ONS: 20 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 21, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Cameroon, Amnesty International alleged that dozens of Boko Haram suspects died in custody, after security forces brutally tortured them.
  • AMERICAS: US Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
  • ASIA: Over a dozen security personnel were killed as Taliban militants attacked Afghan security forces in the Shah Walikot district of the southern Kandahar province.
  • EUROPE: The UK informed Turkey that the flight electronics ban imposed in MAR2017 will be lifted.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Human Rights Watch called on Iran to halt all executions for drug-related offenses while the parliament discusses amendments to reform the country’s drug law.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The UN called on Mexico to establish an independent investigation into the smartphone surveillance of human rights lawyers, journalists, and social activists. 

TOP STORY

  • Germany & Turkey: Diplomatic ties continue to deteriorate
    • Germany warned its citizens to be more careful in traveling to Turkey, citing recent detentions of people there.
    • German FM Sigmar Gabriel said that the jailing of human rights activist Peter Steudtner suggests that something similar could happen to any citizen.
    • Turkey criticized German statements on Steudtner as “unacceptable” and an attempt to interfere with the Turkish judiciary.
    • Germany also warned companies against doing business in Turkey, citing legal and security concerns.
    • The rapidly escalating situation affects two NATO allies that are mutually dependent, with Germany being Turkey’s largest trading partner and ethnic Turks comprising Germany’s largest minority.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, Bloomberg, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Amnesty International alleged that dozens of Boko Haram suspects died in custody, after security forces brutally tortured them. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: Gunfire erupted near police bases across the country’s main city Abidjan, just hours after President Alassane Ouattara dismissed his defense minister. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: China aims to further economic cooperation with the country, particularly with industries relat iron and steel production. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Governor Javier Duarte, in jail on corruption charges, is being watched round-the-clock to prevent his escape. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Arizona Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer. (NYT)
  • United States: President Donald Trump’s eldest son, his son-in-law, and his former campaign manager are to testify before Senate committees investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Over a dozen security personnel were killed as Taliban militants attacked security forces in the Shah Walikot district of the southern Kandahar province. (Xinhua)
  • China: The government is clamping down on the use of virtual private networks, which many foreign companies worry may disrupt their operations or jeopardize trade secrets. (AP)
  • North Korea: US intelligence indicates the country is making preparations for another intercontinental ballistic missile or intermediate range missile test. (CNN)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish PM Binali Yildirim warned Cyprus that its explorations for oil and gas reserves around the eastern Mediterranean were “untimely and dangerous”. (Reuters)
  • Region: The UK informed Turkey that the flight electronics ban imposed in MAR2017 will be lifted. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: The Kremlin believes it is “absolutely absurd” to describe an informal meeting at the G20 summit between US President Trump and President Vladimir Putin as secret or undisclosed. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Human Rights Watch called on the government to halt all executions for drug-related offenses while the parliament discusses amendments to reform the country’s drug law. (RFE/RL)
  • Iraq: Russia will supply a large batch of tanks to the country this year, citing Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The UN expressed alarm at a bombing by Saudi-led forces in the southwest province of Taiz that killed at least 20 fleeing civilians. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The UN called on Mexico to establish an independent investigation into the smartphone surveillance of human rights lawyers, journalists, and social activists. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Fernanda
    • Location: 1175 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Greg
    • Location: 655 NM SSW from Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Eight-E
    • Location: 1015 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 6 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 (21JUL)

  • Belgium: National Day – 1831
  • Egypt: Anniversary of the beginning of the Libyan-Egyptian War – 1977
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of the second attempt to bomb London public transportation – 2005
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of the assassination of Ambassador Christopher Ewart – Biggs – 1976
  • United States: Anniversary of the US ratifying the North Atlantic Treat – 1949
  • Vietnam: Anniversary of the partition of Vietnam at the Geneva Conference – 1954

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