ONS: 30 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 31, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan Security forces killed an assailant at the home of Deputy President William Ruto, ending a 20-hour siege.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to go after his political foes with the virtually unlimited powers of a constitutional assembly that his backers will select during the election.
  • ASIA: Twelve people, including a city mayor, were killed in a shoot-out with police officers during a series of anti-drug raids in southern Philippines.
  • EUROPE: In response to talks about a post-Brexit transitional period where free movement is retained, Britain’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox insisted that border controls were a key element of the referendum.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hezbollah and the Nusra Front will exchange the corpses of fighters in the first stage of a ceasefire agreement in the Lebanon-Syria border area.
  • TECHNOLOGY: EU wants internet aggregators such as Google News to pay newspapers for displaying snippets of their articles online.

TOP STORY

  • Australian authorities believe they have thwarted an Islamist-inspired “terrorist plot” to bring down an airplane with an improvised explosive.
    • Four men allegedly linked to the plot were arrested after armed police stormed homes in at least four neighborhoods across Sydney.
    • According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, police found items that could be used to make a homemade bomb in one of the raided homes.
    • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the plot appeared to be “elaborate” rather than planned by a lone wolf.
    • Tougher security has now been implemented at Australian airports.
    • Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the plot was the 13th significant threat broken up by the police since Australia raised its terrorist threat level from medium to high in 2014.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, FT, Guardian, Hill, NYT

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Security forces killed an assailant at the home of Deputy President William Ruto, ending a 20-hour siege that began when an attack left a policeman injured.(AFP)
  • Morocco: King Mohammed VI slammed politicians and public officials for neglect of their duties, and failing to meet aspirations of the people. (Xinhua)
  • Senegal: Voters head to polls across the country to elect a new parliament following a tense campaign between rival coalitions. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Authorities report that 178 migrants being smuggled from Central America to the United States were rescued from an abandoned truck in Tatima, Mexico. (AFP)
  • Canada: Canada warned it was reviewing reports that Saudi Arabia is using Canadian armored vehicles in a crackdown in the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s Shiite-majority east. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro pledged to go after his political foes with the virtually unlimited powers of a constitutional assembly that his backers will select during the election. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The US flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force after recent North Korean missile tests. (Reuters)
  • Region: US President Donald Trump accused China of doing nothing on North Korea. (Guardian)
  • Pakistan: The country’s parliament set Tuesday as election day of a new prime minister, with the ruling party vowing a smooth transfer of power. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Twelve people, including a city mayor, were killed in a shoot-out with police officers during a series of anti-drug raids in the south. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: US VP Mike Pence started trip to Europe; will meet Baltic leaders in Estonia to ease concerns over neighboring Russia’s military activity. (AFP)
  • Germany: According to police, an early-morning shootout at a nightclub in Konstanz that left two dead and three injured was unlikely to be a terror attack. (BBC)
  • UK: In response to talks about a post-Brexit transitional period where free movement is retained, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox insisted that border controls were a key element of the referendum. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Hezbollah and the Nusra Front will exchange the corpses of fighters in the first stage of a ceasefire agreement in the Lebanon-Syria border area. (Reuters)
  • Region: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain are expected to discuss imposing new economic sanctions on Qatar at a meeting in Manama. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: More than 40 troops and rebels have been killed in several days of clashes between Yemen’s Saudi-backed army and insurgents allied with Iran near the Red Sea port of Mokha. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: EU wants internet aggregators such as Google News to pay newspapers for displaying snippets of their articles online. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Noru
    • Location: 68 NM SSE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: SSW at 9 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Haitang
    • Location: 320 NM SSW of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 13 mph
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  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Nesat
    • Location: 65 NM W of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: NW at 12 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Hilary
    • Location: 875 mi W of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: NW at 14 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Irwin
    • Location: 1055 mi WSW of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: N at 8 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)
    • 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 (31JUL)

  • Global: Anniversary of the signing of the START I Treaty – 1991
  • Cuba: Anniversary of President Fidel Castro turning power over to his brother President Raul Castro – 2006
  • Cyprus: Mandate of the a UN peacekeeping force to expire unless renewed
  • Malaysia: Warrior’s Day – 1966
  • United Kingdom: End of Operation Banner, ending the presence of British troops in Northern Ireland – 2007

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