ONS: 21 July 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 21, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Burundi, a policeman and civilian were killed in clashes hours before the start of presidential elections, already hit by opposition boycotts and protests over President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.
  • AMERICAS: Cuban FM Bruno Rodriguez called for an end to the US economic embargo against the country and urged the return of territory used as a US military base at Guantanamo Bay.
  • ASIA: Japan criticized China’s bid to reclaim land in the South China Sea as a “coercive attempt” to force through sweeping maritime claims, in a defense paper that comes as Tokyo tries to expand the role of its military.
  • EUROPE: Turkish authorities stepped up security on the border with Syria after a suicide bombing blamed on ISIS extremists killed 31 people.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, a ship carrying relief supplies docked in Aden, the first UN vessel to reach the southern city in four months of fighting.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft reported that a vulnerability in the way that computers running Windows handle fonts could be exploited by to seize control of a computer, and issued a security patch.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Government reviews nuclear deal as US reassures allies.
    • Iranian FM Zarif submitted the text of the agreement to parliament, saying it was a “balanced” nuclear deal with world powers.
    • Earlier in the day the UNSC unanimously adopted a resolution that will clear a path for international sanctions on Iran to be lifted.
    • The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards objected to the UNSC resolution that is part of the landmark nuclear agreement, asserting it crossed some “red lines” concerning Iranian defenses.
    • US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met with Israeli PM Netanyahu to try to ease tensions over the deal, as the Israeli leader urged lawmakers in Washington to reject the agreement.
    • French FM Fabius said he would visit Iran “next week” and is expected to hold talks with President Rouhani.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: A policeman and civilian were killed in clashes hours before the start of presidential elections, already hit by opposition boycotts and protests over President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term. (Reuters)
  • Cameroon: Residents of a northern village reported that suspected Boko Haram militants killed more than 20 people. (AP)
  • South Sudan: The WHO reported that cholera spread to another state, with at least 39 dead since an outbreak was declared last month. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The government of Guyana said that it would resist any effort by Venezuela to issue identification cards to residents of the contested Essequibo region. (EFE)
  • Bolivia: The protest leaders of a two-week-old general strike in the mining region of Potosi said that they would only negotiate with President Morales. (EFE)
  • Cuba: FM Bruno Rodriguez called for an end to the US economic embargo against the country and urged the return of territory used as a US military base at Guantanamo Bay. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Investigators from the National Human Rights Commission deployed to two states to investigate killings in which federal troops may have been involved. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan criticized China’s bid to reclaim land in the South China Sea as a “coercive attempt” to force through sweeping maritime claims, in a defense paper that comes as Tokyo tries to expand the role of its military. (AFP)
  • India: PM Modi appealed for opposition support in pushing through key reforms, as parliament began a new session set to be dominated by corruption allegations against members of his party. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government said it had no interest in following Iran down the path of nuclear dialogue. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Officials said the country is planning a 25 percent hike in its defense budget next year, mainly to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The government submitted legislation to parliament required by its international lenders to start talks on a multi-billion euro rescue package. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Catalan separatists said they were ready to declare unilateral independence if Madrid attempted to block a separation process they hope to launch if successful in September’s regional elections. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities stepped up security on the border with Syria after a suicide bombing blamed on ISIS extremists killed 31 people. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Officials reported that the US and its allies targeted ISIS militants with nine air strikes in Syria and 14 in Iraq. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A ship carrying relief supplies docked in Aden, the first UN vessel to reach the southern city in four months of fighting. (AFP)
  • Yemen: At least eight people were killed late in Sanaa when a car bomb went off near a house of a Shiite Houthi leader. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Microsoft reported that a vulnerability in the way that computers running Windows handle fonts could be exploited to seize control of a computer, and issued a security patch. (The Independent)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 01C (Halola)
    • Location: 159 NM SE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,235 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 10JUL: 414,765 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 12,379
      • Deaths as of 10JUL: 60 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 17JUL: 1368 (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 17JUL: 490 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22JUL)

  • Gambia: Revolution Day – 1994
  • Norway: Anniversary of Oslo bombing and shooting – 2011
  • Christianity: Feast of Mary Magdalene

 

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