ONS: 22 July 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 23, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: HRW reported that it has documented “deliberate attacks on civilians” by government troops in South Sudan that it said constitute war crimes.
  • AMERICAS: FARC, Colombia’s largest guerrilla group, carried out 372 armed attacks in the months between suspension of its last unilateral ceasefire on May 22 and the new ceasefire that began on July 20, according to a report released Tuesday.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, a police official said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest among a crowd of shoppers at a market in Faryab province’s Almar district, killing at least 15 civilians.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, the state-run Anadolu Agency said the government has blocked access to Twitter to prevent the broadcast of images of Monday’s bombing and to block calls for protests.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, police and medical sources said car bomb attacks in Baghdad and the province of Diyala, mostly claimed by ISIS, killed at least 30 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency was set to back the USD49 billion merger of AT&T and DirecTV with certain conditions.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: US continues efforts to reassure regional allies on deal.
    • US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter landed in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman on Iran.
    • US Secretary Kerry said he is scheduled to meet with Gulf Arab officials in Qatar to reassure them that Washington will work with them to “push back” against Iranian influence in the region.
    • Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said that Iran will not accept any extension of sanctions relating to its nuclear program beyond 10 years.
    • The Obama administration and EU agreed as part of the accord last week to lift sanctions over eight years on a network of Iranian scientists, military officers and companies long suspected by the US and UN as central players in a covert nuclear weapons program.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, Reuters-2, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Vote counting was underway in the country the day after a presidential election marred by violence and international condemnation, with results expected by Thursday. (AFP)
  • Mali: Soldiers destroyed two jihadist camps and arrested 15 suspected militants near the southern border with the Ivory Coast. (AFP)
  • Somalia: AU troops in the country dismissed reports they killed several civilians during fighting, saying those shot were all Shebab insurgents. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: HRW reported that it has documented “deliberate attacks on civilians” by government troops that it said constitute war crimes. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC, the country’s largest guerrilla group, carried out 372 armed attacks in the months between suspension of its last unilateral ceasefire on May 22 and the new ceasefire that began on July 20, according to a report released Tuesday. (EFE)
  • Peru: One soldier was killed and another wounded in a firefight between an army patrol and guerrillas in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers, or VRAEM. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Officials arrested two retired military officers wanted for alleged drug trafficking. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A police official said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest among a crowd of shoppers at a market in Faryab province’s Almar district, killing at least 15 civilians. (AP)
  • Burma: The government and armed ethnic minority groups resumed talks as they try to reach a nationwide ceasefire agreement. (AP)
  • Maldives: Parliament removed the country’s vice-president, Mohamed Jameel, and accused him of treason. (AFP)
  • Singapore: Police confirmed they had frozen two bank accounts as part of an investigation into possible money-laundering offenses related to Malaysian state investment firm 1MDB. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: The company that runs the cross-Channel rail tunnel said it was seeking USD10.67 million from the British and French governments in compensation for disruption caused by illegal migrants. (AFP)
  • Italy: Police arrested a Tunisian and Pakistani on suspicion they were plotting attacks in the country and circulating threatening messages on the Internet in support of ISIS. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The US-based MacArthur foundation announced it is stopping work in the country, saying laws restricting foreign organizations had made it “impossible” to continue. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The state-run Anadolu Agency said the government has blocked access to Twitter to prevent the broadcast of images of Monday’s bombing and to block calls for protests. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Police and medical sources said car bomb attacks in Baghdad and the province of Diyala, mostly claimed by ISIS, killed at least 30 people. (AFP)
  • Israel: Soldiers shot dead a Palestinian near the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank in clashes following an arrest raid. (AFP)
  • Jordan: The country’s intelligence services have been holding an uncle of the man who killed five US troops in Tennessee last week. (AP)
  • Syria: The Committee to Protect Journalists said at least four foreign journalists, three Spaniards and one from Japan, have gone missing in the north of the country in the past month. (WSJ)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: US FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency was set to back the USD49 billion merger of AT&T and DirecTV with certain conditions. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 01C (Halola)
    • Location: 609 NM ESE of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Raung, Gamalama, Dukono, Sinabung, Mount Karangetang,  Indonesia.
    • Major eruptions at five volcanoes have darkened skies with ash over a large swath of the archipelagic nation and three airports have closed. (AP)
  • 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 21JUL: 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 21JUL: 490 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23JUL)

  • Global: APEC meeting in Philippine city of Iloilo, Malacanang
  • Egypt: 10th anniversary of Sharm el-Sheikh attacks – 2005
  • Egypt: Revolution Day – 1952
  • Sri Lanka: Anniversary of Sri Lankan civil war – 1983
  • United States: Sec. of State John Kerry testifies before Senate Foreign Relations Committee over Iran Nuclear Deal

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