ONS: 28 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 29, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Italy intends to deploy several ships in Libyan waters by AUG2017 to fight human trafficking and stem a flood of immigrants.
  • AMERICAS: The US ordered family members of American government employees working at the US Embassy in Caracas to leave Venezuela before a controversial vote to rewrite the country’s Constitution.
  • ASIA: Japanese defense minister Tomomi Inada resigned over allegations of misleading Parliament and the public over dangers faced by Japanese soldiers on a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
  • EUROPE: Russia ordered the US to cut its diplomatic staff by 01SEP and said it was seizing a dacha compound and warehouse used by US diplomats in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Israeli police said men under 50 would be barred from the Al-Aqsa site following security assessments indicating Palestinians plan protests there.
  • TECHNOLOGY: North Korea’s state-sponsored hackers are increasingly going after money rather than secrets.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: PM Sharif resigns after Supreme Court decision.
    • PM Nawaz Sharif has stepped down after the Supreme Court disqualified him from office as leader of the country’s government.
    • The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Sharif should be disqualified after an investigative panel alleged his family could not account for its vast wealth.
    • With the disqualification, Sharif cannot hold any parliamentary position, cannot become involved in election campaigns nor lead his party, the PLMN.
    • Sharif’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, which has a majority in parliament, is expected to name a new PM to hold office until elections due next year.
    • The charges against Sharif and three of his children stemmed from disclosures last year in the Panama Papers, which revealed that the children owned expensive residential property in London through a string of offshore companies.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Italy intends to deploy several ships in Libyan waters by AUG2017 to fight human trafficking and stem a flood of immigrants. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Popular radio host Mohamed Youssouf Bathily was jailed in his absence for 12 months for “inciting troops to disobedience.” (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least 30 people including civilians and military members died after an attempted rescue of an oil exploration team kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in the country’s northeast. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US ordered family members of American government employees working at the US Embassy in Caracas to leave Venezuela before a controversial vote to rewrite the country’s Constitution. (NYT)
  • Region: Damaso Lopez Serrano, the son of Mexican drug kingpin Damaso Lopez Nunez, handed himself over to the US Drug Enforcement Administration. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The country’s Navy said seven seamen have been detained and handed over to local judicial authorities for their alleged involvement in kidnapping. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro’s ban on protests before vote to rewrite the constitution is expected to be ignored by the opposition. (LAT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: India’s national security adviser Ajit Doval was in Beijing for discussions amid a standoff between Chinese and Indian forces over disputed territory in the Himalayas. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: Authorities arrested Abu Jara Rashed, one of the key planners behind the JUL2016 Dhaka cafe attack, which killed 22 people. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Defense minister Tomomi Inada resigned over allegations of misleading Parliament and the public over dangers faced by Japanese soldiers on a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.  (NYT)
  • Japan: In unwelcome news for American farmers, the country imposed emergency tariffs of 50 percent on imports of frozen beef, mainly from the US. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Two adolescents are in custody on suspicion of arson over the wildfires that swept across southeastern parts of the country. (AP)
  • Russia: The country ordered the US to cut its diplomatic staff by 01SEP and said it was seizing a dacha compound and warehouse used by US diplomats in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: A boat carrying migrants to a Greek island has sunk, killing five children and two adults on board. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Chancellor Philip Hammond said any “transitional deal” in the immediate period after Brexit must end by the time of the next general election. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar refused to bow to Saudi Arabia-led demands to “outsource” its foreign policy to resolve the Gulf crisis. (AFP)
  • Region: Jordan will not allow the return of Israel’s ambassador Einat Shlein until the shooting of two Jordanians by an embassy security guard has been properly investigated. (AFP)
  • Region: A ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels toward the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia was shot down. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Israeli police said men under 50 would be barred from the Al-Aqsa site following security assessments indicating Palestinians plan protests there. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: North Korea’s state-sponsored hackers are increasingly going after money rather than secrets. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 354 NM NE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Nesat
    • Location: 391 NM SE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Hilary
    • Location: 575 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Irwin
    • Location: 1105 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: W at 2 mph
    • Map
  • 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 21JUL: 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 21JUL: 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 21JUL: 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 20JUL:  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 20JUL: 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 20JUL: 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 (29JUL)

  • Gabon: Legislative elections
  • Moldova: Constitution Day – 1994
  • Norway: Saint Olaf’s Day – 1031
  • Romania: National Anthem Day – 1848

 

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