ONS: 30 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 1, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN peacekeeping mission in the Ivory Coast ended, 13 years after it intervened to implement a peace agreement after a civil war.
  • AMERICAS: US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban went into effect, as people from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees now face tougher US entry.
  • ASIA: In the largest display of military might since Hong Kong was handed to China 20 years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping inspected the Hong Kong garrison of the People’s Liberation Army.
  • EUROPE: German lawmakers approved same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the country to join more than a dozen European countries in legalizing such unions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq will declare victory in the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State jihadists in the “next few days,” a senior Iraqi commander said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australia created its first military cyber division, seeking to expand hacking attacks on foreign enemies including the Islamic State group.

 

TOP STORY

  • US & China: Relations sour under sanctions and Taiwan arms sale.
    • The US hardened its approach to China, blacklisting a small Chinese bank over dealings with North Korea while approving more than a billion dollars in military sales to Taiwan.
    • The moves undermine the mutual confidence between China and the US, Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai said.
    • China’s Foreign Ministry said the sale was in violation of the principles of U.S.-China relations and called on Washington to halt military drills with and arms sales to Taiwan.
    • The decision to step up pressure on China comes as several prominent Trump administration officials have warned further action was needed against North Korea’s nuclear missile program.
    • The US Treasury identified the bank as the Bank of Dandong and the firm as Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co Ltd., blacklisting them from doing business with US-tied companies and people.
    • Coverage: CNN, Fortune, INDE, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: The UN peacekeeping mission in the country ended, 13 years after it intervened to implement a peace agreement after a civil war. (AP)
  • Sudan: The UN approved a drawdown of peacekeepers in the Darfur region that could almost halve the number of troops over the next year. (Region)
  • Sudan: The US remains “very concerned” about the country’s human rights record given the restrictions on religious and media freedoms. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Supreme Court sent a corruption charge against President Michel Temer to Congress for it to decide whether the president should be put on trial. (AFP)
  • United States: The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the country. (AP)
  • United States: President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban went into effect, as people from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees now face tougher US entry. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: Opposition lawmakers protested security force repression of a citizens’ march to the election authority headquarters to express the public’s rejection of the government’s attempt to draft a new constitution. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: In the largest display of military might since Hong Kong was handed to China 20 years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping inspected the Hong Kong garrison of the People’s Liberation Army. (CNN)
  • Region: India condemned a new road that China is building on their Himalayan border, saying it raises “serious security” concerns. (AFP)
  • China: Chinese authorities have refused permission for Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace laureate paroled from prison for cancer treatment, to go abroad for care. (NYT)
  • Myanmar: The country will refuse entry to members of a UN probe focusing on allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: UN chief Antonio Guterres arrived to give a boost to pivotal talks aimed at reuniting the Mediterranean island. (AFP)
  • Germany: Lawmakers approved same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the country to join more than a dozen European countries in legalizing such unions. (NYT)
  • Romania: Three soldiers died and nine were injured when their truck plunged into a ravine some 119 miles northwest of Bucharest. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Islamic State group’s income has dropped by 80 percent in two years as it loses territory and the oil and tax revenue that comes with it, according to a study of its finances. (NBC)
  • Iran: FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said the new US ban on travelers from six Muslim countries was “truly shameful.” (AFP)
  • Iraq: The country will declare victory in the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State jihadists in the “next few days,” a senior commander said. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Suicide bombers targeted refugee settlements in a border area with Syria, killing only the attackers but wounding seven troops. (AP)
  • Syria: An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly 04APR attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Australia created its first military cyber division, seeking to expand hacking attacks on foreign enemies including the Islamic State group. (Reuters)
  • Communications: The German parliament passed a law aimed at cracking down on hate speech on social networks, which critics say could have drastic consequences for free speech online. (AP)

 

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 29JUN:  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 29JUN: 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 29JUN: 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 (01JUL)

  • Europe: New Customs Code of the EEU to come into force
  • Europe: Estonia to assume EU Presidency (to 31DEC)
  • Europe: Hungary assumes Presidency of Visegrad Four
  • Burundi: Independence Day – 1962
  • Canada: Canada Day – 1867
  • China: Communist Party of China Founding Day – 1921
  • Ghana: Republic Day – 1960
  • Hong Kong: Carrie Lam to assume position of Chief Executive of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong: 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, suspected that Chinese officials will preside over the ceremony
  • Rwanda: Independence Day – 1962
  • Somalia: Republic Day – 1960
  • Suriname: Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) – 1863

 

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