Overnight News Summary
Produced by the Rendon Group
17 July 2015
- AFRICA: In Nigeria, at least thirteen people were killed in a triple attack in the northeastern city of Damaturu targeting Muslim worshippers.
- AMERICAS: Four Marines were killed in twin shootings at US military centers in Tennessee, with officials opening a probe into what they said was a possible act of “domestic terrorism.”
- ASIA: World Bank president Jim Yong Kim denied that his organization had been pressured by China to remove criticism of the country’s financial system from a report.
- EUROPE: The German parliament prepared to vote on a fresh Greek bailout as Chancellor Merkel called the deal the last chance to resolve the crisis.
- MIDDLE EAST: Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal and other top officials from the Palestinian group met with Saudi King Salman and senior leaders, in the first meeting between the two sides for years.
- TECHNOLOGY: A British man accused of hacking into US government computer networks and stealing sensitive and confidential information was arrested in England.
- Iran: US moves to reassure regional allies as Iran begins diplomatic push.
- US President Obama will meet with Saudi FM Adel al-Jubeir in President Obama’s first meeting with a key American ally from an Arab state since reaching the Iran deal.
- Iranian FM Zarif issued a message to Islamic and Arab countries saying that “by solving the artificial crisis about its nuclear program diplomatically, a new opportunity for regional and international cooperation has emerged”.
- A secret US intelligence assessment predicted that Iran’s government will direct new funds from the lifting of sanctions into the country’s flagging economy and will not significantly boost funding for militant groups.
- A new poll indicates that 47 percent of Israelis would support a unilateral strike to prevent Iran obtaining the atomic bomb.
- Diplomats said the UNSC is expected to endorse the deal curtailing Iran’s nuclear program on Monday.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, LAT, Reuters, WSJ
- Burundi: Two protesters opposed to a controversial bid by President Nkurunziza to run for a third term were wounded when police opened fire at a demonstration in the capital. (AFP)
- Egypt: At least six people were killed in clashes between pro-Islamist protesters and police in a Cairo neighborhood. (AFP)
- Nigeria: At least thirteen people were killed in a triple attack in the northeastern city of Damaturu targeting Muslim worshippers. (AFP)
- Brazil: Prosecutors announced a probe into alleged influence peddling by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on behalf of construction giant Odebrecht. (AFP)
- Cuba: The US is set to remove the country from the list of worst offenders in failing to suppress human trafficking and forced labor. (Reuters)
- Guatemala: A report by a UN commission targeting corruption in the country said 25 percent of the money fueling its politics comes from criminal organizations, primarily drug traffickers. (AP)
- United States: Four Marines were killed in twin shootings at military centers in Tennessee, with officials opening a probe into what they said was a possible act of “domestic terrorism.” (NYT)
- Afghanistan: President Ghani said that negotiations with the Taliban are the way to bring peace to the country and thanked Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar for endorsing the peace talks. (AP)
- Australia: HRW said in a new report that the country’s policy of sending asylum-seekers to offshore camps has been a “disaster” in the two years it has been in place. (BBC)
- China: World Bank president Jim Yong Kim denied that his organization had been pressured by the country to remove criticism of the country’s financial system from a report. (AFP)
- Korea, North: The South Korean Defense Ministry said that the country has already begun gathering military hardware at an airport near Pyongyang in preparation for a massive parade in October. (AFP)
- Thailand: Suspected militants killed two soldiers and burned their bodies in the latest outbreak of violence in the kingdom’s south. (AFP)
- Croatia: The government said that the country would receive and accommodate 550 refugees and asylum seekers as part of an EU movement to address a surge of asylum seekers and refuges. (Xinhua)
- Germany: Parliament prepared to vote on a fresh Greek bailout as Chancellor Merkel called the deal the last chance to resolve the crisis. (AFP)
- Ukraine: President Poroshenko called it a “moral duty” to punish those responsible for downing the MH17 flight over the country one year ago. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal and other top officials from the Palestinian group met with King Salman and senior leaders, in the first meeting between the two sides for years. (Reuters)
- Syria: State media reported that President Assad made a rare public appearance for holiday prayers at a Damascus mosque. (AFP)
- Syria: The British Ministry of Defense said that British pilots have participated in airstrikes over the country on the behalf of allies such as the US and Canada. (Reuters)
- Yemen: Exiled Vice President Khaled Bahah announced online the “liberation” of Aden after four months of fighting between loyalist forces and Iran-backed rebels. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: A British man accused of hacking into US government computer networks and stealing sensitive and confidential information was arrested in England. (AP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 11W (Nangka)
- Location: 143 NM NE of Iwakuni, Japan
- Movement: N at 13 mph
- Winds: 46 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01C (Halola)
- Location: 528 NM N of Ujelang
- Movement: W at 15 mph
- Winds: 40 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Dolores
- Location: 305 miles WSW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph
- Winds: 80 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Enrique
- Location: 1730 miles W of Baja California
- Movement: WNW at 6 mph
- Winds: 40 mph
- Earthquakes: 131km NE of Bathsheba, Barbados
- Magnitude: 6.5
- Depth: 10.0 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
- 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 14JUL: 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 14JUL: 490 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18JUL)
- Global: Nelson Mandela International Day – 2009
- Argentina: Anniversary of Iranian attack on Jewish community center in Buenos Aires – 1994