ONS: 04 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 5, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The African Union joined the chorus of disapproval at US President Trump’s decision to pull out of the landmark Paris climate deal.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico’s ruling party squares off against its main leftist rival in a major state election.
  • ASIA: The Filipino police identified the gunman behind an attack on a casino that killed 36 people as a heavily indebted local man addicted to gambling.
  • EUROPE: Germany’s foreign minister is seeking assurances from Turkey putting “beyond doubt” that German lawmakers can visit troops stationed at a Turkish air base.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The country’s paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units recaptured the town of al-Baaj from Islamic State militants, as part of an operation to drive out the extremist militants from areas near Iraqi-Syrian border in west of Mosul.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US investigators are in Qatar to help probe the alleged hacking of the Gulf state’s news agency website.

 

TOP STORY

  • England: Terrorist attack in London
    • A white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge.
    • Additionally, three men got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market.
    • Police said the three men were wearing fake bomb vests.
    • Just eight minutes after police responded to reports of the bridge incident, they confronted the attackers in Borough Market killing them in a hail of gunfire.
    • 7 have died and 48 victims have been taken to the hospital.
    • Britain’s main political parties suspended campaigning Sunday.
    • Ukip broke with the other parties by refusing to suspend its campaign.
    • Coverage: NYT, NYT-2, NYT-3, WSJ, LAT, BBC, CNN, NBC, Telegraph, Telegraph-2, TIME

AFRICA

  • Regional: The African Union joined the chorus of disapproval at US President Trump’s decision to pull out of the landmark Paris climate deal. (AFP)
  • Gambia: A protester in the country died of gunshot wounds after being shot as supporters of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh clashed with West African forces. (AFP)
  • Libya: Forces loyal to east Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar announced they have taken an air base in the south, boosting their presence in the vast Libyan desert. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Regional: The Trump administration is concerned about any action by US companies that provides a financial lifeline to Venezuela’s government after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. came under fire for purchasing $2.8 billion of state oil company bonds at a discount. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The country’s ruling party squares off against its main leftist rival in a major state election. (Reuters)
  • United States: Fake ICE notices urge Washington residents to report “illegal aliens.” (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: The country’s citizens voted in local elections that could shake longtime ruler Hun Sen’s grip on power. (AP)
  • Japan: A town in the country conducted an evacuation drill amid rising fear that a North Korean ballistic missile could hit Japanese soil. (AP)
  • Philippines: The country’s police identified the gunman behind an attack on a casino that killed 36 people as a heavily indebted local man addicted to gambling. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Regional: Germany’s foreign minister is seeking assurances from Turkey putting “beyond doubt” that German lawmakers can visit troops stationed at a Turkish air base. (AP)
  • Italy: Hundreds of Juventus soccer fans watching the Champions League final in one of Turin’s main squares were injured when loud bangs created a panic. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The country’s authorities say they have detained a man suspected of shooting dead eight people in a drunken dispute in a village outside Moscow. (RFE/RL)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Iran joined the international chorus of criticism against US President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The country’s paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units recaptured the town of al-Baaj from Islamic State militants, as part of an operation to drive out the extremist militants from areas near Iraqi-Syrian border in west of Mosul. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The country’s army and allied fighters captured the last Islamic State group stronghold in the northern province of Aleppo. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US investigators are in Qatar to help probe the alleged hacking of the Gulf state’s news agency website, Arab and US law enforcement officials said. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 2JUN: 58,806 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 2JUN: 28,654 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 2JUN: 13 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 29APR: 1,952 (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 29APR: 693 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24MAY: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 24MAY: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 24MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05JUN)

  • Global: United Nations Conference on Oceans to be held in NYC (to 09JUN)
  • Global: World Environmental Day – 1972
  • Belarus: 26th OSCE PA session to be held in Minsk (to 09JUN)
  • China: Anniversary of the “Tank Man” staring down tanks in Tiananmen Square – 1989
  • Denmark: Constitution Day – 1849
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Anniversary of the beginning of the Six-Day War in Kisangani – 2000
  • Iran: Khordad Movement Anniversary holiday – 1963
  • Israel: Anniversary of the beginning of the Six-Day War – 1967
  • Jordan: Anniversary of the Great Arab Revolt – 1916
  • Serbia: Anniversary of Serbia’s declaration of independence from the State of Serbia and Montenegro – 2006
  • Seychelles: Liberation Day – 1977

 

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