ONS: 27 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 28, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: France will set up a processing center this summer in Libya for asylum seekers trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean, French President Emmanuel Macron announced.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his government would not recognize new US sanctions against 13 leading ruling party figures.
  • ASIA: North Korea’s cyber army has splintered into multiple groups and is unleashing orchestrated attacks increasingly focused on funneling stolen funds to the secretive nation, according to a South Korean report.
  • EUROPE: The European Commission offered USD 245M in emergency aid to Greece to help stranded refugees rent homes and pay for basics with a cash card.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The United Arab Emirates’ central bank asked all banks and financial institutions to stop dealing with 18 more individuals and entities with alleged links to Qatar.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Sources indicate Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on French President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign by creating phony Facebook personas.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Muslims return to Al-Aqsa site; security measures removed.
    • The Israeli government removed all security infrastructure it had put in place this month at Muslim entrances to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.
    • The reversal marks a victory for a campaign of civil disobedience that saw Palestinians refuse en masse to enter the compound, choosing to pray instead in the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City.
    • Muslim leaders lifted a boycott of the holy site after the last of the security measures were removed.
    • The head of the Supreme Islamic Committee, Ikrema Sabri, said the first prayers would be held there on the afternoon of 27JUL.
    • Coverage: BBC, CBS, Guardian, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: France will set up a processing center this summer in the country for asylum seekers trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean, French President Emmanuel Macron announced. (AFP)
  • Mali: German experts are investigating the cause of the crash of a German military helicopter taking part in UN peacekeeping activities in the country, which killed two. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The country’s upper house of parliament backed a series of constitutional amendments that could weaken the presidency and boost the legislature. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The Nigerian military rescued all members of an oil survey team kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his government would not recognize new US sanctions against 13 leading ruling party figures. (Xinhua)
  • Argentina: Four former federal judges were sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity committed during the country’s last dictatorship from 1976-1983. (AP)
  • Venezuela: A 48-hour opposition strike resulted in clashes between police and protesters in Caracas, with at least one person killed. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, a move likely to anger Beijing. (Reuters)
  • Region: Taiwan lodged a protest against Cambodia’s decision to send suspects in a telecoms fraud scheme, including seven Taiwanese nationals, to China for investigation. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea’s cyberarmy has splintered into multiple groups and is unleashing orchestrated attacks increasingly focused on funneling stolen funds to the secretive nation, according to a South Korean report. (WSJ)
  • Pakistan: Near the city of Multan, police officers arrested Saeed Patwari, head of a village council, for allegedly sanctioning the rape of a teenage girl. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Austrian chancellor Christian Kern says the EU could “never, ever” digest the economic impact of Turkey joining the bloc. (AP)
  • Region: Freedom of movement of workers between Britain and the EU will end when Britain withdraws from the bloc, UK immigration minister Brandon Lewis said. (Reuters)
  • Region: The European Commission offered USD 245M in emergency aid to Greece to help stranded refugees rent homes and pay for basics with a cash card. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: More than 300 domestic-based charities had their bank accounts closed in the last two years after a global crackdown on illegal money flows. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Reports of anti-Semitic incidents have hit record levels in the first six months of 2017. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The United Arab Emirates’ central bank asked all banks and financial institutions to stop dealing with 18 more individuals and entities with alleged links to Qatar. (Reuters)
  • Region: A ceasefire took effect in a mountainous area of the Lebanese-Syrian border, where Hezbollah has been fighting jihadist militants. (Reuters)
  • Syria: US-backed Syrian fighters have captured almost half of Raqqa from the Islamic State group, but the push has slowed due to large amounts of explosives planted by the extremists and their counteroffensives. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Data about loan accounts belonging to 400,000 customers of Italy’s largest bank – Unicredit – has been put at risk by two security breaches. (BBC)
  • Technology: Sources indicate Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on French President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign by creating phony Facebook personas. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 398 NM NNW of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: W at 18 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Sonca
    • Location: 87 NM NW of da nang, Vietnam
    • Wind: 46 mph
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Kulap
    • Location: 475 NM NNW of Minami Tori Shima, Japan
    • Wind: 29 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 12 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Nesat
    • Location: 423 NM ENE of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
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  • Hurricane: Hurricane Hilary
    • Location: 490 NM S of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 100 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Irwin
    • Location: 1025 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 6 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 (28JUL)

  • Europe: Baptism of Rus Day – 988
  • Ireland: Anniversary of the PIRA calling for an end to its armed campaign – 2005
  • Peru: Independence Day – 1821
  • San Marino: Anniversary of the Fall of Fascism – 1943

 

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