ONS: 23 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 24, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Nigeria’s ex-oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has been implicated in bribery, fraud, misuse of public funds, and money laundering cases in Nigeria, Britain, Italy and the United States.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan authorities have detained one of the 33 people named to the supreme court by the country’s opposition-controlled congress, further escalating political conflict.
  • ASIA:  Preliminary results from East Timor’s parliamentary election show the Fretilin party has won the most votes while its partner in the national unity government has suffered a slump in support.
  • EUROPE: Germany has no right to interfere in Turkey’s domestic affairs, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, his latest broadside in a blistering row sparked by the waves of arrests under the current state of emergency.
  • MIDDLE EAST: According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, government warplanes carried out several airstrikes in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus a day after the military declared a cessation of hostilities in the area.
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Korea’s defense ministry aims to adjust the functions of its cyber security and anti-espionage units, each criticized for getting involved in politics and undue monitoring of individual soldiers.

 

TOP STORY

  • The Taliban made further gains in northern and central regions of Afghanistan
    • Taliban insurgents conducted series of offensives in several districts, capturing two and leaving many people dead or injured.
    • Armed insurgents, in a surprise move, overran the Kohistan district in the northwestern Faryab province. The Taywara district in the central province of Ghor also fell to the Taliban after several days of fighting between militants and Afghan security forces.
    • Taliban fighters have also made attempts at taking control over other districts including the Gazargah-e-Noor and Nahrin in the northern Baghlan province.
    • In the past days, Afghan forces have been fighting the Taliban on several fronts: in Kunduz and Baghlan in the north, Badakhshan in the north-east, and Helmand and Kandahar in the south.
    • The Taliban, according to local observers, has been gradually attempting to shift their fighters from their traditional hotbeds in the southern region to the relatively peaceful provinces further north.
    • Coverage: AP, DPA,  RFE/RL, VOA, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Seven months after the defeat of IS in Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The country’s ex-oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke  has been implicated in bribery, fraud, misuse of public funds, and money laundering cases in Nigeria, Britain, Italy and the United States. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu launched her bid to succeed scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) by vowing to help save the ruling party from infighting and corruption. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Javier Duarte, former governor of the Gulf State of Veracruz and member of the country’s ruling party, will stand trial for engaging in organized crime and handling funds of illicit origin. (Reuters)
  • United States: The US will conduct another test of a missile defense system meant to counter threats from North Korea. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Authorities have detained one of the 33 people named to the supreme court by the country’s opposition-controlled congress, further escalating political conflict. (WaPo)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Twenty-one insurgents and four police personnel were killed as well as 20 insurgents injured in two separate clashes in southern Afghan province of Kandahar. (Xinhua)
  • East Timor: Preliminary results from East Timor’s parliamentary election show the Fretilin party has won the most votes while its partner in the national unity government has suffered a slump in support. (AP)
  • Philippines: A soldier has been killed and 11 others wounded in clash between the government troops and rebels in the southern Philippines.(Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: The country’s main opposition Democratic party has re-elected Lulzim Basha as its leader despite the party’s major loss in the last election. (AP)
  • Region: Germany has no right to interfere in Turkey’s domestic affairs, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, his latest broadside in a blistering row sparked by the waves of arrests under the current state of emergency. (AFP)
  • Region: Germany warned Russia that breaches of sanctions including the relocation to Crimea of four gas turbines delivered to Russia by Siemens are straining political relations between the two countries. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Dozens of IS militants were killed in an air raid conducted by the Iraqi Air Force in the Anbar Province in western Iraq (Xinhua)
  • Region: In addition to installing new security cameras at the holy site in Jerusalem, Israeli forces said it arrested 29 people following the outbreak of violence, including nine members of the Islamic Hamas militant group. (AP)
  • Syria: According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, government warplanes carried out several airstrikes in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus a day after the military declared a cessation of hostilities in the area. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: South Korea’s defense ministry aims to adjust the functions of its cyber security and anti-espionage units, each criticized for getting involved in politics and undue monitoring of individual soldiers. (Yonhap)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Post-Tropical Cyclone Fernanda
    • Location: 500 mi E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement:  WNW @ 9 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Roke
    • Location: 33 nm east of Hong Kong
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW @ 13 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Irwin
    • Location: 665 mi SSW of the southern tip of Baja, California
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW @ 9 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Kulap
    • Location: 696 nm north of Wake Island
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW @ 10 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Sonca
    • Location: 197 nm east-northeast of da nang, Vietnam
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: W @ 3 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Greg
    • Location: 1215 mi WSW of the southern tip of Baja, California
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: W @ 13 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Ten-E
    • Location: 640 mi SSW of southern tip of Baja, California
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W @ 8 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Hilary
    • Location: 585 mi SSE of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW @ 14 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Noru
    • Location: 286 nm north-northwest of minami tori shima, Japan
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: W @ 9 mph
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  • 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 (24JUL)

  • South America: Simón Bolívar Day – 1783
  • Albania: Albania to swear in President Ilir Meta
  • Colombia: Next cycle of peace talks with ELN to start
  • Egypt: Anniversary of the end of the Libyan-Egyptian War – 1977
  • Sri Lanka: Anniversary of the Bandaranaike Airport attack – 2001
  • Sri Lanka: Anniversary of the beginning of the Black July riots – 1983
  • Turkey: Trial of Turkish opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper to begin
  • Venezuela: Navy Day – 1823

 

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