ONS: 28 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 29, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN said there has been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan’s capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago.
  • AMERICAS: Mass deportations and inadequate asylum procedures in Mexico and the US have fueled a humanitarian crisis among Central American refugees, an International Crisis Group report says.
  • ASIA: China and Russia will hold ‘routine’ naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, adding the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.
  • EUROPE: French President Francois Hollande confirmed a National Guard would be formed from existing reserve forces to better protect citizens facing terror attacks.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russian and Syrian forces have renewed their use of cluster bombs against civilians and rebels in northern Syria, a new Human Rights Watch report says.
  • TECHNOLOGY: WikiLeaks released files of alleged-audio recordings pulled from the hacked emails of the US Democratic National Committee.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Aleppo under siege; civilians offered corridors to leave.
    • The Syrian army said its troops and supporters have surrounded Aleppo and cut off “all supply lines and corridors” to the rebel-held neighborhoods.
    • Corridors are to be opened to allow civilians and unarmed rebels to leave the besieged city, Russia – Syria’s key ally – has said.
    • Syrian President Bashar Assad offered amnesty to rebels who surrendered to authorities over the next three months.
    • Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also offered militants the chance to surrender, saying Russia had urged the Syrian government to pardon those who have not committed serious crimes.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters

AFRICA

  • South Africa: The ruling African National Congress looks likely to lose major urban areas it has held since coming to power in 1994 at the end of apartheid, opinion polls ahead of next week’s local elections showed. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The UN said there has been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in the capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe dismissed demands to quit, despite pressure from stalwart war veterans. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mass deportations and inadequate asylum procedures in Mexico and the US have fueled a humanitarian crisis among Central American refugees, an International Crisis Group report says. (Guardian)
  • Colombia: The UN will coordinate some 500 international observers to verify that FARC rebels comply with a ceasefire and surrender weapons once a peace deal is signed. (AFP)
  • Peru: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski takes office as the country’s president, seeking to kick-start a slowing economy. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: China and Russia will hold ‘routine’ naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, adding the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country. (Reuters)
  • China: US confirms journalist James Wang, jailed since 2014, by the country is American citizen. (AP)
  • Indonesia: The country rebuffed appeals from the UN human rights chief and the EU to abandon plans to execute 14 people for drug crimes as preparations intensified. (AP)
  • North Korea: The country’s economy could face stronger shocks if international sanctions on the communist country persist, a Korea Development Institute report said. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • France: President Francois Hollande confirmed a National Guard would be formed from existing reserve forces to better protect citizens facing terror attacks. (AFP)
  • France: The second attacker on French church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray was identified as Abdel Malik Petitjean. (AFP)
  • Germany: The country is calling on mosques across the country to be more pro-active when it comes to preventing extremism among Muslim youths. (AP)
  • Turkey: Two senior Turkish generals resigned, a day after the military dishonorably discharged nearly 1,700 personnel for their role in a failed coup. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The US has slammed as “provocative” new Israeli settlement plans in annexed east Jerusalem, saying they seriously undermine the prospect of peace with the Palestinians. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russian and Syrian forces have renewed their use of cluster bombs against civilians and rebels in the country’s north, a new Human Rights Watch report says. (AP)
  • Yemen: Negotiations on a peaceful settlement to the country’s conflict, currently underway in Kuwait, will be extended for another week. (Al-Awsat)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: WikiLeaks released files of alleged-audio recordings pulled from the hacked emails of the US Democratic National Committee. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 05W (Mirinae)
    • Location: 58 NM SSE of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Frank
    • Location: 815 NM W of Baja California, Mexico
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 8 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 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 (29JUL)

  • United Kingdom and France: Anniversary of British PM Thatcher and French President Mitterrand signing agreement to build a tunnel under the English Channel – 1987

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