ONS: 26 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 27, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden cars outside the UN Mine Action Service offices and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven UN guards.
  • AMERICAS: Daniel Barrera was sentenced to 35 years in prison and fined USD 10M for running a brutal Colombian cocaine syndicate that spanned four continents for more than a decade.
  • ASIA: The US warned North Korea it faces “real consequences” over its internationally condemned nuclear and missile tests.
  • EUROPE: Turkish President Erdogan accused the EU of not paying its way under a deal to send Syrian refugees back across the Aegean.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Secretary Kerry said progress is being made with Russia on a potential military partnership that could strengthen a faltering truce in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Secretary Kerry discussed the email hack of the Democratic National Committee with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, as the FBI was investigating possible Russian involvement.

TOP STORY

  • France: Two unknown hostage-takers storm church and murder, killed by police.
    • Two men stormed a church in the northern town of St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray and took a number of hostages — including a priest, two nuns and several worshipers.
    • One priest was killed, in addition to an unknown number of injuries.
    • The two hostage takers, whose identity and motives were still unknown, were killed in a police operation that ended the assault.
    • France’s anti-terrorist prosecution unit said it has taken over the investigation.
    • President Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are expected on the scene.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: Despite a push to defeat Boko Haram, the multi-national joint task force from Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon face lingering divisions complicating their mission. (Reuters)
  • Republic of Congo: Opposition leader Paulin Makaya was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in protests against a third term for President Denis Sassou Nguesso. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden cars outside the UN Mine Action Service offices and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven UN guards. (AP)
  • South Sudan: President Salva Kiir replaced his VP and rival Riek Machar, a move that could potentially undermine last year’s peace deal and reignite war in the nation. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Daniel Barrera was sentenced to 35 years in prison and fined USD 10M for running a brutal Colombian cocaine syndicate that spanned four continents for more than a decade. (NYT)
  • Region: The last Russian prisoner, Ravil Mingazov, was deemed eligible for release from the US-run Guantanamo prison. (AP)
  • Region: Mexican FM Claudia Ruiz Massieu said Mexico is ready to update the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and the United States. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Malaysia said five tugboat crew missing since last week were abducted by the Philippine militant group Abu Sayyaf. (AFP)
  • Australia: Prime Minister Turnbull said he would launch a Royal Commission into a teen detainee scandal, after a video of abuse emerged. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: Police in the capital Dhaka raided a five-story building that was used as a den by suspected Islamic militants, killing nine. (AP)
  • North Korea: The US warned the country it faces “real consequences” over its internationally condemned nuclear and missile tests. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish President Erdogan accused the EU of not paying its way under a deal to send Syrian refugees back across the Aegean. (AFP)
  • France: French police arrested two men in connection with the Bastille Day massacre in Nice which left 84 people dead. (AFP)
  • France: An Ethiopian was killed and six other migrants injured when clashes erupted on the outskirts of the migrant camp in the northern port city of Calais. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkish authorities detained veteran reporter Nazli Ilicak as part of the investigation into the failed 15JUL coup. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Dubai: Two Turkish generals Major-General Cahit Bakir and Brigadier Sener Topuc were detained by authorities in the country following the failed coup in Turkey. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The nation denied US accusations that three al-Qaida operatives were in the country, helping to move money and weapons around the Middle East. (AFP)
  • Syria: Secretary Kerry said progress is being made with Russia on a potential military partnership that could strengthen a faltering truce in the country. (AP)
  • Syria: Syrian government forces seized a rebel-held neighborhood on the outskirts of Aleppo, tightening their siege of the city. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Secretary Kerry discussed the email hack of the Democratic National Committee with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, as the FBI was investigating possible Russian involvement. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W
    • Location: 203 NM SE of Haikou, China
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Darby
    • Location: 97 NM WNW of Barking Sands
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Frank
    • Location: 360 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Georgette
    • Location: 1225 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 100 mph
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Sakurajima, Japan
    • Ash explosion 5 km into the sky. (Kyodo)
  • 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 26JUL: 1,791 (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 26JUL: 640 (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 (27JUL)

  • India and Pakistan: Border talks to be held in Lahore (to 28JUL)
  • Korean Peninsula: Anniversary of end of Korean War – 1953
  • Poland: Pope Fancis to visit to attend World Youth Day in Krakow (to 31JUL)
  • Russia: Turkey’s Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak to visit Tatarstan to meet with Energy Minister Alexander Novak
  • United States: Anniversary of Atlanta Olympics bombing – 1996

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