ONS: 23 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 24, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar announced that he fired a minister who defected to his rival President Salva Kiir’s party.
  • AMERICAS: In the United States, three Florida men have been charged with attempting to support Islamic State.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, an explosion killed an undetermined number of people as thousands of Hazaras protested in Kabul.
  • EUROPE: The National Security Service announced that the final four police officers held hostage by gunmen in a police station in the capital of Armenia have been released.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian officials reported that the EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean in May most likely broke up in midair after a fire erupted in or near the cockpit.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Edward Snowden is developing a case that alerts its owner when their smartphone has been hacked.

TOP STORY

  • Munich: Nine people killed in a mass shooting in Munich
    • The attacker, an 18 year old male, acted alone.  He killed nine people and wounded 21, three of them critically.  Most of the victims were teenagers.  The attacker later killed himself.
    • Witnesses say the attacker opened fire on passers-by in the street before moving into a shopping mall.
    • The attacker was born and raised in Germany, although he may have had dual-citizenship with Iran.
    • In video footage the attacker can be heard shouting, “I am German” and cursing foreigners.
    • The motive for the attacker’s actions has not yet been established.  He did not espouse jihadist ideology, and police have established that the man did not have ties to the Islamic State.
    • There are reports that the attacker had been studying famous shooting rampages, and that he made a Facebook post advertising discounts at McDonald’s in order to lure victims to the scene.
    • The attack is the third on civilians in western Europe in eight days.
    • Sources: NYT, WP, BBC, CNN-1, CNN-2, DW-1, DW-2, Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: The United Nations reported that more than 8,300 refugees fled violence in war-torn South Sudan and crossed into neighboring Uganda on a single day this week, setting a one-day record for this year. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: President Joseph Kabila issued a series of pardons to ease tensions around upcoming elections. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The Lagos division of the Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that Nigerian girls have the right to wear the hijab headscarf to school. (AP)
  • South Sudan: Vice President Riek Machar announced he fired a minister who defected to his rival President Salva Kiir’s party. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US and Cuban officials have agreed to deploy sky marshals on certain charter flights between the two countries to ensure security. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: The country paid a $112 million arbitration award to Chevron over a 1990s-era oil contract dispute. (AP)
  • Mexico: A couple and their three children were shot to death, marking the fifth killing of families in two weeks suspected to be carried out by narcotics cartels. (AP)
  • United States: Three Florida men have been charged with attempting to support Islamic State. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: An explosion struck Kabul as thousands of ethnic Hazaras protested a power line planned to be routed through their province; the number of casualties is yet unknown. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: An Indian charity worker kidnapped in Kabul more than a month ago was rescued by Afghan security forces. (AFP)
  • China: Heavy rain and flooding has killed at least 87 people and forced thousands to evacuate.  Officials estimate that approximately 8.6 million people are affected by the inclement weather. (Reuters)
  • India: Authorities searched for an air force plane that went missing over the Bay of Bengal with 29 people on board, but found no indication what happened to the aircraft or sign of wreckage. (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: Authorities announced they had foiled a bomb attack on top police officers and arrested 14 suspected Islamic State operatives in a week-long operation. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Armenia: The National Security Service announced that the final four police officers held hostage by gunmen in a police station in Yerevan have been released. (AFP)
  • France: Protesters furious over the death of a young man in custody attacked police and burnt cars in a fourth night of unrest in Paris. (AFP)
  • Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that under the state of emergency the government can hold suspects in detention without charge for up to 30 days. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Government officials reported that the EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean in May most likely broke up in midair after a fire erupted in or near the cockpit. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The military is digging a trench around Fallujah, cutting off all but one road in order to monitor the movements of residents closely. (AP)
  • Syria: The 48-hour deadline to leave Manbij, issued by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces to the Islamic State, has passed. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Edward Snowden is developing a case that alerts its owner when their smartphone has been hacked. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Darby
    • Location: 180 NM ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Frank
    • Location: 330 NM W of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Georgette
    • Location: 915 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 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 22JUL: 175,956 (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 22JUL: 36,732
      • Deaths as of 22JUL: 28
        • 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 14JUL:  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 14JUL: 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 14JUL: 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 (24JUL)

  • China: US National Security Advisor Susan Rice to visit (to 27JUL)
  • Europe Region: Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne – 1923

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