ONS: 10 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 10, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya, gunmen shot dead an influential moderate Muslim preacher in the port city of Mombasa.
  • AMERICAS: A Colombian judge ordered an alleged hacker accused of spying on President Santos’ government and sensitive peace talks to be freed.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, five US Special Operations service members and at least one Afghan soldier were killed when a coalition aircraft accidentally unleashed an airstrike on their position.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Poroshenko ordered the creation of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to escape from the country’s east.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi officials reported that hundreds of armed militants seized the northern province of Nineveh and its capital Mosul.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A private US cybersecurity company accused another unit of China’s military of conducting far-reaching hacking operations to advance the country’s satellite and aerospace programs.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Renewed violence at Karachi airport.
    • An Army spokesman said that three to four militants fired near the ASF checkpoint, but were repelled.
    • A Taliban spokesman claimed that “this wave of attacks will be continuing in retaliation for the shelling and atrocities of the government”.
    • The military launched airstrikes targeting nine militant hideouts, killing at least 15 militants in Khyber Agency.
    • A military spokesman said he could not confirm whether the airstrikes were directly related or in response to the violence at Karachi’s airport earlier this week.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: At least 38 people died in ethnic violence in the east of the country. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Gunmen shot dead an influential moderate Muslim preacher in the port city of Mombasa. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Forty-five peace groups and humanitarian organizations urged the government to stop bombing and targeting civilians in the south of the country. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A judge ordered an alleged hacker accused of spying on President Santos’ government and sensitive peace talks to be freed. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Some 200 labor leaders representing 147 unions announced their support for President Santos’ reelection bid. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The House Armed Services Committee said it will investigate the Obama administration’s exchange of an American prisoner held for five years for five Taliban officials. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Five US Special Operations service members and at least one Afghan soldier were killed when a coalition aircraft accidentally unleashed an airstrike on their position. (NYT)
  • China: The government accused Vietnam of damaging peace and stability, amid a fresh attempt to gain UN backing for its territorial rows. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The government said it had green-lighted a German firm supplying industrial needles to set up as the first foreign company in the Kaesong joint industrial zone. (AFP)
  • Singapore: The government filed criminal charges against a shipping firm accused of helping smuggle missiles and other military hardware from Cuba to North Korea. (AFP)


EUROPE

  • Region: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the recent rise in xenophobic rhetoric from EU politicians could pave the way for human rights violations. (DPA)
  • Russia: The country launched military maneuvers on its westernmost edge, a day after NATO began war games near the border. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Amnesty International said in a report that crackdowns on anti-government protests in the country could get worse. (DPA)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko ordered the creation of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to escape from the country’s east. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A senior official said that nuclear talks with world powers could be extended for another six months if no deal is reached by a 20JUL deadline. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Officials reported that hundreds of armed militants seized the northern province of Nineveh and its capital Mosul. (AFP)
  • Israel: Legislators began voting to choose the country’s next president to replace outgoing Shimon Peres. (AP)
  • Syria: Activists reported that more than 630 people have been killed and at least 130,000 have been displaced in rebel infighting in Deir el-Zour province since 30APR. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A private US cybersecurity company accused another unit of China’s military of conducting far-reaching hacking operations to advance the country’s satellite and aerospace programs. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02A (Two)
    • Location: 553 NM S of Karachi, Pakistan
    • Movement: NNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Cristina
    • Location: 155 miles SSW of Zihuatanejo, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 3 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • 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 (11JUN)

  • Japan and Australia: Japan and Australia will hold bilateral security talks involving their defense and foreign ministers in Tokyo
  • Pakistan and Russia: Russian Expo-2014 in Karachi
  • Republic of Congo and China: Denis Sassou Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, will make a nine-day state visit to China

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