ONS: 16 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 16, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least 48 people were killed when suspected Shebab militants stormed the Kenyan town of Mpeketoni.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos won a second term on with 50.9% support.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Taliban warned foreign firms to leave the country after the launch of a military offensive in North Waziristan.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police arrested eight people in a raid in Madrid, breaking up a jihadist recruitment network led by a former Guantanamo Bay inmate.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli troops killed a Palestinian and arrested more than 40 overnight, including the parliament speaker, in a massive crackdown on Hamas.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Vodafone said on it had agreed to buy an Italian provider of electronic services for EUR145 million.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Militants make gains as region considers options.
    • Tal Afar Mayor Abdulal Abdoul said that his town was taken by Sunni militants.
    • Arab foreign ministers are set to meet this week in Saudi Arabia to discuss what the Arab League called the “critical situation” in Iraq.
    • Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah accused Iraq’s Shiite PM Maliki of triggering the unrest through his policies of “marginalization” of the Sunni Arab minority.
    • The PM of Iraq’s Kurdistan region Nechirvan Barzani is in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials.
    • The US said that security at the US embassy in Baghdad was bolstered and some staff members were being moved out of the capital city.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, AP-2, CNN, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: At the Dakar Financing Summit Senegal’s President Sall said the region needs to rely on internal investment if it is to achieve infrastructure development. (AFP)
  • Kenya: At least 48 people were killed when suspected Shebab militants stormed the town of Mpeketoni. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The country’s’ election authority proposed holding a parliamentary election in October and the first round of a presidential vote the following month. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Morales called for the elimination of the UNSC during the opening of a summit of G77 leaders plus China. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos won a second term on with 50.9% support. (Reuters)
  • United States: The military appointed a two-star general to investigate the circumstances under which Bowe Bergdahl disappeared in eastern Afghanistan in 2009. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines called on claimant states in the South China Sea to halt construction activities in disputed territories amid heightened tensions with China. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Officials opened an investigation after front-running presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah made fraud claims. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The country and the US held high-level military talks to fix a new timetable for the postponed transfer to Seoul of wartime operational command over its own troops. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban warned foreign firms to leave the country after the launch of a military offensive in North Waziristan. (AFP)
  • Papua New Guinea: The country’s anti-corruption watchdog issued a warrant for the arrest of PM O’Neill. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A European Central Bank policymaker voiced concern that Europe may be too tough on banks as they undergo “stress tests” to measure their financial resilience. (AP)
  • Spain: Police arrested eight people in a raid in Madrid, breaking up a jihadist recruitment network led by a former Guantanamo Bay inmate. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The government said that Russia had reduced its gas shipments and was only sending its neighbor enough to cover Europe’s fuel needs. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US said that Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns would be among the US officials taking part in the latest round of nuclear talks. (Reuters)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu telephoned Palestinian President Abbas and said he expected him to help ensure the safe return of three kidnapped teenagers. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli troops killed a Palestinian and arrested more than 40 overnight, including the parliament speaker, in a massive crackdown on Hamas. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Vodafone said on it had agreed to buy an Italian provider of electronic services for EUR145 million. (Reuters)

 

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: 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 (17JUN)

  • Brazil: Anniversary of Brazil protests in various cities across the nation – 2013
  • Russia: BRIC Leaders Summit (to 18JUN)

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