ONS: 13 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 14, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A drop in global cocoa prices threatens to undermine efforts to stamp out child labor in Ghana and Ivory Coast.
  • AMERICAS: Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli was arrested in Florida and faces possible extradition back to Panama.
  • ASIA: A suspected US drone strike killed Abu Bakar, the commander of the Haqqani network in Pakistan.
  • EUROPE: France launched a judicial inquiry into the Syrian activities of French-Swiss cement and construction giant LafargeHolcim and possible “financing of a terrorist enterprise” and “endangering lives.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: The blockade against Qatar by Gulf states was a “very complex situation” and an area where common ground had to be found, US defense secretary Jim Mattis said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Britain and France will join forces to tackle online extremism, PM Theresa May will say on her first foreign trip since the UK parliamentary election.

TOP STORY

  • China-Taiwan: Ties worsen as Beijing lures Panama away from Taipei.
    • Panama established diplomatic ties with China and broke with Taiwan in a major victory for Beijing.
    • A joint statement said Panama and China recognized each other, in addition to establishing ambassadorial-level relations the same day and Taiwan as an “inalienable part of China’s territory.”
    • Taiwan expressed “anger and regret”, and accused Panama of “bullying”.
    • Only 19 countries and the Vatican now recognize Taiwan.
    • The past year has seen China ratcheting up the diplomatic pressure on Taiwan, barring its representatives from attending the World Health Organization’s annual conference and other international gatherings.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Guardian, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: A drop in global cocoa prices threatens to undermine efforts to stamp out child labor in Ghana and Ivory Coast. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The government has banned scores of news websites in a growing censorship crackdown. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The country’s anti-corruption agency is investigating Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the lower chamber of parliament. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli was arrested in Florida and faces possible extradition back to Panama. (BBC)
  • Argentina: Jorge Faurie was named as new minister of foreign affairs, as he pledged to provide “continuity” in his management of the role. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The deadly unrest in the country could lead to “a blood bath” and spark a major refugee crisis, Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski warned. (Al Jazeera)

ASIA

  • Indonesia: The Islamic State militant group has a presence in nearly all provinces across the country, military chief General Gatot Nurmantyo said. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: President Moon Jae-in asked the combined South Korean-US forces to maintain their strong defense posture to fend off North Korea’s nuclear and missile provocations. (Yonhap)
  • Korean Peninsula: A suspected North Korean drone photographed an advanced US anti-missile battery in South Korea before it crashed on its way home, the South Korean military said. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A suspected US drone strike killed Abu Bakar, the commander of the Haqqani network in the country. (DPA)
  • Philippines: The country’s military said Islamist militants hold 20 percent of the Marawi City, disputing an earlier claim by the Islamic State group. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Hungary handed over to German authorities Horst Mahler, a neo-Nazi who fled Germany to avoid a prison sentence for Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic incitement. (AP)
  • France: The country launched a judicial inquiry into the Syrian activities of French-Swiss cement and construction giant LafargeHolcim and possible “financing of a terrorist enterprise” and “endangering lives.” (AFP)
  • Germany: A German policewoman was shot in the head when a man grabbed a police gun at a suburban station in Munich – an incident police said was not terrorism. (BBC)
  • Spain: Spanish lawmakers began debating a motion of no confidence against conservative PM Mariano Rajoy, citing a large number of corruption scandals involving his ruling Popular Party. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The blockade against Qatar by Gulf states was a “very complex situation” and an area where common ground had to be found, US defense secretary Jim Mattis said. (Al Jazeera)
  • Region: Countries behind the economic sanctions on Qatar – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and others – demanded the closure of Al Jazeera – a charge Qatar rejected outright. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iran: European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she was confident the US would stick to the 2015 nuclear deal with the country, as the deal is working. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Human Rights Watch urged the US-led coalition make the protection of civilians a top priority in its campaign to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Syria: A new round of peace talks in Kazakhstan is likely to be held in early July, Russian Deputy FM Mikhail Bogdanov said. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Britain and France will join forces to tackle online extremism, PM Theresa May will say on her first foreign trip since the UK parliamentary election. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Merbok
    • Location: 47 NM NNE of Hong Kong
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: N at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Calvin
    • Location: 40 NM WSW of Salina Cruz, Mexico
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: NW 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 (14JUN)

  • Global: World Blood Donor Day – 2004
  • Argentina: Anniversary of the end of the Falklands war – 1982
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court rules to dissolve the lower house of parliament – 2012
  • Malawi: Freedom Day – 1994
  • United States: Flag Day – 1949

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