ONS: 12 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 12, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Fresh clashes broke out on the border of Rwanda and the DR Congo in the second day of skirmishes.
  • AMERICAS: The White House said it has put corrective measures in place in response to the accidental public outing of Afghanistan’s CIA station chief.
  • ASIA: The CIA resumed its drone campaign in Pakistan with two drone strikes that killed at least 14 militants in the tribal district of North Waziristan.
  • EUROPE: The secretary-general of the OSCE is visiting a camp in Russia for refugees from the conflict in Ukraine’s east.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said the country is scaling down plutonium production plans at its partially built heavy-water reactor.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Turkish authorities blocked access to social networking site Google Plus.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Militants move southward as US considers involvement.
    • ISIL militants continued to push toward Baghdad after capturing a town 90 kilometers to its north.
    • A Western official said Iraqi officials have privately asked US President Obama’s administration to weigh potential air strikes targeting militants.
    • Iran’s President Rouhani said Iran will combat terrorism by Sunni extremists in neighboring Iraq.
    • Iraqi security forces withdrew from their positions on the Iraqi-Syrian border in Anbar province.
    • Kurdish forces took control of the disputed oil hub of Kirkuk, officials said, to protect it against jihadists.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, CNN, NYT, NYT-2, WP, Xinhua

 

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Fresh clashes broke out on the border of Rwanda and the DR Congo in the second day of skirmishes. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: Transitional President Panza is gaining domestic support for rearming the country’s military amid international concern. (AFP)
  • Libya: A suicide car bombing at a police station in Benghazi injured five police officers. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Morales delivered USD2.7 million worth of police gear to better equip security forces in the lead up to the Cumbre G77+ China Summit. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: Authorities captured Julio Cesar Serrano Samayo, who is thought to have headed a ring that trafficked in drugs and people. (EFE)
  • United States: The White House said it has put corrective measures in place in response to the accidental public outing of Afghanistan’s CIA station chief. (Reuters)

 

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australia backed Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s drive to expand the use of Japan’s military, hailing it as a “more normal defense posture”. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government summoned the Chinese ambassador to complain about fighter jets flying “dangerously” close to two of its military planes over the East China Sea. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government rejected South Korea’s call for talks on a South Korean missionary sentenced to hard labor for life (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The CIA resumed its drone campaign with two drone strikes that killed at least 14 militants in the tribal district of North Waziristan. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: A court in Karachi ordered the government to lift a travel ban on former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 15 days’ time. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The secretary-general of the OSCE is visiting a camp in Russia for refugees from the conflict in Ukraine’s east. (AFP)
  • Albania: Police arrested a Spanish man suspected of being involved in the smuggling of 250 kilograms of cocaine seized in neighboring Montenegro. (AP)
  • Turkey: Over two dozen anti-government protesters accused of organizing last year’s demonstrations went on trial in what Amnesty International denounced as a “show trial”. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The country’s appeals court ruled that the case of two terrorism suspects was “exceptional” and that the core of the case should be heard without the public or press present in court. (AP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said the government is not working on any new mandate to authorize a cross-border military operation into Iraq, where militants are holding 80 Turkish nationals hostage. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said the country is scaling down plutonium production plans at its partially built heavy-water reactor. (AP)
  • Israel: The US denounced as “unprovoked aggression” a rocket attack launched from the Gaza Strip into the country, but said it would still work with the new Palestinian government. (AFP)
  • Syria:  At least seven people were killed by a car bomb in Homs. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Turkish authorities blocked access to social networking site Google Plus. (DPA)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02A (Nanauk)
    • Location: 369 NM ESE of Masirah Island
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Cristina
    • Location: 240 miles SW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW 8 mph
    • Winds: 120 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 (13JUN)

  • Russia: Russia Day (to 15JUN)

 

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