ONS: 08 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 8, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN said that the Eritrean government is responsible for systematic and widespread human rights abuses on an almost unprecedented scale.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Nieto’s party retained its simple majority in Congress following elections, with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) expecting between 246 and 263 seats in the 500-member lower chamber.
  • ASIA: South Korea recorded its sixth death and biggest single day jump in MERS infections, with 23 new cases.
  • EUROPE: Turkish President Erdogan called on the country’s political forces to behave responsibly to ensure stability in a “new process” after the ruling party failed to win an absolute majority in weekend elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni President Hadi said his government will not negotiate with Iran-backed rebels at UN-sponsored peace talks due to open in Switzerland this weekend.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Privacy International said that the UK’s GCHQ is collecting “bulk personal datasets” from millions of people’s phone and internet records using techniques now banned in the US.

TOP STORY

  • Germany: G7 summit underway amid ongoing tensions with Russia.
    • World leaders at the G7 summit were set to discuss global security threats ranging from jihadist insurgencies to what US President Obama condemned as “Russian aggression in Ukraine.”
    • Iraq’s PM Abadi was scheduled to discuss the US-led campaign to help his country fight ISIS extremists.
    • Nigeria’s newly elected President Buhari was to put a “shopping list” to the G7 leaders, seeking help to fight an insurgency by Boko Haram.
    • German Chancellor Merkel plans to team up with French President Hollande in a bid to secure backing for efforts to tackle global warming.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, BBC, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Eritrea: The UN said that the government is responsible for systematic and widespread human rights abuses on an almost unprecedented scale. (AFP)
  • Libya: The UN is to host a new round of talks among the country’s warring factions in an effort to end the ongoing conflict. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants killed a security operative in Kaduna State after a gun battle with Joint Security Operatives. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: President Nieto’s party retained its simple majority in Congress following elections, with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) expecting between 246 and 263 seats in the 500-member lower chamber. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Police arrested dozens during unrest related to parliamentary and regional elections, with people accused of stealing ballot boxes and setting fire to voting documents. (DPA)
  • Venezuela: Former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez arrived in Caracas to help with the defense of jailed opposition politicians. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: A Rohingya man suspected of involvement in people trafficking was shot dead by police, amid an ongoing migrant crisis. (AFP)
  • Burma: Officials said that police have arrested more than 90 people for human trafficking offences this year. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The country recorded its sixth death and biggest single day jump in MERS infections, with 23 new cases. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least seven soldiers and 19 militants were killed when the army launched a ground operation against militants in North Waziristan Agency. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Finance Minister Varoufakis is to meet with German Finance Minister Schaeuble amid contentious negotiations between the country and its creditors. (AFP)
  • Turkey: President Erdogan called on the country’s political forces to behave responsibly to ensure stability in a “new process” after the ruling party failed to win an absolute majority in weekend elections. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron was warned that some of his ministers would likely resign after he demanded his cabinet back any deal he struck on EU reform and vote to stay in the bloc in a forthcoming referendum. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported that the trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian on charges of spying resumed behind closed doors in Tehran. (AFP)
  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that at least 20 civilians, including three children, were killed in government air strikes in Idlib province. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi said his government will not negotiate with Iran-backed rebels at UN-sponsored peace talks due to open in Switzerland this weekend. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Privacy International said that the UK’s GCHQ is collecting “bulk personal datasets” from millions of people’s phone and internet records using techniques now banned in the US. (The Guardian)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01A (One)
    • Location: 396 NM S of Karachi, Pakistan
    • Movement: WNW at  9 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Blanca
    • Location: 85 miles SE of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 50 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: 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 (09JUN)

  • China: Anniversary of deadly Xinjiang riots – 2009

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