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Canada Doubtful Of Iranian Report Of Downed Ukrainian Passenger Jet

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 21 July 2020

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A view of the flight recorder from the Iranian missile-downed Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752 Boeing 737 jet, as work begins at the BEA investigation bureau in Le Bourget, France July 20, 2020 in this image obtained from social media. Twitter @BEA_AERO via REUTERS

Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 Black Boxes Analysed.

Security (Travel) // BLUF: Investigators have begun analysing the flight recorders from Ukraine Airlines Flight PS752, shot down after take-off from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport by a missile on 08 January 2020.

The interim Iranian report had put the incident down to human error at a time when tensions between the US and Iran were high. However, Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has expressed doubt over Iran's account.

The incident resulted in all 176 people onboard killed, including 56 Canadians .

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The Daily Quick-Look for 21 July 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

GLOBAL - COVID-19: Wave of promising study results raise hopes for coronavirus vaccines

FYSA: Early data from trials of three potential COVID-19 vaccines released on Monday, including a closely-watched candidate from Oxford University, increased confidence that a vaccine can train the immune system to recognize and fight the novel coronavirus without serious side effects. Whether any of these efforts will result in a vaccine capable of protecting billions of people and ending the global pandemic that has claimed more than 600,000 lives is still far from clear. All will require much larger studies to prove they can safely prevent infection or serious disease. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

1. MEXICO - Security/Political: Mexican president sticks to no-war approach after shocking cartel video

FYSA: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he would maintain a less confrontational approach to battling drug gangs even after one of Mexico’s most powerful cartels showcased its firepower in a video that stunned Mexicans. A video purportedly shot by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), showing dozens of armed gang members in bullet proof vests in front of armored cars painted in military-style camouflage, went viral on social media on Friday. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

2. CANADA - Security (Travel): Data analysis on downed Ukraine jet starts Tuesday; Canada sceptical about Iran explanation

FYSA: Investigators examining the black boxes from the Ukrainian jet accidentally shot down by Iran will begin analyzing recovered voice and flight data on Tuesday, France’s BEA accident investigation bureau said on Monday. Iranian forces say they downed the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 jet on Jan. 8 after mistaking it for a missile amid heightened tensions with the United States. All 176 people on board - including 57 Canadians - were killed. Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne expressed doubt over an interim report by Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation that blamed a misalignment of a radar system and lack of communication between the air defence operator and his commanders even for the downing of the plane. “I don’t put much credibility into that report. It’s not just the result of human error - I think that would be an oversimplification of what really happened,” he told Reuters by telephone. “We need to understand who the responsible people are, who gave that order, how could the airspace still be open, how were these missiles fired?” (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

3. UNITED KINGDOM - Political: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the U.K.

FYSA: Mike Pompeo will visit the U.K. on Monday for a two-day visit that will also see the U.S. Secretary of State stop in Denmark. In the U.K., he will meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to discuss topics including the economic recovery from COVID-19, ongoing U.K.-U.S. free trade negotiations, and issues related to China and Hong Kong. (Market Watch. See link in heading for further reading)

4. CHINA, HONG KONG - Political: UK suspends extradition arrangements with Hong Kong

FYSA: The United Kingdom suspended its extradition treaty and blocked arms sales with Hong Kong on Monday after China imposed a tough new national security law and was accused of forcibly sterilising ethnic minority women in Xinjiang. As tensions grow with Beijing, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he had concerns about the new law and alleged human rights abuses in China, particularly the treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority. He described the measures as "reasonable and proportionate". "We will protect our vital interests,'' Raab said. "We will stand up for our values and we will hold China to its international obligations.'' The UK followed the example of the United States, Australia and Canada by suspending extradition arrangements with the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (Al Jazeera. See link in heading for further reading)

5. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health): COVID-19: Victoria announces 374 new coronavirus cases, three deaths

FYSA: The Australian state of Victoria has recorded 374 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and three additional coronavirus-related deaths, Premier Daniel Andrews says. It follows the state reporting 273 new cases on Monday. Tuesday's increase brings Victoria's total number of cases to 6289. There are 147 people in the hospital and 36 in intensive care. Those who died overnight were three women - in their 100s, 90s, and 80s, Andrews told a news briefing on Tuesday. It brings the state's death toll to 42. (News Hub. See link in heading for further reading)

6. NEW ZEALAND - Political: Sex-text scandal: Police seeking more information about Andrew Falloon

FYSA: Police are seeking more information about allegations against disgraced National MP Andrew Falloon. A spokeswoman said the leader of the Opposition, Judith Collins, had raised the allegations with them. Police had previously investigated a complaint about Falloon sending an unsolicited imagine at the beginning of July but it wasn't found to meet the threshold for prosecution. (NZ Herald. (See link in heading for further reading)

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