ONS: 10 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 11, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo have forged an alliance and demanded that President Joseph Kabila quit when his term expires in December.
  • AMERICAS: A top Venezuelan opposition lawmaker was injured when police fired tear gas and forcefully broke up protesters demanding a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro.
  • ASIA: South Korean military vessels have begun to repel Chinese fishing boats illegally harvesting prized blue crabs near Seoul’s disputed sea boundary with North Korea.
  • EUROPE: Militant Kurdish group the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) claimed a car bombing in the center of Istanbul that killed seven police and four civilians earlier this week.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli army said it was temporarily barring Palestinians from entering Israel, stepping up already tough restrictions after Palestinian gunmen shot dead four Israelis in Tel Aviv.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Tens of millions of stolen Twitter credentials evidently lifted from web browser programs were put up for sale online.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: Euro 2016 football championships begin under heavy security, strikes.
    • The Euro 2016 football championships kick off in the country under unprecedented security.
    • President Francois Hollande vowed to take decisive action to stop strikes hitting the showpiece event.
    • Transport Minister Alain Vidalies said on Europe 1 radio the government would call in the armed forces, if necessary.
    • Protests have plagued the country for weeks over a labor reform bill, compounded by sectoral disputes over issues such as reorganization of work and rest time at the state-owned SNCF railways.
    • One hundred thousand police, soldiers, and security guards have been detailed to protect the games.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Opposition parties said they forged an alliance and demanded that President Joseph Kabila quit when his term expires in December. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: An explosion rocked a pipeline in the West African country’s restive Delta region. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma launched an appeal against a High Court ruling to reinstate 783 corruption charges against the head of state. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: An outbreak of an Ebola-like disease in the country has killed at least 10 people since DEC15. (Bloomberg)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The Pacific Alliance trade bloc has approved the country’s request to join as an observer nation. (Xinhua)
  • Jamaica: The country seized 605 pounds of marijuana in a container waiting for transshipment to Suriname at the Kingston Container Terminal. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: A top opposition lawmaker was injured when police fired tear gas and forcefully broke up protesters demanding authorities move forward with a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean military vessels have begun repelling Chinese fishing boats illegally harvesting prized blue crabs near Seoul’s disputed sea boundary with North Korea. (AP)
  • Region: New Zealand PM John Key has visited Fiji for the first time since a military coup there a decade ago, in an effort to improve ties. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: A Hindu monastery worker has been hacked to death, the latest in a string of attacks on secular and minority targets in the country. (BBC)
  • Sri Lanka: The Sri Lankan government has decided to expedite development projects funded by China. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Russian Foreign ministry said Moscow would respond to a US naval ship’s entry into the Black Sea with unspecified measures. (Reuters)
  • Region: EU interior ministers will seek tighter restrictions on the ownership and trade of firearms, in an effort to clamp down on terrorism following deadly attacks in Paris and Brussels. (DPA)
  • Turkey: The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) claimed a car bombing in the center of Istanbul that killed seven police and four civilians earlier this week. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkish General Staff said an airstrike has killed at least eight terrorists in the southeastern Turkish province of Hakkari. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The Israeli army said it was temporarily barring Palestinians from entering the country, stepping up already tough restrictions after Palestinian gunmen shot dead four Israelis in Tel Aviv. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed Arab-Kurdish alliance, severed the Islamic State group’s main supply route to Turkey. (AFP)
  • Syria: The first deliveries of food aid since 2012 have reached the besieged Damascus suburb of Darayya. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Tens of millions of stolen Twitter credentials evidently lifted from web browser programs were put up for sale online. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 17km E of Puerto Morazan, Nicaragua
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 20km WNW of Auki, Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 28.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Bulusan, Philippines
    • Ash eruption 2 kilometers into the sky. (Rappler)
  • 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 09JUN:  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 09JUN: 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 09JUN: 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 (11JUN)

  • Asia Region: Eighth Cross-Strait Forum between China and Taiwan to be held in Fujian
  • Mexico: Anniversary of student protests and massacre in Mexico City – 1971
  • Judaism: Shavuot (to 13JUN)

 

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