ONS: 29 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 30, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Suspected Boko Haram members released a video showing three kidnapped members of an oil exploration team in northeastern Nigeria.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says his country will not recognize the result of Sunday’s vote in Venezuela to elect a new assembly with power to rewrite the constitution.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s ruling party plans to appoint the brother of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as his successor to fight in the 2018 general elections.
  • EUROPE: A volatile asylum debate reopened in Germany weeks ahead of parliamentary elections, after a failed asylum seeker killed one person and wounded five with a knife in Hamburg.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran condemned new sanctions passed by the US Congress against its missile program and vowed to continue it.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome the country’s censorship system, from the App Store in China.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea successfully launched an intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching US.
    • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said the country’s second ICBM test demonstrated the ability to strike any target in the US.
    • South Korea, the US and Japan strongly condemned North Korea’s ICBM launch.
    • China condemned the missile launch and urged North Korea to abide by UN Security Council resolutions as well as stop any moves that could escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
    • South Korea proposed a set of tough countermeasures against North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch, including the deployment of a US missile defense system despite strong protests from China.
    • The US and South Korea conducted a live-fire exercise along the east coast of South Korea in response to the DPRK’s launch.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, EFE, WP, Xinhua-1, Xinhua-2, Xinhua-3, Yonhap-1, Yonhap-2, Yonhap-3,

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Lawmaker Mathew Lempurkel has been accused of calling for the forceful eviction of white landowners if opposition leader Raila Odinga wins the general election 8AUG. (AP)
  • Liberia: Liberia will start electioneering across the country on Monday ahead of the October polls. (Xinhua)
  • Morocco: The country’s security services have busted 46 terrorist cells since 2015, including 41 with links to the Islamic State group. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram members released a video that shows three kidnapped members of an oil exploration team in northeastern Nigeria. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country’s armed forces deployed thousands of soldiers in the state of Rio de Janeiro in an effort to fight organized crime gangs. (AP)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos says his country will not recognize the result of Sunday’s vote in neighboring Venezuela to elect a new assembly with power to rewrite the constitution. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro was pushing forward with a controversial weekend vote, despite growing domestic political opposition, international condemnation and deadly street protests. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Vietnam asked Indonesia to investigate and clarify reports that the Indonesian navy shot and wounded two Vietnamese fishermen in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Region: Sri Lanka’s government has signed a long-delayed agreement to sell a 70-percent stake in a $1.5 billion port to China in a bid to recover from the heavy burden of repayment of loans obtained to build the port. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Security forces raided a Taliban hideout in Gereshk district of the southern Helmand province, killing seven insurgents and destroying a weapon cache. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Opposition leader Bill Shorten promised to hold a referendum on whether the country should remain a monarchy or become a republic if he wins the next elections in 2019. (EFE)
  • Pakistan: The country’s ruling party plans to appoint the brother of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as his successor to fight the 2018 general elections, but will first have to appoint an interim prime minister. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: A volatile asylum debate looked set to reopen weeks ahead of parliamentary elections, after a failed asylum seeker killed one person and wounded five with a knife in Hamburg. (AFP)
  • Russia: US President Trump plans to sign legislation slapping new punitive sanctions on Russia over election meddling. (WP)
  • Turkey: Turkish authorities placed under arrest a British citizen on charges of links to a Kurdish militia Ankara deems to be a terror group, after detaining him in a raid at a holiday resort. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Seven staff from the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet walked free from jail after over eight months behind bars. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government condemned new sanctions passed by the US Congress against its missile program and vowed to continue it. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country’s Revolutionary Guard said a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier fired a warning shot in an “unprofessional” confrontation with Iranian vessels. (AP)
  • Iraq: In Washington, Masrour Barzani, head of the Kurdish government’s Security Council and son of President Barzani, sought to allay concerns that an independence referendum would hurt the fight against Islamic State. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Chinese government’s crackdown on the internet continues with the news that Apple has removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome the country’s censorship system, from the App Store in China. (Techcrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 140 NM N of Iwo To, Japan
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Movement: SSW at 11 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Twelve
    • Location: 270 NM SSE of Hong Kong
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NE at 5 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Nesat
    • Location: 179 NM SSE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Wind: 90 mph
    • Movement: NW at 11 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Hilary
    • Location: 680 mi WSW of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: NW at 12 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Irwin
    • Location: 1115 mi WSW of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: N at 1 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 28JUL: 73,152 (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 28JUL: 67,398 (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 28JUL: 51 (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 (30JUL)

  • Global: International Day of Friendship – 2011
  • Global: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – 2010
  • Cuba: Day of the Martyr of the Revolution – 1957
  • Israel: Anniversary of the passage of the Jerusalem Law – 1980
  • Morocco: Throne Day – 1999
  • Russia: Navy Day – 1939
  • South Sudan: Martyr’s Day – 2011
  • Vanuatu: Independence Day  – 1980

 

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