ONS: 02 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 2, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, Boko Haram militants launched a renewed attack on Maiduguri, just days after the military repelled an assault on the key city.
  • AMERICAS: The Associated Press reported that the FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video or, at times, cellphone surveillance technology.
  • ASIA: Officials in the Philippines said that the top communist guerrilla leader in the country, Adelberto Silva, has been arrested.
  • EUROPE: Greek PM Tsipras said his government sent creditors a comprehensive reforms proposal and called on European leaders to accept the plan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Rouhani accused Arab and Western governments of miscalculating in their backing for Syrian rebels.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft announced that the latest version of its Windows operating system will be available July 29 for computer and tablet users.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: International community to meet on spread of ISIS in country.
    • US-led coalition members carrying out air raids against ISIS militants held crunch talks in Paris as ISIS claimed a Monday suicide attack on an Iraqi police base north of Baghdad that killed at least 37 people.
    • Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said the advance of IS jihadists represented a “failure” for the global community.
    • PM Haider al-Abadi said that the majority of ISIS fighters were foreign amid a call for greater intelligence sharing.
    • Iraq’s plan to recapture Ramadi will dominate the meeting, according to a senior US official, with Abadi set to outline how his government intends to retake it and what coalition partners can do to help.
    • US and Turkish officials are to discuss a joint effort to clear ISIS militants away from Turkey’s southern border.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A London-based research organization said that Sudan is likely to have supplied weapons by air to rebels battling the government in South Sudan. (AFP)
  • Burundi: The US said that President Nkurunziza’s bid to win a third term “seriously undermines Burundi’s stability” and violates the Arusha Agreement that brought its 13-year civil war to an end. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Gunmen attacked the airport in Goma in an overnight raid that killed at least one government soldier. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned its verdict on former president Morsi, who faces a possible death sentence, to June 16. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram militants launched a renewed attack on Maiduguri, just days after the military repelled an assault on the key city. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government rejected negotiations with a group of hedge funds that hold some of the government’s bonds, arguing that the US-led group has created a tense environment by harassing the country. (AP)
  • Cuba: President Castro urged his cabinet to scrutinize the results of the country’s limited free-market reforms. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: A protest movement organized over social media in led to large demonstrations over a scandal involving a purported multimillion-dollar embezzlement of Social Security funds. (AP)
  • United States: The Associated Press reported that the FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video or, at times, cellphone surveillance technology. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Nine employees of a Czech aid organization were killed when militants attacked their guesthouse in Balkh province. (AFP)
  • Burma: The Navy said it is escorting a boat with 727 abandoned migrants to the waters of Bangladesh, four days after intercepting it in the Andaman Sea. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: The country reported its first deaths from an outbreak of the MERS virus that has infected 25 people. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Officials said that the top communist guerrilla leader in the country, Adelberto Silva, has been arrested. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Authorities issued an arrest warrant for a high-ranking army officer over human trafficking. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Law enforcement officers cleared several hundred African migrants from a camp in northern Paris. (AFP)
  • Greece: PM Tsipras said his government sent creditors a comprehensive reforms proposal and called on European leaders to accept the plan. (Reuters)
  • Latvia: Parliament began preparations for a vote to elect a new president on 03JUN amid heightened tensions with Russia. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian President Rouhani accused Arab and Western governments of miscalculating in their backing for Syrian rebels. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Hamas security forces killed an activist of a rival Islamist militant group in a shoot-out at his Gaza home. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: Officials said that three Palestinian fishermen were injured by Israeli naval forces gunfire while fishing in northern Gaza Strip. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Microsoft announced that the latest version of its Windows operating system will be available July 29 for computer and tablet users. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Andres
    • Location: 890 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Blanca
    • Location: 365 miles SW of Zihuatanejo
    • Movement: W at 1 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 26,969 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,135 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 29MAY: 316,971(Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.) Confirmed Cases: 9,339
      • Deaths as of 29MAY: 30 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 01JUN: 1154 (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 01JUN: 431 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03JUN)

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Anniversary of U.N. troops opening fire on mobs, killing two people, as the capture of a city in eastern Congo sparks the largest and most violent protests since before the country’s devastating 1998-2002 war – 2004
  • Latvia: Latvian lawmakers are to elect a new head of state
  • Montenegro: Montenegro becomes independent – 2006

 

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