ONS: 15 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 16, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, forces allied with the country’s unity government repelled a counter-attack by ISIS in the extremists’ coastal stronghold of Sirte.
  • AMERICAS: The US and Venezuela said they would launch new high-level talks as the South American country struggles with a political and economic crisis.
  • ASIA: Renewed clashes overnight at a Pakistan-Afghan border crossing killed an Afghan border guard and wounded five.
  • EUROPE: French PM Manuel Valls vowed to stand firm on a disputed set of labor reforms, despite mass protests that have spiralled into violence.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia that US patience on the Syrian conflict and the fate of President Bashar al-Assad was running out.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook is cooperating with French authorities probing the killing of a police commander and his partner in a live-streamed video on the leading social network.

TOP STORY

  • Japan & China: Chinese ships intrude upon Japanese waters, military drill.
    • A Chinese navy reconnaissance vessel briefly entered Japan’s territorial waters off the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima.
    • The incursion was the second time since the end of World War II that a Chinese military ship entered Japanese waters.
    • A Chinese observation ship also shadowed the US aircraft carrier John C. Stennis in the Western Pacific, as it joined warships from Japan and India for drills close to waters Beijing considers its backyard.
    • China’s Defense Ministry said in a brief statement that the ship sailed through “a territorial strait open to international navigation” in accordance with freedom of navigation under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
    • Coverage: AP, Japan Times, Reuters, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Eight Kenyan politicians are behind bars on suspicion of hate speech in the latest sign of rising political tensions a year ahead of elections. (AFP)
  • Libya: Forces allied with the country’s unity government repelled a counter-attack by ISIS in the extremists’ coastal stronghold of Sirte. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Aid workers in the country have suffered an increase in attacks in recent weeks, with three killed in May since the formation of a unity government. (AFP)
  • Uganda: A judge ruled opposition leader Kizza Besigye should be tried for treason in court and not a high security prison as the prosecution had requested. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US and Venezuela said they would launch new high-level talks as the South American country struggles with a political and economic crisis. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Supreme Court president, Ricardo Lewandowski, shelved a request by suspended President Dilma Rousseff to clarify the rights she maintains as a suspended head of state. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: The 120-day mandate for the country’s provisional president, Jocelerme Privert, came to a close without a decision for leadership succession. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Renewed clashes overnight at a Pakistan-Afghan border crossing killed an Afghan border guard and wounded five. (AP)
  • Region: Japan’s defense ministry will upgrade its system to intercept missiles over the next fiscal year, amid continuous launches by North Korea. (EFE)
  • Region: China has banned exports to North Korea of a range of technologies that could be used to build weapons. (AFP)
  • India: The crippling polio virus has resurfaced in the country after over five years. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Belgium: The country’s security threat analysis center is keeping its security alert status at its current level despite reports that fighters from Syria could pose an imminent threat. (AP)
  • France: Prime Minister Manuel Valls vowed to stand firm on a disputed set of labor reforms, despite mass protests that have spiralled into violence. (AFP)
  • France: President Francois Hollande has ratified the Paris Agreement, a deal on curbing global warming reached last year by 195 countries. (AP)
  • Greece: Greeks angry over new cuts imposed by PM Alexis Tsipras will gather in central Athens to call on his leftist government to quit. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Sniper fire by Islamic State militants killed senior Iraqi commander Brig. Ahmed Badr al-Luhaibi near the northern IS-held city of Mosul. (AP)
  • Syria: At least 70 fighters have been killed in less than 24 hours of fierce clashes between pro-regime forces, jihadists and rebels in the Aleppo province. (AFP)
  • Syria: US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia that US patience on the Syrian conflict and the fate of President Bashar al-Assad was running out. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The country’s warring parties have discussed forming military and security committees to oversee a transition period aimed at ending 14 months of fighting. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook is cooperating with French authorities probing the killing of a police commander and his partner in a live-streamed video on the leading social network. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 10JUN: 97,259 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 10JUN: 29,899
      • Deaths as of 10JUN: 16
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (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 16MAY: 1,733 (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 16MAY: 628 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 09JUN:  American Samoa, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 09JUN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 09JUN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16JUN)

  • Croatia: Scheduled confidence vote against PM Tihomir Oreskovic
  • Russia: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (to 18JUN)
  • Russia: European Commission President Juncker to meet with Putin
  • South Africa: Youth Day – 1976

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