ONS: 08 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 8, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Former Egyptian military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in after he won 96% of the vote in last month’s presidential election.
  • AMERICAS: The rebel group FARC has declared a cease-fire during Colombia’s upcoming presidential runoff, beginning at midnight on June 9 through the end of the month.
  • ASIA: China’s foreign minister begins a two-day visit to India for the first high-level talks between the world’s two most populous nations since PM Narendra Modi took charge.
  • EUROPE: Kosovo is voting in snap parliamentary polls, amid dissatisfaction with corruption and unemployment with incumbent Hashim Thaci seeking a third term as prime minister, but facing tough opposition.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 20 people were killed and 80 others wounded in car bomb and roadside bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday night, according to police and medic sources.
  • TECHNOLOGY: At its WWDC keynote earlier this week, Apple announced CloudKit, a new, “effectively free” developer framework that lets app creators tap into Apple’s iCloud so that they can more easily work cloud components into their mobile apps.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Poroshenko sworn in as president, lays out plan for peace.
    • Petro Poroshenko has been sworn in as president of Ukraine, setting out a plan to bring peace to the conflict-torn east of the country.
    • As he was inaugurated as Ukraine’s new president Saturday, Poroshenko proposed a cease-fire with pro-Russian separatists in the restive east and denounced a culture of corruption that has impoverished the nation.
    • Poroshenko, a pro-European, billionaire confectioner, was sworn in on Saturday as the fifth president of Ukraine, promising to put an end to a separatist insurrection in the east that has divided the country for months.
    • A British Royal Navy warship has been deployed to the Baltic Sea for a military exercise amid continuing tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, Telegraph, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A Liberia-flagged oil tanker has gone missing off the coast of Ghana and a senior port official said on Saturday the captain sent a distress call to say the vessel was attacked by pirates. (Reuters)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Thirty-seven people including women and children were killed in the eastern region of South Kivu following an attack early on Saturday morning. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Former military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in after he won 96% of the vote in last month’s presidential election. (CNN)
  • Nigeria: The army has carried out raids on distribution centers handling several of leading national newspapers in a “routine security operation”, while being condemned as censorship by the newspapers and international media groups. (BBC)
  • Somalia: Eleven crew members of a Malaysian-registered ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates have been freed after more than three years in captivity. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes has said that the Brazilian city will not be able to clean the polluted bay where Olympic sailing competitions will be held before the 2016 Games. (BBC)
  • Colombia: The rebel group FARC has declared a cease-fire during the nation’s upcoming presidential runoff, beginning at midnight on June 9 through the end of the month. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The government and the FARC rebel group have agreed to set up a truth commission to investigate the deaths of thousands of people in five decades of conflict. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China’s foreign minister begins a two-day visit to India for the first high-level talks between the world’s two most populous nations since PM Narendra Modi took charge. (AFP)
  • Region: A huge submarine deal is on the table this week when Japan and Australia meet to shore up their military relationship, as the security architecture of the Asia-Pacific shifts to meet the challenge of a rising China. (AFP)
  • India: Thousands of people enraged by power cuts during an extreme heat wave rioted across northern India, setting electricity substations on fire and taking power company officials hostage, officials said. (NYT)
  • Japan: The country failed to include 640 kg of unused plutonium in its annual reports to the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2012 and 2013, in what experts are terming an “inappropriate omission.” (Kyodo)
  • Sri Lanka: The navy arrested 73 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, a spokesman said. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Kosovo: The country is voting in snap parliamentary polls, amid dissatisfaction with corruption and unemployment with incumbent Hashim Thaci seeking a third term as prime minister, but facing tough opposition. (AFP)
  • Spain: Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Madrid to demand a referendum to abolish Spain’s monarchy, just days after King Juan Carlos abdicated in favor of his son. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Two people were killed in the southeast Diyarbakir province during clashes between the security forces and Kurdish protesters. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah delivered one of his regular television broadcasts, in which he called for “domestic efforts” to elect a new Lebanese president, rather than wait for the results of the putative Saudi-Iranian discussions. (Gulf News)
  • Iran: Senior US and Iranian officials are to meet in Geneva on Monday for two days of talks ahead of the next round of negotiations between six world powers and Tehran on its nuclear program. (BBC)
  • Iraq: At least 20 people were killed and 80 others wounded in car bomb and roadside bomb attacks in the capital Baghdad on Saturday night, according to police and medic sources. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: At least 17 people were killed and 65 others wounded in a double bomb attacks targeting a Kurdish party office and a security headquarters in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: At its WWDC keynote earlier this week, Apple announced CloudKit, a new, “effectively free” developer framework that lets app creators tap into Apple’s iCloud so that they can more easily work cloud components into their mobile apps. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (09JUN)

  • China: Anniversary of deadly Xinjiang riots – 2009
  • Indonesia: Televised presidential debate
  • Iran and Turkey: President Rohani to meet with Prime Minister Erdogan in Turkey
  • Pakistan and Nigeria: Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain will undertake an official visit to Nigeria (to 12JUN)

 

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