ONS: 19 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 20, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: China and Tunisia called for new efforts to reach a negotiated peace in Libya to prevent a humanitarian disaster.
  • AMERICAS: US President Donald Trump will nominate Jon Huntsman, an envoy to China under former President Barack Obama, as US ambassador to Russia.
  • ASIA: Indonesia banned Hizbut Tahrir, an organization that wants to establish a global caliphate, under a new presidential decree criticized as draconian by rights groups.
  • EUROPE: The head of the French armed forces Pierre de Villiers resigned, days after a public dispute with President Emmanuel Macron over proposed defense budget cuts.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said US President Trump is violating a multinational nuclear deal by lobbying other countries to unite against Iran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Department of Homeland Security is enlisting American college students to develop social media campaigns to counter the online recruiting efforts of terrorist groups like the Islamic State.

TOP STORY

  • Qatar: Regional crisis eases as demands become more flexible
    • The four Arab nations leading a boycott of Qatar are no longer insisting it comply with a list of 13 specific demands they tabled last month.
    • Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain urged the tiny Gulf nation to commit to six principles on combatting extremism and terrorism.
    • The principles include commitments to combat extremism and terrorism, prevent financing and safe havens for such groups, and suspend all acts of provocation and speeches inciting hatred or violence.
    • The shift indicated a slight easing in the crisis and a desire to make some progress, but no direct talks have been scheduled.
    • Qatar had previously rejected the demands of the group, which carried a deadline of 05JUL, as a violation of its sovereignty.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, NYT, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: China and Tunisia called for new efforts to reach a negotiated peace in the country to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Libya. (AP)
  • Region: A Moroccan court sentenced 25 Sahrawis to prison terms ranging from two years to life over the killing of 11 members of the Moroccan security forces in contested Western Sahara. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: President Joseph Kabila replaced the national chief of police and the police commander in the capital Kinshasa, as security concerns rose following his refusal to step down when his mandate expired. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai visited internally displaced camps in and around the city of Maiduguri, and spoke out for the many girls abducted under Boko Haram’s deadly insurgency. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Secretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro urged all countries on the American continent to unite against terrorism on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires. (EFE)
  • Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos “a traitor” after Santos urged Venezuela to suspend the Constituent Assembly. (EFE)
  • United States: President Donald Trump will nominate Jon Huntsman, an envoy to China under former President Barack Obama, as US ambassador to Russia. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: India said China is being unusually aggressive in a month-old border dispute that shows no sign of easing. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: The government banned Hizbut Tahrir, an organization that wants to establish a global caliphate, under a new presidential decree criticized as draconian by rights groups. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean police are investigating how a North Korean woman who defected and appeared on cable television shows in South Korea ended up back in the North. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: In a new five-year plan, South Korea will push for a complete denuclearization and peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Four members of the presidential guard were wounded in a firefight with dozens of Maoist rebels disguised as soldiers at a checkpoint on the island of Mindanao. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: German newspaper publisher, WeltN24 GmbH, filed an appeal to Turkey’s highest court against the incarceration for the past five months of German-Turkish reporter, Deniz Yucel. (AP)
  • France: The head of the armed forces Pierre de Villiers resigned, days after a public dispute with President Emmanuel Macron over proposed defense budget cuts. (Reuters)
  • Germany: A German NGO, Terre des Femmes, said 13,000 underage girls living in the country are at risk of being forced to undergo genital mutilation. (WP)
  • Montenegro: The high-profile trial of two Russians and twelve other people charged with plotting a coup to scuttle the country’s NATO bid was postponed. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The 27JUN cyberattack that ripped through the country disrupted operations at several medical clinics and pharmacies, knocking out scanners and briefly leaving patients in limbo. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said US President Trump is violating a multinational nuclear deal by lobbying other countries to unite against the country. (CBS)
  • Iraq: PM Haider al-Abadi acknowledged human rights violations were committed during the battle to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, but says they were “individual acts.” (AP)
  • Syria: Infighting between the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham against one-time ally Ahrar al-Sham rebel groups in opposition-held Idlib province killed at least 14 people. (AFP)
  • Yemen: At least 20 civilians have been killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in the city of Taiz, according to the UN and witnesses. (INDE)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US Department of Homeland Security is enlisting American college students to develop social media campaigns to counter the online recruiting efforts of terrorist groups like the Islamic State. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Fernanda
    • Location: 1375 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 100 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Greg
    • Location: 490 NM SW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Eight-E
    • Location: 860 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (20JUL)

  • Colombus: Independence Day – 1810
  • Cuba: Anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations with the US – 2015
  • Cyprus: Anniversary of Turkey invading Cyprus after the coup orchestrated by Greece – 1974
  • Iran: Martyrdom of Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq – 765
  • Israel: Anniversary of Israel and Syria signing an Armistice, the final treaty needed to end the 1948 Arab-Israeli War – 1949
  • Jordan: Anniversary of the assassination of King Abdullah I of Jordan – 1951

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