ONS: 05 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 5, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US will send a team in the next few weeks to discuss with the new Nigerian government ways to renew cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas agreed to set up a truth commission to probe crimes committed during the country’s half-century conflict.
  • ASIA: A spokesman for the Afghan Taliban says its representatives are in Norway for meetings with government officials.
  • EUROPE: German officials said that Ukraine, ISIS, and the Greek crisis are set to dominate the agenda of the G7 summit, which is being held without Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Officials from Saudi Arabia and Israel discussed their concerns about Iran’s actions across the Middle East.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Kuwait closed the privately-run Al-Watan satellite television channel, which has been critical of the government.

TOP STORY

  • United States: China in focus as cyber attack hits millions of US federal workers.
    • US officials said that hackers broke into US government computers, possibly compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees.
    • The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suffered what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of information ever on government workers.
    • Investigators were probing whether the culprits were based in China, as they worked to determine what data was stolen in the attack.
    • The Chinese Foreign Ministry labelled the reports as irresponsible, claiming that “cyber attacks are generally anonymous and conducted across borders and their origins are hard to trace.”
    • Coverage: Reuters, WSJ, AFP, AP

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Home Affairs Minister Edouard Nduwimana announced that talks to end the country’s unrest will resume next week under the auspices of the UN Electoral Observation Mission. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: The US will send a team in the next few weeks to discuss with the new government ways to renew cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Rebels denied a report alleging they received weapons by air from Khartoum, claiming it was government troops who were using arms bought from Sudan. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government and FARC guerrillas agreed to set up a truth commission to probe crimes committed during the country’s half-century conflict. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Violence in the run-up to mid-term elections this weekend has killed at least seven candidates and forced another 20 out of the race. (Reuters)
  • United States: The House of Representatives voted to keep restrictions on US citizens travelling to Cuba, despite a recent thaw in relations. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan:  A spokesman for the Taliban says its representatives are in Norway for meetings with government officials. (AP)
  • Burma: The opposition NLD party said that Aung San Suu Kyi will make her first visit to China this month, amid strained relations between the two countries. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Officials said that new USPACOM ADM Harry Harris will visit the country next week for the first time since assuming the post on May 27. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: Investigators probing the first attack in the country claimed by IS believe a local sectarian group may have carried it out as it seeks to expand its ties to the Middle East. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: The government is in talks with European and US contractors to buy fighter jets, maritime patrol planes, and unarmed drones amid heightened tensions with China. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Officials said that Ukraine, ISIS, and the Greek crisis are set to dominate the agenda of the G7 summit, which is being held without Russia. (AFP)
  • Bosnia: Authorities worked to increase security in the country ahead of the 06JUN visit of Pope Francis. (AFP)
  • France: FM Fabius sought to calm a row with Israel by stating that the country opposed any boycott of the Jewish state but stressed that telecom firm Orange, which plans to end its license deal there, was free to define its own policy. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Officials from Saudi Arabia and Israel discussed their concerns about Iran’s actions across the Middle East. (NYT)
  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that at least 94 civilians, including 20 children, have been killed by army airstrikes across the country over the past two days. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Fighters loyal to exiled President Hadi recaptured a strategic hill from the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the eastern province of Mareb. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Kuwait closed the privately-run Al-Watan satellite television channel, which has been critical of the government. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Blanca
    • Location: 350 miles, SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 105 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 04JUN: 1179 (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 04JUN: 442 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06JUN)

  • Global: 2015 Women’s World Cup tournament will begin in Edmonton, Canada (to 5JUL15)

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