ONS: 07 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 7, 2015

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

07 June 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement between the East African Community, Southern African Development Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa is an important step towards a potentially game-changing common market spanning the continent.
  • AMERICAS: The process of resuming diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US has been put on hold after four rounds of talks between the two nations.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe seeks to drum up G7 leaders’ opposition to attempts by Russia and China to “change the status quo” in Ukraine and the East and South China seas, respectively, by force.
  • EUROPE: UK Ministry of Defense stated that a warship launched a mission to rescue at least 500 migrants in the Mediterranean.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian army repulsed a major offensive by IS militants in the northeastern city of Hasaka and drove out fighters who had taken over key installations on the southern edge of the city.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The hack of data on four million US government employees exposed America’s shaky cyber defenses and the Obama administration’s ongoing struggle to develop an effective deterrence.

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Turkey’s general elections start.
    • More than 53 million Turks went to polls to elect a new parliament, with 20 political parties running for 550 parliamentary seats.
    • President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid to bolster his power by redrawing Turkey’s constitution and the Islamist-rooted AK party’s attempt to extend its 12-year-long stint of single party rule is at stake.
    • Mr Erdogan accused the three main opposition parties of being controlled by a “mastermind” bent on his overthrow while PM Ahmet Davutoglu claimed that the opposition, the “pro-Israeli” international media and terrorist groups are in league together.
    • Two people died and more than 100 were wounded by explosions at a rally by a pro-Kurdish opposition party on Friday and tensions are rising.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, FT, WaPo

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement between the East African Community, Southern African Development Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa is an important step towards a potentially game-changing common market spanning the continent. (AFP)
  • Sudan: UN Secretary-General was deeply gratified with the release of two contractors working for the UNAMID who were abducted in Zalingei, Central Darfur, Sudan, on Jan. 29. (Xinhua)
  • Tanzania: Police in the northern part of the country confiscated 12.4 tons of marijuana, the biggest seizure of the illicit drug in the East African nation this year . (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia:  FARC rebels blew up a water plant in a southwestern region, making this the latest attack by the guerrilla movement on the nation’s infrastructure. (AFP)
  • Cuba: The process of resuming diplomatic relations with the U.S. has been put on hold after four rounds of talks between the two nations.(Xinhua)
  • Mexico:  Feuding members of a self-defense militia clashed in southern region, leaving at least eight people dead on the eve of midterm elections.(AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe seeks to drum up G7 leaders’ opposition to attempts by Russia and China to “change the status quo” in Ukraine and the East and South China seas, respectively, by force.(Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan:  A bomb blast that rocked Kunduz City, capital of Kunduz province, claimed the life of a prosecutor said Abdul Wadod, the spokesman for the provincial government. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Officials are taking reporters on patrols and tours of former camps, cooperating with neighboring countries and the US, arresting dozens of officials and hosting a “National Anti-Human Trafficking Day.” to show a newfound toughness on human trafficking, (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Protesters have blocked roads as the leaders of the G7 arrive in the Bavarian Alps to begin a two-day summit. (AP)
  • Finland: Finland is going to export electricity to neighboring Russia in the coming weekend, the first time in the Nordic country’s history, Finnish media reported. (Xinhua)
  • UK: Ministry of Defense stated that a warship launched a mission to rescue at least 500 migrants in the Mediterranean. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide car bomb ripped through roadside restaurants at the entrance to the town of Baladruz in the east of the country, killing at least 15 people. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Security officials say a series of airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition have targeted the headquarters of Yemen’s armed forces in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa. (AP)
  • Syria: The army repulsed a major offensive by IS militants in the northeastern city of Hasaka and drove out fighters who had taken over key installations on the southern edge of the city. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The hack of data on four million US government employees exposed America’s shaky cyber defenses and the Obama administration’s ongoing struggle to develop an effective deterrence. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Blanca
    • Location: 2550 miles, S of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 120 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: 1190 (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: 444 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08JUN)

  • Global: World Oceans Day
  • Europe Region: High-ranking representatives of the Armed Forces from NATO countries and their partners will take part in the alliance’s Annual Strategic Military Partners Conference (SMPC-2015) in the Georgian capital Tbilisi (to 10JUN)
  • Syria: A number of Syrian opposition factions will gather in Cairo, Egypt to form a new coalition as an alternative to an exiled West-backed alliance (to 09JUN)

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