ONS: 10 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 11, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ethiopia’s government warned it will run out of emergency food aid starting next month.
  • AMERICAS: Voting kicked off in the first round of France’s parliamentary elections in Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and other French territories in the Americas.
  • ASIA: US forces are providing the Phillipines with technical assistance to end a siege of the southern town of Marawi by militants allied to the Islamic State group.
  • EUROPE: Countries across Europe have opened their doors to gay Chechen refugees on the grounds that they have been persecuted because of their sexual orientation.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Islamic State militant group’s propaganda has been hard hit by killings and battlefield setbacks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s popular social media app WeChat has launched a new feature that warns users if a news item circulating on its accounts is false.

 

TOP STORY

  • Philippines: 13 Marines killed during Friday’s battle with militants
    • Thirteen Philippine marines were killed in the battle for Marawi city, a setback in the government’s quest to retake the town from militants allied to Islamic State.
    • Media reports said more than 40 have been wounded in the clash.
    • It was believed to be the deadliest single-day toll for military forces battling Islamist militants from the Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups.
    • Philippine troops have been battling to clear Marawi since May 23 but the insurgents have broken up into small groups and have proved elusive.
    • The militants have used bomb-proof tunnels, anti-tank weapons and human shields to fortify their positions.
    • The deaths take the number of security force members killed to 58, with 20 civilians and more than a hundred rebel fighters also killed in Marawi.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al Jazeera, AP, NYT, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: The country’s government warned it will run out of emergency food aid starting next month. (AP)
  • Cameroon: Three girls recruited as suicide bombers were killed in Cameroon. (DPA)
  • Morocco: Protesters clashed with the country’s security forces in Al-Hoceima after more than a week of protests in the northern province. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Regional: Voting kicked off in the first round of France’s parliamentary elections in Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and other French territories in the Americas. (DPA)
  • Mexico: President Enrique Peña Nieto called for the defense of free trade, democracy and environmental protections during an appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (LAT)
  • Venezuela: The country’s Vice President said investigations show the death of anti-government protester Neomar Lander “was planned.” (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Three civilians were killed and nine others wounded in a shooting at a mosque in the country’s eastern province of Paktia. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: The country’s navy ships battled high winds as they scoured the Andaman sea for wreckage from a military plane crash, bringing another body to shore as scores remained missing. (AFP)
  • Philippines: US forces are providing the country with technical assistance to end a siege of the southern town of Marawi by militants allied to Islamic State. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: The country’s parliamentary body votes to set up a new election commission. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Regional: Countries across Europe have begun opened their doors to gay Chechen refugees on the grounds that they have been persecuted because of their sexual orientation. (NYT)
  • Finland: The eurosceptic Finns party will elect a new chairman in a vote that may toughen their nationalist policy line. (Reuters)
  • Kosovo: The country’s citizens vote to choose the new 120-seat parliament that will face some seemingly intractable problems. (AP)
  • Spain: Civil servants in Catalonia may not know which way to turn if the Spanish region holds an independence referendum that Madrid deems illegal. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Regional: Islamic State militant group’s propaganda has been hard hit by killings and battlefield setbacks. (AP)
  • Iran: Authorities have arrested seven people suspected of helping militants involved in the attacks this week in Tehran. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Up to 14 people were killed when a group of Islamic State (IS) militants attacked a village in Iraq’s northern central province of Salahudin. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China’s popular social media app WeChat has launched a new feature that warns users if a news item circulating on its accounts is false. (EFE)

 

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 09JUN: 58,926 (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 09JUN: 28,699 (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 09JUN: 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 (11JUN)

  • France: First round of parliamentary elections
  • Kosovo: Parliamentary elections
  • Mexico: Anniversary of student protests and massacre in Mexico City – 1971

 

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