ONS: 24 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 25, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron said he is bringing together two Libyan leaders, and rivals, to try to “contribute to an end to the Libyan crisis.”
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro said he considers the 33 judges named by the opposition-controlled Parliament to be “illegitimate,” and will be arrested.
  • ASIA: China warned it will step up its troop deployment in a border dispute with India, vowing to defend its sovereignty at “whatever cost”.
  • EUROPE: Polish President Andrzej Duda said he will veto two of three bills reforming the country’s judiciary system, easing worries about any degradation of the division of powers.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel said a security guard at the country’s embassy in Jordan opened fire, killing two Jordanians, after being attacked by one of them with a screwdriver.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Around 1,000 people marched through Moscow to protest against the Russian government’s harsh legislative controls on the internet.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Taliban claims Kabul suicide bombing.
    • A suicide bomber rammed his car packed with explosives into a bus carrying government employees in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing 24 people and wounding 42 others.
    • The blast occurred not far from the residence of Mohammad Mohaqiq, the nation’s most prominent politician from the Hazara ethnic minority.
    • The Taliban said they were behind the explosion and that they targeted buses belonging to the National Directorate of Security.
    • Intelligence officials said the bus was carrying staff of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum when it came under attack.
    • The suicide bombing continued the unrelenting violence that has killed more than 1,700 civilians in country so far this year.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: In Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron said he is bringing together two Libyan leaders, and rivals, to try to “contribute to an end to the Libyan crisis.” (AP)
  • Nigeria: At least eight people are dead after female suicide bombers attacked two displaced persons camps in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The government released a photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari, the first in almost three months after he left for medical leave in Britain. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Mexican authorities captured a member of the Jalisco cartel suspected of being behind a January attack on the office of prosecutors in Cancun. (AP)
  • United States: Army Sgt. First Class Ikaika Erik Kang was charged with trying to aid the Islamic State militant group in a series of meetings in June and July. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said he considers the 33 judges named by the opposition-controlled Parliament to be “illegitimate,” and will be arrested. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The country’s opposition called for a boycott of an upcoming vote to rewrite the constitution, dismissing it as a ploy by President Maduro to cling to power. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China warned it will step up its troop deployment in a border dispute with India, vowing to defend its sovereignty at “whatever cost”. (AFP)
  • Australia: The UN accused the government of reneging on an agreement to settle some asylum seekers held in offshore detention centers, but Canberra said no such agreement existed. (Reuters)
  • East Timor: The country’s first parliamentary election without UN supervision resulted in a national unity government but both top political parties lost ground to opposition forces in a sign of frustration with slow economic progress. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to forge on with his controversial war on drugs and said no amount of criticism or international pressure would deter him. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany is urging the EU to add up to four more Russian nationals and companies to the bloc’s sanctions blacklist. (Reuters)
  • Greece: The country is seeing “the light at the end of austerity”, the EU’s economic commissioner Pierre Moscovici said, calling the reforms imposed on Athens by its creditors perhaps “too tough” but “necessary”. (AFP)
  • Poland: President Andrzej Duda said he will veto two of three bills reforming the country’s judiciary system, easing worries about any degradation of the division of powers. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Seventeen directors and journalists from the country’s opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper went on trial, charged with terror-related offenses. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko said he will demand a real ceasefire in Donbas, including the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel said a security guard at the country’s embassy in Jordan opened fire, killing two Jordanians, after being attacked by one of them with a screwdriver. (AP)
  • Region: Israel struck a position of Islamist group Hamas in Gaza, hours after a missile was fired across the border from the Palestinian enclave. (AFP)
  • Region: Israel’s National Security Council and Israel Defense Forces arrested 25 Hamas members in the West Bank. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Economic growth in the Middle East is forecast to slow considerably over oil prices as the Saudi economy slides, the International Monetary Fund said. (AFP)
  • Region: Hezbollah seized a strategic valley from Sunni Muslim militants in an offensive to oust jihadists from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Around 1,000 people marched through Moscow to protest against the Russian government’s harsh legislative controls on the internet. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 202 NM NNW of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
    • Wind: 105 mph
    • Movement: ESE at 9 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Kulap
    • Location: 667 NM NE of north of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 11 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Sonca
    • Location: 188 NM ENE of da nang, Vietnam
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 2 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 Greg
    • Location: 1520 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Hilary
    • Location: 375 NM S of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Irwin
    • Location: 735 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: W at 8 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 14JUL: 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 14JUL: 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 14JUL: 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 (25JUL)

  • Burundi: Anniversary of the coup deposing Sylvestre Ntibantunganya in favor of Pierre Buyoya – 1994
  • Costa Rica: Guanacaste Day – 1824
  • Jamaica: National Baha’i Day – 2003
  • Jordan: Anniversary of the signing of the Washington Declaration between Jordan and Israel – 1994
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of the beginning of the Operation Accountability (also known as Seven-Day War) – 1993
  • Libya: Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar and head of the U.N.-backed government PMFayez al-Serraj to meet in Paris for talks
  • Philippines: Chinese FM Wang Yi to visit the Philippines
  • Tunisia: Republic Day – 1956
  • United States: Lebanon’s PM Saad al-Hariri to meet US President Trump at White House
  • United States: US Congress to vote on sanctions against North Korea, Russia and Iran
  • United States: Anniversary of the Afghan Document leaks by Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning – 2010

 

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