ONS: 17 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 17, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt’s new cabinet led by Ibrahim Mahlab was sworn in, with most positions from the previous military-installed government retained.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos announced that he would submit to Congress a constitutional reform plan that includes a ban on presidential re-election in exchange for an extended office term.
  • ASIA: Pakistani PM Sharif urged Afghan President Karzai to help stop militants escape a major military offensive.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine’s border guard service said 30 servicemen were wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists near the eastern border with Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Britain announced that it is planning to reopen the British Embassy in Tehran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The British government has reportedly asserted the right to intercept communications that go through services like Facebook, Google and Twitter that are based in the US or other foreign nations, even if they are between people in Britain.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Militants attack another town as US boosts embassy security.
    • Militants attacked and took control of parts of Baquba but  were eventually repelled by security forces.
    • The local government reported that security forces and civilian fighters still hold parts of Tal Afar.
    • The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region Nechirvan Barzani said it will be “almost impossible” for Iraq to return to how it was before recent gains by ISIL.
    • US President Obama said that 275 US military personnel are being deployed to Iraq to help American personnel and protect the embassy in Baghdad.
    • Clashes erupted in eastern Syria between rebels seeking President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster and ISIL.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The new cabinet led by Ibrahim Mahlab was sworn in, with most positions from the previous military-installed government retained. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: The UN envoy to the county said the reduction of peacekeeping personnel will continue ahead of planned elections. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: Somali-linked Islamist militants killed at least eight people in a second night of attacks on the town of Mpeketoni. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Supreme Court rejected Argentina’s appeals against paying at least USD1.3 billion to hedge fund investors in its defaulted bonds. (AFP)
  • Argentina: Authorities identified 1,400 clandestine landing strips used by smugglers to move drugs in the province of Santiago del Estero. (EFE)
  • Colombia: President Santos announced that he would submit to Congress a constitutional reform plan that includes a ban on presidential re-election in exchange for an extended office term. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani PM Sharif urged Afghan President Karzai to help stop militants escape a major military offensive. (AFP)
  • Region: China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi will visit Hanoi on 18JUN amid tensions over a Chinese oil rig in the disputed South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Region: US President Obama is to announce his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities. (WP)
  • Afghanistan: The top US military commander in the country said the US has increased its surveillance over the Afghan-Pakistani border. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: The country’s longest rail strike in years entered a second week as lawmakers were set to debate a debt-cutting reform plan opposed by unions. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police detained 11 people, including former top officers, in a probe into illegally wiretapping PM Erdogan. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The border guard service said 30 servicemen were wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists near the eastern border with Russia. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Britain announced that it is planning to reopen the British Embassy in Tehran. (NYT)
  • Israel: The army said it had arrested 40 more Palestinians in the West Bank, expanding searches for three missing Israeli teens. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that a car bomb exploded in Deir el-Zour province killing at least five people. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The British government has reportedly asserted the right to intercept communications that go through services like Facebook, Google and Twitter that are based in the US or other foreign nations, even if they are between people in Britain. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 07W (Hagibis)
    • Location: 152 NM NW of Kadena AB
    • Movement: ENE at 39 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Etna, Italy
  • 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 16 June: 701 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 16 June: 249 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18JUN)

  • Middle East Region: Arab foreign ministers are set to meet in Saudi Arabia to discuss Iraq.
  • Vietnam: Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi visits to discuss South China Sea tensions.

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