ONS: 14 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 14, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: One person was killed and several others were wounded in a bomb attack near a mosque on Zanzibar, Tanzania.
  • AMERICAS: Exile group in Miami reports that Cuban dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, known as Antunez, and his wife, a fellow activist, were released after an “arbitrary” arrest.
  • ASIA: At least nine people were killed in a devastating fire during violent clashes at a Bihari refugee camp near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • EUROPE: Rebels in shoot down military cargo plane as it was landing in restive Ukrainian city Luhansk, killing 49 soldiers and crew.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi officer reports that security forces readied a counter-offensive against militants north of Baghdad, after PM Maliki announced the cabinet granted him “unlimited powers.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FCC opened an investigation into recent deals where entertainment companies like Netflix have agreed to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for faster video delivery, a practice that critics contend will divide Internet service into fast and slow lanes.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Voting underway in Afghanistan presidential runoff election
    • Voters choose between former finance minister Ashraf Ghani and prominent opposition politician Abdullah Abdullah.
    • Insurgents launched rocket attack against Kabul before polls opened
    • Limited violence reported elsewhere in country
    • Coverage: NYT, WSJ,

 

AFRICA

  • Mali: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging immediate implementation of a cease-fire agreement in northern Mali and political negotiations between the government and Tuareg rebels who still control the key town of Kidal. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The government denied reports that 20 women were abducted last weekend by members of Boko Haram operating in the northeast of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Tanzania: One person was killed and several others were wounded in a bomb attack near a mosque on Zanzibar. (AJE)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Exile group in Miami reports that Cuban dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, known as Antunez, and his wife, a fellow activist, were released after an “arbitrary” arrest. (AFP)
  • Columbia: Presidential candidates debate peace deal with FARC rebels. (Bloomberg)
  • Dominican Republic: Stateless people look to regain citizenship thanks to new law. (LA Times)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan and Pakistan: An earthquake centered in Afghanistan measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale caused panic in Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bordering Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said. (RFE/RL)
  • Australia: Thousands of Australians rallied against the proposed logging of protected forests in rugged Tasmania ahead of a UNESCO World Heritage meeting where the issue will be discussed. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: At least nine people were killed in a devastating fire during violent clashes at a Bihari refugee camp near Dhaka. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The government appealed against a court ruling that would have allowed former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is facing treason charges, to leave the country, in a move likely to fuel tensions between the civilian authorities and the powerful army. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • Ukraine: Rebels shoot down military cargo plane as it was landing in Luhansk, killing 49 soldiers and crew. (WP)
  • Ukraine: US State Department claims Russia sent three T-64 tanks and several BM-21 rocket launchers to town of Snizhne. (NYT)
  • Finland: Finland’s ruling conservative party elected EU affairs minister Alexander Stubb as its new leader, putting him on track to take over as the country’s prime minister after incumbent Jyrki Katainen steps down later this month. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: US VP Biden discussed the growing insurgency in Iraq with Turkish PM Erdogan for the second time in three days. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli security forces are searching for three teenagers who went missing near a West Bank settlement, the army said, amid media speculation they may have been kidnapped by Palestinians (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: An Israeli airstrike targeted an Islamic Hamas movement’s military site in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Iraqi officer reports that security forces readied a counter-offensive against militants north of Baghdad, after the prime minister announced the cabinet granted him “unlimited powers.”  (AFP)
  • Yemen: Security official reports that a predawn suicide car bomb attack killed five army soldiers and injured 10 others in the troubled southern province of Abyan. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The FCC opened an investigation into recent deals where entertainment companies like Netflix have agreed to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for faster video delivery, a practice that critics contend will divide Internet service into fast and slow lanes. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07W (Hagibis)
    • Location: 183 miles NM East of Hong Kong
    • Movement: N at 3 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Cristina
    • Location: 260 miles SSW of Southern Tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 80 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 13 June: 697 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 13 June: 210 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15JUN)

  • Global: World Petroleum Conference in Moscow (to 19JUN)
  • Colombia: Presidential runoff elections
  • India and Bhutan: India PM Narendra Modi to visit Bhutan (to 16JUN)
  • Turkey: AKP announced it would launch its first campaign rally in Ankara

 

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