ONS: 09 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 10, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo promised the Somali military would retaliate and avenge al Shabaab’s attack on a military base in the Puntland region that left at least 38 people dead.
  • AMERICAS: The National Liberation Army rebel group insisted it wanted a “bilateral ceasefire” with the Colombian government, as violence flared up in the northwestern Choco region.
  • ASIA: The Japanese parliament passed a law allowing Emperor Akihito to become Japan’s first monarch to abdicate in 200 years.
  • EUROPE: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on the US is “no longer interested in guaranteeing Europe’s security,” supporting the push for more defense and security cooperation on its own.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Qatar rejected allegations of supporting individuals and groups blacklisted as “terrorists” by a bloc of Arab neighbors amid a major diplomatic falling out.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Philippine military asked Facebook to close dozens of accounts linked to Islamist militants, saying they were being used for propaganda.

 

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: PM May’s Conservative Party loses parliament majority.
    • British PM Theresa May’s bet that she could strengthen her grip on power by calling an early election backfired spectacularly, with her Conservative Party losing its parliamentary majority.
    • With most results declared, May’s party won the most seats — but not enough to govern without the support of minority parties.
    • The Tories are set to get 319, Labour 261, the SNP 35 and the Lib Dems 12, as an overall majority requires 326 seats.
    • May hinted her Conservative Party would try to form a government even if it did not have a majority, arguing that Britain needed “a period of stability.”
    • European diplomats and politicians fear hung parliament and weak PM are ‘disaster’ that threaten Brexit negotiations.
    • In wake of the election results, the pound lost more than 2 cents against the dollar.
    • May is believed to have struck a deal, but not a formal coalition agreement, with the Democratic Unionist Party which will narrowly give her the numbers she needs to pass legislation in the House of Commons.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Guardian, NYT, Telegraph, WP

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: UN human rights official Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called an international investigation into massacres and other crimes committed in Kasai province where at least 42 mass graves have been found. (Reuters)
  • Lesotho: PM Pakalitha Mosisili conceded defeat in a parliamentary election to his opponent, Thomas Thabane. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo promised the Somali military would retaliate and avenge al Shabaab’s attack on a military base in the Puntland region that left at least 38 people dead. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Rebel troops claimed responsibility for an ambush on a convoy of buses and other vehicles that killed at least 14 people. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The National Liberation Army rebel group insisted it wanted a “bilateral ceasefire” with the government, as violence flared up in the northwestern Choco region. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Unknown attackers fatally shot human rights activist Bernardo Cuero in northern Malambo. (AFP)
  • United States: Two naturalized Americans were arrested, accused of operating on behalf of Shiite militant group Hezbollah in the US, Panama and Thailand. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China said it was maintaining alerts and monitoring US military activities in the South China Sea, after US bomber training flights over the waters. (Reuters)
  • Region: China and Pakistan said they are investigating the Islamic State group’s claim that two Chinese teachers kidnapped in Pakistan have been killed. (AP)
  • Japan: The Japanese parliament passed a law allowing Emperor Akihito to become the country’s first monarch to abdicate in 200 years. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The tally of retrieved bodies rose to 31 as the hunt for a missing Myanmar military transport plane stretched into a third day. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: The country said it tested a new type of cruise missile that is a powerful means of attacking enemy warships. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on the US is “no longer interested in guaranteeing Europe’s security,” supporting the push for more defense and security cooperation on its own. (Reuters)
  • Region: NATO welcomes the EU’s initiative for a European defense fund as it will help to strengthen the military alliance, NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller said. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Catalonia will hold a referendum on splitting from the country on 01OCT, setting the stage for several month of heightened confrontation. (Reuters)
  • Sweden: Three men with links to a right-wing extremist group have been charged with attempted murder and endangering the public in connection with recent attacks targeting newly arrived migrants and a left-wing group. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar rejected allegations of supporting individuals and groups blacklisted as “terrorists” by a bloc of Arab neighbors amid a major diplomatic falling out. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Iran: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Islamic State-claimed dual attacks in Tehran will add to the hatred that Iranians harbor toward the US and Saudi Arabia. (AP)
  • Iran: Iranian authorities arrested two suspects linked to attacks in Tehran this week that killed 17 people. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: A suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt in a market east of the Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala, killing at least 20 and wounding 25. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Three new cases of polio have been recorded in the first outbreak of the virus in the country since 2014, the World Health Organization said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Philippine military asked Facebook to close dozens of accounts linked to Islamist militants, saying they were being used for propaganda. (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 (10JUN)

  • Middle East: Anniversary of the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire – 1916
  • Israel: Anniversary of the end of the Six Day War – 1967
  • Jordan: Army Day – 1916
  • Kazakhstan: EXPO Astana 2017 (to 10SEP17)
  • Portugal: Portugal Day – 1974

 

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