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Chicago Mayor Calls For End To Horrific Violence As Federal Intervention Looms

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 24 July 2020

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Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot (D) speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 88th Winter Meeting in Washington, U.S., January 23, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Horrific Drive-by Shooting Latest Incident.

Security/Political // BLUF: Democrat mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, has called for an end to horrific violence that has rocked an already violent city.

The most recent bout of violence saw 15 people shot and wounded, including a three-year-old girl, during a drive-by shooting at a funeral.

US President Donald Trump has ordered the deployment of hundreds of federal officers in a bid to curb the rising violence in the city.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 24 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.

1. UNITED STATES - Security/Political: As federal deployment looms, Chicago mayor calls for end of violence

FYSA: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday called on witnesses to come forward with information about an overnight shooting at a funeral and of a toddler, as the federal government stepped in to help the city curb a surge in violent crime. Hours after Lightfoot pleaded for an end to Chicago’s “carnage” of gang violence, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that hundreds of officers from the FBI and other federal agencies would reinforce the prosecution of criminals in the city. Trump’s announcement followed an alarming night of violence in Chicago which included a drive-by shooting by suspected gang members at a funeral that wounded 15 people and the shooting of a 3-year-old girl, who is expected to survive. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

2. FRANCE - Security (Travel): Preliminary analysis of PS752 flight recorders in France completed

FYSA: An international team examining flight recorders of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752 downed by Iran in January 2020 has completed preliminary analysis of the data in France. "All data from the two flight recorders (CVR and FDR) were read and decoded. They were successfully decoded, despite external damage to the boxes," Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Enin said, according to the Hromadske Radio media outlet. "The technical investigation began immediately after the disaster, decoding is one of its stages." He also noted that it was impossible to predict how long the technical investigation would last. The completion of the analysis was also confirmed by France's BEA accident investigation bureau on its Twitter page. (UNIAN. See link in heading for further reading)

3. BELGIUM - Security (Health): Belgium strengthens COVID-19 measures as cases rise

FYSA: New measures will be introduced in Belgium from July 25 in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes announced on Thursday. The restrictions were decided by the National Security Council – a board composed of certain members of the federal government – after the number of coronavirus infections started to significantly rise again last week, especially among the people aged 20-30 years. According to the new rules, people will be obliged to wear face mask inside shops, in busy shopping streets, open-air markets and other highly frequented areas as well as of Saturday. Customers in cafes and restaurants will also have to put on the mask the moment they leave their tables, and they also need to register their email addresses with the waiters or managers in case they need to be contacted to retrace infections. So far, masks were only mandatory in shops, public offices and on public transport. People returning from holidays will have to notify Belgian authorities 48 hours before their arrival. (Andalou Agency. See link in heading for further reading)

4. IRAQ, MONACO - Economic: Former Unaoil manager sentenced to five years over Iraq bribery

FYSA: A former manager of Monaco-based consultancy Unaoil was on Thursday sentenced to 5 years in jail for paying more than $500,000 in bribes to an Iraqi official to secure a $55 million oil deal after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. British-Lebanese Ziad Akle, a 45-year-old former Iraq territory manager, was found guilty by a London jury of conspiring to commit bribery after a four-year, high-profile investigation by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Stephen Whiteley, a 65-year-old British former Unaoil manager for Iraq, Kazakhstan and Angola, was convicted alongside Akle but will be sentenced later, the SFO said. Judge Martin Beddoe called the offences “utterly exploitative” after the devastation of war and at a time of political and economic fragility in Iraq. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

5. IRAN - Security (Travel): US fighter jets come close to Iranian passenger plane over Syria

FYSA: Two American fighter jets came close to an Iranian passenger plane over Syrian airspace causing the pilot to change altitude quickly to avoid collision, which injured several passengers, the official IRIB news agency reported on Thursday. The agency initially reported a single Israeli jet had come near the plane but later quoted the pilot as saying there were two jets which identified themselves as American. The pilot of the passenger plane contacted the jet pilots to warn them about keeping a safe distance and the jet pilots identified themselves as American, IRIB reported. (JPost. See link in heading for further reading)

6. CHINA, UNITED STATES - Political: China warns it 'must' retaliate after closure of Houston consulate

FYSA: China said the U.S. move to close its Houston consulate this week had “severely harmed” relations and warned it “must” retaliate, without detailing what it would do. Washington on Tuesday gave China 72 hours to close the consulate, which it said was “to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information,” a dramatic escalation of tension between the world’s two biggest economies. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin described the U.S. allegations as “malicious slander” and said the “unreasonable” move had “severely harmed” relations. “China must make a necessary response and safeguard its legitimate rights,” he said, declining to specify any measures. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

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