ONS: 29 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 30, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan forces recaptured the al-Gwarcha district of Benghazi from jihadists.
  • AMERICAS: In El Salvador, authorities captured 120 members and associates of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang.
  • ASIA: Five US troops were wounded in combat with ISIS in eastern Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he was “open” to a temporary ban on the foreign financing of mosques after jihadist attacks.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 35 civilians were killed by US-led airstrikes near the town of Ghandur controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group in northern Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian government hackers breached the computers of the US Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: President Erdogan wants army under his control.
    • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants the armed forces and national intelligence agency brought under the control of the presidency.
    • Nearly half of the top generals and admirals have been jailed or dismissed and thousands of foot soldiers charged.
    • Fethullah Gulen, an exiled religious leader blamed by President Erdogan for this month’s coup attempt in Turkey said the US will not extradite him.
    • Twenty-one journalists appeared in court after being detained as part of a sweeping crackdown following Turkey’s 15JUL failed military coup.
    • Coverage: AP, DPA, NYT, Reuters,

 

AFRICA

  • Region: China will assist West African countries with anti-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Guinea. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: State forces recaptured the al-Gwarcha district of Benghazi from jihadists. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: UN suspends aid in Borno state after a Boko Haram attack on a humanitarian convoy. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • El Salvador: Salvadoran authorities captured 120 members and associates of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang. (Reuters)
  • Paraguay: The Paraguayan People’s Army guerrilla group asked for a $700,000 ransom to release a kidnapped Mennonite man. (AP)
  • Peru: New President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski vows to clamp down on corruption. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Five US troops wounded in combat with ISIS in the eastern province of Nangarhar. (AP)
  • Australia: The government rejected a request by former PM Kevin Rudd that it back his bid for UN Secretary-General. (AP)
  • Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will reshuffle his cabinet 03AUG. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The country will hold its next presidential election on 06NOV. (Reuters)
  • France: Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he was “open” to a temporary ban on the foreign financing of mosques after jihadist attacks. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Three people, including a NATO employee, were killed when ammunition exploded at a military depot in the northern Sumy region. (IBT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: Human Rights Watch stated that Syrian women living in the country are at risk of sex trafficking due to weaknesses and lack of government coordination. (DPA)
  • Syria: Only a few residents of Aleppo were able to leave through humanitarian corridors before rebels prevented them from fleeing. (AFP)
  • Syria: At least 35 civilians were killed by US-led airstrikes near the town of Ghandur controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group in northern Syria. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Russian government hackers breached the computers of the US Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Chikourachki, Kuriles, Russia
  • 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 28JUL:  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 28JUL: 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 28JUL: 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 (30JUL)

  • Global: International Day of Friendship – 2011
  • Kazakhstan and Russia: International Army Games (to 13AUG)
  • Morocco: Throne Day – 1999

 

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