Overnight News Summary
Produced by the Rendon Group
18 July 2015
- AFRICA: At least 19 Boko Haram fighters and two Chadian soldiers were killed in combat on Friday after the insurgents attacked a Chadian village, a military source said.
- AMERICAS: Thousands protested in the Honduran capital, the latest in a series of marches calling for an investigation into President Juan Orlando Hernandez over allegations of massive corruption.
- ASIA: A roadside bomb killed six policemen in Afghanistan’s western region, officials said.
- EUROPE: The three-week shutdown of Greek banks has cost the country’s struggling economy some 3.0 billion euros ($3.3 billion) not counting lost tourism revenue, according to a report.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that a nuclear deal “won’t change” the country’s stance toward the “arrogant” United States.
- TECHNOLOGY: In a high profile win for civil liberties in the UK, surveillance legislation rushed through the national parliament last year has been declared unlawful under European Human Rights law.
- United States: Investigation Focuses on Chatanooga Suspect’s Background
- Investigators seized four guns after Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez killed four Marines and wounded three other people at military offices in Chattanooga.
- Abdulazeez traveled to Jordan and possibly other Middle Eastern countries for seven months last year as the investigation focused on any signs of a connection to Islamist militants.
- Abdulazeez did not appear to frequent extremist websites or to hold a grudge against any group or institution.
- Federal Investigators are focusing on a seven-month trip he made last year to Jordan and scouring his electronic trail in search of a motive for the killings.
- Abdulazeez did not appear to have been on federal authorities’ radar before the bloodshed Thursday, officials said.
- Coverage: AP, CNN, LAT, NYT, Reuters
- Chad: At least 19 Boko Haram fighters and two Chadian soldiers were killed in combat after the insurgents attacked a Chadian village, a military source said. (Reuters)
- Kenya: The Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, in which 67 people were killed in an attack by al-Shabab militants, has reopened. (BBC)
- Nigeria: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the terrorist attacks that killed more than 60 people in the country’s northeast region. (Xinhua)
- Region: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said that there is no space for “anti-democratic adventures” in the subregional bloc Mercosur. (Xinhua)
- Bolivia: Protesters have cut off access to the mining city of Potosi in a dispute with the government over infrastructure investment. (BBC)
- Bolivia: The conclusion of the Mercosur summit opened the door to the country’s accession as a full member of the group. (EFE)
- Honduras: Thousands protested in the capital, the latest in a series of marches calling for an investigation into President Juan Orlando Hernandez over allegations of massive corruption. (AFP)
- United States: The US Army is far more heavily engaged around the world than projected when it began slashing force size several years ago, General Ray Odierno said. (Reuters)
- Region: A tsunami threat was canceled after a strong earthquake struck the Santa Cruz Islands in the South Pacific and no damage or casualties were reported. (AP)
- Region: China is in denial about its alienation of Taiwan and needs to rethink its approach to the island, said Andrew Hsia, the head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council. (WSJ)
- Afghanistan: A roadside bomb killed six policemen in the country’s western region, officials said. (AFP)
- India: Security forces killed a female rebel in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh. (Xinhua)
- Indonesia: Thousands of citizens were stranded after erupting volcanoes closed six airports. (AFP)
- Britain: A British medic recruited at least 16 fellow students from the UK to join the Islamic State group. (BBC)
- Greece: The Eurogroup entrusted the European Union institutions with negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the first step to a three-year bailout program for the country. (Xinhua)
- Greece: The three-week shutdown of Greek banks has cost the country’s struggling economy some 3.0 billion euros ($3.3 billion) not counting lost tourism revenue, a report said. (AFP)
- Ukraine: The US envoy to the United Nations called for responsible parties to be “brought to justice” for the downing of flight MH17 over the country’s eastern region one year ago. (AFP)
- Iran: The nation’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that a nuclear deal “won’t change” the country’s stance toward the “arrogant” United States. (AFP)
- Syria: The Islamic State group used poison gas in attacks against Kurdish-controlled areas of the country’s northeastern region in late June, a Syrian Kurdish militia and a monitor group said. (Reuters)
- Syria: Authorities have released more than 200 prisoners, many of whom were detained under “anti-terror” laws, to mark the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: In a high profile win for civil liberties in the UK, surveillance legislation rushed through the national parliament last year has been declared unlawful under European Human Rights law. (TechCrunch)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 11W (Nangka)
- Location: 289 NM WSW of Misawa, Japan
- Movement: NNE at 5 mph
- Winds: 12 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01C (Halola)
- Location: 920 NM ESE of Iwo To
- Movement: W at 4 mph
- Winds: 15 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Dolores
- Location: 355 miles SW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph
- Winds: 45 mph
- Earthquakes: 75km WNW of Lata, Solomon Islands
- Magnitude: 7.5
- Depth: 10km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- Suspected Cases as of 10JUL: 414,765 (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: 12,379
- Deaths as of 10JUL: 60 (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 (19JUL)
- Colombia: Heroes of the Nation Day
- Ireland: Anniversary of declared ceasefire by IRA – 1997
- Nicaragua: Anniversary of Sandinista rebels overthrowing Nicaraguan government – 1979