ONS: 02 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 2, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clashes in Libya between Islamists and troops loyal to a rogue general killed six soldiers and a civilian.

  • AMERICAS: Uruguayan voters chose an ex-president and the sons of two former leaders as candidates for the country’s leading parties in the upcoming October presidential elections.

  • ASIA: The Afghan Taliban threatened to attack the 14JUN run-off presidential election, warning voters to stay away from polling stations.

  • EUROPE: Spanish PM Rajoy announced that King Juan Carlos will abdicate in favor of his son, Prince Felipe.

  • MIDDLE EAST: A new Palestinian unity government was sworn in before President Abbas in line with a unity deal between leaders in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The NSA is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Fresh clashes in east of country.

    • Officials said that 100 armed insurgents attacked a border guards’ camp in Luhansk, with fighting still ongoing.

    • Russian FM Lavrov said Russia will submit a draft resolution to the UNSC on creating a corridor to allow Ukrainians to escape areas affected by fighting.

    • Russia’s Gazprom pushed back its ultimatum to Ukraine on imposing pre-payment for gas to 09JUN after receiving part-payment of USD786 million.

    • The Russian Defense Ministry said it has launched a military exercise involving the launch of high-precision missiles.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The presidential election commission rejected the appeal of losing candidate Hamdeen Sabahy. (Reuters)

  • Libya: Clashes between Islamists and troops loyal to a rogue general killed six soldiers and a civilian. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: A car bomb in eastern Adamawa state killed at least 18 people and wounded 19 others. (CNN)

  • Sudan: At least 41 people were killed in clashes between rival clans over the ownership of land being explored for oil in West Kordofan state. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Organization of American States is to hold its annual general assembly on 03JUN-05JUN. (AFP)

  • El Salvador: Former leftist rebel commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren was sworn in as president. (AP)

  • Uruguay: Voters chose an ex-president and the sons of two former leaders as candidates for the country’s leading parties in the upcoming October presidential elections. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan hit back at China’s denouncement of PM Shinzo Abe’s speech at a regional security forum. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban threatened to attack the 14JUN run-off presidential election, warning voters to stay away from polling stations. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber killed three Turkish engineers and wounded another in Nangarhar province. (AFP)

  • Thailand: The junta said it was no longer planning to travel to Singapore and Japan to discuss censoring online anticoup dissent with Facebook and Google. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said four people were arrested in a jihadist recruiting network. (AP)

  • Greece: Coast officials rescued 30 migrants after they issued a distress call off the coast of the eastern Aegean island of Farmakonisi. (DPA)

  • Spain: PM Rajoy announced that King Juan Carlos will abdicate in favor of his son, Prince Felipe. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Clashes and shelling in and around Fallujah killed 22 people and wounded 36. (AFP)

  • Israel: The military said its forces fired into Syria after a mortar shell struck the Golan Heights. (AP)

  • Palestinian Territories: A new unity government was sworn in before President Abbas in line with a unity deal between leaders in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The NSA is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: 80% chance of tropical cyclone formation

    • Location: 200 mi SSE of Puerto Angel, Mexico

    • Movement: NW at 1 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

      • Cases: 248 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)

      • Deaths: 171 (Guinea, Liberia)

      • Sourcing: WHO

    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 28MAY: 636 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)

      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 28MAY: 193 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03JUN)

  • Albania: Anniversary of Albanian independence under Italian protection – 1917

  • Kosovo: Anniversary of President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia caves in to Western demands to accept allied troops in Kosovo, withdraw his forces and reverse mass expulsions of ethnic Albanians – 1999

  • Montenegro: Anniversary of Montenegro becoming independent – 2006

  • Russia and European Union: Russia-European Union summit will be held in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi

  • Singapore: Anniversary of Singapore introducing self-government – 1959

  • South America Region: Organization of American States (OAS) general assembly in Asuncion, Paraguay

  • Syria: Presidential elections

  • Taiwan:  Start of 2014 Computex Taipei, biggest ICT trade fair in Asia (to 07JUN)

  • United States: Security Industry Association Government Summit (to 04JUN)

 

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