ONS: 14 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 15, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called on South Africa to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is in the country for an African Union (AU) summit.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of Nicaraguans have held a protest against the planned construction of a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
  • ASIA: Beijing plans to remove its entry-permit requirement for Taiwan residents visiting mainland China, said a senior Chinese leader.
  • EUROPE: Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in “hostile countries” after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN-sponsored talks between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels have been postponed to Monday, a UN statement said, citing “unforeseen circumstances” that caused one of the delegations to arrive late to Geneva.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A computer in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s legislative office was hit by a cyberattack that targeted the country’s Lower House of Parliament in May.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Korea: MERS outbreak continues to challenge WHO, South Korean officials
    • The country reported seven new cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus in an outbreak that has killed 15 people.
    • The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting for Tuesday on the country’s MERS outbreak, the biggest outside Saudi Arabia.
    • The South Korean government’s failure to share information quickly with the public and establish an efficient disease-control system contributed to worsening of the outbreak in the country, said experts from WHO and the country.
    • A hospital in Slovakia is testing a South Korean man for the MERS virus.
    • Health officials this weekend said the outbreak was slowing, but additional cases were expected.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called on South Africa to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is in the country for an African Union (AU) summit. (BBC)
  • Region: Health authorities are repeating the mistakes of the past in combatting Ebola, more than a year after its onset in Guinea and Sierra Leone, the international president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned. (AFP)
  • Region: South African President Jacob Zuma said he was optimistic about the future of Africa where “prosperity and economic and social justice prevail.” (Xinhua)
  • Algeria: A man injured in clashes in the country’s southern region, site of off-and-on confrontations between Berber and Arab communities, has died of his wounds. (AFP)
  • Kenya: A Kenyan military spokesman says 11 militants from the Somali extremist group al-Shabab have been killed after they attempted to attack an army camp in Lamu County. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US President Obama’s goal of restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba by reopening the US embassy next month could yet be thwarted in Congress, experts believe. (Guardian)
  • Brazil: After almost three months of strikes, public school teachers in the state of Sao Paulo have voted to return to work. (BBC)
  • Nicaragua: Thousands of Nicaraguans have held a protest against the planned construction of a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: A top US diplomat met with the president of the nation`s National Assembly in Haiti this weekend to discuss diplomatic relations amid high tension between both countries. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Beijing plans to remove its entry-permit requirement for Taiwan residents visiting mainland China, said a senior Chinese leader. (WSJ)
  • Afghanistan: Hamid Haqjo, governor of Ishkamish district was killed along with three people after a bomb struck his official vehicle in the northern Takhar province. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: PM Tony Abbott refused again today to deny allegations an official paid thousands of dollars to turn back a boatload of asylum-seekers, despite calls from Indonesia for answers. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Three suspected communist rebels were killed in a clash with government troops in the country’s southern region. (DPA)
  • South Korea: Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will depart for Washington late Sunday to sign a nuclear deal with the US that would allow Seoul to expand its non-military nuclear activities. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in “hostile countries” after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. (Reuters)
  • Italy: PM Matteo Renzi threatened to go to a Plan B to deal with migrants which “would hurt Europe” if the nation is not given greater help with the crisis. (AFP)
  • Moldova: Moldovans are voting in local elections Sunday which are seen as a test of whether the country is committed to European integration or will move closer to Russia’s orbit. (AP)
  • Turkey: President Tayyip Erdogan said a snap election would be “inevitable” if both the ruling AK Party and the main opposition fail in efforts to form a new government within the constitutional limit of 45 days. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian man by hitting him with their jeep during clashes near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. (AFP)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani said a final nuclear deal was “within reach” as the country and world powers face a 30JUN deadline for an agreement. (Guardian)
  • Israel: Seven Israeli soldiers were to face a disciplinary hearing after video emerged of troops beating an unarmed Palestinian in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. (AFP)
  • Syria: An explosive-laden truck went off near a school in a pro-government district of the central province of Homs, leaving 27 people wounded. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: UN-sponsored talks between the country’s government and Houthi rebels have been postponed to Monday, a UN statement said, citing “unforeseen circumstances” that caused one of the delegations to arrive late to Geneva. (Al-Awsat)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A computer in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s legislative office was hit by a cyberattack that targeted the country’s Lower House of Parliament in May. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Carlos
    • Location: 100 NM S of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 2 mph
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinaburg, Indonesia
    • Hot ash continues to burst into the sky, down the slopes. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,273 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,173 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
  • 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 (15JUN)

  • Asia Region: ASEAN Dengue Day
  • Colombia and Vatican City: Colombian President Manuel Santos to visit Pope Francis during European tour
  • Europe and Cuba: A new round of talks to warm relations between the European Union and Cuba has been scheduled in Brussels (to 16JUN)
  • North and South America Region: 45th General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Washington, DC
  • North and South Korea: Anniversary of the North-South Joint Declaration adopted between leaders of North and South Korea
  • Philippines: Independence Day

 

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