ONS: 13 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 13, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The head of the UN Mission in the country (MONUSCO) Martin Kobler called for calm amid border clashes between Congolese and Rwandan soldiers.
  • AMERICAS: An audit of security contracts at US embassies abroad found that none had fully complied with vetting requirements for contractors who provide security.
  • ASIA: Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said that an interim government would be set up by August.
  • EUROPE: Russia said it would hold no new talks with either Ukraine or the EU before Moscow’s energy cutoff deadline unless Kiev pays its gas debt.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran released a report claiming that the country is years, rather than months, away from a nuclear weapon with its current infrastructure.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Chinese government has launched a half-year campaign against online piracy, targeting websites which offer unauthorized content from traditional media.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Ongoing fighting north of Baghdad between government forces and ISIL.
    • The Interior Ministry said that it was bolstering defenses around Baghdad ahead of the ISIL advance.
    • A senior Iranian official said that the country may be open to shared role with US in combatting ISIL.
    • ISIL captured the towns of Saadiyah and Jalawla in Diyala province.
    • The UN reported that 300,000 Iraqis fled from Erbil and Duhok this week
    • UN human rights chief Navi Pillay expressed concern at reports of summary executions and extrajudicial killings amid the advance by ISIL.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2, WP

 

 

AFRICA

  • Region: UN wildlife regulator CITES said that ivory seizures in the region had for the first time exceeded those made in Asia. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: The head of the UN Mission in the country (MONUSCO) Martin Kobler called for calm amid border clashes between Congolese and Rwandan soldiers. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan criticized the conduct and “unguarded utterances” of leading politicians ahead of key polls next year. (AFP)
  • Sudan: US ambassador to the UN Power accused the country of intensifying attacks on civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. (BBC)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Jamaica: The government announced plans to partly decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and to allow possession for religious, scientific and medical purposes. (AP)
  • Nicaragua: A senior military official said Russia is helping the army to modernize its military fleet. (Xinhua)
  • Puerto Rico: Federal and local authorities arrested 28 people for belonging to a drug trafficking organization. (EFE)
  • United States: An audit of security contracts at US embassies abroad found that none had fully complied with vetting requirements for contractors who provide security. (WP)

 

 

ASIA

  • Japan: The government denied Beijing’s claims that its Self-defense Force planes came “dangerously close” to Chinese aircraft in an incident over the East China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Local officials reported that militants are quietly slipping away from North Waziristan ahead of a long-rumored military operation (AFP)
  • South Korea: President Park Geun-hye replaced nearly half of her cabinet ministers amid public criticism of the government’s handling of the recent ferry disaster. (WSJ)
  • Thailand: Junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said that an interim government would be set up by August. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: The military government sent an estimated 40,000 illegal Cambodian migrant workers back to Cambodia this month. (Xinhua)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: European Commission President Barroso called on the country to start constructive dialogue with Ukraine and de-escalate tensions with Kiev. (Itar-Tass)
  • Ukraine: Interior Minister Avakov said that federal forces had inflicted “high casualties” on separatist rebels led by a Chechen commander in Mariupol. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Russia said it would hold no new talks with either the country or the EU before Moscow’s energy cutoff deadline unless Kiev pays its gas debt. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Russian Ambassador to the UN Churkin plans to organize a meeting of the UNSC on terrorism in the Middle East. (Itar-Tass)
  • Iran: Deputy FM Araqchi said that failure to reach a deal on country’s nuclear program would force Tehran to resume uranium enrichment. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The government released a report claiming that the country is years, rather than months, away from a nuclear weapon with its current infrastructure. (NYT)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Chinese government has launched a half-year campaign against online piracy, targeting websites which offer unauthorized content from traditional media. (Xinhua)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02A (Nanauk)
    • Location: 258 NM SW of Karachi, Pakistan
    • Movement: N at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Cristina
    • Location: 325 mi WSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 105 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 (14JUN)

  • Afghanistan: Presidential runoff polls
  • Argentina and UK: Anniversary of end of Falklands war – 1982
  • Bolivia: Group of 77 developing countries plus China (G77+China) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (to 15JUN)

 

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