ONS: 15 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 16, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US officials said they plan to confiscate $144 million in corruption-tainted assets of Nigerian oil executives found in the US including an $80 million yacht the “Galactica Star.”
  • AMERICAS: Cuban President Raul Castro ratified his administration’s willingness to continue engagement with the United States despite a setback in relations between the two countries.
  • ASIA: A 26-year-old Canadian found dead in his Thai police cell this week was wanted in the US for allegedly running a massive “dark web” marketplace for drugs and other contraband.
  • EUROPE: Some party leaders from Central and Eastern European countries expressed willingness to cooperate with China on the Belt and Road Initiative and promote China-Europe ties.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN Syria envoy closed the latest round of sputtering peace talks insisting “incremental progress” was made, driving hope that face-to-face negotiations between rebels and the Damascus regime may soon be possible.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Indonesia says it’s blocking web versions of the Telegram instant messaging app and will block the app completely if it continues to be a forum for radical propaganda and violent militants. (AP)

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate, is cremated, and worries continue to mount for his widow, Liu Xia
    • China’s most famous political prisoner, Liu Xiaobo, received a quiet cremation under official watch, when the government allowed only his widow and a few other mourners to bid farewell to the man who was also the country’s only Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
    • Liu wrote seventeen books, as well as hundreds of essays, poems, and screeds.
    • The veteran dissident died on 13JUL, aged 61.
    • The Chinese government, which had long banned Liu’s work and even his name, continues to censor the story of his death, deleting social media posts mourning him — including those simply displaying the image of a burning candle — and blocking online searches containing variations of his name and famed quotes.
    • Amid the controversy, attention is shifting to Mr. Liu’s wife, with mounting concern for her mental health.
    • In a statement the Norwegian Nobel Committee said it was “deeply worried about Liu Xia’s situation” and called upon the Chinese authorities to “lift all restrictions they have put upon her”.
    • She has been held under house arrest without charge since 2010.
    • Liu Xia, a poet, is said to be suffering from depression after spending years under house arrest and heavy surveillance. She was allowed to visit her husband in hospital.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AP, BBC, CNN, CNN, CBC, The Guardian, NYT, The New Yorker,

AFRICA

  • Region: US officials said they plan to confiscate $144 million in corruption-tainted assets of Nigerian oil executives found in the US including an $80 million yacht the “Galactica Star.” (AFP)
  • Morocco: An anti-terror court sentenced 11 people to a maximum of 20 years in prison for terror-related crimes. (Xinhua)
  • Morocco: An extraordinary meeting of the parliament of the country’s ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party kicked off amid unprecedented division in the party. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuban President Raul Castro ratified his administration’s willingness to continue engagement with the United States despite a setback in relations between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The country’s Chamber of Deputies postponed a key vote on President Michel Temer’s hold on the nation’s top office. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Political tensions in Venezuela are set to rise on 16JUL with the opposition holding a public vote to undermine President Nicolas Maduro and his controversial bid to rewrite the constitution. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least three persons were injured and a school was destroyed after an aircraft pounded Khawja Mashad neighborhood in the Kunduz city, the capital of northern Afghanistan’s Kunduz province. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: The country looks set to fill one of two vacancies on the UN Human Rights Council following France’s withdrawal from the process. (Reuters)
  • India: A Tibetan student has self-immolated in India after shouting “freedom,” police said, injuring himself critically. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A 26-year-old Canadian found dead in his Thai police cell this week was wanted in the US for allegedly running a massive “dark web” marketplace for drugs and other contraband. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Some party leaders from Central and Eastern European countries expressed willingness to cooperate with China on the Belt and Road Initiative and promote China-Europe ties. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Turkey‘s government is looking to extend the ongoing state of emergency by another three months, the prime minister said ahead of the anniversary of the failed coup last year. (DPA)
  • United Kingdom: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says there’s a chance Britain won’t leave the European Union — and stopping Brexit is “necessary” to avoid severe economic damage. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The UN Syria envoy closed the latest round of sputtering peace talks insisting “incremental progress” was made, driving hope that face-to-face negotiations between rebels and the Damascus regime may soon be possible. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Iraq until July 31, 2018. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Tehran police shot dead a man who attacked a clergyman and other people with a knife at a metro station. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Indonesia: The country says it’s blocking web versions of the Telegram instant messaging app and will block the app completely if it continues to be a forum for radical propaganda and violent militants. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Fernanda
    • Location: 945 mi SSW Southern tip of Baja, California
    • Wind: 144 mph
    • Movement: W @ 11 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 14JUL: 60,539 (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 14JUL: 29,007 (Bolivia, 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 14JUL: 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 (16JUL)

  • France: Israeli President Netanyahu to visit Paris for the 75th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv roundup
  • Japan: Anniversary of the Chūetsu offshore earthquake, which caused a radioactive leak from the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant  – 2007
  • United States: Anniversary of the Chattanooga Shooting – 2015
  • United States: Anniversary of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon – 1945
  • Venezuela: Venezuelan opposition to hold an unofficial referendum on President Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution

 

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