ONS: 03 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 3, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian media reported that 10 generals and five other senior military officers were found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram.

  • AMERICAS: The head of Colombia’s FARC rebels Timoleon Jimenez said that he opposes the drug trade as “counter-revolutionary.”

  • ASIA: The US shut its airforce base in Kyrgyzstan that had been the main transit point for military personnel and cargo headed to Afghanistan for 12 years.

  • EUROPE: Senior Ukrainian officials rejected calls for autonomy for ethnic Hungarians in western Ukraine made by Hungarian PM Orban.

  • MIDDLE EAST: NATO SG Rasmussen dismissed Syrian presidential elections in the country as a “farce”, saying they did not meet international standards.

  • TECHNOLOGY: US and foreign law enforcement agencies broke up a network of hijacked computers that authorities say were used by hackers to tap into hundreds of thousands of bank accounts and steal at least USD100 million.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Renewed clashes as US considers increased military presence in Europe.

    • US President Obama will call on Congress to support a “European Reassurance Initiative” of up to USD1 billion to increase US military rotations on the continent.

    • The effort would involve increased participation by the US Navy in NATO naval force deployments, including “more persistent deployments” to the Black and Baltic seas.

    • NATO defense ministers are gathering to discuss how to react long-term to Russia’s new military capabilities and its willingness to use them.

    • Ukrainian Interior Minister Avakov said government troops are engaged in a battle against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk.

    • Gazprom said that Russia and Ukraine could continue gas talks on Tuesday.

    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, AP-3, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: International envoys to the Great Lakes region met with President Nkurunziza to ensure that the country’s 2015 elections are being prepared in an inclusive way. (Xinhua)

  • Libya: Newly-elected PM Maiteg took charge of his office with the help of an Islamic militia. (AP)

  • Nigeria: The Bring Back Our Girls protest group headed to court to challenge a police ban on protest marches in Abuja, calling the decision illegal. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: Local media reported that 10 generals and five other senior military officers were found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The army killed six members of the FARC during military operations in the country’s southwestern Valle del Cauca and Cauca departments. (Xinhua)

  • Colombia: The head of the FARC rebels Timoleon Jimenez said that he opposes the drug trade as “counter-revolutionary.” (AFP)

  • El Salvador: The country  announced it has joined Petrocaribe, the Venezuelan energy subsidy program that gives access to cut-rate oil. (AFP)

  • Venezuela: A court is holding a hearing to determine whether opposition hard-liner Leopoldo Lopez will be freed or must wait in jail while facing charges of inciting violence and arson during anti-government protests. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: PM Abbott brushed off an apparent Indonesian protocol breach in which reporters listened to a phone call between the two nations’ leaders. (AFP)

  • Korean Peninsula: The commander of US troops stationed in South Korea said he had proposed deploying an advanced missile-defense system to the country. (Reuters)

  • Kyrgyzstan: The US shut its airforce base in the country that had been the main transit point for military personnel and cargo headed to Afghanistan for 12 years. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: At least two people were killed and four others injured when a military plane crashed near a bus terminal in Karachi. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Senior Ukrainian officials rejected calls for autonomy for ethnic Hungarians in western Ukraine made by Hungarian PM Orban. (Reuters)

  • Hungary: Government inspectors raided several nongovernmental organisations it calls politically-biased in an escalation of a row between Hungary and Norway over development aid. (AFP)

  • Spain: Thousands of anti-royalists took to the streets across the country calling for a vote on the monarchy’s survival. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported that the government and six world powers will start a new round of expert-level talks in Vienna on Wednesday. (Xinhua)

  • Israel: Several Israeli ministers criticized the US over its decision to work with the new Palestinian unity government. (AFP)

  • Syria: NATO SG Rasmussen dismissed presidential elections in the country as a “farce”, saying they did not meet international standards. (AFP)

  • Yemen: At least 120 people were killed in the north of the country in fighting between Shi’ite Muslim Houthi rebels and government forces. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US and foreign law enforcement agencies broke up a network of hijacked computers that authorities say were used by hackers to tap into hundreds of thousands of bank accounts and steal at least USD100 million. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression 2-E

    • Location: 140 mi SE of Salina Cruz, Mexico

    • Movement: N at 6 mph

    • Winds: 35 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Pavlof Volcano, Alaska, US

    • Ash plume of 6.5 km (Wired)

  • 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 (04JUN)

  • Global: Group of Eight (G8) summit in Brussels (to 05JUN)

  • China: Anniversary of Tienanmen Square massacre- 1989

  • Iran: Anniversary Ali Khamenei elected the new Supreme Leader of Islamic republic of Iran -1989

  • South Korea: Local elections

  • Tonga: Anniversary of Tonga independence from the U.K. – 1970

  • Judaism: Shavuot

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