- AFRICA: Chiefs of defense staff from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Benin held talks in Abuja to determine strategies for a new, AU-backed regional force against Boko Haram.
- AMERICAS: In Chile, President Bachelet’s chief of staff stepped down after questions were raised about payments he received from a mining company while he chaired the mining committee in the lower house.
- ASIA: The Malaysian government said it will lodge a diplomatic protest against an alleged incursion by a Chinese Coast Guard ship into its waters off Borneo Island in the South China Sea.
- EUROPE: Turkish President Erdogan is to meet with PM Davutoglu for the first time since the ruling party’s failure to hold its parliamentary majority left the country facing a coalition government or snap elections.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Israel, local media reported that US CIA chief John Brennan made a “secret” visit to the country last week to discuss an emerging nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US army temporarily took down its website after a hacking attack claimed by the Syrian Electronic Army as a preventative measure to ensure there was no breach of data.
- Syria: Instability spreads amid reports of ISIS human rights abuses.
- The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the country’s conflict has left more than 230,000 people dead including almost 11,500 children since it broke out in 2011.
- The TV station of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group said they had repelled an attack by ISIS fighters in an area on the Lebanon-Syria border.
- The Washington Post reported that ISIS has been quietly selling off smaller antiquities from Iraq and Syria, earning millions of dollars in an increasingly organized pillaging of national treasures.
- The UN reported that teenage girls abducted by ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria are being sold in slave markets “for as little as a pack of cigarettes”.
- Syrian rebels attacked a major army base in the south of the country, seeking to increase pressure on President Assad after his recent losses.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, WP
- Region: Chiefs of defense staff from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin held talks in Abuja to determine strategies for a new, AU-backed regional force against Boko Haram. (AFP)
- Algeria: The IMF said the country must undertake “prudent” economic policies and launch “structural reforms” of its export sector to cope with a sharp drop in global oil prices. (AFP)
- Burundi: The opposition rejected proposals for a new election timetable after weeks of protests at President Nkurunziza’s third-term bid, saying conditions for holding fair polls were not met. (AFP)
- Madagascar: Local media reported that police used tear gas to disperse opposition lawmakers after seizing USD74,000 in cash, two weeks after parliament voted to dismiss the president. (AFP)
- Somalia: Somalia’s prime minister Sharmarke predicting that al-Shabab extremists will be defeated militarily by the end of the year, but he said tackling the root causes that attract young people to the al-Qaida linked group will take some time. (AP)
- Region: Guyana denounced as “illegal” Venezuela’s claim of sovereignty over coastal waters where a subsidiary of US-based ExxonMobil found a significant oil deposit. (EFE)
- Brazil: The Turkish Foreign Ministry recalled its ambassador to the country for consultation after the Senate passed legislation recognizing the massacre of Armenians during WWI as genocide. (Reuters)
- Chile: President Bachelet’s chief of staff stepped down after questions were raised about payments he received from a mining company while he chaired the mining committee in the lower house. (EFE)
- India: Security forces killed twelve militants in a clash in a remote forest in Jharkand state. (AFP)
- Korea, North: South Korea said that the country’s food production is forecast to fall by up to 10 percent this year due to a prolonged drought. (AFP)
- Korea, South: Authorities reported the country’s seventh death from the MERS virus and confirmed eight new cases, bringing the total to 95. (AFP)
- Malaysia: The government said it will lodge a diplomatic protest against an alleged incursion by a Chinese Coast Guard ship into its waters off Borneo island in the South China Sea. (AFP)
- Pakistan: The military said its jets killed 12 militants in airstrikes in the Khyber region near the Afghan border. (AP)
- Greece: The government submitted a promised reform plan to its EU-IMF creditors, a day before PM Tsipras is due to discuss how to end Athens’s debt crisis with the French and German leaders. (AFP)
- Romania: Parliament voted 231-120 against stripping PM Ponta of his immunity, as called for by anti-graft prosecutors who want to proceed with a corruption case against him. (AFP)
- Turkey: President Erdogan is to meet with PM Davutoglu for the first time since the ruling party’s failure to hold its parliamentary majority left the country facing a coalition government or snap elections. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: Lawmakers vote for the first time on legislation underpinning a referendum on whether the country should leave the EU, due by the end of 2017. (AFP)
- Iraq: UN USG for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien arrived in the country for meetings with senior government officials. (Xinhua)
- Israel: Local media reported that US CIA chief John Brennan made a “secret” visit to the country last week to discuss an emerging nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. (AFP)
- Yemen: The party of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key rebel ally, welcomed UN-brokered peace talks due to open in Switzerland at the weekend. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: The US army temporarily took down its website after a hacking attack claimed by the Syrian Electronic Army as a preventative measure to ensure there was no breach of data. (BBC)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01A (Ashobaa)
- Location: 290 NM SSW of Karachi, Pakistan
- Movement: WNW at 9 mph
- Winds: 58 mph
- Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Blanca
- Location: 160 miles NW of Santa Rosalia, Mexico
- Movement: N at 12 mph
- Winds: 30 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- 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 09JUN: 1218 (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 09JUN: 449 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10JUN)
- Global: 5th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Astana, Kazakhstan (to 11JUN)
- Kyrgyzstan: Anniversary of Kyrgyz ethnic violence – 2010
- Portugal: Portugal Day
- Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin will be received by Pope Francis