ONS: 09 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 9, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s supreme court ruled that the election of PM Miitig in the interim parliament in early May was “unconstitutional”

  • AMERICAS: Mexican investigators found the bodies of at least 13 people in five clandestine graves outside Zumpango.

  • ASIA: China confirmed it will participate in the US-organised RIMPAC naval drill for the first time.

  • EUROPE: Iranian President Rouhani will meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Turkish PM Erdogan in Ankara.

  • MIDDLE EAST:  A suicide bomber attacked a police checkpoint at Iraq’s Tuz Khurmatu killing 14 people and wounding 50.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The head of the Airbus Group called on the aerospace industry to embrace competition from technology companies such as Google and SpaceX.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Taliban launches attack on Karachi airport.

    • Twenty-eight people were killed as the military fought with Taliban gunmen who besieged Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport armed with rocket launchers and suicide vests.

    • The military said that all 10 attackers, some dressed in army uniforms, had been killed.

    • After authorities initially declared the airport cleared around dawn, an AFP reporter witnessed fresh gunfire, prompting security forces to relaunch the operation.

    • The TTP said the attack was in revenge for its late leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

    • A TTP spokesman said that “the main goal of this attack was to damage the government, by hijacking planes and destroying state installations”.

    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Interim PM Ibrahim Mahlab said his cabinet had resigned, allowing President Sisi to choose a new team on his first day in office. (AFP)

  • Libya: The supreme court ruled that the election of PM Miitig in the interim parliament in early May was “unconstitutional”. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: Hundreds of youths took to the streets to protest against naming the ousted central bank chief Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Emir of Kano. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: The government reported that the rain- and snowstorm that has affected several regions left 3,588 people with property damage and 9,522 cut off by flooding. (EFE)

  • Mexico: Investigators found the bodies of at least 13 people in five clandestine graves outside Zumpango. (EFE)

  • United States: Two Las Vegas police officers and a civilian were killed in an apparent ambush that ended with the two gunmen killing themselves. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China confirmed it will participate in the US-organised RIMPAC naval drill for the first time. (AFP)

  • Region: Chinese FM Wang Yi foreign minister is expected to meet newly elected Indian PM Modi. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: Four people were killed as gunmen broke into a NATO logistic complex in Jalalabad. (Xinhua)

  • Korea, North: The government warned of “strong” action against a UN office which will be set up in South Korea to monitor human rights violations in the communist country. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: PM Oresharski  ordered a halt to construction work on the Gazprom-led South Stream pipeline project planned to bypass Ukraine as a transit country. (AP)

  • Turkey: Iranian President Rouhani will meet with President Abdullah Gul and PM Erdogan in Ankara. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: Security forces released two Russian television journalists working for a defence ministry outlet after they were detained at a checkpoint in the east of the country. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bomber attacked a police checkpoint at Tuz Khurmatu killing 14 people and wounding 50. (AP)

  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fresh fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and a coalition of rebels and an al-Qaeda affiliate left at least 45 fighters dead. (AFP)

  • Yemen: Armed tribesman kidnapped a foreign expert working for a US oil company in the country’s central province of Marib. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The head of the Airbus Group called on the aerospace industry to embrace competition from technology companies such as Google and SpaceX. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation

    • Location: 200 miles WSW of Acapulco, Mexico

    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

      • 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 (10JUN)

  • Israel: Israeli lawmakers will elect a successor to outgoing President Shimon Peres

  • Portugal: Portugal Day

 

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