ONS: 15 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 15, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  International aid agencies warned that starvation and diseases like malaria and cholera were set to intensify the crisis in South Sudan, which has been devastated by six months of conflict.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia prepares for runoff election today between incumbent President Santos and conservative opponent Zuluaga in a race largely focusing on negotiations with FARC rebel group.
  • ASIA: More than 110,000 Cambodians have fled Thailand to return home in the past week amid fears of a crackdown on migrant workers after last month’s military takeover.
  • EUROPE: Talks between Russia and Ukraine broke down on Saturday, cut off feared if agreement is not reached in negotiations today.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Suspected AQAP attack on a bus carrying nurses from a military hospital in the southern city of Adenin Yemen killed eight people and wounded around a dozen others.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A woman has been indicted for computer fraud in the first such case under the Philippines’ controversial cybercrime law, which critics allege could be used to stifle dissent as it imposes heavy prison terms for online libel.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: ISIS push on Baghdad halted
    • Germany warns of proxy war
    • Kurdish forces hold border crossing with Syria
    • ISIS posts images depicting mass killings of Iraqi soldiers
    • Airstrike kills 7 Kurdish fighters in Diyala
    • Civilians return to militant-held Mosul
    • Coverage: BBC, AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Government dismisses security concerns after Britain closed its consulate in Mombasa. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Italian Navy reports ten migrants drowned after the boat they were travelling in sank off the Libyan coast. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: International aid agencies warned that starvation and diseases like malaria and cholera were set to intensify the crisis in country, which has been devastated by six months of conflict. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Former governor Aecio Neves launched his campaign to unseat President Dilma Rousseff in October, looking to convert widespread discontent into a return to power for his Social Democratic party. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Country prepares for runoff election today between incumbent President Santos and conservative opponent Zuluaga in a race largely focusing on negotiations with FARC rebel group. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Officials report more than 6,000 children and teens who crossed unaccompanied and illegally into the US were repatriated in the first four months of this year. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bomb killed 11 people, including four election monitors, and the Taliban cut off the fingers of 11 people to punish them for voting in presidential runoff, officials said. (AP)
  • Malaysia: Navy thwarted a pirate attack on a Singaporean tanker off its east coast in the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • South China Sea: China announced it is building a school on a remote island as part of its campaign to strengthen claims to disputed waters also claimed by Vietnam, Philippines and other nations. (AP)
  • Thailand: More than 110,000 Cambodians have fled country to return home in the past week amid fears of a crackdown on migrant workers after last month’s military takeover. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Country voted in municipal polls on Sunday, looks set to see the ruling Georgian Dream coalition tighten its grip on power as voters reaffirm the country’s pro-Western course ahead of the signing of a key pact with the EU later this month. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Russian FM Lavrov urged US Secretary of State Kerry in a phone call to use his influence over Ukraine’s leaders to convince them to suspend military offensive in the separatist east. (RFE/RL)
  • Ukraine: Talks between Russia and Ukraine broke down on Saturday, cut off feared if agreement is not reached in negotiations today (Bloomberg)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Gamal Eid, the head of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, reported security forces have confiscated a publication his organization puts out periodically, accusing it of seeking to overthrow the government. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israel’s military arrested around 80 Palestinians in the West Bank as part of efforts to locate three teenagers believed abducted in the territory. (AP)
  • Yemen: Suspected AQAP attack on a bus carrying nurses from a military hospital in the southern city of Aden killed eight people and wounded around a dozen others. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Philippines: A woman has been indicted for computer fraud in the first such case under the Philippines’ controversial cybercrime law, which critics allege could be used to stifle dissent as it imposes heavy prison terms for online libel. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07W (Hagibis)
    • Location: 165 miles E of Hong Kong
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Cristina
    • Location: 100 miles NW of Socorro Island, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquake: South Indian Ocean
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 7.1km
    • Map
  • 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 (16JUN)

  • Europe Region: A new round of gas talks within the Russia-Ukraine-EU format will be held
  • Europe Region: US Ambassador to North Korea Robert King to discuss with European officials the human rights situation in the DPRK (to 17JUN)
  • Azerbaijan: The Day of National Salvation of the Azerbaijani People
  • Britain and Greece: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will pay official visits (to 21JUN)
  • Iran: German officials arrive in Tehran for talks on Iran’s nuclear drive
  • Iran: The next round of talks between six powers and Iran on resolving a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program will be held in Vienna (20JUN)
  • South Korea and Russia: South Korea’s top nuclear envoy will make a three-day visit to Russia

 

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