ONS: 19 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 20, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Militants in Nigeria bombed a state-run oil pipeline in the country’s south, causing massive spills in the latest attack on the nation’s oil infrastructure.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s top court approved the government’s plans to hold a plebiscite on a peace deal with FARC rebels.
  • ASIA: Police confirmed Indonesia’s most wanted Muslim extremist and Islamic State supporter, Santoso, was killed by security forces.
  • EUROPE: Ankara sent dossiers to the US for the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen, over his alleged links to the 15JUL failed coup attempt.
  • MIDDLE EAST: British Foreign Secretary Johnson is calling on Russia to pressure Syrian President al-Assad to step down.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Dutch scientists developed rewritable memory that stores information in the positions of individual chlorine atoms, two to three orders of magnitude beyond current hard disk or flash technology.

 

TOP STORY

  • Germany: Train attacker investigated for links to Islamic State.
    • German investigators found a hand-drawn flag of the Islamic State (IS) group in the room of a 17-year-old Afghan who attacked passengers on a regional train in Bavaria with an ax and a knife.
    • A claim made by IS that the Afghan asylum seeker was an IS “fighter” has not been verified.
    • The statement said the attacker was a member of the Islamic State group and carried out the attack in response to its calls to attack countries that are members of the anti-Islamic State coalition.
    • Police are still investigating whether the attacker was part of an Islamist network or radicalized himself individually.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, USA Today, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: According to a UNICEF report, almost a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished in the northeastern Borno state, where a violent campaign by Islamist extremists Boko Haram has kept aid groups away. (WP)
  • Nigeria: Militants bombed a state-run oil pipeline in the country’s south, causing massive spills in the latest attack on the nation’s oil infrastructure. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: UNICEF says 11 people died in a suspected cholera outbreak in the country. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The country’s top court approved the government’s plans to hold a plebiscite on a peace deal with FARC rebels. (AP)
  • Mexico: Virgilio Andrade, the country’s chief anti-corruption official, resigned just hours before new graft-fighting legislation went into effect. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro threatened to arrest Kimberly-Clark representatives after the US paper products company shut down amid a deep economic crisis. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea launched three ballistic missiles into the sea, prompting sharp responses from South Korea and Japan. (Guardian)
  • Region: Vice President Biden met with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, as he reasserted America’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region as a “Pacific power.” (AP)
  • India: At least 10 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed in an attack by Maoist rebels in the country’s east. (AP)
  • Indonesia: The country’s most wanted Muslim extremist and Islamic State supporter, Santoso, was killed by security forces, police confirmed. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea resumed the broadcasting of encrypted numbers, a method used in the past to send messages to spies operating in South Korea. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: An asylum hearing in Greece will take place for eight Turkish military personnel who fled to the country during an attempted coup in Turkey. (AP)
  • Armenia: Pro-opposition gunmen are holding four police hostage in the capital Yerevan as the crisis enters its third day. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkish courts ordered 85 generals and admirals jailed pending trial over their roles in a botched coup attempt. (AP)
  • Turkey: Ankara sent dossiers to the US for the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen, over his alleged links to the 15JUL failed coup attempt. (RFE/RL)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Islamic Jihad group announced a Palestinian militant died after a tunnel collapse in the Gaza Strip, in the latest in a series of such incidents. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: The country rebuffed its British and US allies over a controversial ban on the Al-Wefaq opposition group, insisting it will brook no interference in its internal affairs. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Human Rights Watch says more than half of the nearly 500,000 school-age Syrian children registered in the country do not go to school and receive no formal education. (AP)
  • Syria: British Foreign Secretary Johnson is calling on Russia to pressure Syrian President al-Assad to step down. (RFE/RL)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Dutch scientists developed rewritable memory that stores information in the positions of individual chlorine atoms, two to three orders of magnitude beyond current hard disk or flash technology. (BBC)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01S (Abela)
    • Location: 322 NM N of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Darby
    • Location: 1525 NM W of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Estelle
    • Location: 530 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 65 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 15JUL: 161,279 (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 15JUL: 34,349
      • Deaths as of 15JUL: 27
        • 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 (20JUL)

  • Australia and New Zealand: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to meet with New Zealand PM John Key to discuss Brexit
  • Colombia: Expected deadline of Colombia-FARC peace negotiations
  • Colombia: Independence Day – 1810
  • Cyprus: Anniversary of Turkish Invasion – 1974
  • DR Congo: Yellow fever vaccination campaign to begin
  • Iraq: Donors’ conference to be held in Washington, DC
  • Russia: PACE political group leaders may visit Moscow (to 21JUL)
  • Somalia: Anniversary of Ethiopia invades Somalia – 2006
  • United States: White House Summit on Global Development

 

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