Overnight News Summary
Produced by the Rendon Group
16 July 2015
- AFRICA: The Egyptian government agreed to revise a controversial article of its anti-terror law threatening journalists with jail for reporting anything but the official line on jihadist attacks.
- AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos confirmed that the FARC guerrillas’ latest cease-fire will last four months.
- ASIA: Pakistan summoned the Indian ambassador after a “spy drone” was shot down in disputed Kashmir.
- EUROPE: Eurozone finance ministers are to begin discussions on delivering Greece’s bailout after MPs in Athens adopted the package, amid angry scenes in parliament and violent clashes on the streets.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned President Rouhani that “some” world powers are not to be trusted in implementing a nuclear deal, urging vigilance for any breaches.
- TECHNOLOGY: US NSA Director ADM Rogers said the US should brace itself for more attacks like one on the US Office of Personnel Management.
- Japan: Lower House passes bill expanding military powers.
- The lower house of parliament approved legislation that would allow an expanded role for the nation’s military in a vote boycotted by the opposition.
- The vote came one day after PM Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc forced the bills through a committee despite intensifying protests.
- Polls show that about 80 percent of Japanese find the bills questionable, and the majority of them say they think the legislation is unconstitutional.
- If the upper house votes down the legislation or fails to vote within 60 days, it will be sent back to the lower house for a final say.
- China said the security bills were “an unprecedented move since the Second World War” that raised questions over Japan’s defense policy.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters
- Burundi: Ugandan President Museveni left crisis talks between rival political factions without a deal, but last-ditch efforts continued ahead of polls next week. (AFP)
- Egypt: The government agreed to revise a controversial article of its anti-terror law threatening journalists with jail for reporting anything but the official line on jihadist attacks. (AFP)
- Liberia: The WHO said that a resurgence of Ebola in the country is likely to have originated in a survivor still carrying the virus, as the country announced a second death in the new outbreak. (AFP)
- Libya: ISIS militants said they killed an army commander in the eastern city of Benghazi, as a pro-government offensive against the Islamists appeared to stall. (Reuters)
- Argentina: A judge barred former president Carlos Menem from leaving the country ahead of his trial over alleged obstruction of the investigation into the deadly bombing of a Jewish community center in 1994. (AFP)
- Colombia: President Santos confirmed that the FARC guerrillas’ latest cease-fire will last four months. (EFE)
- Cuba: President Raul Castro said that the country and the US are entering a new era as the countries prepare to restart diplomatic relations next week, though he insisted more changes in US policy toward the country are necessary. (AP)
- Haiti: A US State Department official said that there was a “fairly good chance” legislative elections in the country will happen as scheduled in August, adding that the US will provide more funds to assure polling goes smoothly. (Reuters)
- Mexico: Authorities searched hotels, hospitals and funeral homes while distributing 100,000 leaflets with recent pictures of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in a massive manhunt. (AFP)
- Region: Pakistan summoned the Indian ambassador after a “spy drone” was shot down in disputed Kashmir. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: At least eight Taliban militants were killed as their hideout was attacked by drone in Wardak province. (Xinhua)
- Burma: Authorities coordinated with their Bangladeshi counterparts to hand over next Wednesday 165 verified “boat people” out of the remaining 544 rescued by the navy. (Xinhua)
- Korea, South: The Supreme Court ordered a lower court to review its conviction of former spy chief Won Sei-Hoon who was jailed for three years for election meddling. (AFP)
- Albania: Visiting Greek FM Kotzia called the country “a strategic partner and ally” during a joint press conference with FM Bushati. (Xinhua)
- Cyprus: EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urged the rival leaders of the country not to let a “unique opportunity” to reunify the country slip away. (AP)
- France: Interior Minister Cazeneuve said authorities had foiled a “terrorist” plot to capture and decapitate a member of its armed forces. (AFP)
- Greece: Eurozone finance ministers are to begin discussions on delivering the country’s bailout after MPs in Athens adopted the package, amid angry scenes in parliament and violent clashes on the streets. (The Guardian)
- Iran: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned President Rouhani that “some” world powers are not to be trusted in implementing a nuclear deal, urging vigilance for any breaches. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: US officials said that US Defense Secretary Carter will travel to the country as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to convince skeptical allies in the region about the benefits of the Iran nuclear deal. (Reuters)
- Yemen: Several ministers and top intelligence officials touched down by helicopter in Aden, in the first visit by the exiled government based in Saudi Arabia in more than three months of war. (Reuters)
- Yemen: Rebels fired rockets at the oil refinery in port city Aden, sparking a new blaze in the facility that has repeatedly come under attack. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: US NSA Director ADM Rogers said the US should brace itself for more attacks like one on the US Office of Personnel Management. (WSJ)
- Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Nangka)
- Location: 188 NM SE of Iwakuni, Japan
- Movement: N at 10 mph
- Winds: 75 mph
- Cyclones: Typhoon 01C (Halola)
- Location: 52 NM WSW of Wake Island
- Movement: WNW at 7 mph
- Winds: 75 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Dolores
- Location: 255 miles SSW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Movement: WNW at 7 mph
- Winds: 115 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Enrique
- Location: 1620 miles W of Baja California
- Movement: WNW at 7 mph
- Winds: 40 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Mount Raung and Mount Gamalama, Indonesia
- Ash clouds prompting flight cancelations. (AFP)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- 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 (17JUL)
- Indonesia: Anniversary of Indonesia annexing East Timor – 1976
- Indonesia: Anniversary of Jakarta Bombings – 2009
- Iraq: Iraqi National Day / Ba’ath Revolution Day – 1968
- Ukraine: Negotiations with Ukraine’s neighbors on its Western border on the organization of joint border control will take place
- Islam: Eid-ul-Fitr, end of Ramadan