ONS: 11 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 11, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clashes broke out between soldiers from the DR Congo and Rwanda on the border near Kanyesheza.

  • AMERICAS: The Haitian government announced that legislative elections will be held in October, three years behind schedule.

  • ASIA: Khair Mundos, an Islamic militant listed by the US among the “most wanted” terrorists in the world, was arrested in the Philippines.

  • EUROPE: Russia and Ukraine began fresh EU-brokered gas supply talks, with Moscow extending a cut-off deadline to next week.

  • MIDDLE EAST: French FM Fabius said Iran and world powers have “hit a wall” in nuclear negotiations over how much sensitive equipment Tehran would be permitted to keep under a comprehensive deal.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Google said it is planning to purchase satellite imaging company Skybox Imaging for USD500 million.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Militants consolidate grip on Mosul.

    • Witnesses reported that ISIL militants were firmly in control of Mosul, patrolling the streets and calling for employees to return to work.

    • The governor of Ninevah province Atheel al-Nujaifi said authorities are determined to recapture the northern city of Mosul.

    • Jihadists seized two areas of Salaheddin province.

    • The International Organization for Migration said 500,000 Iraqis have fled Mosul.

    • Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for the formation of units to defend religious sites in Iraq.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, AP-2, BBC, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Clashes broke out between soldiers from the DR Congo and Rwanda on the border near Kanyesheza.

  • Egypt: A court sentenced in absentia prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to 15 years in jail on charges of participating in an illegal protest. (AFP)

  • Somalia: At least 12 people died in heavy fighting between rival militias in the Galgadud region. (AFP)

  • Sudan, South: The government and rebels agreed to end fighting and form a transitional government within 60 days. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Political parties launched their primaries to elect candidates for the upcoming general elections in October. (Xinhua)

  • Brazil: Police busted a drug trafficking ring in an operation in five states that resulted in 19 arrests and the seizure of two tons of drugs. (EFE)

  • Haiti: The government announced that legislative elections will be held in October, three years behind schedule. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A delegation of Thai military commanders traveled to China for talks on regional security and joint training exercises. (Reuters)

  • Region: Key ministers from Japan and Australia are to meet to enhance their defence relations, including a possible future submarine deal. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: Seven civilians were killed in separate bomb attacks in Helmand province. (Xinhua)

  • Pakistan: PM Sharif wrote to his new Indian counterpart PM Modi to express satisfaction with their “meaningful” first meeting. (AFP)

  • Philippines: Khair Mundos, an Islamic militant listed by the US among the “most wanted” terrorists in the world, was arrested in Manila. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia and Ukraine began fresh EU-brokered gas supply talks, with Moscow extending a cut-off deadline to next week. (AFP)

  • Region: A protest by taxi drivers in at least three European countries, coupled with a train strike throughout France, is set to begin. (AP)

  • Spain: Lawmakers opened session to approve 76-year-old King Juan Carlos’s abdication. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: French FM Fabius said the country and world powers have “hit a wall” in nuclear negotiations over how much sensitive equipment Tehran would be permitted to keep under a comprehensive deal. (LAT)

  • Israel: Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a rocket into southern Israel’s Eshkol region. (AFP)

  • Yemen: The armed forces defused two vehicle-borne IEDs in the southeastern province of Shabwa. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google said it is planning to purchase satellite imaging company Skybox Imaging for USD500 million. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02A (Two)

    • Location: 496 NM ESE of Masirah Island

    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph

    • Winds: 63 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Cristina

    • Location: 265 miles S of Manzanillo, Mexico

    • Movement: W at 6 mph

    • Winds: 75 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

      • 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 11JUN: 683 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)

        • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 11JUN: 204 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12JUN)

  • Global: FIFA World Cup begins in Sao Paulo, Brazil (to 13JUL)

  • Antigua and Barbuda: House of Representatives elections

  • Japan: Australian and Japanese foreign and defense ministers to meet in Tokyo for the fifth Australia-Japan Foreign and Defense Ministerial (2+2) Consultations

  • Iraq: Parliament to meet to discuss a joint request from President Talabani and PM al-Maliki to declare a state of emergency

 

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