ONS: 15 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 16, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Uganda’s army began evacuating citizens from inside neighboring South Sudan, where violence has reached historic levels.
  • AMERICAS: Oil giant BP PLC has put a final price tag of USD 61.6B on its catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
  • ASIA: South Korea demanded Pyongyang swiftly release a North Korean defector it had arrested on charges of attempting to abduct children in the isolated state.
  • EUROPE: Theresa May was heading to Scotland in her first visit as Britain’s new prime minister, stressing her bid to maintain UK unity in the Brexit vote fall-out.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US military expects to seek additional troops in Iraq, as the campaign against the Islamic State advances, US Army General Joseph Votel said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Technology transfers and commitments to build and buy equipment locally have become key determinants in which companies win global arms sales orders.

TOP STORY

  • France: Terrorist attack in Nice kills, hospitalizes scores of people.
    • A truck rammed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French Riviera city of Nice, killing at least 84 people in an apparent terrorist attack.
    • So far, no group has claimed responsibility.
    • French PM Manuel Valls said France would observe three days of national mourning, starting Saturday.
    • Italy and Spain reinforced security along their borders in response to the Nice attack.
    • Details are emerging of the 31-year-old attacker, a man known locally as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhle, but not previously linked to jihadist groups.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: Uganda’s army began evacuating citizens from inside neighboring South Sudan, where violence has reached historic levels. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: The perpetrator of the Kapenguria police station attack was a rogue officer, not an al-Shabaab recruiter as first reported. (Reuters)
  • Namibia: The country has formally appealed to the international community for help with drought following the declaration of a state of emergency. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Oil giant BP PLC has put a final price tag of USD 61.6B on its catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill. (AP)
  • Brazil: The air force will restrict Rio de Janeiro’s airspace during two separate periods between July and September to ensure security during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: Police captured 106 suspected gang members in a series of raids against warring gangs responsible for a wave of drug violence. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: The country will regulate weekly sermons in hundreds of thousands of mosques as part of a stepped-up campaign to combat Islamist extremism. (AFP)
  • Japan: US Navy sailor Justin Castellanos was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for a March rape of a Japanese woman in Okinawa. (Kyodo)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea demanded Pyongyang swiftly release a North Korean defector it had arrested on charges of attempting to abduct children in the isolated state. (AFP)
  • South Korea: An angry mob of protestors threw eggs and water bottles at PM Hwang Kyo-Ahn, calling for the retraction of a decision to deploy a US anti-missile defence system in their home town. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Britain: London’s mayor Sadiq Khan said the city’s security measures would be reviewed after the terrorist attack in Nice, France. (Reuters)
  • Germany: German prosecutors have filed war crimes and terrorism charges against a Syrian man accused of membership in al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate and involvement in a 2013 kidnapping of a Canadian man. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Theresa May was heading to Scotland in her first visit as Britain’s new prime minister, stressing her bid to maintain UK unity in the Brexit vote fall-out. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on the US to choose diplomacy over intimidation and fulfill its obligations under a year-old nuclear deal. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Thousands of Iraqis rallied in the heart of Baghdad, in defiance of warnings from the government to stay home, to demand an end to sectarianism and corruption. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The US military expects to seek additional troops in the country, as the campaign against the Islamic State advances, US Army General Joseph Votel said. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Aidaroos al-Zubaidi, the governor of the southern city of Aden, survived a car bomb attack targeting his convoy. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Technology transfers and commitments to build and buy equipment locally have become key determinants in which companies win global arms sales orders. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Celia
    • Location: 1045 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Darby
    • Location: 765 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (16JUL)

  • Europe Region: Anniversary of start of Potsdam Conference – 1945

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