agency.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Secretary Kerry in Russia, trying to find points of mutual interest—al-Assad appears confident
    • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed confidence that Syria’s war could be won within months, saying Russia’s intervention has helped tip the scales toward victory.
    • Assad also said Russia never talked to him about leaving power.
    • The US will propose increasing military cooperation and sharing intelligence with Russia to identify and target Islamic State and al Qaeda headquarters, training camps and supply routes in Syria.
    • Such a partnership would undercut months of US criticism of Russia’s military intervention in Syria.
    • The offensive on the city of Aleppo by President al-Assad’s regime is taking an already fragile ceasefire to breaking point, while undermining the US’s efforts to carve out an agreement with Russia.
    • Coverage: BBC, FT, NBC, Reuters, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Amnesty International says Cameroonian security forces unlawfully killed dozens of civilians and tortured and forced the disappearances of others in mass arrests of suspects in fighting the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency. (AP)
  • Kenya: A suspected recruiter for Somalia’s al Shabaab militant group being held in a west Kenyan police station shot dead at least four officers there after snatching a weapon from a guard. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The US, India and other countries continue to evacuate their citizens from the country, where a fragile cease-fire appears to hold amid fears of a return to civil war. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire, leader of a new protest movement against President Robert Mugabe’s authoritarian government, called for further strikes and shutdowns. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The country is replacing its economics minister Vice President Marino Murillo with Ricardo Cabrisas. (AP)
  • El Salvador: The country’s Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional a 1993 amnesty law that helped end the country’s civil war, but also prevented authorities from seeking justice for human rights violations committed during the brutal conflict. (AP)
  • Peru: The country’s anti-narcotics agency Devida said it is ready to destroy coca plants in a lawless jungle region where most cocaine in the Andean nation is produced. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Ineffectual attacks by the Islamic State group’s followers in Southeast Asia have shown them to be fragmented and lacking in the expertise that has produced devastating death tolls elsewhere in the world. (AP)
  • Region: The Philippines urged China to respect an international tribunal’s ruling that rejected Chinese claims to most of the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Region: China threatened a “decisive response” to any provocations in the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: According to the UN, more than 149,000 Afghans fled their homes in 2016 due to the ongoing conflict. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Britain: New finance minister Philip Hammond ruled out an emergency budget in response to economic turbulence triggered by Brexit. (AFP)
  • Germany: The country rejected North Korea’s top envoy designate to Berlin for still-unknown reasons. (Yonhap)
  • Romania: Police carried out a large-scale raid on the village of Berevoiesti, where inhabitants are accused of kidnapping dozens of young men and boys into modern-day slavery. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The UN said actions between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian insurgents may constitute “war crimes”. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Tehran summoned Egypt’s top envoy to “strongly protest” against the attendance of Egyptian lawmakers at an annual rally of an exiled opposition group. (AFP)
  • Iran: Secretary Kerry said the nuclear agreement with the country “has lived up to its expectations,” marking the first anniversary of the landmark accord. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: The country marked the anniversary of the 1958 overthrow of the monarchy and recent victories over the Islamic State group with a military parade in Baghdad. (AP)
  • Syria: President al-Assad said US reporter Marie Colvin, who was killed in alleged government fire in 2012, was “responsible” for her own death. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said Google and Facebook now compile more information than the US National Security Agency. (EFE)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Celia
    • Location: 1325 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Darby
    • Location: 590 NM SSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch, Russia
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • 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 (15JUL)

  • Colombia and South Korea: Free Trade Agreement to enter into force
  • Croatia: Parliament to be dissolved
  • Mongolia: Asia-Europe Meeting to be held in Ulaan Bator (to 16JUL)
  • United Kingdom: Lord Jonathan Hill’s resignation from European Commission to take effect
  • Yemen: Peace talks to reconvene in Kuwait

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