ONS: 17 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 18, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: More than 30 people are missing after a boat belonging to an elite Cameroonian military unit sank off Cameroon’s coast.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, an opposition referendum showed in excess of 98% oppose President Nicolas Maduro’s plan for a new assembly charged with rewriting the constitution.
  • ASIA: South Korea proposed holding military and humanitarian talks with North Korea, aimed at easing tensions along their border and arranging reunions of families.
  • EUROPE: The British and EU Brexit negotiators met, pledging to “get down to work” in a first full round of talks on Britain’s divorce terms from the EU.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Gulf states trying to force Qatar to change political course hinted they plan to expel Qatar from the Gulf Cooperation Council, the regional trade and security group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A group representing major technology firms including Alphabet Inc.  and Facebook Inc. urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to abandon plans to reverse the landmark 2015 rules barring internet service providers from blocking or slowing consumer access to web content.

TOP STORY

  • Gulf Diplomatic Crisis: UAE denies charge of hacking Qatar.
    • The United Arab Emirates denied responsibility for an alleged hack of Qatari websites which helped spark a month-long diplomatic rift with Doha.
    • Newly analyzed information gathered by US intelligence agencies confirmed that on 23MAY, senior members of the UAE government discussed the plan and its implementation.
    • The hacking took place shortly after US President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, with remarks posted on Qatari government news websites criticized attempts to isolate Iran.
    • UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash also said the UAE and five other Arab nations had not written to FIFA to demand that Qatar be stripped of the right to host the 2022 World Cup.
    • Coverage: BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: More than 30 people are missing after a boat belonging to an elite Cameroonian military unit sank off the coast. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: Five park rangers were killed in a joint operation with the army to rescue an American journalist and three park rangers from a group of Mai Mai militia fighters. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Eight people were killed when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a mosque in Maiduguri. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Dominican Republic: Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of the capital, Santo Domingo, in the biggest demonstration against corruption in decades following a landmark bribery case against top officials. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: An opposition referendum showed in excess of 98% oppose President Nicolas Maduro’s plan for a new assembly charged with rewriting the constitution. (LAT)
  • Venezuela: At least two people were killed as the political opposition held an unofficial referendum to protest President Maduro’s plans to rewrite the constitution. (Al-Jazeera)

ASIA

  • Region: Gasoline and diesel prices surged in North Korea in the weeks after a Chinese state oil company suspended fuel sales to the reclusive state. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Civilian deaths in the country hit a new high in the first half of 2017 with 1,662 killed and more than 3,500 injured, the UN said. (AFP)
  • Australia: The Australian military will be more readily deployed to respond to “terrorist incidents” on home soil under proposed changes to laws announced by the government. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea proposed holding military and humanitarian talks with North Korea, aimed at easing tensions along their border and arranging reunions of families. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: Separate bombings targeted members of the country’s paramilitary border force, killing at least three troops and wounding eight. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The British and EU Brexit negotiators met, pledging to “get down to work” in a first full round of talks on Britain’s divorce terms from the EU. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkey signed an initial accord with French and Italian firms on the development of missile defense systems. (Reuters)
  • Region: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko insisted Russia must be held to account over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, three years on from the tragedy that killed 298 people. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkish authorities ordered the detention of 127 people on suspicion of links to the attempted military coup a year ago. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Gulf states trying to force Qatar to change political course hinted they plan to expel Qatar from the Gulf Cooperation Council, the regional trade and security group. (Guardian)
  • Region: A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: India said 39 of its nationals abducted by Islamic State militants in the city of Mosul three years back may be lodged in a jail in nearby Badush. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: A military court convicted a Jordanian soldier in the shooting deaths of three US military trainers at the gate of an air base. (AP)
  • Syria: The EU will sanction 16 Syrians it is convinced are involved in chemical weapons attacks against civilians there, targeting military and scientific officials. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A group representing major technology firms including Alphabet Inc.  and Facebook Inc. urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to abandon plans to reverse the landmark 2015 rules barring internet service providers from blocking or slowing consumer access to web content. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Fernanda
    • Location: 1440 NM WSW of Baja, California
    • Wind: 120 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 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 (18JUL)

  • Global: Nelson Mandela Day – 2009
  • Argentina: Anniversary of the AMIA bombing – 1994
  • Israel: Anniversary of the Burgas bus bombing – 2012
  • Rwanda: Anniversary of the Rwandan Patriotic Front taking control of Gisenyi, forcing out the interim government and ending the Rwandan Genocide – 1994
  • Uruguay: Constitution Day – 1830

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