ONS: 08 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 9, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The DR Congo rebuffed a UN warning to launch an international probe into violence in the central Kasai province following the discovery of dozens of mass graves.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition protests turned deadly when a teenager was killed at a march demanding an end to the government’s push to rewrite the nation’s constitution.
  • ASIA: North Korea fired four anti-ship missiles into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula, which South Korea said was intended to demonstrate its “precise targeting capability.”
  • EUROPE: A blast hit the premises of the US embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, but there were no casualties.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kuwait stepped up efforts to mediate an end to the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and other Gulf States, in light of more detailed demands for how Qatar should end its alleged support of terrorism.
  • TECHNOLOGY: IT titan Microsoft and independent experts are pushing for a new global NGO tasked with the tricky job of unmasking the hackers behind cyberattacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: General election voting begins amid heightened security.
    • Voting in the UK general election is under way at more than 40,000 polling stations across the country amid heightened security warnings.
    • The public is being asked to be alert and to report concerns to police as voters choose 650 lawmakers for the House of Commons.
    • PM Theresa May called the snap election in April to boost her support in Parliament ahead of complicated negotiations to leave the EU, but polls show the race has unexpectedly tightened over the past few weeks.
    • Factors such as the economy, the National Health Service and security have become the main topics for discussion.
    • Whoever wins will be tasked with negotiating Britain’s departure from the EU, with formal talks due to start in little over a week.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, BBC, CNN, WP

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The country rebuffed a UN warning to launch an international probe into violence in the central Kasai province following the discovery of dozens of mass graves. (AFP)
  • Guinea: The country established diplomatic ties with Myanmar at the ambassadorial level. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Al Shabaab militants captured a town in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, as the group claimed it had killed at least 61 soldiers in the fighting. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: South African cabinet ministers are seriously concerned about leaked emails purported to show government officials were unduly influenced by business interests. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema will go on trial at a high court on treason charges, following a contested election last year. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US formally requested Guatemala to extradite former Guatemalan VP Roxana Baldetti on drug trafficking charges. (AP)
  • Region: Guatemala received a formal extradition request from Mexico for former Veracruz state Governor Javier Duarte. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Marxist FARC rebels said they have handed over 30 percent of their weapons to UN officials as part of a peace deal. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition protests turned deadly when a teenager was killed at a march demanding an end to the government’s push to rewrite the nation’s constitution. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea, Japan and China agreed to strengthen cooperation for environmental protection and scientific research in the Arctic. (Yonhap)
  • Region: Six suspected militants and an army soldier were killed in gunbattles in the disputed region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea fired four anti-ship missiles into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula, which South Korea said was intended to demonstrate its “precise targeting capability.” (CNN)
  • Myanmar: Searchers found bodies and debris from a military transport plane that disappeared with 122 people, with no word of survivors. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU wants to expedite law enforcement requests for electronic evidence directly from tech companies, such as Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, even when stored in another European country. (Reuters)
  • Region: Lithuania warned a Russian military exercise later this year may serve as cover for an aggressive troop buildup on NATO’s eastern flank. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: A blast hit the premises of the US embassy in Kiev but there were no casualties. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: London police arrested six in terrorism-related investigations, including three in connection with the London Bridge attack. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Kuwait stepped up efforts to mediate an end to the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and other Gulf States, in light of more detailed demands for how Qatar should end its alleged support of terrorism. (Guardian)
  • Iran: Police increased their patrols in the streets and subway stations of Tehran, a day after a pair of Islamic State-claimed attacks. (AP)
  • Iran: The country called the White House statement about the Tehran terrorist attack “repugnant” after it linked the assault to what it called Iran’s support for terror. (WP)
  • Iraq: The UN reported a “significant escalation” in civilians deaths at the hands of the Islamic State group in the battle for Mosul. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russia, Turkey and Iran postponed a planned round of peace talks in Kazakhstan, which Moscow proposed to hold on 12-13JUN. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: IT titan Microsoft and independent experts are pushing for a new global NGO tasked with the tricky job of unmasking the hackers behind cyberattacks. (AFP)

 

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 07JUN: 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 07JUN: 699 (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 (09JUN)

  • Israel: Anniversary of Israel seizing the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six Day War – 1967
  • Jordan: Anniversary of the Ascension of King Abdullah II – 1999
  • Kosovo: Anniversary of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO signed the Kumanovo Agreement -1999

 

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