Overnight News Summary
Produced by the Rendon Group
12 June 2015
- AFRICA: The UNSC called for stepped-up action against Boko Haram and the Lord’s Resistance Army, which has significantly escalated abductions to fill its fighting ranks.
- AMERICAS: The Mexican government said it is working with the US in the investigation into a shooting attack on a US Customs and Border Protection helicopter on June 5, but says it “categorically rejects any attempt to see the border as a security threat.”
- ASIA: US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter called on Beijing to stop building artificial islands in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
- EUROPE: German federal prosecutors closed their investigation into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Merkel’s cellphone by the US NSA, saying they have been unable to find evidence that would stand up in court.
- MIDDLE EAST: A coalition of 13 aid organizations called for a permanent ceasefire in Yemen ahead of UN-sponsored talks.
- TECHNOLOGY: A US appeals court declined efforts to put a temporary halt on “open Internet” regulations due to go into effect Friday that prevent broadband providers from separating online traffic into slow and fast lanes.
- Iraq: International community to renew efforts to counter ISIS spread.
- US Chief of the JCS GEN Dempsey outlined the possibility of several new bases across Iraq as the US looks for ways to help Baghdad gain the upper hand against ISIS.
- GEN Dempsey’s comments indicated further deployments are under consideration and that he envisioned that the new training base at Taqaddum would serve as a model for other bases, which he called “lily pads”.
- Asia-Pacific ministers agreed to counter violent extremism promoted by jihadist groups such as ISIS at a two-day regional summit in Sydney.
- The Pentagon said the US has spent more than USD2.7 billion on the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria since bombings began last August, and the average daily cost is now more than USD9 million.
- ISIS marked a year since its capture of Mosul with a film documenting the founding moment of the “caliphate”.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, NYT, WSJ
- Region: The UNSC called for stepped-up action against Boko Haram and the Lord’s Resistance Army, which has significantly escalated abductions to fill its fighting ranks. (AP)
- Kenya: Treasury Secretary Rotich said the government will increase spending in 2015-16 on security to help the country’s tourism industry rebound after a wave of attacks by militants. (Bloomberg)
- Morocco: The Interior Ministry announced the expulsion of a team from Amnesty International that was in the country researching immigration issues. (AP)
- Brazil: Parliament passed a law toughening penalties for murderers of policemen, stipulating that killers will be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison, against a maximum 20 before. (AFP)
- Guatemala: President Molina said that he was not involved in corruption scandals that led the country’s Supreme Court to green-light a process that could remove the president’s immunity from prosecution. (AP)
- Mexico: The government said it is working with the US in the investigation into a shooting attack on a US Customs and Border Protection helicopter on June 5, but says it “categorically rejects any attempt to see the border as a security threat.” (AP)
- Region: US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter called on Beijing to stop building artificial islands in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: A clash between security forces and the Taliban in Sarwan Qala district left 40 militants dead and 16 injured. (Xinhua)
- Australia: PM Abbott sidestepped charges that officials from his country paid the crew of a boat carrying 65 migrants to return to Indonesian waters, but said Australia had to be creative to stop the flow of boats carrying asylum seekers to its shores. (AP)
- Korea, South: The health ministry urged people to “conquer their fear” of MERS and go about their day-to-day lives as normal, saying new cases and the number of people quarantined were falling. (AFP)
- Pakistan: The government ordered the charity Save the Children to leave the country, with an official accusing the NGO of “anti-Pakistan” activities. (BBC)
- Germany: Federal prosecutors closed their investigation into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Merkel’s cellphone by the US NSA, saying they have been unable to find evidence that would stand up in court. (AP)
- Greece: Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said the country needs to clinch a deal with its EU-IMF creditors at a Eurozone meeting on June 18 to prevent it from defaulting on its debt. (AFP)
- Moldova: PM Gaburuci resigned after questions arose about the authenticity of his high school and university degrees. (AP)
- Syria: Monitoring groups reported that the army and allied fighters drove insurgents from parts of an air base they had seized in the southern province of Sweida. (Reuters)
- Yemen: The UN special envoy to the country Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said he will hold separate “proximity” peace talks with both sides in Geneva on Sunday with the hope of bringing the warring parties to the same table eventually. (Reuters)
- Yemen: A coalition of 13 aid organizations called for a permanent ceasefire in the country ahead of UN-sponsored talks. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: A US appeals court declined efforts to put a temporary halt on “open Internet” regulations due to go into effect Friday that prevent broadband providers from separating online traffic into slow and fast lanes. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01A (Ashobaa)
- Location: 74 NM ENE of Masirah Island
- Movement: W at 5 mph
- Winds: 35 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Carlos
- Location: 165 NM SSW of Acapulco, Mexico
- Movement: NW at 2 mph
- Winds: 60 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- 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 (13JUN)
- China: The 7th Cross-Strait Forum, focusing on youth exchanges and trade