Overnight News Summary
Produced by the Rendon Group
06 June 2015
- AFRICA: President Faure Gnassingbe has named Selom Klassou asTogo’s new PM, extending his family’s nearly five-decade grip on power.
- AMERICAS: The White House urged Congress to come out of the “dark ages” and pass new cyber security rules, using a massive security breach in US government records to press its case for reform.
- ASIA: The fifth round of dialogue between the financial ministers of China and Japan reopened in Beijing after about two years of delay due to soured relations.
- EUROPE: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia signed a joint statement in support of Ionian Adriatic Pipeline, which brings gas from Azerbaijan to southern Europe.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian army and the Lebanese group Hezbollah captured strategic barren terrain near the Lebanese borders.
- TECHNOLOGY: German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for Germany to resume collecting and retaining metadata about phone calls and internet use to assist anti-terrorist intelligence gathering.
- Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia shot down Scud missile fired by Yemeni forces.
- Officials claim the country managed to shoot down a Scud missile fired into the kingdom by Yemen’s Houthi group and its army allies.
- Two missiles launched from a Patriot missile battery shot down the Scud around 2:45 a.m. around the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait.
- The area is home to the largest air force base in southern Saudi Arabia, but there are no oil facilities in the vicinity.
- Coverage: Reuters NYT, AFP
- Burundi: Officers now fear the army is being purged along ethnic lines, with coup leader General Godefroid Niyombare on the run and Defence Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye’s recent arrest. (AFP)
- Togo: President Faure Gnassingbe has named Selom Klassou as the country’s new PM, extending his family’s nearly five-decade grip on power.(AFP)
- Honduras: Thousands of people marched in the capital asking for an international commission against impunity to investigate scandals involving top government officials. (AP)
- United States: The White House urged Congress to come out of the “dark ages” and pass new cyber security rules, using a massive security breach to press its case for reform.(AFP)
- Region: The fifth round of dialogue between the financial ministers of China and Japan reopened in Beijing after about two years of delay due to soured relations. (Xinhua)
- China: Taiwan’s coast guard commissioned two 3,000-ton patrol vessels, as the island boosts defenses amid concerns about China’s growing footprint in the disputed South China Sea. (Reuters)
- Pakistan: At least six people were injured when a bomb hit a passenger train in the Jacobabad district. (Xinhua)
- Region: The U.S. is considering a range of moves to counter Russia’s alleged violation of a nuclear arms treaty, including bolstering missile defenses or deploying land-based missiles in Europe. (AFP)
- Region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia signed a joint statement in support of Ionian Adriatic Pipeline, which brings gas from Azerbaijan to southern Europe. (Xinhua)
- Turkey: Hundreds of demonstrators marched in the city of Diyarbakir to pay tribute to the victims of yesterday’s explosions, which left two people dead and dozens injured. (DPA)
- Iraq: The IMF is preparing $833 million in emergency financial assistance as the country battles the Islamic State insurgency. (AFP)
- Syria: The national army and Hezbollah captured strategic barren terrain near the Lebanese borders. (Xinhua)
- UAE: Bankers have expressed concerns over a decline in foreign direct investments and have emphasized the need for developing the domestic economy. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for Germany to resume collecting and retaining metadata about phone calls and internet use to assist anti-terrorist intelligence gathering. (DPA)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report.
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Blanca
- Location: 350 miles, SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
- Movement: NW at 10 mph
- Winds: 100 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- 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: 1185 (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: 443 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07JUN)
- Global: G7 Summit in Bavaria (to 8JUN)
- Mexico: General elections
- Turkey: Legislative elections