ONS: 12 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 13, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenya seized six men suspected of planning an attack sponsored by the al Shabaab militant group from neighboring Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he would ask Pope Francis to persuade opponents that children should not participate in violent protests.
  • ASIA: Filipino forces and officials marked the Philippines’ Independence Day by raising the Philippine flag in the besieged city of Marawi, symbolizing the reclaiming of city hall and other areas by government forces.
  • EUROPE: Thousands of supporters of opposition politician Alexei Navalny protested across Russia, with several arrested as police warned organizers against holding an unauthorized rally in Moscow, including Navalny himself.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Qatar has begun shipping cargo through to Oman to bypass Gulf countries that have cut off sea routes to the tiny, energy rich nation.
  • TECHNOLOGY: University of Washington researchers developed a new system called SeaGlass that can indicate where and when cell phone surveillance devices are being used.

 

TOP STORY

  • Puerto Rico: Low voter turnout supports US statehood.
    • Puerto Rico’s governor is vowing to turn the US territory into the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote’s legitimacy.
    • Ninety-seven percent of the votes favored statehood but voter participation was just 23%.
    • Opposition parties who prefer independence or remaining a territory boycotted the special election, which they considered rigged in favor of statehood.
    • The vote came a few weeks after Puerto Rico declared a form of bankruptcy in the face of USD 74B in debt and USD 49B in pension obligations it cannot pay.
    • Governor Ricardo Rossello campaigned for statehood as the best avenue to boost future growth for the island.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Kenya seized six men suspected of planning an attack sponsored by the al Shabaab militant group from neighboring Somalia. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: Thousands of Moroccans, led by an Islamist movement, rallied in the capital Rabat in a show of support for protests against corruption and official abuses. (Reuters)
  • Namibia: The country is planning a state funeral for Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, an independence leader who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US House of Representatives spending panel will vote on a USD 192.5B budget bill that includes permanent housing facilities for US military personnel at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The country’s leftist National Regeneration Movement will not align with other traditional political parties in the run-up to the 2018 presidential elections. (Reuters)
  • United States: Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland will sue President Trump, alleging he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution. (WP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said he would ask Pope Francis to persuade opponents that children should not participate in violent protests. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong, a move likely to rile China. (AFP)
  • Region: Japan is seeking to increase its sales of military equipment to Southeast Asian nations amid growing tensions with China and North Korea. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan police arrested Qari Mohammad Allah, the Taliban plotter of a spate of suicide attacks in Kabul. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Filipino forces and officials marked the country’s Independence Day by raising the Philippine flag in the besieged city of Marawi, symbolizing the reclaiming of city hall and other areas by government forces. (AP)
  • Singapore: The country detained the first woman citizen suspected of trying to join Islamic State and to find a militant husband in Syria. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: German authorities arrested four Syrian brothers on terrorism charges for allegedly fighting for an extremist group in their homeland five years ago. (AP)
  • Kosovo: Nearly complete national election results show a coalition of former ethnic Albanian leaders from the war of independence from Serbia is leading with a third of the vote. (AP)
  • Russia: Thousands of supporters of opposition politician Alexei Navalny protested across the country, with several arrested as police warned organizers against holding an unauthorized rally in Moscow, including Navalny himself. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: London police arrested a 19-year-old man in their investigation of the London Bridge terrorist attack. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar has begun shipping cargo through to Oman to bypass Gulf countries that have cut off sea routes to the tiny, energy rich nation. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A Saudi soldier was killed and two security force members were wounded when an explosive device went off during a patrol in the eastern Qatif province. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The Syrian army and Iran-backed militia forces escalated attacks against a rebel-held part of the city of Deraa. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Suspected al Qaeda militants launched a car-bomb and gun attack on an army camp near the town of Baddah, killing at least 10 militants and two soldiers. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A multinational coalition of navies says it will step up patrols in waters around the country after several attacks there, including those launched by Somali pirates and others blamed on Yemeni rebel forces. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: University of Washington researchers developed a new system called SeaGlass that can indicate where and when cell phone surveillance devices are being used. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Merbok
    • Location: 122 NM SSE of Hong Kong
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Three-E
    • Location: 70 NM SSE of Salina Cruz, Mexico
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: NNW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • 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 02JUN: 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 02JUN: 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 02JUN: 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 (13JUN)

  • Asia: International Conference on Regional Integration and Economic Resilience in Seoul
  • Europe: Germany and France to hold bilateral ministerial meetings
  • Korea: US Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon to visit Korea (to 15JUN)
  • Iraq: Anniversary of a series of bombings across Iraq that killed 93 and wounded over 300 – 2012
  • United States: Anniversary of the New York Times’ beginning publication of the Pentagon Papers – 1971

 

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