ONS: 16 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 17, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Niger Delta Avengers militant group blew up another oil pipeline belonging to state-run oil firm, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, in Nigeria’s southeastern state of Akwa Ibom.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela has asked its regional neighbors to meet next week with international mediators trying to help settle the country’s economic and political crisis.
  • ASIA: The new US commander in Afghanistan Gen. John W. Nicholson has submitted his first three-month assessment of the situation in the war-torn country and what it’s going to take to defeat the Taliban.
  • EUROPE: Russia is seeking to create a “zone of influence through military means”, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Islamic State jihadists are still committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq and Syria, UN rights investigators said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An individual going by the handle Guccifer 2.0 claimed credit for the hacking of the US Democratic National Committee’s network, though a cybersecurity firm investigating the breach stood by its conclusion that Russia was behind the breach.

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Looming Brexit vote raising worry.
    • Public opinion in Britain has swung sharply in favor of quitting the EU, according to a poll published exactly one week before the country’s historic referendum.
    • If Britain does vote to leave — a scenario popularly known as Brexit — analysts say that PM David Cameron would probably be forced to resign, perhaps within hours of the result.
    • Immigration has proved the most divisive issue in the debate over whether Britain should remain in the EU.
    • Policy makers are worried a vote to leave the EU could trigger demands for similar referendums in other countries, raising doubts about the long-term future of the EU.
    • Coverage: Bloomberg, CNN, NBC, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Lord’s Resistance Army rebels have stepped up attacks and abductions in the country during early 2016, the UN said. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Four masked gunmen have stormed a house in the northern Sinai city of al-Arish and shot dead two policemen inside. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The Niger Delta Avengers militant group blew up another oil pipeline belonging to state-run oil firm, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, in the southeastern state of Akwa Ibom. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US authorities turned over veteran drug lord Hector “El Guero” Palma Salazar to Mexico after nine years in US prison. (AFP)
  • Honduras: Indigenous Lenca people held a protest in capital Tegucigalpa, demanding an international probe into the murder of a widely respected activist, Berta Caceres. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The nation has asked its regional neighbors to meet next week with international mediators trying to help settle the country’s economic and political crisis. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The new US commander in the country Gen. John W. Nicholson has submitted his first three-month assessment of the situation in the war-torn country and what it’s going to take to defeat the Taliban. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Some five militants had been killed after Afghan army launched an airstrike in the southern province of Uruzgan. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: An Islamist militant suspected of attacking a publisher last year has been arrested, in what police said was an important breakthrough in their investigations into a spate of horrific attacks. (AFP)
  • China: The country protested against the meeting of US President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia is seeking to create a “zone of influence through military means”, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said. (AFP)
  • Region: The head of the EU’s foreign service, Alain Le Roy, has resigned after differences with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. (Reuters)
  • Norway: US Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting the country’s extreme north to view areas impacted by climate change with melting ice and the opening of new sea lanes. (AP)
  • Spain: Madrid has expressed its displeasure at a visit by British PM David Cameron to the disputed territory of Gibraltar. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The United Arab Emirates’ involvement in more than a year of war in Yemen is “practically over”, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargashwas said. (Reuters)
  • Region: Islamic State jihadists are still committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq and Syria, UN rights investigators said. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped in the jihadist bastion of Fallujah face a “humanitarian disaster”, a prominent Norwegian NGO said. (AFP)
  • Israel: The country has passed a new “anti-terrorism” law, where a “terrorist” sentenced to life imprisonment can no longer have his sentence reduced during the first 15 years. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: An individual going by the handle Guccifer 2.0 claimed credit for the hacking of the US Democratic National Committee’s network, though a cybersecurity firm investigating the breach stood by its conclusion that Russia was behind the breach. (WP)

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 (17JUN)

  • Global: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought – 1995
  • Eurasia Region: Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Serbia, Poland, and Uzbekistan (to 22JUN)
  • Greece: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit Athens to meet with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and PM Alexis Tsipras
  • Myanmar: French Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault to visit (to 19JUN)
  • United States: Anniversary of President Nixon declares War on Drugs – 1971

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