ONS: 24 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 25, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisian dissident Mohsen Marzouk opened a congress of his new party, rejecting religion in politics and vowing to be a force for change.
  • AMERICAS: Newly-filed court records state that the two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady facing charges of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, have confessed.
  • ASIA: Mangal Bagh, the commander and head of the Pakistani Lashkar-e-Islam militant organization, was killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.
  • EUROPE: Pavel Sheremet, the journalist killed in a car bombing in Ukraine last week was buried in Belarus.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A suicide bomber attacked a security checkpoint in a predominantly Shiite area of northern Baghdad, killing at least fifteen people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US prosecutors indicted three people in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud consumers by charging mobile phone users for unwanted text messages.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Day of mourning after IS attack in Kabul.
    • The attack targeted Hazaras, a predominantly Shiite ethnic group, as they demonstrated for access to a planned power line.
    • The attack was the deadliest seen in the Afghan capital since 2001.  At least 80 people were killed, and 231 more injured, in two explosions.
    • The United Nations condemned the attack as a war crime, while the US and Russia each promised increased security assistance.
    • The seemingly sectarian motivation for the attack is unusual for Afghanistan, and the high-profile nature of the attack represents an escalation for IS actions in the country.
    • Afghan authorities had restricted activity in the capital ahead of the planned-demonstration by the Hazara community, however they provided weak security protection.
    • Officials stated they believe the attack was retaliation for advances Afghan and international coalition forces have been making against IS elsewhere in the country.
    • Sources: NYT, BBC, Guardian, RFE/RL, AFP, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: The Presidential Council summoned the French ambassador in order to protest French military intervention in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Dissident Mohsen Marzouk opened a congress of his new party, rejecting religion in politics and vowing to be a force for change. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Newly-filed court records state that the two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady facing charges of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, have confessed. (Reuters)
  • El Salvador: The president began talks with political parties on a new “national reconciliation” law, which he says may allow investigations of human rights abuses, but would also allow those responsible to be granted forgiveness. (AP)
  • Mexico:  Armed protesters killed five people, including a local mayor, in the state of Chiapas. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Mangal Bagh, the commander and head of the Pakistani Lashkar-e-Islam militant organization, was killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia:  Tens of thousands of people marched in the funeral procession of a Kem Ley, a prominent political analyst murdered two weeks ago. (AFP)
  • Nepal: Two more parties abandoned the country’s ruling coalition ahead of a no-confidence vote, which prime minister K.P. Sharma Oli that appears likely to lose. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Belarus: Pavel Sheremet, the journalist killed in a car bombing in Ukraine last week was buried in his hometown of Minsk. (AP)
  • Germany: The Defense Ministry announced a military program training Syrian migrants for civilian roles suited to helping the eventual reconstruction of their country. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that a dossier requesting Fethullah Gulen’s extradition from the United States will be completed in seven to ten days. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bomber attacked a security checkpoint in a predominantly Shiite area of northern Baghdad, killing at least fifteen people. (AFP)
  • Israel: A senior Foreign Ministry official met with a visiting former military general from Saudi Arabia, marking a rare public engagement between the countries. (AP)
  • Syria: A Turkey-based Syrian medical organization announced that four hospitals and a blood bank in Aleppo city have been hit by air raids in the past 24 hours. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US prosecutors indicted three people in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud consumers by charging mobile phone users for unwanted text messages. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Darby
    • Location: 25 NM SSE of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
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  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Lupit
    • Location: 455 NM NNE of Minami-Tori-shima Island, Japan
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: NE at 26 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Frank
    • Location: 240 NM SSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Georgette
    • Location: 1050 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
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  • 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 (25JUL)

  • Laos: US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit (to 26JUL)
  • Malaysia: Susan Coppedge, US ambassador-at-large to monitor and combat human trafficking, to visit (to 26JUL)
  • Namibia: Government to review foreign policy
  • Russia: National Security Advisor to Afghan President Mohammad Hanif Atmar to visit Moscow (to 27JUL)
  • Tunisia: Republic Day – 1956

 

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