ONS: 18 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 19, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to use “deadly force” against suspected Islamist militants, as he continued his campaign for re-election.
  • AMERICAS: US President Donald Trump threatened to take “strong and swift economic actions” if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro goes ahead with plans to create a super-legislature known as a Constituent Assembly in a 30JUL vote.
  • ASIA: Australia created a super ministry combining its security agencies including the domestic spy service, border force and national police, in order to tackle terrorism.
  • EUROPE: Separatists in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions proclaimed a new state called ‘Malorossiya.’
  • MIDDLE EAST: Some 50 Palestinians were wounded in overnight clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem, near the Temple Mount holy site.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Somalia restored its internet connection after repairing a severed undersea cable, an outage the government said cost the economy millions of dollars a day.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: The US recertifies nuclear agreement, but warns Tehran is dangerous
    • The Trump administration declared the country was complying with its nuclear agreement with world powers, but warned that Tehran was in default of the spirit of the accord.
    • US officials pointed to “a range of malign activities” including Iran’s ballistic missile development, support of militant groups in the region and Syria’s Assad regime, its hostility to Israel and its detention of foreigners including US citizens.
    • Tillerson will push to more strictly enforce the deal, impose additional restrictions and eliminate the aspect of the deal that allows Iran to resume some nuclear production after 10 years.
    • Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran has received “contradictory signals” from the Trump administration and confirmed he has had no contact with his American counterpart, Rex Tillerson.
    • By law, the administration is required to notify Congress every 90 days whether Iran is living up to the deal, which limited its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of many international sanctions.
    • Other signatories to the nuclear deal — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the EU — have indicated that they think it is working.
    • Coverage: ABC, CNN, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Gunmen in the country’s restive eastern region kidnapped two Catholic priests in an area at the center of over two years of massacres by unknown assailants (Reuters)
  • Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to use “deadly force” against suspected Islamist militants, as he continued his campaign for re-election. (Reuters)
  • Madagascar: The government appointed Vonintsalama Andriambololona as the new minister of finance and budget, a day after the previous minister resigned. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US President Donald Trump threatened to take “strong and swift economic actions” if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro goes ahead with plans to create a super-legislature known as a Constituent Assembly in a 30JUL vote. (Reuters)
  • United States: Two Iranians were indicted with hacking a US defense contractor and stealing sensitive software used to design bullets and warheads. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro blasted Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy for advocating early elections in the Andean nation. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Australia: The country created a super ministry combining its security agencies including the domestic spy service, border force and national police, in order to tackle terrorism. (AFP)
  • Australia: A second Australian senator in less than a week resigned from Parliament after discovering she’s a dual national and had therefore never really been elected. (AP)
  • Myanmar: National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said a UN mission looking into allegations of rape, torture, and killings of Rohingya Muslims would only “aggravate” troubles in the state of Rakhine. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress to extend martial law over Mindanao until the end of the year, citing a need for more time to end the rebellion there. (WSJ)
  • South Korea: South Korean prosecutors raided defense firms after President Moon Jae-in ordered the elimination of defense industry corruptions. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Germany: German insurers say the rioting during the Group of 20 summit could cost insurance companies up to USD 13.8M. (AP)
  • Italy: Lawmakers are considering emergency visas for migrants to ease the strain upon the country. (AP)
  • Russia: Moscow reserved the right to retaliate against the US after a meeting in Washington ended without a deal on returning seized Russian diplomatic property. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: A court in Istanbul ordered six human rights activists, including Amnesty International’s domestic director, formally arrested pending a trial on charges of aiding an armed terror group. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Separatists in the country’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions proclaimed a new state called ‘Malorossiya.’ (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The head of Al Jazeera English, Giles Trendle, said the channel is not going anywhere despite demands by Saudi Arabia and several other Arab states to close it down. (Al Jazeera)
  • Israel: Some 50 Palestinians were wounded in overnight clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem, near the Temple Mount holy site. (DPA)
  • Iran: Hossein Fereydoun, the brother of President Hassan Rouhani, was released on bail following his arrest on charges of financial crime. (AFP)
  • Syria: Two explosions targeted positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in the northeastern city of Hasakah, killing at least four people. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Somalia restored its internet connection after repairing a severed undersea cable, an outage the government said cost the economy millions of dollars a day. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Fernanda
    • Location: 1560 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 110 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Seven-E
    • Location: 365 NM SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Don
    • Location: 355 NM ESE of Barbados
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: W at 18 mph
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  • Earthquakes: 98km WNW of Camana, Peru
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 44.1 km
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  • Earthquakes: 199km ESE of Nikol’skoye, Russia
    • Magnitude: 7.7
    • Depth: 11.7 km
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  • 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 (19JUL)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of the al-Wadi al-Gedid attack – 2014
  • Myanmar: Martyr’s Day – 1947
  • Nicaragua: Sandinista Revolution Day – 1979
  • Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia expects the US’ laptop ban against their airports to be lifted
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of the Provisional Irish Republican Army resuming their ceasefire against British Rule for the final time – 1997
  • United States: Anniversary of the reveal of the Farewell Dossier by French President Mitterrand to US President Ronald Reagan – 1981
  • United States: China and the US to hold 1st round of economic talks in Washington DC

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