ONS: 05 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 5, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian citizens reported that Boko Haram militants are taking over villages in the northeast of the country, killing and terrorizing civilians and political leaders.

  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said that he will abolish the military draft if re-elected and a peace deal is reached with FARC rebels.

  • ASIA: Local Indian media reported that PM Modi will visit Washington to meet US President Obama in September.

  • EUROPE: Iranian President Rouhani is expected to visit Turkey on 09JUN for the first time since he was elected last year.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The Palestinian government demanded that the US take “serious steps” against Israeli settlement building, after Israel announced plans to build 1,500 new settler homes.

  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s state censors cleared Chinese networks of references to commemorations of the Tiananmen crackdown including a huge vigil in Hong Kong.

 

TOP STORY

  • Russia: G7 meets on Russian role in Ukraine crisis.

    • The G7 held a second day of talks as they seek a consensus on how to approach Russia following its intervention in Ukraine.

    • US President Obama will hold one-on-one meetings with British PM Cameron in Brussels and with French President Hollande on Thursday evening in Paris.

    • Russian PM Medvedev said that the G7 was cynical in backing Ukraine’s military operation against armed pro-Russian insurgents.

    • Fighting with pro-Russian rebels continued in Donetsk, the main city of eastern Ukraine, as the government announced  the deployment of T-64 tanks.

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

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Citizens reported that Boko Haram militants are taking over villages in the northeast of the country, killing and terrorizing civilians and political leaders. (AP)

  • South Sudan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon voiced his concern at the humanitarian situation in the country and called on the government and opposition to immediately end all military operations. (Xinhua)

  • Sudan: The defense lawyer for a woman sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith says she has appealed the verdict. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said that he will abolish the military draft if re-elected and a peace deal is reached with FARC rebels. (Xinhua)

  • Cuba: The US selected career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis as its new top diplomat in Havana. (AFP)

  • Peru: Defense Minister Cateriano said that the country will jointly manufacture Russian helicopters, while denying that Lima plans to buy armored vehicles from Moscow. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: An official said that a police chief and two other officers were killed by a roadside bomb in Gazni province. (AP)

  • China: Authorities detained 29 people described as “terrorist suspects” in Xinjiang. (AFP)

  • India: Local media reported that PM Modi will visit Washington to meet US President Obama in September. (Reuters)

  • Korea, South: The Army will conduct its first joint military drills with the US in the US mainland from 09JUN to 01JUL. (Xinhua)

  • Pakistan: Islamabad’s High Court ordered police to press charges against the CIA’s former station chief for murder, conspiracy and waging war against the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: The navy said it was taking 443 migrants to the Sicilian port of Augusta after picking them up during sea patrols on the Mediterranean. (DPA)

  • France: President Hollande said he wants to discuss with US President Obama a potential multibillion-dollar fine that France’s largest bank is facing in the US. (AP)

  • Turkey: Iranian President Rouhani is expected to visit the country on 09JUN for the first time since he was elected last year. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Militants launched a major attack on Samarra, killing six people and occupying multiple neighborhoods. (AFP)

  • Palestinian Territories: The government demanded that the US take “serious steps” against Israeli settlement building, after Israel announced plans to build 1,500 new settler homes. (AFP)

  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda gunmen killed 14 soldiers and a civilian in Shabwa province. (AFP)

  • Yemen: The army said that security forces have killed 500 suspected al-Qaeda militants since 29APR. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: China’s state censors cleared Chinese networks of references to commemorations of the Tiananmen crackdown including a huge vigil in Hong Kong. (AFP)

 

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: 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: 681 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)

      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 28MAY: 204 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06JUN)

  • France: Anniversary of Normandy Landings, also known as D-Day during WWII – 1944

  • Russia and Germany: Russian President Putin and German Chancellor Merkel will meet in France during D-Day ceremonies.

  • Vatican City: Pope Francis will be joined with Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli President Peres in a prayer for peace.

 

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