ONS: 14 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 15, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Qatar pulled all its troops from the border of Djibouti and Eritrea, two nations who have a long-running dispute over the territory.
  • AMERICAS: The remaining Central American allies of Taiwan deflected the question of whether they could follow Panama in switching diplomatic allegiance to China.
  • ASIA: Armed US troops are on the ground near Marawi City, but are not involved in fighting Islamist militants, a Philippines military spokesman said.
  • EUROPE: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said legal action will be launched against the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland for failing to honor their pledges to accommodate refugees.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Human Rights Watch says the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq is endangering civilians by using artillery-delivered white phosphorous.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US blamed North Korea for a number of cyber attacks stretching back to 2009 and warned more were likely.

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Fire in West London kills several
    • Several people have died and more than 50 people are in hospital after a huge fire engulfed a west London tower block.
    • Witnesses described people leaping from Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, and of trapped children banging on windows as the blaze took hold.
    • The fire, which was believed to have begun on one of the lower floors of the 120-unit public-housing building, was still burning as of 10 am in London, some nine hours after it began.
    • The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
    • A website run by the “Grenfell Action Group” said residents of the tower had expressed concerns over the safety of the building, specifically pointing to fire risks.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, FT, WP, Guardian

AFRICA

  • Region: Qatar pulled all its troops from the border of Djibouti and Eritrea, two nations who have a long-running dispute over the territory. (AP)
  • Libya: The country’s UN-backed deputy FM Ahmad Maiteeg met here with Martin Kobler, the head of the UN support mission, to discuss solutions to the Libyan crisis. (Xinhua)
  • Zambia: The country’s parliament suspended 48 opposition lawmakers for boycotting a speech by the president, widening a political rift that has alarmed rights groups. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The remaining Central American allies of Taiwan deflected the question of whether they could follow Panama in switching diplomatic allegiance to China. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: Former Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Sergio Cabral was sentenced to 14 years and two months in prison for corruption and money laundering in connection with a billion-dollar corruption investigation known as Lava Jato, or Car Wash. (LAT)
  • Colombia: The FARC rebel group disarmament reached nearly 60 percent, as agreed late last year with the government of President Juan Manuel Santos. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Nearly 2,000 detained asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea will receive USD 53M in a settlement with Australia. (Reuters)
  • Region: Japan will begin military drills amid multiple missile launches by North Korea in recent weeks, the Japanese Defense Ministry announced. (EFE)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber targeted a checkpoint run by rival insurgents in the southern Helmand province, killing nine of them. (AP)
  • North Korea: The country said it is willing to respond to suggestions of any dialogue and cooperation on the humanitarian front. (Yonhap)
  • Philippines: Armed US troops are on the ground near Marawi City, but are not involved in fighting Islamist militants, a Philippines military spokesman said. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said legal action will be launched against the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland for failing to honor their pledges to accommodate refugees. (AP)
  • Finland: The Finnish Security Intelligence Service raised its threat level, saying it had become aware of more serious terrorism-related plans in the country. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Several people were detained outside the Russian parliament at an impromptu protest against a plan to tear down Soviet-era apartments and relocate 1.6 million people. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Talks between Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party and PM Theresa May’s Conservatives on supporting the British leader’s minority government restarted. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Human Rights Watch says the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq is endangering civilians by using artillery-delivered white phosphorous. (AP)
  • Region: Israeli officials denied claims by US State Secretary Rex Tillerson that the Palestinian National Authority agreed to freeze payments to the families of slain attackers. (Xinhua)
  • Bahrain: The Pearl roundabout, the focal point of the island kingdom’s 2011 Arab Spring protests, reopened to traffic after being guarded by security forces for years. (AP)
  • Bahrain: Prominent human rights lawyer Issa Faraj Arhama al-Burshaid was arrested after launching a lawsuit against the government over its restrictions imposed on Qatar. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: The country’s Shiite Houthi rebels said they fired a missile at a Saudi-led coalition warship off Mokha coast in the Red Sea. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US blamed North Korea for a raft of cyber attacks stretching back to 2009 and warned more were likely. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 3km S of San Pablo, Guatemala
    • Magnitude: 7.0
    • Depth: 98.0 km
    • Map
  • 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 13JUN: 2,015 (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 13JUN: 703 (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 (15JUN)

  • Global: Second round of talks on treaty to abolish nuclear weapons to be held in New York (to 07JUL)
  • Global: World Elder Abuse Day – 2006
  • Azerbaijan: National Salvation Day – 1993
  • Korean Peninsula: Anniversary of the North-South Joint Declaration adopted between leaders of North and South Korea; joint celebrations have been proposed by North Korea for this year – 2000

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