ONS: 16 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 17, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Voters in the Republic of Congo went to the polls in legislative elections, the first since violence-marred presidential polls last year which returned Denis Sassou Nguesso to power.
  • AMERICAS:  Polls opened in Venezuela in an opposition-organized vote to measure public support for President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution, against a backdrop of worsening political violence.
  • ASIA: Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen abducted four workers in a school in a southern Philippine province where President Rodrigo Duterte visited troops waging an offensive against the militants.
  • EUROPE: The head of the European Union’s executive body says the EU’s hand remains outstretched to Turkey but is renewing warnings that Ankara will not get EU membership if reinstates the death penalty.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel gradually reopened a Jerusalem holy site after taking the rare step of shutting it down following a deadly assault there that sparked concerns of a fresh round of violence.
  • TECHNOLOGY: After dialing a number in the country, instead of hearing a dial tone, Turkish users heard a voice message from Erdogan congratulating them on the national holiday of “democracy and unity” that marks the coup’s defeat.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Country commemorates first anniversary of failed coup
    • Millions of people gathered across Turkey in observance of one year since civilians poured into the streets and confronted rebel soldiers, thwarting what would have been the country’s fourth military coup.
    • The July 15, 2016 Saga, as the Turkish government has branded the event, marked a turning point in a country prone to military coups.
    • During the event, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, reiterated his support for reinstating the death penalty in an emotive and combative speech to tens of thousands of people gathered in Istanbul.
    • Erdoğan said defendants in coup-related trials should wear a standard uniform “like in Guantanamo”, warned that Turkey would “cut the heads off” traitors bent on destabilizing the country, and brandished the coup plotters as “unbelievers”.
    • A monument was also inaugurated by Erdogan in the capital Ankara honoring the some 250 people who were killed opposing last year’s failed coup attempt against his rule.
    • In his speech after unveiling a monument to the victims at the Bosphorus Bridge, which has been renamed the 15 July Martyrs Bridge, the president harshly criticized opposition parties, indicating that there would be no attempt at a post-coup consensus.
    • The Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtutlmus compared it with some of the world’s greatest modern atrocities. He said: “The Jews did not let the Holocaust be forgotten. The Japanese did not let Hiroshima be forgotten. Turkey will never let July 15 be forgotten.”
    • More than 150,000 people have been dismissed from their posts since the thwarted coup, including thousands of military personnel, police, members of the judiciary, teachers and academics. More than 50,000 have been arrested.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CBS, CNN, Financial Times, LAT, The Guardian,

 

AFRICA

  • Mauritania: Several thousand Mauritanians took to the streets to protest a controversial constitutional referendum due on 05AUG. (AFP)
  • Republic of Congo: Voters in the country to go to the polls in legislative elections, the first since violence-marred presidential polls last year which returned Denis Sassou Nguesso to power. (Al Jazeera)
  • Senegal: At least eight people were killed in a stampede in a soccer stadium in the Senegalese capital Dakar during a match between two local teams, the sports minister said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The abrupt departure of American officials from an Australian Pacific island refugee camp has fanned fears among asylum-seekers that plans to resettle them in the US may not go ahead. (AFP)
  • Guam: As the country prepares to celebrate Liberation Day this week, political leaders on the Pacific island say it’s time to decide whether to remain a US colony or become an independent nation. (AFP)
  • Venezuela:  Polls opened in the country in an opposition-organized vote to measure public support for President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution, against a backdrop of worsening political violence. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • India: Four sanitation workers were killed due to suffocation while attempting to clean an underground pit meant for rainwater harvest in the Indian capital of New Delhi, police said Sunday. (Xinhua)
  • Papua New Guinea: The prime minister of the country, Peter O’Neill, has won a fourth term in Parliament, but the South Pacific nation is still no clearer on who will lead it through a period of economic uncertainty. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen abducted four workers in a school in a southern Philippine province where President Rodrigo Duterte visited troops waging an offensive against the militants. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The head of the European Union’s executive body says the EU’s hand remains outstretched to Turkey but is renewing warnings that Ankara will not get EU membership if reinstates the death penalty. (AP)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron said his defense chief has no choice but to agree with what he says after his top general criticized spending cuts to this year’s budget. (Reuters)
  • France:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Paris to mark the 75th anniversary of a notorious roundup of thousands of Jews, an invitation that has angered his critics. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran and Vietnam have discussed boost of cooperation particularly in agriculture sector. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Two civilians were killed in a cross-border attack by Pakistani insurgents. (AFP)
  • Israel:  The country will gradually reopen a Jerusalem holy site after taking the rare step of shutting it down following a deadly assault there that sparked concerns of a fresh round of violence. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Turkey: After dialing a number in the country, instead of hearing a dial tone, users heard a voice message from Erdogan congratulating them on the national holiday of “democracy and unity” that marks the coup’s defeat. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricane:  Fernanda
    • Location: 1305 mi WSW of the southern tip of Baja, California
    • Wind: 132 mph
    • Movement: WNW @ 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 (17JUL)

  • Botswana: President’s Day – 1966
  • India: Presidential election
  • Lesotho: King’s Birthday – 1963
  • Poland: Anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Poland and the Holy See – 1989
  • South Korea: Constitution Day – 1948

 

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