ONS: 21 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 22, 2017

 

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Burundi’s president is urging the nearly quarter-million Burundians sheltering in Tanzania to return home, saying the country is now peaceful.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan diplomat Isaias Medina says he resigned his UN post because of the systematic persecution of civilians, “state terrorism,” and violations of the constitution by President Nicolas Maduro’s government.
  • ASIA: Toppled premier Yingluck Shinawatra was mobbed by well-wishers, many bearing red roses, as she arrived for what could be the final hearing in a trial for criminal negligence that carries a 10-year jail term.
  • EUROPE: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble compared Turkey with the former communist East German state, and said Berlin might have to tell Germans traveling there that they did so at their own peril.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel banned Muslim men under the age of 50 from a contested Jerusalem shrine ahead of expected protests over the installation of metal detectors there.
  • TECHNOLOGY: AlphaBay, the now-shuttered online marketplace that authorities say traded in illegal drugs, firearms and counterfeit goods, wasn’t all that different from any other e-commerce site.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey and Greece hit by strong earthquake
    • At least two people were killed and more than 120 injured early Friday when a powerful earthquake rocked a Greek island and resorts on the southwestern Turkish coast, triggering a small tsunami.
    • The tidal wave was reportedly 70 metres high.
    • The two deceased have not been named but police said that one of the victims was Swedish and the other was Turkish.
    • Police said that the two died after they were crushed by debris from either a collapsed wall or an old building.
    • The island of Kos was nearest to the epicenter and appeared to be the worst-hit, with structural damage to older buildings.
    • Minor damage—cracks in buildings, smashed windows and trashed shops—appeared widespread, according to city officials.
    • Rescuers were checking for trapped people inside houses after the earthquake struck in the middle of the night.
    • Turkey’s disaster and emergency management authority said there were a number of aftershocks in both countries, 20 so far having been recorded.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The president is urging the nearly quarter-million Burundians sheltering in Tanzania to return home, saying the country is now peaceful. (AP)
  • South Sudan: Exiled opposition figure Riek Machar declined to renounce violence or declare a unilateral ceasefire and instead demanded new peace talks outside the war-torn country. (Reuters)
  • Tanzania: The country has asked foreign employees of London-listed Acacia Mining to leave the country in an escalation of a dispute that began in 2016 over allegations of tax evasion. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country will double some taxes on fuels as the government struggles to cut its budget deficit. (WSJ)
  • United States: The country is set to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: Diplomat Isaias Medina says he resigned his UN post because of the systematic persecution of civilians, “state terrorism,” and violations of the constitution by President Nicolas Maduro’s government. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces killed 98 suspected insurgents across the country since early Thursday. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: A severe lack of rainfall in the first half of this year has badly damaged vital harvests in the country where malnutrition is already widespread. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The president of the country announced he will suspend peace negotiations with the New People’s Army following recent attacks by the communist guerrillas on Philippine security forces. (EFE)
  • Thailand: Toppled premier Yingluck Shinawatra was mobbed by well-wishers, many bearing red roses, as she arrived for what could be the final hearing in a trial for criminal negligence that carries a 10-year jail term. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany has frozen all arms deliveries to Turkey amid a row between the NATO partners that has sharply worsened since Ankara arrested several human rights activists. (AFP)
  • Region: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble compared Turkey with the former communist East German state, and said Berlin might have to tell Germans traveling there that they did so at their own peril. (Reuters)
  • Region: German industrial conglomerate Siemens said it would scale back its operations in Russia after confirming gas turbines it sold to companies there had been diverted to Ukraine’s Russian-annexed Crimea region in breach of sanctions. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Lebanese group Hezbollah and the Syrian army have launched an offensive to clear fighters from an area of the Syrian-Lebanese frontier. (Al Jazeera)
  • Israel: The country banned Muslim men under the age of 50 from a contested Jerusalem shrine ahead of expected protests over the installation of metal detectors there. (AP)
  • Qatar: The country said that interference with its government media sites, which sparked an ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf, began more than a month earlier. (WP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: AlphaBay, the now-shuttered online marketplace that authorities say traded in illegal drugs, firearms and counterfeit goods, wasn’t all that different from any other e-commerce site. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Post-Tropical Cyclone Eight-E
    • Location: 1130 mi WSW of the southern tip of Baja, California
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: WSW @ 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Greg
    • Location: 770 mi SW of the southern tip of Baja, California
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: W @ 10 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Fernanda
    • Location: 900 mi E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: W @ 11 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Noru
    • Location: 996 nm east-southeast of yokosuka, Japan
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW @ 9 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquake: 10km SSE of Bodrum, Turkey
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • 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 (22JUL)

  • Gambia: Revolution Day – 1994
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the killing of Uday and Qusay Hussein – 2003
  • Norway: Anniversary of the twin attacks by Anders Behring Breivik – 2011
  • Swaziland: Birthday of King Sobhuza II – 1899

 

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