ONS: 30 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 1, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Recent arrests show the Islamic State’s growing presence in East Africa, where they are recruiting young Kenyans for domestic and foreign jihad.
  • AMERICAS: The US Senate passed a bipartisan measure that would allow Puerto Rico to restructure its USD 70B debt, which President Obama is expected to sign.
  • ASIA: Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philippines’ 16th president.
  • EUROPE: The EU agreed to open a new negotiating chapter with Turkey on its long-stalled bid for membership of the bloc.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, airstrikes on Islamic State group fighters fleeing after their defeat in Fallujah destroyed more than 260 vehicles and killed at least 150 jihadists.
  • TECHNOLOGY: European officials are expected to approve a new agreement with the US aimed at helping companies like General Electric and Google move online data between the two regions.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Security forces conduct raids, detain Islamic State suspects.
    • Turkish forces raided various neighborhoods in Istanbul and detained 13 people following the terror attack at the city’s Ataturk Airport.
    • Separately, nine people with suspected ties to ISIS were arrested in the coastal Izmir, where 200 police officers participated in the operation.
    • It was unclear if the raids were directly linked to the attack on Ataturk airport.
    • The assault on Ataturk airport – a symbol of Turkey’s modern economy – threatens to propel the country into a wider war with the Islamic State.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, NBC, Reuters, VOA, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Recent arrests show the Islamic State’s growing presence in East Africa, where they are recruiting young Kenyans for jihad abroad and domestic. (AFP)
  • Cameroon: Double suicide bomb attacks killed at least 28 people and left several others injured in the country’s Far North Region. (Xinhua)
  • Liberia: For the first time since its civil war ended 13 years ago, security forces took over for UN peacekeepers. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A roadside bomb hit a passenger minibus near capital Mogadishu, with witnesses putting the death toll at 15. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Senate passed a bipartisan measure that would allow Puerto Rico to restructure its USD 70B debt, which President Obama is expected to sign. (AFP)
  • Bolivia: At least nine people were injured and 29 arrested in clashes between protesters and security forces on the first day of the 72-hour workers strike. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The country’s supreme court rejected a proposal to legalize abortion but suggested more debate on the issue. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China will reject any ruling by an international tribunal in a contentious case brought by the Philippines over the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Japan: Prosecutors filed a fresh indictment against a US base worker on charges of raping and murdering a 20-year-old woman in Okinawa Prefecture during April. (Kyodo)
  • Mongolia: The main opposition Mongolian People’s Party regained power in landslide parliamentary elections, amid concerns over slowing economic growth. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the country’s 16th president. (CNN)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU agreed to open a new negotiating chapter with Turkey on its long-stalled bid for membership in the bloc. (AFP)
  • Region: Germany should not be burdened with the extra costs arising from Britain leaving the EU, Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Soeder said. (Reuters)
  • Britain: Leading Brexit campaigner and Justice Minister Michael Gove announced a surprise bid to succeed David Cameron as British prime minister. (AFP)
  • Denmark: Valuables have been seized from migrants for the first time since a controversial law went into force five months ago, Danish police said. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: In the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian attacker fatally stabbed a teenage girl and wounded a security guard before being shot dead. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Airstrikes on Islamic State group fighters fleeing after their defeat in Fallujah have destroyed more than 260 vehicles and killed at least 150 jihadists. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The UN children’s fund warned 3.6 million Iraqi children are at “serious risk” of death and abuse, and has called on the country’s warring parties to protect their rights. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country rejected “accusations” from two top human rights groups calling for the nation’s suspension from the UN-backed Human Rights Council over its military campaign in Yemen. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia will countenance Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaving office, but only when it is confident a change of leader will not trigger a collapse of the Syrian government. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: European officials are expected to approve a new agreement with the US aimed at helping companies like General Electric and Google move online data between the two regions. (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 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 30JUN: 1,769 (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 30JUN: 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 (01JUL)

  • Botswana: Sir Seretse Khama Day – 1921
  • China: Anniversary of the foundation of Chinese Communist Party – 1921
  • Europe Region: Slovakia to take over rotating 6-month presidency of the European Union
  • Europe Region: Poland to take over rotating presidency of the Visegrad Group
  • Georgia: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Tbilisi (to 05JUL)
  • Hong Kong: HKSAR Establishment Day – 1997
  • Kazakhstan: Contentious land reform laws to take effect
  • Russia: The Council of Foreign Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) will meet for a session in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi
  • Somalia: Republic Day – 1960
  • Tunisia: New law to go into effect: Provisions to grant suspects the right to a lawyer from the onset of detention, and to shorten the maximum pre-charge detention are included in a revision of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP)
  • United States: Puerto Rico expected to default on USD $2 billion debt payment
  • Uzbekistan: Anniversary of Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Uzbekistan and EU – 1999

 

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