ONS: 31 July 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 1, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Extremists attacked a police center in the capital of Somalia, killing at least five people before security forces ended the assault.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, the attorney general requested to nullify the National Assembly’s decision to reinstate three lawmakers accused of voting fraud.
  • ASIA: The Afghan army regained control of the southern province of Helmand from the Taliban.
  • EUROPE: The mayor of Ankara stated that the US must extradite Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen to remove suspicion.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Dozens of families and some opposition fighters in Syria left besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russia’s intelligence service said the computer networks of 20 organizations, including state agencies and defense companies, were infected with spyware in what it described as a targeted and coordinated attack.

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: New presidential decree introduces sweeping reforms to military
    • President Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will close military academies.
    • The new decree gives the president and prime minister the authority to issue direct orders to the commanders of the army, air force and navy.
    • The Incirlik Air Base was blocked amid rumors of another coup attempt.
    • Coverage: AP, TASS, Reuters, AFP

AFRICA

  • Mali: Lawmakers agreed to extend a 10-day state of emergency in the violence-wracked country by another eight months. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Extremists attacked a police center in the capital, killing at least five people before security forces ended the assault. (AP)
  • Tunisia: The parliament passed a vote of no confidence in PM Habib Essid. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The nation received 31 armored vehicles from China. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: The electoral authority unseated almost all of the political opposition’s remaining lawmakers in congress. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The attorney general requested to nullify the National Assembly’s decision to reinstate three lawmakers accused of voting fraud. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese authorities detained a Japanese citizen on suspicion of endangering China’s state security. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The army regained control of the southern province of Helmand. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Police brace for 30,000 Erdogan supporters at Cologne rally. (DPA)
  • Turkey: The mayor of Ankara stated that the United States must extradite Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: According to the so-called LPR, the military shelled positions of the people’s militia in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic ten times over the past 24 hours. (TASS)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Saudi Arabia: An army officer and six soldiers were killed in clashes with Iran-backed Yemeni rebels. (AFP)
  • Syria: Dozens of families and some opposition fighters left besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo. (AP)
  • Yemen: The government accepted the UN peace deal. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity:  Russia’s intelligence service said the computer networks of 20 organizations, including state agencies and defense companies, were infected with spyware in what it described as a targeted and coordinated attack. (Reuters)

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 22JUL: 175,956 (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 22JUL: 36,732
      • Deaths as of 22JUL: 28
        • 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 26JUL: 1,791 (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 26JUL: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 28JUL:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guinea-Bissau, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 28JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 28JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01AUG)

  • China: Army Day, marking the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army – 1927
  • Congo: Parents’ Day – 1998
  • Georgia: Defense Minister Tintin Khidasheli to step down

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