ONS: 19 July 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 20, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US will offer to help Nigeria track down billions of dollars in stolen assets and increase military assistance to fight Islamic militants, as Washington seeks to “reset” ties with Africa’s biggest economy.
  • AMERICAS: More than 35,000 Cubans marked for deportation could be repatriated to the country from the US as a result of the renewal of relations between both nations.
  • ASIA: Pakistan has accused India of another breach of their ceasefire in the disputed Kashmir region, after reporting the death of four civilians in earlier cross-border shelling.
  • EUROPE: Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has remarked that economic reforms imposed on his country by creditors are “going to fail”, ahead of talks on a huge bailout.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Britain is committed to working with the US to destroy the “caliphate” set up by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, the prime minister has said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Senior US cybersecurity officials, lawmakers and technology experts said in interviews the 30-day “cybersprint” ordered by President Obama is little more than digital triage on federal computer networks badly out-of-date.

 

TOP STORY

  • Middle East: Mixed Results in anti-Islamic State Operations
    • A US-backed military offensive against Islamic State fighters faltered in its first week as militants entrenched in Ramadi withstood airstrikes and held off a far-larger force of Iraqi ground troops.
    • Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said no additional US forces or advisors are needed with Iraq’s combat forces for the offensive to succeed.
    • Saudi Arabia announced Saturday it has broken up planned Islamic State attacks in the kingdom and arrested more than 400 suspects in an anti-terrorism sweep.
    • Those arrested included suspects behind a number of militant websites used in recruiting, the Saudi Interior Ministry said.
    • The White House condemned an Islamic State attack on Friday that killed more than 100 people at a Iraqi market.
    • Coverage: AP, LAT, NYT, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Al-Qaeda’s North African branch said it killed 14 Algerian soldiers in an ambush southwest of Algiers. (AFP)
  • Libya: Islamic State has kidnapped three African Christians in the country’s eastern region, the group said, publishing their passport pictures. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The US will offer to help the country track down billions of dollars in stolen assets and increase military assistance to fight Islamic militants, as Washington seeks to “reset” ties with Africa’s biggest economy. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: More than 35,000 Cubans marked for deportation could be repatriated to the country from the US as a result of the renewal of relations between both nations. (EFE)
  • United States: The governors of Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana ordered National Guard members at offices and other facilities to be armed in the wake of attacks that left five servicemen dead in Tennessee. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: A former Venezuelan state governor, Pablo Perez, says he has been barred from holding public office for 10 years. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea, Japan and China will hold a new round of talks on a trilateral free trade agreement in Beijing this week in an effort to iron out their remaining differences. (Yonhap)
  • Australia: Rival anti-Islam and anti-racism rallies saw hundreds protest across Australia with violent clashes in Melbourne, as police officers mounted a strong presence in cities to keep the two sides apart. (AFP)
  • Japan: Support for the government of PM Shinzo Abe has plunged to an all-time low after it pushed unpopular defense bills through parliament despite public anger, according to a new poll. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The country has accused India of another breach of their ceasefire in the disputed Kashmir region, after reporting the death of four civilians in earlier cross-border shelling. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Four people were killed and thousands forced to flee their homes as floods inundated large parts of the country’s north. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: France favors a “stronger organization” behind the euro led by “a vanguard of countries”, said French President Francois Hollande. (AFP)
  • Greece: Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has remarked that economic reforms imposed on his country by creditors are “going to fail”, ahead of talks on a huge bailout. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier pointed out that Ukrainian servicemen should be withdrawn from the village of Shyrokino in the near future. (TASS)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is beginning a tour of the Middle East, as part of efforts to ease fears over the recent nuclear deal with Iran. (BBC)
  • Region: Britain is committed to working with the US to destroy the “caliphate” set up by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, the prime minister has said. (BBC)
  • Region: Explosions on today destroyed five cars in Gaza belonging to members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, witnesses and a security source said. (AFP)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani said he expects a nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers would improve relations with regional neighbors. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Senior US cybersecurity officials, lawmakers and technology experts said in interviews the 30-day “cybersprint” ordered by President Obama is little more than digital triage on federal computer networks badly out-of-date. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,235 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • 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 (20JUL)

  • Global: Anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon – 1969
  • Asia Region: South Korea, Japan and China to hold a new round of talks on a trilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in Beijing (to 24JUL)
  • Cuba and United States: Restoration of diplomatic relations and re-opening of embassies.
  • Colombia: Colombian Independence Day (from Spain) – 1810
  • Colombia: One month unilateral FARC ceasefire to begin (to 20AUG)
  • Cyprus: Greek Cypriots mark ‘black day’ of Turkish invasion – 1974
  • Ethiopia and Somalia: Anniversary of Ethiopia invading Somalia – 2006
  • Myanmar: Nominations for parliamentary elections begin (to 08AUG)
  • Nigeria and United States: US President Barack Obama to host Nigerian President Muhammandu Buhari at White House
  • Ukraine:  Multinational military exercises Saber Guardian and Rapid Trident-2015 will be held in the western Ukrainian town of Yavoriv (to 31JUL)
  • United States: Anniversary of Aurora, CO movie theater where 12 people were killed and 59 injured during a showing of Batman – 2012

 

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