ONS: 29 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 30, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Algeria has deployed more troops on its eastern and southern borders to stem the influx of arms and militants.
  • AMERICAS: US President Barack Obama, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto prepare to meet in Ottawa for the “Three Amigos” summit.
  • ASIA: The Philippine government justified its decision to allow Indonesian forces to enter its territory in the event that another kidnapping of Indonesian nationals takes place.
  • EUROPE: EU leaders are meeting on day two of what has become a crisis summit in Brussels, but without the UK after its vote to leave the bloc.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordan has widened its crackdown on the Islamic State, finding more signs of home-grown extremism.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US has proposed asking visitors to the US to voluntarily disclose their social media accounts, a step that it said would help in screening for ties to terrorism.

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Ataturk airport operations resume; Islamic State likely attack suspects.
    • Turkish investigators pored over video footage and witness statements after three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers opened fire and blew themselves up in Istanbul’s main airport, killing 36 people and wounding almost 150.
    • Atatürk Airport flight operations have since resumed, though the airport’s arrivals and departures board showed heavy cancellations and delays.
    • While the US lifted a stoppage of flights to Ataturk airport, flights from Iran to Istanbul remain suspended.
    • There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
    • Turkish officials say an Iranian and a Ukrainian are among victims of Istanbul airport attack.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, NBC, Reuters, VOA, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The country has deployed more troops on its eastern and southern borders to stem the influx of arms and militants. (Xinhua)
  • Cameroon: The US has provided wide-ranging compensation to a Cameroonian family whose child was killed by a vehicle in UN Ambassador Samantha Power’s motorcade. (AP)
  • South Sudan: At least 43 people were killed in fighting between armed groups and government forces around the northwest town of Wau last week. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US President Barack Obama, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto prepare to meet in Ottawa for the “Three Amigos” summit. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A first group of UN observers has arrived in capital Bogota to monitor the implementation of the country’s historic ceasefire agreement. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The country held an unprecedented trilateral missile defense exercise with South Korea and Japan in waters off Hawaii. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese immigration authorities asked the embassies of four Asian countries and Taiwan to promote voluntary repatriation of their nationals staying in Japan illegally. (Kyodo)
  • Australia: A firebomb attack outside a mosque while worshippers were at prayer was condemned by PM Malcolm Turnbull. (AFP)
  • Mongolia: Citizens headed to the polls to choose new parliamentarians amid a prolonged economic slump. (Kyodo)
  • Philippines: The government justified its decision to allow Indonesian forces to enter its territory in case another kidnapping of Indonesian nationals takes place. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held their first phone conversation since Ankara downed one of Moscow’s jets in Syria last year. (AFP)
  • Region: EU leaders are meeting on day two of what has become a crisis summit in Brussels, but without the UK after its vote to leave the bloc. (BBC)
  • Region: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will hold talks in Brussels with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who plans to defend Scotland’s EU membership. (AFP)
  • Italy: The navy has recovered the migrant ship that sank off Sicily last year with an estimated 700-800 people aboard in one of the worst known tragedies of the Mediterranean migrant crisis. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Jordan: The country has widened its crackdown on the Islamic State, finding more signs of home-grown extremism. (AP)
  • Lebanon: The country warned about terrorist groups planning to attack prominent politicians and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). (Xinhua)
  • Syria: US-backed rebels say they have seized the Hamdan air base that was held by the Islamic State group near the Iraqi border. (AP)
  • Syria: A car bomb killed at least 10 people and wounded nine in Tal Abyad, a town near the Turkish border held by US-backed Kurdish-led forces. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US has proposed asking visitors to the US to voluntarily disclose their social media accounts, a step that it said would help in screening for ties to terrorism. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02A
    • Location: 248 NM E of Masirah Island
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Movement: SSW at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 24JUN: 130,728 (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 24JUN: 18,535
      • Deaths as of 24JUN: 17
        • 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 23JUN: 1,768 (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 23JUN: 630 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 23JUN:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 23JUN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 23JUN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30JUN)

  • Asia Region: South Korea, the United States, and Japan will jointly hold a public briefing at the United Nations on ways to further strengthen sanctions against North Korea
  • Azerbaijan: German Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Frank-Walter Steinmeier to visit
  • Congo: Independence Day – 1960
  • Gambia: Ruling expected in case of alleged DEC2014 coup plotters
  • Pacific Region: 27-Nation Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) military exercise to begin (to 04AUG)
  • Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte to take office as President
  • Turkey: FM Cavusoglu to hold talks with EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans on EU membership

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