Overnight News Summary
Produced by the Rendon Group
13 June 2015
- AFRICA: Madagascar’s constitutional court threw out parliament’s impeachment of President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, calling the move “unfounded” and helping to avoid a political crisis.
- AMERICAS: The US launched an urgent 30-day push to patch up cyber leaks and shore up cybersecurity after revelations that hackers have stolen the personal data of millions of federal government employees.
- ASIA: The World Health Organization said that South Korea’s outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was “large and complex” and more cases should be anticipated, but it saw no sign the disease is spreading in the community.
- EUROPE: Germany has closed its investigation into a report that the US National Security Agency had hacked Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi Sunni tribal leaders have reacted cautiously to the US decision to deploy additional troops to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS,) with some casting doubt over the effectiveness of the step.
- TECHNOLOGY: The hacking of millions of US government employees is likely part of an effort by Chinese intelligence for long-term profiling.
- Australia: Bribery allegations to people-smugglers neither confirmed, nor denied
- Asian migrants on a boat intercepted by the Australian authorities three weeks ago said the Australians paid the smugglers to take them to Indonesia, said a UN official.
- Australian PM Tony Abbott admitted using “creative” strategies to stop migrant boats but refused to go into detail.
- Australia’s immigration and foreign ministers have denied allegations a payment was made to the crew.
- Australia would have stooped to a “new low” if reports that its navy paid people-smugglers bound for Australia thousands of dollars to turn back their boat are true, said an Indonesian government official.
- The boat — carrying 65 migrants from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar — was intercepted by the Indonesian navy after turning back on May 31, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said.
- Coverage: BBC, BBC-2, CNN, NYT, Reuters
- Region: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged fellow African leaders to stop receiving foreign aid, saying it is not an acceptable basis for prosperity. (BBC)
- Burundi: The country`s opposition slammed the election commission for steering the country towards a controversial presidential vote next month, branding it a tool of President Pierre Nkurunziza and his ruling party. (AFP)
- Gambia: The country’s high court has rejected an appeal case file tendered by four military personnel involved in last year’s December military coup in the country. (Xinhua)
- Libya: Seven people were shot dead on at a protest against the Islamic State in the eastern city of Derna, residents said. (Reuters)
- Madagascar: The country’s constitutional court threw out parliament’s impeachment of President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, calling the move “unfounded” and helping to avoid a political crisis. (Reuters)
- Brazil: In the last 12 months, 6,491 children and teenagers were saved from child labor, the Labor Ministry announced. (Xinhua)
- Colombia: Marxist rebels killed two police officers and a civilian in the country’s southwest, the government said. (Reuters)
- United States: The White House launched an urgent 30-day push to patch up cyber leaks and shore up cybersecurity after revelations that hackers have stolen the personal data of millions of federal government employees. (DPA)
- Region: Thai authorities have seized more than USD3 million worth of assets believed to belong to people who smuggle ethnic Rohingya Muslim smugglers from Myanmar. (DPA)
- Afghanistan: Up to 114 militants have been killed during military operations and clashes with security forces since early Thursday, the country’s Defense Ministry said. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: Taliban fighters overran checkpoints in a nighttime raid in the country’s volatile southern Helmand province, killing at least 20 police officers, an official said. (AP)
- China: Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Fan Changlong has invited US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter for a visit to the country this year as part of the efforts to promote bilateral military ties. (Xinhua)
- South Korea: The World Health Organization said that the country’s outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was “large and complex” and more cases should be anticipated, but it saw no sign the disease is spreading in the community. (Reuters)
- Region: Switzerland has flown out of Azerbaijan an opposition journalist who had been sheltering for 10 months at its embassy in Baku, officials said Saturday. (AFP)
- Germany: The country has closed its investigation into a report that the US National Security Agency had hacked Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone. (Guardian)
- Macedonia: Ethnic Albanians staged a protest march against PM Nikola Gruevski‘s government, demanding a new deal on their status. (DPA)
- Ukraine: Fighting is flaring up in areas where there had been little violence since a shaky truce deal came into effect in February, says the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). (DPA)
- Region: Egypt re-opened its borders with the Gaza Strip for the first time in months. (AP)
- Region: An Israeli military investigation has cleared its forces of wrongdoing over the deaths of four Palestinian boys in an attack in Gaza during the 2014 war. (BBC)
- Iraq: Sunni tribal leaders have reacted cautiously to the US decision to deploy additional troops to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS,) with some casting doubt over the effectiveness of the step. (Al-Awsat)
- Oman: The US has transferred six lower-level detainees from the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to the Gulf nation, the US military announced. (NYT)
- Yemen: UN heritage body UNESCO has condemned destruction in “one of the world’s oldest jewels” of Islamic culture in an apparent air strike in the Old City of Sanaa. (BBC)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The hacking of millions of US government employees is likely part of an effort by Chinese intelligence for long-term profiling. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Carlos
- Location: 235 NM S 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 05JUN: 353,194 (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: 10,512
- Deaths as of 05JUN: 47 (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 (14JUN)
- Africa Region: 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa (to 15JUN)
- Argentina and Britain: Anniversary of the end of Falklands/Malvinas war – 1982
- Yemen: UN-led talks on Yemen crisis will begin in Geneva