ONS: 19 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 20, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN called on South Sudan’s leaders to take more responsibility for stemming the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil suspended tear gas sales to Venezuela in response to its neighbor’s deadly repression of protests.
  • ASIA: A US Coast Guard investigation team arrived in the country to start piecing together the sequence of events that led to the collision between the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and a fully loaded container ship four times its size.
  • EUROPE: The EU and Britain started formal talks to separate after 44 years of UK membership.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Moscow sees the downing of a Syrian government warplane by the US as an “act of aggression and support of terrorists.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google will devote more resources to classifying content to combat extremists who use platforms like YouTube to spread their messages.

 

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Deliberate attack on London mosque treated as terrorist attack.
    • One man was killed and another eight have been injured after a van drove into worshippers close to a mosque in north London.
    • The driver of the van, a 48-year-old man, was arrested after bystanders kept him from fleeing.
    • Eyewitnesses reported chaotic scenes as the incident unfolded just after midnight, when worshipers had just finished evening Ramadan prayers.
    • The incident is being treated as a terrorist attack and the UK’s Counter Terrorism Command is investigating.
    • PM Theresa May confirmed the incident was being treated as a “potential” terrorist incident and that she would chair an emergency meeting later on Monday.
    • There were conflicting witness accounts of the number of assailants, but police said there are no other suspects at this point.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, NYT-2, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Hasm militant group suspected of links to the banned Muslim Brotherhood claimed responsibility for an 18JUN deadly roadside bombing in Cairo. (AP)
  • Mali: French President Emmanuel Macron pledged full support to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta after the 18JUN attack on a luxury resort in the country. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The UN called on the country’s leaders to take more responsibility for stemming the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Brazil suspended tear gas sales to Venezuela in response to its neighbor’s deadly repression of protests. (WSJ)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos decided to cancel a state visit to Portugal after a terrorist attack in Bogota, which left three people dead. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Antonio Benavides, the commander of the country’s Bolivarian National Guard, dismissed the reported abuse by soldiers during political protests against President Nicolas Maduro as “isolated events.” (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Warships from Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia held maneuvers to mark the launch of coordinated patrols in waters plagued by insurgencies and banditry. (Reuters)
  • Japan: A US Coast Guard investigation team arrived in the country to start piecing together the sequence of events that led to the collision between the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and a fully loaded container ship four times its size. (WP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Moon Jae-in indicated a reduction of joint war games with the US if North Korea stops nuclear and missile activities. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: A roadside bomb planted by suspected Muslim insurgents killed six Thai soldiers and wounded four in the southern province of Pattani. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU and Britain started formal talks to separate after 44 years of UK membership. (AFP)
  • Region: The EU extended sanctions against Russia for a year over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. (AP)
  • Region: Reinforcements are due to arrive, including more water-dropping planes from Spain, France and Italy as part of an EU cooperation program, to help Portugal fight ongoing wildfires. (AP)
  • Region: France’s air force defended the Airbus A400M military airlifter, expressing a “positive outlook” for Europe’s new army plane despite German protests over missing defensive capabilities. (Reuters)
  • Region: Greece blocked an EU statement condemning China’s human-rights record at the UN body, sparking criticism from rights groups. (WSJ)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi headed to Saudi Arabia, the first leg of a Middle East tour that will also include Iran and Kuwait, in a diplomatic effort to foster regional reconciliation. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkish troops arrived in Qatar for long-planned joint military exercises, amid a diplomatic rift between Doha and four other Arab states. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Iraqi authorities dropped leaflets over Mosul warning civilians to stay inside and are telling jihadists to “surrender or die” after launching an assault to retake the Old City. (AFP)
  • Syria: Moscow sees the downing of a Syrian government warplane by the US as an “act of aggression and support of terrorists.” (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google will devote more resources to classifying content to combat extremists who use platforms like YouTube to spread their messages. (Mashable)

 

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 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 16JUN: 59,443 (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 16JUN: 28,780 (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 16JUN: 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 13JUN: 2,015 (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 13JUN: 703 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
      • Zika Virus
        • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24MAY:  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 24MAY: 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 24MAY: 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 (20JUN)

  • Global: World Peoples’ Conference to be held in Tiquipaya, Cochabamba to discuss idea of universal citizenship (to 21JUN)
  • Global: World Refugee Day – 2001
  • Argentina: Day of the National Flag – 1938
  • Eritrea: Martyr’s Day – 1993
  • Georgia: Next round of Geneva discussion on security in South Caucasus to be held (to 21JUN)
  • Mali: Anniversary of the Malian Federation’s independence from France – 1960

 

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