ONS: 16 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 17, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Guinea’s former president avoided a sentence of three years in prison for smuggling tens of thousands of dollars into the US.
  • AMERICAS: El Salvador’s president criticized his country’s Supreme Court’s decision to strike down an amnesty law that barred investigation and prosecution of war crimes.
  • ASIA: A Pakistani fashion model was killed by her brother after offending conservatives by posting pictures online of herself with a prominent Muslim cleric.
  • EUROPE: The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Nice, France.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government air raids on rebel-held districts of Aleppo killed 19 civilians, including four children.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Cyber Command is developing digital weapons — fashioned from malware and other cyber-tools — to damage and destroy the Islamic State’s networks, computers and cellphones.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: An attempt at a coup d’état was defeated by the Erdoğan government
    • The attempted coup, initiated by a faction of military forces on Friday night, was stamped out.
    • The rebels accused President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of undermining the country’s secular traditions.
    • Rebel soldiers were met with crowds of angry citizens across Istanbul.  In some places, such as Taksim Square and on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, the soldiers opened fire on civilians.
    • At least 200 people, and possibly many more, died in the violence. Turkish officials reported that 104 coup conspirators were killed, as well as at least 41 police officers and 47 civilians.
    • 2,839 members of the armed forces have been detained for their suspected participation in the coup, among them 29 colonels and five generals.
    • Turkish officials reported that the rebels retained control only of the national military headquarters in Ankara.
    • Eight suspected rebels fled Turkey, landing their helicopter in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis and requesting asylum. All on board were arrested by Greek police.
    • President Erdoğan accused exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen and his supporters of orchestrating the coup.
    • Erdoğan promised that whoever was behind the attempted coup “will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey.”
    • Coverage: NYT, WP, WSJ, LAT, BBC, Guardian

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The WHO announced that the number of people infected with yellow fever has increased 38 percent in the last three weeks, reaching a total of 1,798 suspected cases. (Reuters)
  • Guinea: Sekouba Konate, who served as the country’s transitional president in 2010, avoided a sentence of three years in prison for smuggling tens of thousands of dollars into the US. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: The country is lobbying African leaders for their support to rejoin the African Union 32 years after it left in a disagreement over Western Sahara. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • El Salvador: President Salvador Sanchez Ceren criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down an amnesty law that barred investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of atrocities committed during the 1980-1992 civil war. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: A forensic investigation was unable to determine whether the burnt remains found in a garbage dump belonged to 43 college students allegedly detained by police then surrendered to a criminal gang in Guerrero province in 2014. (AP)
  • Panama: It was announced that former dictator Manuel Noriega will be transferred from prison to a hospital on Monday in order to undergo surgery to remove a brain tumor. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Malaysia: The country’s transport minister announced that preliminary conclusions from the forensic investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near the Ukraine-Russia border in 2014 could be received later this year. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Fashion model Qandeel Baloch was killed by her brother; she recently offended conservatives by posting pictures of herself with a prominent Muslim cleric and implying that he had not observed the fast during Ramadan. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte met with a businessman he accused of being one of the country’s top drug lords and threatened to kill him. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Croatia: President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said that the country will hold a snap election on September 11; this announcement follows the fall of the government after a vote of no-confidence last month. (Reuters)
  • France: Police arrested three more suspected conspirators in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Nice. (Reuters)
  • France: The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the truck attack in Nice; the group’s affiliated Amaq news agency said the attack “was carried out by one of the soldiers of the Islamic State,” because France is part of the anti-IS coalition. (WSJ)
  • Serbia: The country says it will deploy joint army and police patrols on the borders with Bulgaria and Macedonia to curb illegal entry of migrants and people smuggling. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria:  Air raids on rebel-held districts of Aleppo killed 19 civilians, including four children. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Peace talks resumed with both delegations in Kuwait. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US Cyber Command is developing digital weapons — fashioned from malware and other cyber-tools — to damage and destroy the Islamic State’s networks, computers and cellphones. (WP)
  • Communications: As rebel soldiers seized control of television newsrooms, beleaguered President Erdogan and Turkish citizens connected via Apple FaceTime and Facebook Live. (USA)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Darby
    • Location: 930 mi WSW of Baja California
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 10 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 (17JUL)

  • Global: UN Human Rights Committee to release findings of review of Ghana, Denmark, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Ecuador, Burkina Faso and Argentina
  • East Timor: Anniversary of Indonesian annexation – 1976
  • Indonesia: Anniversary of Jakarta bombings – 2009
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Baathist Revolution – 1968
  • Kenya: 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (to 22JUL)
  • Myanmar: State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will hold talks with representatives of non-signatory armed groups to the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) in Yangon
  • Nicaragua: Anniversary of Sandinista rebels overthrow Nicaraguan government – 1979

 

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