ONS: 07 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 8, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: France proposed the UN Security Council back a West African force to combat terrorism, drug and human trafficking by “eradicating the actions” of Islamist militants and organized crime groups in the Sahel region.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil’s electoral court began hearings that could topple scandal-tainted President Michel Temer.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Moon Jae-in suspended the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system, signaling a less friendly approach to the US agenda.
  • EUROPE: The EU is ready to increase support for the bloc’s first ever defense research program.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia denied allegations that Russian hackers planted a fake news story within Qatar’s state news agency, causing a split between Qatar and other Arab nations.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australia will push its “Five Eyes” intelligence partners – the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand – to crack down on encrypted technology in the global fight against terrorism.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Islamic State group claims first attack inside Islamic Republic.
    • Attackers have opened fire at the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in the capital, Tehran, causing a number of casualties.
    • The attackers were holding a number of hostages inside the highly-fortified parliament building.
    • At least seven people have been killed.
    • The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, which are believed to be the terrorist group’s first major assaults within Iran’s borders.
    • The Iranian Intelligence Ministry said security forces had arrested a “terrorist team” planning a third attack, without giving further details.
    • Terrorist violence is rare in Iran, although analysts have said Tehran’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad could make Iran a target for supporters of the Islamic State militant organization.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: France proposed the UN Security Council back a West African force to combat terrorism, drug and human trafficking by “eradicating the actions” of Islamist militants and organized crime groups in the Sahel region. (Reuters)
  • Niger: A court handed opposition leader El Hadj Amadou Djibo a three-month suspended sentence for agitating for the overthrow of government. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: Dozens of Chinese nationals who had been held for illegal mining in the country have departed for home, China’s Foreign Ministry said. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country’s electoral court began hearings that could topple scandal-tainted President Michel Temer. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) party called for a recount of 04JUN’s state of Mexico gubernatorial election. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez urged the country’s national guardsmen to refrain from using excessive force as they confront protesters. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Beijing dismissed a US report that predicted China would expand its global military presence, building overseas bases in countries like Pakistan. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A letter drafted by a senior Islamic State militant points to a growing power struggle within the group’s Afghan affiliate. (AP)
  • Australia: The country marked a world-record 26 years without a recession after official figures showed another quarter of economic expansion. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Filipino troops thwarted an original plan drawn up by the Islamist militants now holed up in Marawi City that would have given them full control of the town. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: President Moon Jae-in suspended the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system, signaling a less friendly approach to the US agenda. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU is ready to increase support for the bloc’s first ever defense research program. (Reuters)
  • Region: The EU slapped new security screening on imports from Bangladesh. (AP)
  • Region: Russian President Vladimir Putin said NATO has been constantly looking for an external enemy to justify its existence. (Xinhua)
  • France: The country created a new counter-terrorism task force to coordinate all intelligence services a day after attacks outside the Notre Dame cathedral. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: British police arrested a man under counter terrorism laws as part of an investigation into the London Bridge attack. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The United Arab Emirates banned people from publishing expressions of sympathy towards Qatar, punishing offenders with a jail term of up to 15 years. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Region: Qatar said an ultimatum by Saudi Arabia and its allies for the emirate’s citizens to leave is a violation of human rights that requires UN intervention. (AFP)
  • Region: Russia denied allegations that Russian hackers planted a fake news story within Qatar’s state news agency, causing a split between Qatar and other Arab nations. (AP)
  • Syria: The US-backed campaign to capture Raqqa, Islamic State’s de-facto capital in the country, will accelerate, US envoy Brett McGurk said. (Reuters)
  • Syria: US-backed fighters gained ground against the Islamic State group in Raqa, a day after breaking into the jihadist’s Syrian bastion. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Australia will push its “Five Eyes” intelligence partners – the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand – to crack down on encrypted technology in the global fight against terrorism. (Xinhua)

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 as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 02JUN: 58,806 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 02JUN: 28,654 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 02JUN: 13 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 04JUN: 1,980 (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: 693 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24MAY: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 24MAY: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 24MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08JUN)

  • Global: World Ocean Day – 1992
  • Global: Anniversary of the death of Muhammed – 632
  • Kazakhstan: Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit to be held in Astana (to 09JUN)
  • United Kingdom: Parliamentary snap elections
  • United States: Former US FBI Director James Comey to testify before the Senate Intelligence Community

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