ONS: 17 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 18, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN is hosting the second day of talks aimed at unifying all of Libya’s armed forces under the internationally-backed Government of National Accord.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian security forces conducted counterterrorism drills at a Rio de Janeiro train station in preparation for the Summer Olympics.
  • ASIA: South Korean and US intelligence sources said they have detected increased activity at North Korea’s nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.
  • EUROPE: Turkish officials reported that so far 6,000 people have been arrested over the failed coup, including members of the judiciary and military.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government forces closed the only road leading into and out of rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo, besieging hundreds of thousands of people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US is developing a series of agreements with foreign governments that would allow them to serve US technology companies with warrants for email searches and wiretaps.

 

TOP STORY

  • Armenia: An armed group stormed a police station and took hostages in Yerevan
    • The attackers demanded the resignation of the Armenian president and the release of political prisoners, including opposition leader Jirair Sefilian.
    • Sefilian is a former military commander who has been critical of President Serge Sarkisian’s handling of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.  He has been in police custody since June on charges of attempting to overthrow the government..
    • Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) assured citizens that this was not an armed rebellion and that no other government facilities had been taken over.
    • The NSS reported that one policeman was killed and two others were wounded in the attack.
    • Several policemen are being held hostage, and the NSS is attempting to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the situation.
    • Coverage: BBC, RFE/RL, USA, Reuters, TASS, DW

 

AFRICA

  • Region: President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan arrived in Rwanda to attend the AU summit, after reassurances from Rwandan leaders that they would not enforce the international warrant for his arrest. (AP)
  • Libya: The UN is hosting the second day of talks aimed at unifying all of the country’s armed forces under the internationally-backed Government of National Accord. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Authorities arrested a prominent journalist over an article he wrote supporting calls for the UN to send more peacekeepers to the country. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombia opened the border with Venezuela for the first time in a year, allowing an estimated 35,000 of Venezuelans to purchase food and medicine. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Security forces conducted counterterrorism drills at a Rio de Janeiro train station in preparation for the Summer Olympics. (AFP)
  • Colombia: National authorities, in cooperation with Interpol, captured Jose Esteyman Poveda, the alleged leader of an international drug trafficking ring. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Police arrested a university professor on allegations that he had rented an apartment to the terrorists that killed 20 people in Dhaka earlier this month. (AFP)
  • North Korea: South Korean and US intelligence sources said they have detected increased activity at the country’s nuclear test site in Punggye-ri. (Yonhap)
  • Pakistan: Police arrested the brother of social-media celebrity Qandeel Baloch on charges of drugging and murdering his sister “for honor.” (RFE/RL)
  • Vietnam: Dozens of demonstrators were arrested in Hanoi for expressing support for the international tribunal ruling that rejects China’s territorial claims to the South China Sea. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Authorities detained two more people in the investigation into the Bastille Day truck attack on Nice, bringing the total number of suspects in police custody to seven. (AP)
  • France: The government announced that 12,000 police reserves would join the 120,000 police and soldiers already deployed around the country in an effort to calm public fears of terrorism. (AP)
  • Turkey: The Justice Ministry reported that so far 6,000 people have been arrested over the failed coup, including members of the judiciary and military. (BBC)
  • United Kingdom: David Davis, the so-called “Brexit Minister,” declared that EU citizens arriving in Britain before the country’s exit from the union may have to leave. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The country’s highest court dissolved Shi’ite Muslim opposition group al-Wefaq, and liquidated the group’s funds. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The country allegedly blocked a Security Council resolution that called for all parties in Turkey to respect the “democratically elected government.” (AFP)
  • Israel: Police apprehended a 20-year-old Palestinian who attempted to board the light rail in Jerusalem with explosives in his bag. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government forces closed the only road leading into and out of rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo, besieging hundreds of thousands of people. (AP)
  • Yemen: A drone strike targeting a vehicle in Shabwa province killed three suspected Al-Qaeda members. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China announced the establishment of a regulatory committee for automotive cyber security in order to ensure the safety of automated and internet-connected cars. (Xinhua)
  • Technology: The Justice Department announced that the US is developing a series of agreements with foreign governments that would allow them to serve US technology companies with warrants for email searches and wiretaps. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone One
    • Formation possible within the next 12-24 hours
    • Location: 435 mi SSE of Okinawa
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 11 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Darby
    • Location: 1075 mi WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Estelle
    • Location: Approximately 400 mi WSW of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 8 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 (18JUL)

  • Global: Nelson Mandela International Day – 2009
  • Morocco: MEDCOP Climate Conference in Tangier (to 19JUL)
  • South Africa: International AIDS Conference in Durban (to 22JUL)
  • Tanzania: 6th Africa Water Week to be held in Dar es Salaam (to 22JUL)
  • United Kingdom: Parliament to vote on renewing nuclear deterrent

 

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