ONS: 04 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 4, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian appeals court annulled a decision to drop a murder charge against former president Mubarak over the deaths of protesters in 2011.

  • AMERICAS: Colombian lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved a proposal in a 90-10 vote to end presidential re-election.

  • ASIA: Hundreds of schools in South Korea closed as officials increased efforts to counter the outbreak of the MERS virus in the country.

  • EUROPE: European Commission head Juncker said “challenging” negotiations with Greece would continue, after late night talks with PM Tsipras ended without a deal.

  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, an Arab air strike and Saudi artillery shelling in the north of the country killed 19 civilians and wounded dozens of others.

  • TECHNOLOGY: US intelligence officials warned a House committee about the growing use of encrypted communication and private messaging by supporters of ISIS.


TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Tensions increase following intense clashes in east.

    • Officials said at least 24 people died in the renewed fighting, as Russia and Ukraine accused each other of seeking to torpedo a tenuous peace deal.

    • In his annual address to Parliament President Poroshenko spoke of a “colossal threat of the resumption of large-scale hostilities by Russian and terrorist forces”.

    • Russian FM Lavrov said that the peace deal in Ukraine faced a “constant threat” from the Ukrainian government.

    • The EU said that the new clashes were the biggest breach of the truce signed in February and could lead to a new spiral of violence.

    • NATO SG Stoltenberg said that Russia poses no immediate threat to NATO countries and the military alliance still hopes bilateral relations will improve.

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


AFRICA

  • Egypt: An appeals court annulled a decision to drop a murder charge against former president Mubarak over the deaths of protesters in 2011. (AFP)

  • Libya: EU Foreign Policy chief Mogherini held “constructive” talks with FM Dayri focused on a European naval force that would fight people-smuggling gangs in the country. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: President Buhari promised to look into an Amnesty International report urging the ICC to probe senior military officers for war crimes in the battle against Boko Haram. (AFP)

  • Rwanda: The country’s main opposition party said it was challenging moves to change the constitution to allow President Kagame to stand for a third consecutive term in elections in 2017. (AFP)


AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the country to condemn violence against women after a series of murders. (AFP)

  • Colombia: Lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved a proposal in a 90-10 vote to end presidential re-election. (AP)

  • Nicaragua: Officials said that an environmental study concluded a planned USD50 billion canal across the country was “viable” but did not release details of the report. (AP)


ASIA

  • Region: Cambodia received its first group of asylum seekers from Australian custody as part of a widely-criticized deal between the two countries. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: The International Crisis Group released a report claiming that the Afghan Local Police program has not increased security and has “exacerbated the conflict in a number of districts”. (DPA)

  • Korea, South: Hundreds of schools closed as officials increased efforts to counter the outbreak of the MERS virus in the country. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: President Hussain reiterated the government’s commitment to its ongoing counterterrorism operations in an address to parliament. (Xinhua)


EUROPE

  • Germany: Officials said that Chancellor Merkel will hold bilateral talks with US President Obama on Sunday before the start of the G7 summit in Bavaria. (Reuters)

  • Greece: European Commission head Juncker said “challenging” negotiations with the country would continue, after late night talks with PM Tsipras ended without a deal. (AFP)

  • Italy: Police arrested 44 people accused of dealings with an organized crime group linked to rigging Rome public contracts. (AFP)

  • Turkey: FM Cavusoglu said the country has launched a program to train national guards of Iraq to help them fight ISIS militants. (Xinhua)


MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Deputy FM Araghchi said the country and world powers have made “important progress” towards a final deal aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program. (AFP)

  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli warplanes struck multiple militant targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire. (AFP)

  • Syria: Local media reported that at least 40 militants with the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front were killed in a series of military offensives in Idlib. (Xinhua)

  • Yemen: An Arab air strike and Saudi artillery shelling in the north of the country killed 19 civilians and wounded dozens of others. (Reuters)


TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US intelligence officials warned a House committee about the growing use of encrypted communication and private messaging by supporters of ISIS. (AP)


WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Blanca

    • Location: 490 miles S of Manzanillo, Mexico

    • Movement: SW at 1 mph

    • Winds: 125 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Andres

    • Location: 980 miles W of Baja California

    • Movement: NE at 2 mph

    • Winds: 45 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 (05JUN)

  • Burundi: Burundi is scheduled to hold communal and legislative elections

  • Poland: NATO maritime military drill to begin in Gdynia (to 20JUN)

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


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