ONS: 06 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 6, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, the head of Tripoli’s now disbanded Supreme Security Committee survived a car bomb detonated outside his home
  • AMERICAS: Peruvian counter-narcotics police said they broke up a ring that shipped cocaine from Lima’s international airport to Mexico on commercial flights.
  • ASIA: The North Korean government said it had detained a US tourist for “hostile activities” after he reportedly left a bible at a hotel.
  • EUROPE: The Italian navy said it had rescued 2,500 asylum-seekers from 17 boats in the past 24 hours.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Twin suicide bombings targeting Iraq’s Shabak minority and fighting between security forces and militants killed 33 people in the northern province of Nineveh.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Vodafone Group said secret wires allow government agencies in many countries to listen in to conversations on the mobile telecommunications giant’s network.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Bombing targets Presidential candidate’s convoy.
    • Two blasts struck the convoy of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah as it left a campaign event at a wedding hall in Kabul.
    • Police said two people were killed and 16 wounded in the attack on Abdullah’s convoy in the first such incident in the election campaign.
    • Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said a suicide bomber had struck the convoy followed by a roadside bomb, while Kabul police chief Mohammed Zahir said both explosions were carried out by suicide bombers.
    • Abdullah is the front runner for the 14JUN runoff, facing former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Algeria hosted a reconciliation meeting between the separatist movements in northern Mali and the government in the capital Bamako. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The head of Tripoli’s now disbanded Supreme Security Committee survived a car bomb detonated outside his home. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: President Kagame dismissed criticism of his government’s human rights record, saying those suspected of threatening national security should even be killed on sight. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The latest poll from Invamer-Gallup indicates that President Santos and challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga are in a dead heat. (AP)
  • Colombia: A bomb attack blamed on leftist guerrillas shut down the key Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline. (Reuters)
  • Peru: Counter-narcotics police said they broke up a ring that shipped cocaine from Lima’s international airport to Mexico on commercial flights. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Japanese coastguard said that two Chinese ships sailed into disputed waters in the East China Sea . (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government said it had detained a US tourist for “hostile activities” after he reportedly left a bible at a hotel. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Fresh clashes between the Taliban and a breakaway faction killed at least seven militants in the country’s northwest. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The country’s media regulatory agency suspended the operating license of the country’s leading news channel for two weeks after a spat with the ISI. (AP)
  • Thailand: The junta said that it had captured a fugitive anti-coup leader facing possible imprisonment. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel and Russian President Putin held talks in northern France. (AFP)
  • Italy: The navy said it had rescued 2,500 asylum-seekers from 17 boats in the past 24 hours. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: An aide to the Interior Minister said that 15 pro-Russian rebels were killed in clashes with government troops at the border village of Marynivka. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Twin suicide bombings targeting the Shabak minority and fighting between security forces and militants killed 33 people in the northern province of Nineveh. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The UNSC reiterated its call on all parties to work together to strengthen the country’s national unity. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The UN reported that earlier in the week sixty migrants and two crew members drowned in the largest migration death off the coast this year. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Vodafone Group said secret wires allow government agencies in many countries to listen in to conversations on the mobile telecommunications giant’s network. (WSJ)

 

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 (07JUN)

  • Ukraine: Swearing in of new president Petro Poroshenko.

 

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