ONS: 18 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 19, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US reassured it is not taking any offensive military actions with the goal of destabilizing South Sudan, and is only sending a small contingent to assist the American embassy.
  • AMERICAS: In the United States, the man who killed two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy in Baton Rouge, Gavin Eugene Long, was a former Marine sergeant and had no known ties to any extremist groups.
  • ASIA: Three police officers and a civilian were killed in a morning attack on a police station in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  • EUROPE: New British FM Boris Johnson pledged Britain would continue a leading role in Europe as he met his EU peers for the first time.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US resumed flight operations against Islamic State after Turkey reopened its airspace closed in the wake of a failed coup attempt.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Taiwan arrested three foreign suspects over a USD 2.5M cyberheist which used malware to hack into a major local bank’s ATM network and steal bags of cash.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Thousands detained and suspended in aggressive post-coup attempt purge.
    • President Erdogan vowed to purge state bodies of the “virus” that caused the revolt.
    • State media said almost 9,000 people were fired from jobs run by the Interior Ministry, including governors, government legal advisers, police and military personnel.
    • Warplanes patrolled Turkey’s skies days after a failed coup, a sign authorities feared that the threat against the government was not yet over.
    • EU foreign policy chief Mogherini warned the Turkish government against taking steps that would damage the constitutional order.
    • The coup attempt has apparently given Erdogan the opportunity to further concentrate power in his hands.
    • US-Turkish relations have frayed over the accusation of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen’s involvement, with the US State Department denying any link to the events.
    • US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen denied any role in or knowledge of the failed coup which Turkey has blamed on his followers.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CBS, Guardian, LAT, NBC, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni said he was opposed to a UN plan to impose an arms embargo on neighbor South Sudan. (Reuters)
  • Region: Eleven hostages from Cameroon were freed following 16 months of captivity, after having been abducted by a militia group from the Central African Republic. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The US reassured it is not taking any offensive military actions with the goal of destabilizing the country, and is only sending a small contingent to assist the American embassy. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: More than 100,000 Venezuelans crossed into Colombia over the weekend to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home. (AP)
  • Colombia: Supporters of the nation’s peace process with leftist FARC guerrillas launched a campaign to promote a “Yes” to peace vote in an upcoming referendum. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The man who killed two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy in Baton Rouge, Gavin Eugene Long, was a former Marine sergeant and had no known ties to any extremist groups. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China will close off access to part of the South China Sea for military drills. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban under new leadership have been surprisingly slow to ramp up attacks at the midpoint of the traditional fighting season, senior American military officers said. (AP)
  • Kazakhstan: Three police officers and a civilian were killed in a morning attack on a police station in the city of Almaty. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Representatives of ethnic minority rebels said their meeting with de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was a good beginning but that the peace process remains an uphill task. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: New British FM Boris Johnson pledged Britain would continue a leading role in Europe as he met his EU peers for the first time. (AFP)
  • Armenia: Armenian authorities rejected the demands by a group of armed men who have taken hostages in a police station in the capital, Yerevan. (RFE/RL)
  • Britain: MPs are set to decide on whether to renew the country’s nuclear weapons program in a Commons vote. (BBC)
  • France: Authorities said any connection between Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel and Islamic State has yet to be established. (CNN)
  • Hungary: More than 200 migrants were caught up in a brawl in a migrant processing center near the country’s border with Serbia. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US resumed flight operations against Islamic State after Turkey reopened its airspace closed in the wake of a failed coup attempt. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Russia delivered the missile part of S-300 surface-to-air defense system to the country, moving to finish the delivery by the end of this year. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The country began a closed trial for 21 suspects in the storming of Saudi diplomatic missions earlier this year. (AP)
  • Iraq: Powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said the additional 560 US troops heading to the country would be a “target” for his supporters. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Taiwan arrested three foreign suspects over a USD 2.5M cyberheist which used malware to hack into a major local bank’s ATM network and steal bags of cash. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 03W
    • Location: 313 NM SSE of Kadena AFP
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01S (Abela)
    • Location: 557 NM NE of Mauritius
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Darby
    • Location: 1270 NM0 W of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Estelle
    • Location: 460 NM SSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 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 (19JUL)

  • Azerbaijan: Next meeting on Azerbaijan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to be held in Geneva (to 23JUL)
  • Colombia: Heroes of the Nation Day
  • Iran: Meeting of the Joint Commission on Iran and the six world powers – the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany, to be held in Vienna
  • Northern Ireland: Anniversary of declared ceasefire by IRA – 1997
  • Pakistan: Nation to observe “Black Day” to protest Indian actions in Kashmir
  • Portugal: French President Francois Hollande to visit to promote EU

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