ONS: 16 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 17, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian court sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison on charges of spying for Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuadorian President Correa shelved a controversial proposal to increase inheritance taxes, which had sparked protests across the country.
  • ASIA: The Afghan Taliban warned the leader of ISIS against waging a parallel insurgency in the country, after a string of defections and reported clashes with militants loyal to ISIS.
  • EUROPE: Europe’s highest appeals court ruled that the European Central Bank has the authority to buy unlimited quantities of bonds from eurozone countries.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Monitoring groups reported that Kurdish militia, backed by Syrian rebel forces, seized full control of a key border town from ISIS.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Europe’s Airbus Group will design and build about 900 satellites for privately owned OneWeb Ltd, which plans to offer high-speed, space-based Internet access to billions of people worldwide.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Al Qaeda confirms AQAP leader killed in US drone strike.
    • Al Qaeda confirmed that its second-in-command Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the chief of its Yemeni branch AQAP, was killed in a US drone strike.
    • Al Qaeda militant Khaled Omar Batarfi read a statement dated June 15 that Wuhayshi “was killed in a US drone attack that targeted him along with two other mujahedeen,” who were also killed.
    • US officials were earlier reported to have been reviewing intelligence to confirm that Wuhayshi was killed in a CIA drone strike on June 9.
    • Al Qaeda said that its military commander, Qassim al-Raimi, had been chosen as Wuhayshi’s successor.
    • Coverage: AFPAPBBCNYTWP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The AU ended its 25th summit in Johannesburg, pledging to fulfill Agenda 2063, a blueprint for future development of the continent. (Xinhua)
  • Chad: Police and soldiers patrolled N’Djamena and set up checkpoints a day after twin suicide bombings blamed on Boko Haram killed 24 people and wounded more than 100. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A court sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison on charges of spying for Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran. (AFP)
  • Libya: Ansar al-Sharia denied that Mokhtar Belmokhtar had been killed in a US air strike. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: The ruling party backed calls to change the constitution that would allow Paul Kagame a third term in power as president. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The General Assembly of the Organization of American States approved by consensus a resolution that in practice will allow the new Secretary-General Luis Almagro to launch a reform of the organization. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: President Correa shelved a controversial proposal to increase inheritance taxes, which had sparked protests across the country. (AFP)
  • United States: The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote that the government is not obligated to provide explanations to foreigners to whom it denies visas because of their alleged terrorist activities and it is exempt from having to give evidence to justify that decision. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China said it would soon complete some of its land reclamation projects on disputed islands in the South China Sea, but that infrastructure work there would continue. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Government representatives and the Taliban began as series of meetings in Norway. (DPA)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban warned the leader of ISIS against waging a parallel insurgency in the country, after a string of defections and reported clashes with militants loyal to ISIS. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: The country’s highest court upheld the death sentence against the country’s second highest ranked Islamist leader for committing war crimes. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front retired nearly 150 guerrillas and handed over 75 firearms for decommissioning to encourage parliament to pass a proposed law giving minority Muslims self-rule. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Europe’s highest appeals court ruled that the European Central Bank has the authority to buy unlimited quantities of bonds from eurozone countries. (NYT)
  • Region: The far-right parties in the European Parliament said they have mustered enough unity to form a political group under the leadership of France’s National Front. (AP)
  • Greece: Finance Minister Varoufakis said he will not bring a list of new reform measures to the meeting of EU finance ministers later this week. (AFP)
  • Italy: Police at the Mediterranean border with France forcibly removed African migrants who have been camping out for days in hopes of continuing north. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A court jailed Shiite opposition leader Ali Salman for four years after convicting him of inciting disobedience and hatred. (AFP)
  • Israel: Officials said that US President Barack Obama has invited PM Netanyahu for talks in Washington next month after a deadline for reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that Kurdish militia, backed by rebel forces, seized full control of a key border town from ISIS. (AFP)
  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that rebel rocket fire killed at least 34 civilians in Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A rebel delegation arrived in Geneva for the second day of UN-backed peace talks after being stranded in Djibouti for a day. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Europe’s Airbus Group will design and build about 900 satellites for privately owned OneWeb Ltd, which plans to offer high-speed, space-based Internet access to billions of people worldwide. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Bill
    • Location: 110 miles SSW of Galveston, Texas
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Carlos
    • Location: 120 miles WSW of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 34km NW of Ndoi Island, Fiji
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 653.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Evacuations, ash cloud. (BBC)
  • Volcanoes: Mount Asama, Japan
    • Small eruption. (WSJ)
  • 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-2BBC
    • 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: WHOWHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17JUN)

  • Global: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought – 1995
  • Global: Deadline for switch from analogue to digital television according to agreement of 196 member nations of the International Telecommunications Union
  • Kazakhstan: A joint session of Majilis and Senate to be held
  • United States: Anniversary of President Nixon declaring a “War on Drugs” – 1971

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