ONS: 25 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 26, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Leaked information from the Panama Papers reveal entrepreneurs and corrupt officials across Africa used shell companies to hide profits from the sale of natural resources and the bribes paid to gain access to them.
  • AMERICAS: In the US, at least two people are dead and 14 others wounded in a shooting overnight at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida.
  • ASIA: Southeast Asian nations ended days of deadlock when the Philippines dropped a request for their joint statement to mention a landmark legal ruling on the South China Sea, after objections from Cambodia.
  • EUROPE: EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Turkey is not ready to become an EU member any time soon.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 17 people were killed by a car bomb outside the central Iraqi town of Khalis.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A close source said Verizon Communications will announce an agreement to buy Yahoo Inc for about USD 5B.

 

TOP STORY

  • Germany: Islamic motivation suspected in suicide bombing.
    • A Syrian asylum seeker exploded a suicide bomb outside a music festival in the southern city of Ansbach, injuring 12.
    • A German official says the Syrian man had already been denied asylum in Germany and was to be deported to Bulgaria.
    • The 27-year-old man detonated the device after being refused entry to the music festival and was killed by the resulting explosion.
    • Bavarian state police said it was unclear whether the man was an Islamist militant, and that investigations were continuing.
    • The man was under psychiatric treatment after at least two previous suicide attempts.
    • Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said, “my personal view is that I unfortunately think it’s very likely this really was an Islamist suicide attack.”
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, NBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Leaked information from the Panama Papers reveal entrepreneurs and corrupt officials across Africa have used shell companies to hide profits from the sale of natural resources and the bribes paid to gain access to them. (NYT)
  • Egypt: A gunman shot dead a police officer in north Sinai in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A former militant group said it was holding talks with the government to end a wave of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: The government denounced leading independence war veterans as traitors for an unprecedented attack on President Robert Mugabe, calling him a dictator. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Colombian officials and FARC rebels agreed to promote gender equality during peaceful talks aimed at ending the country’s half-century conflict. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Six men were arrested in connection with the murder of the mayor and four other people in the southern town of Chiapas. (AFP)
  • United States: At least two people are dead and 14 others wounded in a shooting overnight at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Electoral authorities will announce Tue 26JUL whether a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro can go ahead after verifying signatures on an opposition-organized petition. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Southeast Asian nations ended days of deadlock when the Philippines dropped a request for their joint statement to mention a landmark legal ruling on the South China Sea, after objections from Cambodia. (Reuters)
  • Region: Singapore vowed to name and shame other banks engaged in money-laundering after Malaysian’s 1MDB scandal hurt the city-state’s financial reputation. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: According to a new UN report, civilians are being killed and wounded in record numbers in Afghanistan. (Reuters)
  • Australia: High-risk terror offenders may be kept in jail indefinitely, officials said as they move to tighten security laws. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: , EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Turkey is not ready to become an EU member any time soon. (Reuters)
  • France: PM Valls said the country needs to rethink its security culture, amid the ongoing scandalous aftermath of the deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice. (AP)
  • Turkey: Authorities issued arrest warrants for over 40 journalists in a new phase of the controversial legal crackdown after the failed coup. (AFP)
  • Turkey: FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said he country’s ties with the US will be impacted if the US does not extradite the cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of masterminding a failed military coup. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile against a military base located in the southern Saudi region of Jizan. (EFE)
  • Iraq: At least 17 people were killed by a car bomb outside the central Iraqi town of Khalis. (BBC)
  • Syria: Air strikes and barrel bomb attacks killed 16 civilians in rebel-held parts of Aleppo province, with rebel rocket fire onto government areas killing three more. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China shut down several edgy news programs run by major web portals in an effort to restrict reporting of political and social news. (AP)
  • Communications: Verizon Communications will announce an agreement to buy Yahoo Inc for about USD 5B. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Darby
    • Location: 33 NM WSW of Barbers Point
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: NW at 13  mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Frank
    • Location: 280 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Georgette
    • Location: 1145 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 130 mph
    • Movement: NW at 12 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 (26JUL)

  • Cuba: Revolution Anniversary Holiday – 1953
  • Liberia: Independence Day – 1847
  • Moldova: German Foreign Minister, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Frank-Walter Steinmeier to visit Chisinau to discuss Transdniestrian settlement issues
  • New Zealand: United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Australia and New Zealand to launch the International Wood Smoke Research Network in Wellington
  • Pakistan and Afghanistan: High level meeting in Kabul to discuss a border mechanism to check the illegal cross-border movement
  • Spain: King Felipe to meet with Catalan and Basque separatist parties (to 27JUL)

 

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