ONS: 21 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 22, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s UN-backed government said France had not coordinated with it over the presence of French troops and would not compromise on its sovereignty.
  • AMERICAS: Florida health officials are testing mosquitoes for Zika to confirm whether a woman could be the first person infected directly by a mosquito bite in the continental US.
  • ASIA: The US ended a three-decade stand-off with New Zealand when US VP Joe Biden announced an American warship will visit Auckland later this year.
  • EUROPE: In Armenia, more than 50 people were injured in clashes between protestors and policy in the capital Yerevan, where armed men are holding hostages.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kuwait, host of the Yemen peace talks, has issued an ultimatum to the warring parties to strike a deal within 15 days or leave the Gulf state.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Israel is now preparing a law that aims to rein in social media, including Facebook, a platform it says plays a central role in inspiring attackers.

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: State of emergency begins, despite European unease.
    • Turkey’s state of emergency began with a top official assuring the country that it would not harm the economy or scare away investors, even as European nations expressed misgivings.
    • Deputy PM Mehmet Simsek insisted the state of emergency would not curtail basic freedoms, including restrictions on movement, gatherings and free press.
    • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says Turkey’s state of emergency should only last as long as it’s “absolutely necessary.”
    • Austria will summon Turkey’s ambassador to discuss Ankara’s “increasingly authoritarian” behavior and allegations it had been behind recent Turkish protests in Vienna.
    • Eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece as the army attempted to overthrow the government in Ankara appeared in a Greek court charged with illegally entering the country.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, DPA, Guardian, WP

AFRICA

  • Gambia: The country sentenced Ousainou Darboe, a prominent lawyer, and 18 of his supporters to three years in jail for “unlawful assembly”. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The country’s UN-backed government said France had not coordinated with it over the presence of French troops and would not compromise on its sovereignty. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The nation extended a state of emergency for 10 days, after attacks by armed groups killed dozens and destabilized the vast desert country. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Panama said it would ask the US to declassify files regarding the December 1989 invasion that led to the capture of dictator Manuel Noriega. (EFE)
  • Brazil: Nearly 300 nuclear security experts will be deployed for the upcoming Olympic Games. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Florida health officials are testing mosquitoes for Zika to confirm whether a woman could be the first person infected directly by a mosquito bite in the country. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Joshua Wong, a leader in Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’, was convicted of participating in a protest that sparked mass pro-democracy rallies. (AFP)
  • Australia: Authorities arrested a journalist charged with being a member of a Turkish terror group the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: A court sentenced Tarique Rahman, the eldest son of the main opposition leader to seven years in prison for money laundering. (AFP)
  • New Zealand: The US ended a three-decade stand-off with the country when US VP Joe Biden announced an American warship will visit Auckland later this year. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Authorities ordered an anti-junta television channel to stop broadcasting ahead of a controversial referendum vote. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Some 22 bodies have been recovered from the Mediterranean, along with 209 survivors, in a naval rescue mission run by Doctors Without Borders. (DPA)
  • Armenia: More than 50 people were injured in clashes between protestors and policy in the capital Yerevan, where armed men are holding hostages. (AP)
  • France: Amid intense criticism over last week’s deadly truck attack in Nice, the government is launching an inquiry by the national police inspectorate. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: A new report suggests that the detention and torture of civilians has become common in the country, which has been torn by a separatist war in the east. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Kuwait, host of the Yemen peace talks, has issued an ultimatum to the warring parties to strike a deal within 15 days or leave the Gulf state. (AFP)
  • Region: Australia is yet to rule out expanding its current military role in the Middle East, Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Syrian activists called for widespread protests after dozens of civilians were reportedly killed in US-led coalition air strikes. (AFP)
  • Syria: US-backed Syrian fighters gave Islamic State group jihadists 48 hours to leave their stronghold of Manbij in an effort to “protect civilian lives” there. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Israel is now preparing a law that aims to rein in social media, including Facebook, a platform it says plays a central role in inspiring attackers. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Darby
    • Location: 739 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Estelle
    • Location: 1030 NM W of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: W at 14 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 (22JUL)

  • Gambia: Revolution Day – 1994
  • Kosovo: Anniversary of International Court of Justice advisory opinion on declaration of independence – 2010
  • Norway: Anniversary of Oslo bombing and shooting – 2011
  • United States: President Barack Obama to host Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the White House

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