ONS: 09 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 10, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The African Union said its troops repelled an attack on one of its Somalia bases by the al Shabaab Islamist group and killed 110 militants.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico agreed to raise the level of bilateral relations with India from ‘privileged’ to ‘strategic partnership’.
  • ASIA: Australia said it will provide assistance to Papua New Guinea to prevent further civil unrest should it ask.
  • EUROPE: Brexit campaigners accused the government of trying to rig the EU referendum and threatened legal action as British MPs prepared to approve emergency legislation to extend voter registration.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two suicide attacks in and outside the Iraqi capital Baghdad killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US endorsed a plan to cede its oversight of the gatekeeper of Internet addresses to the broader online community.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Military takes drastic action in wake of Tel Aviv shootings.
    • The Israeli military revoked permits for more than 80,000 Palestinians to visit Israel during the ongoing Muslim holy month of Ramadan after a Palestinian shooting attack that killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv.
    • COGAT, an Israeli defense body, says entering or leaving will only be permitted for humanitarian and medical cases.
    • The Israeli army went into the village of Yatta overnight near Hebron just hours after two residents, cousins from the village, carried out the shooting attack at a Tel Aviv open market and declared the area a closed military zone.
    • The Sarona Market shooting was one of the deadliest attacks in an eight-month wave of violence.
    • A pair of suspects were captured, with one shot and the second arrested at the market.
    • Coverage: CBS, CNN, INDE, NBC, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Darryl Lewis, a US citizen working as an adviser to the country’s leading opposition presidential candidate, has been freed after being arrested during a protest and will return to the US. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: US officials said they see no evidence that Boko Haram has received significant operational support or financing from the Islamic State. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The African Union said its troops repelled an attack on one of its bases by the al Shabaab Islamist group and killed 110 militants. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: A group of former political prisoners demanded pension payments under the country’s reparations laws, saying the government has been ignoring their plight. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The country agreed to raise the level of bilateral relations with India from ‘privileged’ to ‘strategic partnership’. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The streets of Caracas were again the scene of new protests by citizens demanding food and spare parts for their vehicles. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Australia said it will provide assistance to Papua New Guinea to prevent further civil unrest should it ask. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Drone attack against militants has claimed the life of Sirajuddin Khademi, a key commander of Haqqani network in the eastern Paktika province. (Xinhua)
  • India: In a landmark move, the country will induct the first batch of three women fighter pilots into its Air Force later this month. (Xinhua)
  • Nepal: Police arrested nearly a hundred members of a Maoist splinter group across the country for vandalizing vehicles while trying to enforce a nationwide strike. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Netherlands will be hit hard if Britain leaves the EU, Dutch government thinktank the Central Planning Bureau warned, predicting a possible 1.2-percent fall in GDP by 2030. (AFP)
  • France: Finance Minister Michel Sapin urged workers to end a wave of nationwide strikes, saying the walkouts risked undermining signs of stronger growth and falling unemployment. (Reuters)
  • Germany: A quarrel over meal times during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan likely sparked an arson attack that destroyed a Düsseldorf refugee shelter, according to prosecutors. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Brexit campaigners accused the government of trying to rig the EU referendum and threatened legal action as MPs prepared to approve emergency legislation to extend voter registration. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Two suicide attacks in and outside the capital Baghdad killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens. (AP)
  • Iraq: The government must deliver on its pledge to investigate reports of abuses committed by its forces against civilians during the operation to retake Fallujah, Human Rights Watch said. (AFP)
  • Syria: US-led coalition airstrikes and Turkish artillery fire against Islamic State group targets in the country have killed 18 militants. (AP)
  • Syria: France has deployed special forces in the northern city of Manbij to advise the Syrian Democratic Forces fighting the Islamic State group. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US endorsed a plan to cede its oversight of the gatekeeper of Internet addresses to the broader online community. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 284km S of Kute, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 29.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 03JUN: 103,571 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 03JUN: 14,164
      • Deaths as of 03JUN: 16
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (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 16MAY: 1,733 (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 16MAY: 628 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 26MAY:  American Samoa, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 26MAY: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 26MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10JUN)

  • Global: Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiating round to begin
  • Europe Region: 2016 UEFA European Championship to be held in France (to 10JUL)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Anniversary of ethnic violence – 2010
  • Portugal: Portugal Day – 1580
  • Spain: Election campaigns to start

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