ONS: 25 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 26, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Forty militants were killed in Egyptian military raids on their hotbeds in the province of North Sinai.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan bond prices tumbled to their lowest levels of the year following US President Donald Trump’s threat to impose sanctions on the country.
  • ASIA: Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in as India’s president, becoming just the second leader from the Dalit community to be elected head of state.
  • EUROPE: Polish President Andrzej Duda signed into law one of three contested bills that organizes the judiciary in a way that critics say limits judiciary independence.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia and its allies unveiled a “terrorist” blacklist of 18 organizations and individuals suspected of links with Islamist extremism with alleged ties with Qatar.
  • TECHNOLOGY: EU authorities increased pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter to bring their user terms in line with EU law after proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Security measures at al-Aqsa compound removed; tensions still high.
    • The Israeli government dismantled metal detectors at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa compound, hoping to defuse a crisis with the Muslim world.
    • Israel announced it would replace the metal detectors with new security measures, including “advanced technologies” like sophisticated cameras, and additional police deployments.
    • However, Ikrema Sabri, the head of the Supreme Islamic Committee in the city, said worshippers should stay away from the shrine, pending a review of the new Israeli security arrangements there.
    • Deadly clashes resulted after the metal detectors were set up, which Palestinians saw as an Israeli attempt to assert control over the site.
    • Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah II spoke, in which the Jordanian king stressed the need to “remove the measures” and to agree on steps that would prevent another escalation in the future.
    • Israel said they were necessary to prevent weapons being smuggled in.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CBS, Guardian, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A man shouting “Allahu Akbar” and wielding a knife injured a police officer on the border between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Melilla. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Forty militants were killed in Egyptian military raids on their hotbeds in the province of North Sinai. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Seven civilians were killed by a car bomb that exploded at a security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan bond prices tumbled to their lowest levels of the year following US President Donald Trump’s threat to impose sanctions on the country. (WSJ)
  • Region: Bolivia’s President Evo Morales accused the US of funding opposition groups to try and divide the country between 2006 and 2009. (Xinhua)
  • United States: A federal judge cleared the way for President Trump’s commission on election fraud to resume collecting voter roll information from the states. (Guardian)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least 10 journalists were killed in the country in the first half of 2017, a 35 percent surge from last year. (AFP)
  • Australia: The country will accept several dozen Central American refugees within the next few months, according to sources, under a refugee swap arrangement agreed with the US. (Reuters)
  • India: Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in as the country’s president, becoming just the second leader from the Dalit community to be elected head of state. (AFP)
  • Maldives: The government defended its deployment of troops to block opposition legislators entering parliament, citing security measures. (AFP)
  • North Korea: Speculation intensified that the country is preparing another missile launch to coincide with the 64th anniversary of the end of the Korean War on 27JUL. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: An EU deal with Turkey to stem the westward flow of migrants is working well, and day-to-day bilateral ties are better, EU official Johannes Hahn said. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkey has made progress in plans to procure an S-400 missile defense system from Russia and signatures have been signed, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said. (Reuters)
  • Region: Brexit “is not, was not and will not be about Britain turning away from the world,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said. (DPA)
  • Region: Romania’s Supreme Court upheld a decision to release from custody a Turkish woman whom Turkey wants to extradite because of alleged links to Kurdish militants. (AP)
  • Poland: President Andrzej Duda signed into law one of three contested bills that organizes the judiciary in a way that critics say limits judiciary independence. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia and its allies unveiled a “terrorist” blacklist of 18 organizations and individuals suspected of links with Islamist extremism with alleged ties with Qatar. (AFP)
  • Region: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan described his trip to the Gulf to deal with the Qatar crisis as “productive and successful”, despite no immediate progress towards healing the rift. (Reuters)
  • Region: The Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee lobby launched a television advertisement campaign in the US against Qatar. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Syria: Despite an ongoing ceasefire, airstrikes in a Damascus suburb killed eight people, including children. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: EU authorities increased pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter to bring their user terms in line with EU law after proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 172 NM ENE of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
    • Wind: 90 mph
    • Movement: E at 11 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Kulap
    • Location: 540 NM NNE of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Sonca
    • Location: 45 NM NNE of da nang, Vietnam
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
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  • Hurricane: Hurricane Hilary
    • Location: 290 NM SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Wind: 100 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Greg
    • Location: 1405 NM E of South Point, Hawaii
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Irwin
    • Location: 760 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 3 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 (26JUL)

  • Cuba: Day of the National Rebellion – 1953
  • Egypt: Anniversary of the nationalization of the Suez Canal – 1956
  • Greece: Anniversary of the formation of Greece’s first civil government – 1974
  • India: Kargil Victory Day –  1999
  • Liberia: Independence  Day – 1847
  • Maldives: Independence Day – 1965

 

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