ONS: 11 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 11, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Buhari is to hold talks with heads of state and government from Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin on Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: In Guatemala, the Supreme Court said that President Perez will be investigated for alleged corruption and Congress has been asked to consider lifting his immunity.
  • ASIA: Australian PM Abbott urged Asia-Pacific nations to help fight jihadist groups as he opened a regional summit on the issue with a warning that ISIS has global ambitions.
  • EUROPE: Turkish President Erdogan called for the formation of a new government as soon as possible, saying political parties should put the country first after inconclusive legislative elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, a monitoring group reported that members of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front killed 20 Druze villagers in Idlib province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: German media reported that a cyber attack on the Bundestag lower house of parliament reported last month is still stealing data and could force officials to spend millions of euros replacing the entire computer system.

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: US, Russia trade accusations amid renewed clashes.
    • The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the US of forcing Kiev to continue the conflict in east Ukraine and urged Washington to fully implement a treaty on eliminating intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.
    • US VP Biden said that the West would impose more sanctions on Russia if the latter does not fully implement the Minsk agreements.
    • Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk said that Russian President Putin aims to extend Moscow’s control over all of Ukraine, and that his country needs more military aid from the US.
    • The New York Times reported that several groups in Russia are raising funds for rebels in Ukraine’s east.
    • The eastern Donetsk region’s self-proclaimed deputy defense minister Eduard Basurin said that three women died when Ukrainian forces shelled Gorlivka.
    • Coverage; AFP, NYT, Reuters, WP, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: Nigerian President Buhari is to hold talks with heads of state and government from Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin on Boko Haram. (AFP)
  • Burundi: The top UN envoy to the country quit his role mediating talks between political rivals to end weeks of civil unrest. (AFP)
  • Mali: Suspected jihadists killed a policeman in an attack in the south of the country, just days before the country’s main Tuareg-led rebel movement is expected to sign a peace deal. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: Rival protesters took to the street for the third night to demonstrate over a “redistribution of wealth” plan that would increase inheritance taxes. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: The Supreme Court said that President Perez will be investigated for alleged corruption and Congress has been asked to consider lifting his immunity. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: National Assembly President Cabello said the country has received pledges of support from the Brazilian government and businessmen to help end the country’s food and medicine shortages. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. (AFP)
  • Region: Australian PM Abbott urged Asia-Pacific nations to help fight jihadist groups as he opened a regional summit on the issue with a warning that ISIS has global ambitions. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Security forces and militant fighters continued a struggle for control over the central district of Yamgan in Badakhshan province. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: The Foreign Ministry said it is “very concerned” by claims that Australian officials paid the crew of a migrant boat to return to its waters. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen on motorcycles shot dead four policemen in the Pashtunabad neighborhood of Quetta. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Unions were to hold protests in Athens and other cities against the prospect of new austerity cuts demanded by the country’s international creditors. (AFP)
  • Macedonia: EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn said he was “very disappointed” with the attitude of certain parties to resolve a political crisis after political talks in Brussels ended without a deal. (AFP)
  • Turkey: President Erdogan called for the formation of a new government as soon as possible, saying political parties should put the country first after inconclusive legislative elections. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: French FM Fabius said any nuclear deal with the country must be verifiable and the current agreement format lacks these guarantees. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: FM Malki said the country will press ahead with a war crimes case against Israel in the ICC. (AP)
  • Syria: A monitoring group reported that members of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front killed 20 Druze villagers in Idlib province. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: German media reported that a cyber attack on the Bundestag lower house of parliament reported last month is still stealing data and could force officials to spend millions of euros replacing the entire computer system. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01A (Ashobaa)
    • Location: 104 NM ENE of Masirah Island
    • Movement: W at 6 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Three-E
    • Location: 265 miles S of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 26,969 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,135 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 29MAY: 316,971(Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.) Confirmed Cases: 9,339
      • Deaths as of 29MAY: 30 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 09JUN: 1218 (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 09JUN: 449 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12JUN)

  • Europe Region: European Games in Baku, Azjerbaijan (to 28JUN)
  • Philippines: National Day – 1898
  • Russia: Russia Day, anniversary of Boris Yeltsin elected first Russian President – 1992

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