ONS: 03 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 3, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Togo’s FM Robert Dussey said that heads of state from the AU would meet in Lome in November to discuss drawing up a continental charter against maritime piracy.

  • AMERICAS: US President Obama signed into law legislation passed by Congress just hours earlier that ends the government’s bulk telephone data dragnet.

  • ASIA: The Burmese government landed a boat with 727 migrants on board in the country’s western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days.

  • EUROPE: Greek PM Tsipras will meet European Commission President Juncker for bailout talks with a deadline looming for Athens to make a critical repayment.

  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, air strikes by a Saudi-led Arab alliance hit military bases aligned with the Houthi group in Sanaa.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The head of the Israeli National Cyber Bureau Eviatar Matania said the country has launched a comprehensive strategy to prevent increasingly sophisticated computer attacks.


TOP STORY

  • South Korea: Government moves to counter MERS outbreak amid heightened tensions with DPRK.

    • The Health Ministry reported that the number of MERS cases in the country rose to 30 as five new cases were identified.

    • Education Minister Hwang Woo-Yea said more than 200 primary schools had temporarily shut down, as concerned parents withdrew their children.

    • President Park Geun-Hye urged officials to ease rising public panic, calling for the “utmost efforts” to prevent further spread of the virus.

    • The military test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of hitting any part of North Korea, in an apparent response to recent claims from Pyongyang about its nuclear and missile capabilities.

    • A Defense Ministry official said President Park Geun-Hye personally observed the test exercise.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, Xinhua


AFRICA

  • Region: Togo’s FM Robert Dussey said that heads of state from the AU would meet in Lome in November to discuss drawing up a continental charter against maritime piracy. (AFP)

  • Burundi: The US urged east African states to send high-level representatives to the country to reiterate their opposition to President Nkurunziza seeking a third term. (Reuters)

  • Guinea: The UN envoy to the region said that the government and the country’s opposition must hold “urgent” talks on holding credible presidential elections this year. (AFP)

  • South Sudan: The US condemned the country’s expulsion of an outspoken UN aid coordinator as an “affront to the international community” and called for the country to reverse its decision. (AFP)


AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Presumed FARC rebels blew up an electrical pylon near Tumaco, just two days after a similar strike hit the port of Buenaventura. (AFP)

  • Dominican Republic: Legislators approved a measure to establish a special assembly that will debate whether to allow presidents to hold office for two consecutive terms. (AP)

  • Mexico: A new poll indicates that the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is in the lead ahead of Sunday’s mid-term elections. (Reuters)

  • United States: President Obama signed into law legislation passed by Congress just hours earlier that ends the government’s bulk telephone data dragnet. (AFP)


ASIA

  • Region: Philippine President Aquino likened present-day China to Nazi Germany during a speech in Japan, amid ongoing tensions over Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: An independent anti-corruption body said in a new report that nepotism plays a critical role in getting a job as a diplomat in the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry. (AP)

  • Burma: The government landed a boat with 727 migrants on board in the country’s western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days. (Reuters)

  • Thailand: A high-ranking army officer wanted on human trafficking charges handed himself into police. (AP)


EUROPE

  • Greece: PM Tsipras will meet European Commission President Juncker for bailout talks with a deadline looming for Athens to make a critical repayment. (AFP)

  • Russia: Human rights activists in Chechnya said that masked men attacked the group’s office in Grozny. (AP)

  • Ukraine: Government and rebel officials said that at least three civilians were killed in the east of the country in a further surge in shelling. (AP)

  • United Kingdom: The Pew Research Center reported in a new poll that support for staying in the EU has risen to 55 percent, up 9 percentage points from two years ago. (Reuters)


MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Deputy Secretary of State Blinken said that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed since the international coalition started its campaign. (Reuters)

  • Jordan: HRW said that hundreds of Syrian refugees are stranded in the desert because of government restrictions. (AP)

  • Syria: Government troops and militia fought with ISIS fighters in the country’s northeast, as both sides vie for control of territory near the Iraqi frontier. (Reuters)

  • Yemen: Air strikes by a Saudi-led Arab alliance hit military bases aligned with the Houthi group in Sanaa. (Reuters)


TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The head of the Israeli National Cyber Bureau Eviatar Matania said the country has launched a comprehensive strategy to prevent increasingly sophisticated computer attacks. (WSJ)


WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Andres

    • Location: 995 miles WSW of Baja California

    • Movement: NW at 8 mph

    • Winds: 70 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Blanca

    • Location: 410 miles SSW of Zihuatanejo, Mexico

    • Movement: N at 1 mph

    • Winds: 110 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia

    • Evacuations amid heightened activity. (DPA)

  • 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 (04JUN)

  • Global: Shanghai Cooperation Organization high-level meeting on security and stability in the region

  • China: Anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre- 1989

  • Egypt: Anniversary of Suez crisis – 1956

  • Tonga: Anniversary of independence – 1970

  • Christianity: Corpus Christi


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