ONS: 31 July 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 1, 2015

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

31 July 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Chadian government reintroduced the death penalty six months after its abolition, as legislators passed a new anti-terror bill amid a series of recent Boko Haram attacks.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan troops occupied the Polar and Nestle distribution warehouses in Caracas following President Maduro’s assertion that Polar is attempting to sabotage the economy.
  • ASIA: The Afghan Taliban announced the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansour to replace Mullah Omar, who is believed to have died in a Pakistani hospital in 2013.
  • EUROPE: France agreed to pay Russia an undisclosed sum as compensation for the non-delivery of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Moscow following the Kremlin’s military operations in Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jewish assailants attacked a Palestinian settlement in the West Bank, resulting in torched homes and one infant’s death in an attack PM Netanyahu condemned as “reprehensible” and “horrific”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Obama signed an executive order calling for the US to build the world’s fastest computer by 2025.

 

TOP STORY

  • Nigeria: Suicide bombing in NW amid renewed military operations against Boko Haram.
    • Witnesses say a female suicide bomber killed many people at a taxi stand at a crowded market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
    • There was no exact toll from the carnage at Gamboru wholesale vegetable market as rescuers were still recovering bodies.
    • The Chadian Army said at least 100 Boko Haram fighters were killed in an operation on the islands of Lake Chad.
    • Nigeria’s army said it had set free 59 people held by Boko Haram, among them 29 women and 25 children.
    • Nigerian Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh said the military is underfunded and poorly equipped in its battle to check Boko Haram’s insurgency.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN adopted a resolution to combat wildlife poaching, calling on member states to work harder to end the practice. (AFP)
  • Chad: The government reintroduced the death penalty six months after its abolition, as legislators passed a new anti-terror bill amid a series of recent Boko Haram attacks. (AFP)
  • Mauritania: Police arrested 23 anti-slavery protesters and injured six others following a demonstration in Nouakchott for the release of two imprisoned activists. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico approved a US extradition warrant for Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman following his prison escape. (Reuters)
  • Region: UNSG Ban Ki-moon held a telephone conversation with President of Guyana David Granger on the long-standing Guyana-Venezuela territorial dispute over the Essequibo region. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Troops occupied the Polar and Nestle distribution warehouses in Caracas following President Maduro’s assertion that Polar is attempting to sabotage the economy. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Afghan Taliban announced the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansour to replace Mullah Omar, who is believed to have died in a Pakistani hospital in 2013. (AFP)
  • Japan: WikiLeaks reported that the US spied on Japanese politicians, its top central banker and major firms including conglomerate Mitsubishi. (AP)
  • Taiwan: Hundreds of students stormed the ministry of education compound in Taipei, intensifying anti-China protests over Beijing’s promotion of its “one China” policy in educational materials. (Reuters)
  • Tajikistan: Interpol put 16 citizens on its wanted list at the government’s request for alleged involvement with ISIS. (TASS)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: France agreed to pay Russia an undisclosed sum as compensation for the non-delivery of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Moscow following the Kremlin’s military operations in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Region: Turkish President Erdogan accused Europe of not doing enough to help refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and Iraq, suggesting it was responsible for people “drowning in the sea”. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The government blamed Kurdish militants for the deaths of two police in the southern Adana region after gunmen opened fire on police headquarters in Pozanti. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestinian Territories: Jewish assailants attacked a Palestinian settlement in the West Bank, resulting in torched homes and one infant’s death in an attack PM Netanyahu condemned as “reprehensible” and “horrific”. (AP)
  • Syria: Warplanes believed to belong to the US-led alliance struck Nusra Front positions in the north of the country. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The World Food Program began distributions of food to around 340,000 people in eight of the worst-affected areas of Aden. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US President Obama signed an executive order calling for the US to build the world’s fastest computer by 2025. (BBC)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical 13W (Soudelor)
    • Location: 627 NM E of Saipan, Cnmi
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Depression 08E (Eight)
    • Location: 1536 NM ESE of Hilo
    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 81 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Guillermo
    • Location: 1575 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea
    • Eruption, ash plume. (IBT)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,235 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 24JUL: 462,561 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 14,069
      • Deaths as of 10JUL: 61 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 29JUL: 1382 (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 29JUL: 493 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01AUG)

  • China: Army Day, anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army – 1927
  • Israel: Anniversary of Israel annexation of East Jerusalem – 1967
  • Libya: Bloodless coup in Libya / National Day – 1969

 

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