ONS: 31 July 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 1, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Fighting between al Shabaab fighters and Somali government troops and African Union peacekeepers killed at least 24 people.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities rescued 147 Central Americans abandoned in Veracruz state after suspected human smugglers forced them out of the cramped tractor trailer.
  • ASIA: Militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at the Iraqi embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, that allowed gunmen to enter the building and battle security forces.
  • EUROPE: US VP Mike Pence strongly pledged America’s commitment to protecting NATO allies against attacks, including the Baltic states.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates said they were ready for talks with Qatar to tackle the ongoing regional dispute if Doha showed willingness to deal with their demands.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russia has banned VPNs and other technology that allows users to gain anonymous access to websites.

 

TOP STORY

  • Venezuela: Election protests to continue as Maduro claims victory.
    • President Nicolás Maduro claimed victory in a controversial election for a new Constituent Assembly that will have the power to rewrite his country’s constitution.
    • The opposition boycotted the election as a fraud and has called for massive protests to continue.
    • At least 10 people were killed in weekend protests of the referendum.
    • Electoral officials say turnout in the controversial election for a constituent assembly was 41.5%, a figure disputed by the opposition.
    • The US is expected to announce new sanctions on the Venezuelan oil sector in response to the election Washington has condemned.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, Fortune, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: A man armed with a machete attacked the country home of Deputy President William Ruto, injuring a guard, 10 days before presidential and legislative elections. (Reuters)
  • Senegal: At least hundreds of Senegalese voters were prevented from casting their ballots in parliamentary elections because of delays in issuing identity cards. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Fighting between al Shabaab fighters and Somali government troops and African Union peacekeepers killed at least 24 people. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The government sent thousands of troops to occupy the streets and beaches of Rio de Janeiro to combat a crime wave sweeping the city. (FT)
  • Mexico: Mexican authorities rescued 147 Central Americans abandoned in Veracruz state after suspected human smugglers forced them out of the cramped tractor trailer. (Reuters)
  • United States: The military conducted a successful test of the THAAD missile-defense system over the Pacific Ocean. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe spoke with US President Donald Trump and agreed on the need for more action on North Korea. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Korea officially launched a task force to review a 2015 agreement over World War II comfort women feud with Japan. (Yonhap)
  • Region: China said the US should keeps the issues of China-US trade and North Korean security threats separate. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at the Iraqi embassy in Kabul that allowed gunmen to enter the building and battle security forces. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Philippine national police chief Ronald dela Rosa warned that law enforcers will be running after more drug lords after clashes that killed 15 people. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: US VP Mike Pence strongly pledged America’s commitment to protecting NATO allies against attacks, including the Baltic states. (AP)
  • Region: German economy minister Brigitte Zypries said new proposed US sanctions against Russia could harm European firms, and the EU should consider counter-measures. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Turkish authorities detained 1,098 people over the last week for suspected links to militant groups or last year’s failed coup attempt. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates said they were ready for talks with Qatar to tackle the ongoing regional dispute if Doha showed willingness to deal with their demands. (Region)
  • Region: The four Arab states that have cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar say they have opened up “emergency routes” for Qatari planes to use. (AP)
  • Region: Preparations began for the transfer of militants and their relatives from Lebanon’s border region to Syria in exchange for Hezbollah prisoners. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Russia has banned VPNs and other technology that allows users to gain anonymous access to websites. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Super Typhoon Noru
    • Location: 128 NM SSW of Iwo To, Japan
    • Wind: 150 mph
    • Movement: W at 4 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Depression Haitang
    • Location: 130 NM WNW of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Irwin
    • Location: 1070 NM W of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Post-Tropical Cyclone Hilary
    • Location: 1185 NM WNW of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Map
  • 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 27JUL:  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 27JUL: 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 27JUL: 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 (01AUG)

  • Caribbean: Emancipation Day – 1833
  • Korean Peninsula: Red Cross talks to reunite families from North and South Korea
  • Middle East: OIC to meet in Istanbul to discuss the crisis around Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque
  • Azerbaijan: Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia to bring military ships to Azerbaijan for Sea Cup 2017 naval competition
  • Benin: Independence Day – 1960
  • China: Army Day – 1933
  • Cyprus: Anniversary of the formation of UNFICYP and the creation of the “Green Line,” dividing the island – 1974
  • Lebanon: Armed Forces Day – 1945
  • Poland: Warsaw Uprising Memorial Day – 1944
  • Switzerland: National Day – 1291
  • Syria: Russia, Turkey and Iran to hold the next meeting of the joint working group on Syria in Iran

 

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