- AFRICA: In South Sudan, President Salva Kiir wants VP Riek Machar to return to the capital to try to salvage a peace agreement jeopardized by fighting earlier this month.
- AMERICAS: In Cuba, dissident Guillermo Farinas began a hunger strike demanding the Raul Castro government end torture and other human rights abuses against opponents.
- ASIA: Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O’Neill survived a no-confidence vote, an outcome unlikely to end upheaval in the country.
- EUROPE: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faced growing EU criticism over an “unacceptable” crackdown that has seen tens of thousands of people detained or sacked.
- MIDDLE EAST: Nearly 40 Syrian soldiers and pro-regime fighters were killed when rebels blew up a tunnel under a government position in Syrian city of Aleppo.
- TECHNOLOGY: Canada’s Supreme Court enabled judges to prohibit those convicted of sexual offenses against minors from using the Internet.
- India: Indian Air Force plane goes missing; search underway.
- An Indian Air Force plane carrying 29 people went missing on its way to Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- The flight was supposed to last three hours but there was no contact for nearly three hours beyond its arrival time.
- A navy spokesman said surveillance planes and ships were looking for the missing aircraft.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters
- Ghana: The country’s presidential election will now be held on 07DEC, after parliament voted against an amendment to push the vote forward by one month. (AFP)
- Libya: UN-backed government forces fought Islamic State militants in Sirte in which 13 of their fighters were killed and more than 110 wounded. (Reuters)
- South Sudan: President Salva Kiir wants VP Riek Machar to return to the capital to try to salvage a peace agreement jeopardized by fighting earlier this month. (Reuters)
- Cuba: Dissident Guillermo Farinas began a hunger strike demanding the Raul Castro government end torture and other human rights abuses against opponents. (AFP)
- Haiti: The US State Department’s special coordinator for the country Kenneth Merten has arrived to talk with officials amid a lengthy political impasse. (AP)
- United States: The US military has stepped back from a policy published last year that likened journalists to spies and suggesting they may be treated as “belligerents.” (AFP)
- Region: Indian-controlled Kashmir remained paralyzed for the 14th straight day due to indefinite curfew by authorities and shutdown called by separatists. (Xinhua)
- Australia: PM Turnbull said it was “probable” a terror attack would occur on Australian soil in the near future, as the threat was constantly changing. (Xinhua)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korean and US activists balloon-launched hundreds of thousands of leaflets into North Korea, criticizing leader Kim Jong-Un and Pyongyang’s latest ballistic missile tests. (AFP)
- Papua New Guinea: PM Peter O’Neill survived a no-confidence vote, an outcome unlikely to end upheaval in the country. (Reuters)
- Region: Wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic lodged an appeal against his 40-year jail sentence for genocide, accusing UN judges of “subjecting him to a political trial.” (AFP)
- Region: Moscow lifted a temporary ban on air travel for Russian citizens to Turkey imposed over fears of unrest after a failed coup in the country. (AFP)
- Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faced growing EU criticism over an “unacceptable” crackdown that has seen tens of thousands of people detained or sacked. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: British business activity sank to its lowest level since April 2009, the first indication of economic contraction since the shock EU exit vote. (AFP)
- Iran: Iranian forces have foiled a “terrorist” bid to infiltrate the country from Turkey. (AFP)
- Syria: The UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura hopes that a meeting expected to be held in Geneva next week with US and Russian officials will pave the way for a resumption of peace talks between the warring parties. (AFP)
- Syria: Nearly 40 government soldiers and pro-regime fighters were killed when rebels blew up a tunnel under a government position in Aleppo city. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Canada’s Supreme Court enabled judges to prohibit those convicted of sexual offenses against minors from using the Internet. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Darby
- Location: 467 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
- Winds: 63 mph
- Movement: W at 12 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Estelle
- Location: 1350 NM W of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 45 mph
- Movement: WNW at 16 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Eight-E
- Location: 850 NM SSW of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: WNW at 13 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Frank
- Location: 210 NM SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
- Winds: 50 mph
- Movement: NW at 17 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- 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 (23JUL)
- Egypt: Anniversary of Sharm el-Sheikh attacks – 2005
- Egypt: Revolution Day – 1952
- Sri Lanka: Anniversary of start of civil war – 1983
- Tanzania: President John Magufuli to take over the chair of the country’s ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party