ONS: 15 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 16, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan security forces said a British jihadist fighting for al Shebab is believed to have been killed in a thwarted attack on an army base.
  • AMERICAS: Cuba and the EU are to hold a fourth round of talks on normalizing bilateral ties, and paving the way for unrestricted trade and political cooperation.
  • ASIA: South Korea reported its 16th death in an expanding MERS outbreak, as President Park Geun-Hye called for efforts to shore up the economy against what she called “excessive” public alarm.
  • EUROPE: Greek PM Tsipras said that Athens will patiently wait until its creditors become realistic, a day after last-ditch talks between the two sides collapsed and raised fears that Athens would default and exit the eurozone.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate two-week humanitarian pause in Yemen to mark Ramadan as talks got underway in Geneva to try and resolve the conflict.
  • TECHNOLOGY: IBM is to announce a large investment, contributing software developers, technology and education programs, behind an open-source project for real-time data analysis, called Apache Spark.

 

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Government reports militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed in US airstrike.
    • US and Libyan officials said the US carried out an airstrike in Libya early Sunday against the mastermind of the 2013 terrorist seizure of an Algerian gas plant that left 38 foreign hostages dead.
    • The Libyan government issued a statement saying that the airstrikes killed the terrorist leader, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, and “a number” of Libyan terrorists in the eastern part of the country.
    • US officials confirmed that Belmokhtar was the target of the strike, carried out by multiple American F-15E fighter jets, but they expressed caution about his fate, saying forensic proof was needed.
    • An Islamist with links to extremists in Libya said the airstrike likely missed Belmokhtar and killed other militants.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A South African judge is to hear arguments over an application to arrest Sudanese President Bashir at a summit of African leaders in Johannesburg. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Security forces said a British jihadist fighting for al Shebab is believed to have been killed in a thwarted attack on an army base. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Three police and a suspected jihadist were killed in clashes in the center of the country. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Former PM Amama Mbabazi, who was fired last year, says he will seek the presidency in elections scheduled for next year. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan officials said that Thomas Shannon, a counsellor to the US Secretary of State, met with the chairman of Venezuela’s national assembly Diosdado Cabello in Haiti. (BBC)
  • Colombia: The government reported that an ELN leader, also wanted in the 1999 hijacking of an Avianca passenger jet, was killed in the north of the country. (AFP)
  • Cuba: The government and the EU are to hold a fourth round of talks on normalizing bilateral ties, and paving the way for unrestricted trade and political cooperation. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a senior Afghan Taliban leader in the Pakistani border city of Peshawar. (Xinhua)
  • China: Hong Kong police said they had made arrests after discovering “suspected” explosives, with media reports linking the find to this week’s vote on a controversial political reform package. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: VP Jusuf Kalla that Australia should come clean about allegations that its authorities paid people smugglers to divert migrant boats at sea to Indonesia. (DPA)
  • Korea, South: The country reported its 16th death in an expanding MERS outbreak, as President Park Geun-Hye called for efforts to shore up the economy against what she called “excessive” public alarm. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: A North Korean soldier walked across the heavily armed border between North and South Korea in a bid to defect to the South. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A UN report found that migrants in Europe sent home USD109.4 billion in remittances last year, most of it going to poorer European countries. (AP)
  • Greece: PM Tsipras said that Athens will patiently wait until its creditors become realistic, a day after last-ditch talks between the two sides collapsed and raised fears that Athens would default and exit the eurozone. (AFP)
  • Italy: A standoff between nearly 200 migrants and the French border police entered its fourth day with the group refusing to leave the country’s Mediterranean border with France. (AP)
  • Moldova: Pro-European and pro-Russian parties took roughly equal shares of the vote in local elections, upsetting forecasts of a big win for the pro-Moscow camp. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Seventeen people were killed in clashes between ISIS militants and pro-government forces in a town close to the country’s biggest refinery. (Reuters)
  • Syria: More than a dozen opposition factions and militant groups accused the country’s main Kurdish militia of committing “ethnic cleansing” against Sunni Muslim Arabs and Turkomen in the north of the country. (AP)
  • Yemen: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate two-week humanitarian pause to mark Ramadan as talks got underway in Geneva to try and resolve the conflict. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: IBM is to announce a large investment, contributing software developers, technology and education programs, behind an open-source project for real-time data analysis, called Apache Spark. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Carlos
    • Location: 125 miles W of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 12JUN: 1289 (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 12JUN: 455 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16JUN)

  • Europe Region: Ministerial meeting on migrant crisis held in Luxembourg
  • Bahrain: A Bahraini court will pronounce its verdict in the trial of opposition leader Ali Salman who is charged with seeking to overthrow the Sunni monarchy
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Egyptians voting in the runoff between Morsi and Shafiq; military issues restrictions on power of the president – 2012
  • Egypt: Verdict on former president Mohammed Morsi will be decided
  • Russia: Finnish President to visit Russia
  • South Africa: Youth Day
  • Ukraine: Peace negotiations scheduled

 

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