ONS: 14 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 15, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gunmen ambushed a Giza security checkpoint, killing five policemen in an area just south of Cairo, Egypt.
  • AMERICAS: Grandparents and other relatives should not be barred from entering the US under President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban involving six Muslim-majority countries, a federal judge ruled.
  • ASIA: China rejected international criticism for not allowing its most prominent critic, Liu Xiaobo, to be treated abroad for liver cancer before his death.
  • EUROPE: French President Emmanuel Macron invited Donald Trump as the guest of honor for the Bastille Day celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US-backed forces in Syria captured a new district from Islamic State jihadists in Raqqa but struggled to hold their positions against suicide car bombers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A proposed Australian cybersecurity law would force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by suspected extremists and other criminals.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Attack at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount leaves all attackers dead.
    • Three Arab citizens of Israel armed with guns and knives killed two Israeli police officers guarding an entrance to Jerusalem’s holiest site for both Jews and Muslims.
    • Police said the three began the assault just after 7:00 a.m. at the Lion’s Gate into the Old City near one of the main entrances to the Al Aqsa mosque complex.
    • Israeli authorities shut the area after the attacks – the most serious incident in years close to the highly sensitive compound.
    • No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but the militant Palestinian group Hamas celebrated it.
    • The Temple Mount site has been a flashpoint of violence between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in recent years.
    • In the phone call with Israeli PM Netanyahu, Palestinian President Abbas “expressed his strong rejection and condemnation of the incident at the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque and his rejection of any act of violence from any side, especially in places of worship,”
    • Coverage: LAT, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Gunmen ambushed a Giza security checkpoint, killing five policemen in an area just south of Cairo. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Two civilians were killed during a rescue of a senior Kenyan government official and five other people, who were hostages of suspected Islamist militants. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The government will continue to cooperate with the US, including on intelligence-sharing, despite the halt of a committee formed to negotiate relief from US sanctions. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Ecuador suspended construction on a wall along its southern border with Peru, after Lima had protested by recalling its ambassador to Quito earlier this week. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: President Michel Temer praised a congressional committee’s rejection of a damaging report that called for him to be put on trial for a corruption charge. (AP)
  • Mexico: Attackers wielding knives burst into a child’s birthday party just north of Mexico City, stabbing and slashing to death 11 people, including two minors. (AP)
  • United States: Grandparents and other relatives should not be barred from entering the country under President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban involving six Muslim-majority countries, a federal judge ruled. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China told Japan to “get used to it” after it flew six warplanes over the Miyako Strait between two southern Japanese islands in a military exercise. (Reuters)
  • Region: Hong Kong’s high court removed four opposition lawmakers from the city’s legislative assembly after it invalidated their oaths of office. (Reuters)
  • China: The government rejected international criticism for not allowing its most prominent critic, Liu Xiaobo, to be treated abroad for liver cancer before his death. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: Two suicide bombers attacked a military camp in the Khyber tribal region, triggering a shootout in which the attackers were killed and two soldiers wounded. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Amnesty International says missing Ukrainian blogger Stanislav Aseyev is being held by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region. (RFE/RL)
  • Albania: Albanian police say they have seized at least 16.5 tons of marijuana hidden in the southwestern village of Llakatund. (AP)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron invited Donald Trump as the guest of honor for the celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I. (AP)
  • Russia: The government threatened to expel US diplomats and shut down some US compounds in the country if the US does not reopen two Russian recreational estates in the US that were shut down last year. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: A teenager was arrested after corrosive substances were thrown in people’s faces in five attacks across north-east London. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar FM Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani says it would be unfair to describe US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s shuttle diplomacy to find a solution for the Persian Gulf as a failure, insisting that the crisis “cannot be solved in a day.” (AP)
  • Region: A Palestinian man was shot dead by the Israeli army during a raid on the Dheisheh refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. (EFE)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces still faced pockets of resistance from the Islamic State in Mosul’s Old City, four days after the prime minister declared victory. (Reuters)
  • Syria: US-backed forces captured a new district from Islamic State jihadists in Raqqa but struggled to hold their positions against suicide car bombers. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A proposed Australian cybersecurity law would force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by suspected extremists and other criminals. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Fernanda
    • Location: 945 NM SSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (15JUL)

  • Global: World Youth Skills Day – 2014
  • Brunei: Sultan’s Birthday – 1946
  • Cyprus: Anniversary of the Greek-sponsored coup deposing President Makarios – 1974
  • France: Anniversary of the Orly Airport attack in Paris – 1983
  • Turkey: Democracy and National Unity Day – 2016
  • Ukrainian: Ukrainian Peacekeepers Day – 2003
  • United States: Anniversary of the launch of Twitter – 2006

 

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