ONS: 29 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 30, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Denmark, Iceland and Norway lifted travel restrictions against Tunisia.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s Supreme Court slapped an asset freeze and travel ban on Attorney General Luisa Ortega, a top critic of President Nicolas Maduro, after she accused him of creating a climate of terror.
  • ASIA: Australia and the US began their biggest ever joint military exercises, a show of force, largely at sea, aimed at sending a message both to allies and potential foes, including China.
  • EUROPE: The peak of the migrant crisis in Europe has passed but many who came are here to stay and governments need to help them integrate, the OECD said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces have taken Mosul’s landmark al-Nuri Mosque compound that was destroyed by the Islamic State group last week.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twice in the past month, National Security Agency cyber weapons have been turned against partners of the US–Britain and Ukraine.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Controversial travel ban to take effect at 20:00
    • After months in the courts, the so-called “watered down,” revised version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban will finally go in effect at 20:00
    • The rules affect people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
    • The order applies to people who do not have current visas, like temporary, non-immigrant visas for students and workers.
    • The new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees require “close” family or business ties to the country.
    • The guidance defined a close familial relationship as a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling, including step siblings and other stepfamily relations.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The government announced the rise of fuel prices as part of the country’s strict economic reform program. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Gunmen opened fired on a UN convoy west of the capital, Tripoli, an incident that could complicate the gradual return of diplomatic and other international staff to the country. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: Three non-governmental associations filed a lawsuit against BNP Paribas bank for “complicity” in the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi minority in the country. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Denmark, Iceland and Norway lifted travel restrictions against the country. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Security forces in the capital, Brasilia, detained a minor who allegedly rammed a car through a gate in an apparent attempt to reach the presidential palace. (AP)
  • Brazil: President Michel Temer cancelled his attendance at next week’s G20 meeting in Germany, after he was charged with corruption. (DPA)
  • Venezuela: Supreme Court slapped an asset freeze and travel ban on Attorney General Luisa Ortega, a top critic of President Nicolas Maduro, after she accused him of creating a climate of terror. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: On a visit to Hong Kong, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China would work to ensure a “far-reaching future” for the region’s autonomy. (Reuters)
  • Region: Australia and the US began their biggest ever joint military exercises, a show of force, largely at sea, aimed at sending a message both to allies and potential foes, including China. (Reuters)
  • Region: Two Indian army troopers were wounded in skirmishes between troops of India and Pakistan at the Line of Control dividing Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: NATO agreed to send more troops to the war-ravaged country to help train and work alongside the Afghan security forces. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The peak of the migrant crisis in Europe has passed but many who came are here to stay and governments need to help them integrate, the OECD said. (AFP)
  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the EU is “more determined than ever” to make the Paris accord against climate change a success following the US withdrawal. (AP)
  • Region: Russia mocked Britain’s brand new HMS Elizabeth II aircraft carrier, saying it was above all a “convenient target” for Moscow’s forces. (AFP)
  • Region: Violent Albanian criminal groups are exerting “considerable control” over the drug trafficking market in the UK, the UK’s National Crime Agency said. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Iraqi forces have taken Mosul’s landmark al-Nuri Mosque compound that was destroyed by the Islamic State group last week. (AP)
  • Israel: The parole board of the country’s Prison Service granted former PM Ehud Olmert early release from prison. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A Saudi official denied a report that Prince Mohammed bin Nayef is confined to his palace and barred from traveling abroad after he was replaced as next in line to the throne. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russia accused the US of concocting a “provocation” in the country, over the potential use of chemical weapons which would then be blamed on President Bashar Assad’s government. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Twice in the past month, National Security Agency cyber weapons have been turned against partners of the US–Britain and Ukraine. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 23JUN: 59,565 (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 23JUN: 28,868 (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 23JUN: 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 19JUN: 2,029 (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 19JUN: 704 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
      • Zika Virus
        • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24MAY: 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 24MAY: 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 24MAY: 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 (30JUN)

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Independence Day – 1960
  • Germany: Anniversary of East and West Germany merging their economies – 1990
  • Guatemala: Armed Forces Day – 1871
  • Ivory Coast: United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast to officially end
  • Macedonia: State of emergency for Macedonian borders to end unless renewed
  • Sudan: Revolution Day – 1989
  • Venezuela: Venezuelan Constituent Assembly election

 

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