ONS: 20 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 21, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: France’s defense ministry says three of its soldiers have died in Libya, reportedly after their helicopter was shot down.
  • AMERICAS: The number of undocumented Cuban migrants arriving in the US has quintupled over the past five years, increasing dramatically after the normalization of relations between Washington and Havana.
  • ASIA: North Korea says its recent ballistic missile launches tested nuclear detonators which could be used in pre-emptive strikes against the South.
  • EUROPE: Britain will no longer take on the rotating EU presidency as planned next year, relinquishing the role in the wake of the Brexit vote.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US has reassembled its coalition partners for meetings to review a two-year-old war that has so far failed to eliminate the Islamic State group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Turkey has blocked access to the WikiLeaks website, hours after it leaked thousands of ruling party emails.

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Journalist killed in car bombing; investigation underway.
    • Pavlo Sheremet, a journalist at one of Ukraine’s leading investigative news websites, was killed in a car explosion.
    • The bomb went off as Sheremet was driving a car belonging to his partner, the website’s owner Olena Prytula.
    • Ukraine Interior Minister Khatiya Dekanoidze said she will personally supervise the investigation.
    • Sheremet, 44, was a prominent Belarusian journalist who had been working in Ukraine where there are relatively fewer barriers to independent reporting.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, USA Today, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Libya: France’s defense ministry says three of its soldiers have died in the country, reportedly after their helicopter was shot down. (BBC)
  • South Sudan: China is sending its special envoy for Africa, Zhong Jianhua, to help with efforts to resolve the country’s political crisis, the Chinese foreign ministry said. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Dozens of people have fallen ill with suspected cholera in the capital, Juba, while a UN food warehouse was looted and destroyed. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The number of undocumented Cuban migrants arriving in the US has quintupled over the past five years, increasing dramatically after the normalization of relations between Washington and Havana. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: The Development Bank of Latin America announced it would lend USD 100M to the country to help with reconstruction efforts after the 16APR earthquake. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leaders cleared another hurdle for a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro with the national election council confirming nearly 400,000 signatures requesting the referendum. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: US military forces will continue to operate in the South China Sea in accordance with international law, the US Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson said. (Reuters)
  • Region: Government forces in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir removed dozens of black and Pakistani flags hoisted by residents to protest the killing of a top rebel leader. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Some five militants of the Islamic State (IS) were killed in a fresh US drone strike in the eastern province of Nangarhar overnight. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: The Cambodian military is investigating a suspected coup plot against PM Hun Sen, amid rising political tension in the Southeast Asian country. (Reuters)
  • Korea Peninsula: North Korea says its recent ballistic missile launches tested nuclear detonators which could be used in pre-emptive strikes against the South. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Region: German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for greater cooperation between police and intelligence agencies in Europe as well as sustained international efforts to fight Islamic State after recent attacks. (Reuters)
  • Region: Britain will no longer take on the rotating EU presidency as planned next year, relinquishing the role in the wake of the Brexit vote. (AFP)
  • France: Lawmakers voted massively to extend the state of emergency following the 14JUL massacre in Nice. (AFP)
  • Germany: Authorities have cast doubt on whether a teenager who went on an axe rampage on a Bavarian train was really an Afghan refugee, saying he might have been from Pakistan. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Turkish armed forces have carried out their first air strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq since last week’s coup attempt, killing 20 fighters. (AFP)
  • Region: The US has reassembled its coalition partners for meetings to review a two-year-old war that has so far failed to eliminate the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Region: French military intelligence estimates that about 100 foreigners continue to enter Syria from Turkey each week to join Islamic State. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned the US risked forcing Tehran into a path of renewed confrontation by putting obstacles in the way of its promised readmittance to the world economy. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Turkey has blocked access to the WikiLeaks website, hours after it leaked thousands of ruling party emails. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01S (Abela)
    • Location: 392 NM NNW of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Darby
    • Location: 1125 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Estelle
    • Location: 760 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 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 (21JUL)

  • Global: Anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon – 1969
  • Global: UN Security Council will hold the first of its three secret, non-binding straw polls on selection of the next UN secretary-general
  • India and Pakistan: Border talks to be held in Lahore (to 24JUL)
  • Ireland: French President Francois Hollande to visit to promote EU
  • Northern Ireland: Anniversary of Bloody Friday bombing – 1972
  • United States: Secretary of State John Kerry to host Counter-Daesh Foreign Ministers Meeting in Washington

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