ONS: 11 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 12, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Farmers and fishermen displaced by Boko Haram violence in the northeast of Nigeria want to return home, saying it will help ease chronic food shortages for the remote region’s starving millions.
  • AMERICAS: Puerto Rico’s citizens head to the polls to decide whether they want to become the 51st US state.
  • ASIA: Australia is to build its first prison aimed at isolating militants and stopping the spread of radical beliefs through the prison system as part of efforts to eliminate terrorism.
  • EUROPE: Two former Serbian intelligence chiefs go back on trial before UN judges on Tuesday, accused of running death squads which terrorised Bosnia and Croatia in the 1990s Balkans wars.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Nationals of countries that cut diplomatic ties with Qatar this week are free to remain in the Gulf state in line with existing regulations.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An anti-terrorism court in central Pakistan sentenced a man to death for posting blasphemous content on social media.

 

TOP STORY

  • Gulf nations may let some Qataris stay amid diplomatic rift
    • Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have signaled they may allow some Qataris to stay in their countries amid a diplomatic rift with the Gulf nation.
    • They also announced hotlines to help families with Qatari members.
    • However, the three countries’ news agencies did not make clear what services the hotline would provide.
    • The three Gulf nations originally cut ties to Qatar on June 5 over its alleged support of militants and ties to Iran and ordered all Qataris out within 14 days, while calling their own citizens back.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Namibia: Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, a nationalist leader who fought a long and dogged campaign for the country’s independence died on Friday in the country’s capital, Windhoek. (NYT)
  • Nigeria: Farmers and fishermen displaced by Boko Haram violence in the northeast of the country want to return home, saying it will help ease chronic food shortages for the remote region’s starving millions. (AFP)
  • Senegal: The country’s authorities have detained seven Chinese trawling vessels for illegally fishing in its waters. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Puerto Rico: The territory’s citizens head to the polls to decide whether they want to become the 51st US state. (Reuters)
  • United States: Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, less than a week after that panel heard testimony from former FBI Director James Comey. (ABC)
  • Venezuela: More than 55,000 of the country’s citizens have signed up to compete for seats in the National Constituent Assembly convoked by President Nicolas Maduro to rewrite the country’s constitution. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: The country is to build its first prison aimed at isolating militants and stopping the spread of radical beliefs through the prison system as part of efforts to eliminate terrorism. (Reuters)
  • China: Hundreds of demonstrators marched through a shopping district in Shanghai protesting against changes to housing regulations, in a rare show of public dissent in the financial hub. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: The country’s police arrested a key figure from an extremist Buddhist organization blamed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims that has drawn international censure. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Regional: Two former Serbian intelligence chiefs go back on trial before UN judges on Tuesday, accused of running death squads which terrorised Bosnia and Croatia in the 1990s Balkans wars. (AFP)
  • France: Polling stations opened in the country for the first round of parliamentary elections with President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party hoping to secure a clear majority. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: Voters in the country are going to the polls in snap elections called last month after Prime Minister Isa Mustafa lost a confidence vote. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Regional: Iran has sent five planes of food to Qatar days after Gulf countries cut off air and other transport links to the emirate. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country’s authorities said they have arrested six people involved in a twin attack on Tehran in which 17 people were killed last week. (Reuters)
  • Qatar: Nationals of countries that cut diplomatic ties with country this week are free to remain in the Gulf state in line with existing regulations.  (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: An anti-terrorism court in central Pakistan sentenced a man to death for posting blasphemous content on social media. (VOA)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Four
    • 254 NM NW of Manila, Philippines
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (12JUN)

  • Global: World Day Against Child Labor – 2002
  • Global: IAEA board of governors to meet in Vienna (to 16JUN)
  • Finland: Helsinki Day – 1959
  • Germany: Anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” speech
  • Kosovo: Anniversary of the beginning of Operation Joint Guardian, where UN Peacekeeping forces entered Kosovo – 1999
  • Paraguay: Chaco Armistice Day – 2009
  • Philippines: Independence Day – 1898
  • South Africa: Anniversary of the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela – 1964
  • Syria: New round of Syria talks in Astana
  • Russia: Russia Day – 1992

 

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