ONS: 07 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 7, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Western advisers are drawing up plans for reshaping the Egyptian economy, sources said, with the apparent blessing of president-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who so far has spoken only vaguely in public about reviving the state’s finances.
  • AMERICAS: A Venezuelan judge ruled Thursday that Leopoldo Lopez, a harsh government critic and former mayor of a Caracas suburb, will face trial on charges of incitement to violence and will continue to be held without bond.
  • ASIA: Two soldiers were killed in separate bomb blasts in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, the military said, where troops have been battling Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants.
  • EUROPE: Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak stressed the situation in Ukraine ought to inspire NATO to “lasting and long-term conclusions” about raising defense spending and reinforcing its military presence in Central-East Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement called on the United States on Friday to admit that President Bashar al-Assad has won the war and to accept Syrian government terms for a political settlement to the crisis.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Internet giants are making it far more difficult and expensive for the National Security Agency and the intelligence arms of other governments to pierce their systems.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Poroshenko sworn in as president, talks with Putin.
    • Petro Poroshenko has been sworn in as president of Ukraine, amid hopes the move can help put an end to deadly fighting in the east of the country.
    • In his inaugeration speech, Poroshenko iterated his commitment to the Crimean Peninsula, annexed by Russia in March, saying Crimea “was, is and will be Ukrainian.”
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke face-to-face with Ukraine’s incoming president about ending the violence in the former Soviet state, and Kiev’s new leader said talks could begin in earnest as soon as Sunday.
    • President Obama spent 15 minutes talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine and while no breakthroughs, US officials said they saw the discussions as productive.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Outgoing interim president Adly Mansour has introduced new punishments for sexual harassment – punishable by up to five years in jail – in an effort to crack down on the worsening problem. (BBC)
  • Egypt: Western advisers are drawing up plans for reshaping the Egyptian economy, sources said, with the apparent blessing of president-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who so far has spoken only vaguely in public about reviving the state’s finances. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced a political dialogue initiative to settle long-divisive issues ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections scheduled for June 25. (Xinhua)
  • Rwanda: The World Bank has endorsed a new strategy to mobilize financial resources for the country’s development, accelerating private sector-driven growth to create jobs; improving productivity and raising poor peoples’ incomes; and supporting transparent, accountable governance. (Xinhua)
  • Uganda: The nation’s AIDS commission called new legislation criminalizing the deliberate transmission of HIV passed by parliament “nonsensical”, and urged the country’s president not to sign it into law. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police have used tear gas to break up protesters on the second day of a metro strike that has left Sao Paulo’s transport in chaos. (BBC)
  • Cuba: Rafael Jesus Tenreyro Perez, head of exploration at oil firm CubaPetroleo (Cupet), as saying Cuban oil industry plans to open up to foreign investment the central and eastern parts of the seas north of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The nation’s Attorney General’s Office defended its decision to prosecute a US Marine veteran who was jailed after he drove into the country in April with three guns in his truck. (AP)
  • Venezeula: A judge ruled Thursday that Leopoldo Lopez, a harsh government critic and former mayor of a Caracas suburb, will face trial on charges of incitement to violence and will continue to be held without bond. (LAT)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The UN Security Council condemned an attempt to assassinate presidential frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah calling for an orderly transition to a new government. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Flooding in a remote part of northern Afghanistan has claimed more than 50 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes. (AP)
  • China: Alerts were raised for southern and north-eastern regions after the death toll reached 27 with two missing from this week’s heavy rains. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Altaf Hussain, the exiled leader of the country’s powerful MQM party, has been released on bail by police in London after being arrested on suspicion of money laundering. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: Two soldiers were killed Saturday in separate bomb blasts in a restive tribal region near the Afghan border, the military said, where troops have been battling Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak stressed the situation in Ukraine ought to inspire NATO to “lasting and long-term conclusions” about raising defense spending and reinforcing its military presence in Central-East Europe. (Xinhua)
  • Region: As post-election manoeuvring continues in Brussels, the process of choosing the next President of the European Commission is shaping up to be as protracted and poisonous as widely predicted. (BBC)
  • Italy: The navy said it had rescued around 2,500 asylum-seekers from 17 boats in the past 24 hours as good weather conditions in the Mediterranean further boost the influx of asylum-seekers trying to reach Europe. (AFP)
  • Scotland: The nation would be worse off in economic terms if it becomes an independent country, according to a survey of economists by the Center for Macroeconomics. (WSJ)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: UNSG Ban Ki-moon voiced concerns about the worsening health of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli detention and demanded that they either be formally charged or released immediately. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement called on the United States to admit that President Bashar al-Assad has won the war and to accept Syrian government terms for a political settlement to the crisis. (WP)
  • Yemen: The United Nations and humanitarian organizations are concerned about the new displacement of as many as 20,000 people in the northern Amran area, due to heavy fighting between government forces and armed rebels in the last two weeks. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The UN’s refugee agency reports that 62 people have died off the country’s coast, in what it describes as the worst sinking incident in the region this year. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Internet giants are making it far more difficult and expensive  for the National Security Agency and the intelligence arms of other governments to pierce their systems. (NYT)
  • Technology: Facebook is under fire for temporarily blocking pages in Pakistan from free-speech activists who accused the American company of caving in to government censors. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 46km ENE of Noatak, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 14.9km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • 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 4JUN: 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 (08JUN)

  • Kosovo: Parliamentary elections

 

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