ONS: 22 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 23, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Cairo criminal court confirmed death sentences against 28 suspected Islamists for the 2015 murder of the country’s chief prosecutor Hesham Barakat.
  • AMERICAS: Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters with US attorney general Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by Sessions.
  • ASIA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country.
  • EUROPE: Poland’s Parliament gave final approval to a landmark measure that would restructure the Supreme Court, putting it under control of the governing party.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia’s Defense Ministry said an agreement has been reached with the Syrian opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone for the East Ghouta area near the Syrian capital Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  More than half the companies in Germany have been hit by spying, sabotage or data theft in the last two years, the German IT industry association Bitkom said, and estimated the attacks caused around 55 billion euros’ worth of damage a year.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Violence Erupts in Standoff over Jerusalem Mosque
    • A total of six people died in an outbreak of violence that erupted over Israel’s placement of metal detectors at the sacred Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and spread to the West Bank.
    • Three Palestinians were killed in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement.
    • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed the metal detectors at the site
    • Several thousand Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank clashed with Israeli troops.
    • After Israel’s military sent more troops, the country’s deputy minister for public diplomacy Michael Oren said that Palestinian leaders must call for calm.
    • Coverage: (WP, NYT, CNN, Reuters)

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A Cairo criminal court confirmed death sentences against 28 suspected Islamists for the 2015 murder of the country’s chief prosecutor Hesham Barakat. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: Jeremy Sinamenye, mayor of the Rubavu district, has been arrested for preventing people from attending presidential campaign rallies. (Xinhua)
  • Zambia: The government has extended the powers of police and other state officials under the country’s ongoing state of emergency. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Federal troops will be shipped to Rio de Janeiro state to help local police tackle a serious public security crisis. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters with US attorney general Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by Sessions. (WP)
  • Venezuela: The country’s National Assembly and Supreme Court of Justice were embroiled in a power struggle ahead of a controversial national vote. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: An errant U.S. airstrike confirmed by the Pentagon killed 12 Afghan National Police officers and wounded two others. (AP)
  • Indonesia: President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee reports that activists and journalists in newly democratic country continue to be followed and questioned by state surveillance agents. (Reuters)
  • Region: A Chinese spy ship has been detected off the Australian coast near joint war games underway between the United States, New Zealand and Australian militaries. (Reuters)
  • The Philippines: Lawmakers voted to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao until the end of the year, giving President Rodrigo Duterte extra time to quell a rebellion by militants allied with the Islamic State group. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany’s FM Sigmar Gabriel assured residents in the country with Turkish roots that they were not being targeted by the government despite the recent diplomatic spat between the two nations. (Reuters)
  • Region: Russia lambasted as “buffoonery” U.S. allegations that the Russian military might leave equipment behind in Belarus after holding large-scale military exercises there in September. (RFE/RL)
  • Poland: The country’s Parliament gave final approval to a landmark measure that would restructure the Supreme Court, putting it under control of the governing party. (NYT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Syrian army continued to advance against Sunni militants to drive them from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border. (Reuters)
  • Region: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that he believed the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was still alive and that the American-led coalition in Iraq and Syria was still trying to find and target him. (NYT)
  • Syria: Russia’s Defense Ministry said an agreement has been reached with the Syrian opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone for the East Ghouta area near the Syrian capital Damascus. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: More than half the companies in Germany have been hit by spying, sabotage or data theft in the last two years, the German IT industry association Bitkom said, and estimated the attacks caused around 55 billion euros’ worth of damage a year. (Reuters)

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
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Greg
    • Location: 1010 mi WSW of the southern tip of Baja, California
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: W @ 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Nine-E
    • Location: 420 mi S of Puerto Angel Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW @ 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Fernanda
    • Location: 900 mi E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement:  WNW @ 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Noru
    • Location: 996 nm east-southeast of yokosuka, Japan
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W @ 5 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • 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 21JUL: 60,659 (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 21JUL: 29,032 (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 21JUL: 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 (23JUL)

  • Egypt: Revolution Day – 1952
  • Georgia: Anniversary of Abkhazia declaring its independence from Georgia – 1992
  • Greece: Anniversary of the collapse of the Greek junta and the beginning of Greece’s metapolitfsi era – 1974
  • Oman: Renaissance Day – 1970
  • Papua New Guinea: National Remembrance Day – 1942

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