ONS: 26 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 27, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN accused “elements” of the Congolese army of digging most of the mass graves it has identified in DR Congo’s insurrection-ravaged Kasai region.
  • AMERICAS: As Venezuela braces for a 48-hour general strike, Colombia said they’re prepared for a potential wave of migrants who might flee the crisis-riddled country.
  • ASIA: The US intelligence community now believes North Korea could have a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead by next year.
  • EUROPE: Russian Deputy FM Sergei Ryabkov says a new package of US sanctions against Russia harms chances for improving diplomatic ties, pushing them into “unchartered territory.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country would respond to any breach by the US of the 2015 nuclear deal after the House of Representatives passed new sanctions.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Global ransomware attacks soared by over 11 percent in the past year, Europol reported.

 

TOP STORY

  • European Union: Court ruling keeps Hamas on terrorism blacklist.
    • The European Court of Justice upheld the EU’s decision to keep Hamas on its terrorism blacklist, rejecting the Palestinian group’s appeal to be removed.
    • The ruling overrules a 2014 annulment, which deemed Hamas should be removed from the list because the EU’s decision was not the result of an independent investigation.
    • The EU originally listed the organization as a terror group in 2001 in a move that froze its assets within the member states.
    • In MAY2017, Hamas issued a new policy, in which it accepts a Palestinian state alongside Israel, a departure from the founding charter which envisioned that state in place of a defeated Israel.
    • Neither Hamas nor Israel had an immediate reaction.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al-Jazeera, AP, Guardian, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Two Moroccan UN peacekeepers were killed by suspected anti-Balaka militia while another peacekeeper was lightly injured. (AP)
  • DR Congo: The UN accused “elements” of the Congolese army of digging most of the mass graves it has identified in the insurrection-ravaged Kasai region. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped 10 members of a geological research team from the University of Maiduguri in the country’s northeast. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: As Venezuela braces for a 48-hour general strike, Colombia said they’re prepared for a potential wave of migrants who might flee the crisis-riddled country. (MH)
  • Region: US President Donald Trump vowed to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico if the text is not renegotiated to his liking. (AFP)
  • Region: Brazilian company Odebrecht paid more than USD 27.7M in bribes in Colombia, including USD 11.1M the US has identified. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez warned democracy in the country is being threatened, as he called on citizens to continue joining street protests. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least 26 Afghan soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in Kandahar province. (AFP)
  • Maldives: Outside governments asked the country to restore its legislature’s independence, days after the opposition said parliament was locked down on orders from the president. (AP)
  • North Korea: The US intelligence community now believes the country could have a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead by next year. (CBS)
  • Sri Lanka: The government deployed troops and police to distribute fuel as striking petroleum workers protested over plans to sell off stakes in state-owned oil depots to India and China. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: The US called on the country to release activist Tran Thi Nga who was sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of propaganda against the state. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU’s top court ruled an agreement between the EU and Canada to share airline passenger data to fight terrorism cannot be concluded in current form as parts of it are not in line with fundamental EU laws. (Reuters)
  • France: Ten thousand people were evacuated as blazes hopscotching around the French Riviera tore through the town of La Londe-les-Maures. (AP)
  • Russia: Deputy FM Sergei Ryabkov says a new package of US sanctions against the country harms chances for improving diplomatic ties, pushing them into “unchartered territory.” (AP)
  • Spain: In court testimony, PM Mariano Rajoy denied any knowledge of an illegal financing scheme within his conservative People’s Party and said he not taken any illicit payments. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The British government will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040, when all vehicles must be fully electric as part of a plan to clean up air pollution. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani said the country would respond to any breach by the US of the 2015 nuclear deal after the House of Representatives passed new sanctions. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the police to start checking individual visitors to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound using hand-held metal detectors. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Ikrema Sabri, the head of the Supreme Islamic Committee, said worshippers would not return to the Al-Aqsa shrine until the government removes the new railings and cameras it installed after a deadly attack there. (AP)
  • Syria: Fighting and airstrikes hit east of Damascus between rebel and government forces for the first time since both sides declared a ceasefire. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Global ransomware attacks soared by over 11 percent in the past year, Europol reported. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 314 NM NE of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 13 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Sonca
    • Location: 87 NM NW of da nang, Vietnam
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Kulap
    • Location: 475 NM NNW of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 12 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Eleven
    • Location: 440 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 8 mph
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  • Hurricane: Hurricane Hilary
    • Location: 475 NM S of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 105 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
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  • Hurricane: Hurricane Irwin
    • Location: 855 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 90 mph
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Depression Greg
    • Location: 1115 NM E of South Point, Hawaii
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 14 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 (27JUL)

  • Europe: Mandate for EU NAVFOR MED Operation Sophia to end unless renewed
  • Bhutan: The First Sermon of Lord Buddha in Bhutan – Unkown
  • Finland: Russian President Putin to visit Finland
  • North Korea: Victory Day – 1953
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Anniversary of the coup attempt by the Jamaat al Muslimeen – 1990
  • Vietnam: Remembrance Day – 1975
  • United States: Anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing – 1996

 

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