ONS: 04 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 4, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, a suicide bomber killed three loyalists of an anti-Islamist former general at a base outside Benghazi

  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government and the FARC insurgent group resumed peace talks in Havana.

  • ASIA: The US called on China to account for those killed, detained, or missing in the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989.

  • EUROPE: Turkish soldiers fired tear gas and water cannon at Kurds protesting plans to build military barracks in the southeast of the country.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Security forces clashed with suspected al-Qaeda gunmen at a military checkpoint in the southeastern Yemeni province of Hadramout, killing two and detaining four others.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Chinese state media lashed out at Google Inc, Apple Inc and other US technology companies, calling on Beijing “to punish severely the pawns” of the US government for monitoring China and stealing secrets.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: US President Obama meets with President-Elect Poroshenko.

    • US President Obama told president-elect Poroshenko that the US was committed in the long term to Ukraine.

    • US President Obama said the US is providing Ukraine with USD5 million worth of body armor, night-vision goggles and communication equipment.

    • Canadian PM Harper said his country is sending more soldiers than initially planned to a military exercise in Eastern Europe.

    • Ukraine’s National Guard said its forces abandoned a military outpost in Luhansk after running out of ammunition in a 10-hour battle with pro-Russian militants.

    • The spokesman for Kiev’s “anti-terrorist operation” said more than 300 rebel fighters had been killed and about 500 wounded in fighting in the past 24 hours in Slaviansk.

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

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: A group of special envoys have urged the government to fix a date for presidential polls in 2016. (AFP)

  • Egypt: The US said it looks forward to working with the new government of president-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, urging him to carry out human rights reforms. (AFP)

  • Libya: A suicide bomber killed three loyalists of an anti-Islamist former general at a base outside Benghazi. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram militants killed dozens of people in fresh attacks on villages in Borno state. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country is building five submarines to patrol its coast, including one powered by an atomic reactor. (AFP)

  • Colombia: The government and the FARC insurgent group resumed peace talks in Havana. (Xinhua)

  • United States: The new director of the NSA acknowledged that the agency uses facial-recognition tools but said that such technologies are not broadly directed against Americans. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban released a 17-minute video showing the handover of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to the American military close to the border with Pakistan. (Reuters)

  • China: The US called on the country to account for those killed, detained, or missing in the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989. (AFP)

  • Indonesia: Campaigning for the country’s July presidential election officially began. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Militants killed two soldiers and wounded three others in a cross-border attack on checkpoints situated along the frontier with Afghanistan. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: A suicide bomber blew himself up next to a military vehicle Islamabad, killing five people. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Supporters of the right-wing Golden Dawn party gathered outside Parliament ahead of an appearance by the party’s jailed leader at a debate on lifting his immunity from prosecution on further charges. (AP)

  • Lithuania: The European Commission proposed that the EU Council of Ministers decide that the country can adopt the euro on 01JAN15. (AFP)

  • Turkey: Soldiers fired tear gas and water cannon at Kurds protesting plans to build military barracks in the southeast of the country. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that years of “troublemaking” by the US had not broken the Islamic republic, amid ongoing nuclear negotiations. (AFP)

  • Iraq: A suicide attack west of Baghdad killed at least eight people and wounded 14. (AP)

  • Yemen: Security forces clashed with suspected al-Qaeda gunmen at a military checkpoint in the southeastern province of Hadramout, killing two and detaining four others. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Chinese state media lashed out at Google Inc, Apple Inc and other US technology companies, calling on Beijing “to punish severely the pawns” of the US government for monitoring China and stealing secrets. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Boris

    • Location: 85 mi E of Salina Cruz, Mexico

    • Movement: N at 5 mph

    • Winds: 35 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 (05JUN)

  • Levant Region: Anniversary of Six-Day War – 1967

  • Serbia: Anniversary of Serbia becoming independent from the State Union of Serbia & Montenegro – 2006

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