ONS: 17 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 18, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, a roadside bomb in the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish killed one policeman and wounded four others.
  • AMERICAS: The head of the Dominican Republic’s immigration agency said the country is ready to resume deporting non-citizens without legal residency after putting the practice on hold for a year.
  • ASIA: Australia and China signed a landmark trade deal after a decade of talks.
  • EUROPE: Greece’s central bank warned that the country could crash out of the eurozone and even the EU if it fails to reach a bailout deal with international creditors.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hamas said it rejected any unilateral dissolution of the Palestinian unity government after senior officials reported that President Abbas announced it would resign.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Office of Personnel Management told lawmakers that more intrusions may be discovered with investigations and deployment of new security tools.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebels launch offensive amid renewed clashes throughout country.
    • An alliance of rebels in southern Syria announced a major offensive to capture remaining positions held by the Syrian military in Quneitra province, near to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
    • Monitoring groups reported that at least 18 people were killed in the Damascus region as the army bombarded a rebel-held town and the rebels fired rockets into the capital.
    • Monitoring groups reported that four children were among seven civilians killed in renewed rebel rocket fire on government-held areas of Syria’s second city Aleppo.
    • The first Syrian refugees returned to the border town of Tal Abyad from Turkey after it was liberated from ISIS.
    • US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and US JCS GEN Martin Dempsey are to appear before the House Armed Services Committee to discuss the situation in the region.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Burundi: President Nkurunziza swore in two new members of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI). (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: A roadside bomb in the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish killed one policeman and wounded four others. (AFP)
  • Tanzania: The Chinese government donated information technology equipment worth USD1.5 million to the country’s anti-corruption watchdog. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Dominican Republic: The head of the country’s immigration agency said the country is ready to resume deporting non-citizens without legal residency after putting the practice on hold for a year. (AP)
  • Mexico: Suspected drug cartel members armed with assault rifles and a grenade-launcher killed two police and five civilians in an attack in the western state of Michoacan. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The government gave landing permission for a Brazilian Air Force plane set to carry a group of Brazilian senators to visit jailed opposition leaders. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan warned China that its extensive land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea does not make ownership “a done deal”, after Beijing announced it had almost finished its controversial island-building. (AFP)
  • Region: South Korean FM Yun Byung-Se will visit Japan this weekend for the first time since taking office. (AFP)
  • Region: Australia and China signed a landmark trade deal after a decade of talks. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Local media reported that police insisted that Australian authorities paid the crew of a people-smuggling boat USD31,000 to turn back, displaying thousands of US dollars as proof. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The WHO said that the MERS outbreak in the country was a “wakeup call” and urged all countries to be more vigilant, as the country reported its 20th MERS death. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The Greek central bank warned that the country could crash out of the eurozone and even the EU if it fails to reach a bailout deal with international creditors. (AFP)
  • Russia: The country accused NATO of encroaching on its borders and seeking to change the strategic balance of power, forcing Moscow to take steps to protect its interests and security. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: A journalist said she and three colleagues were briefly detained at the border with Syria after angering the local governor with questions about possible infiltrators from ISIS. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Diplomats reported that the government and six powers are still apart on all main elements of a nuclear deal and will likely have to extend their negotiations. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Hamas said it rejected any unilateral dissolution of the unity government after senior officials reported that President Abbas announced it would resign. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Arab air strikes hit military targets throughout the country and expanded into one western province for the first time, despite peace talks in Geneva. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US Office of Personnel Management told lawmakers that more intrusions may be discovered with investigations and deployment of new security tools. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Bill
    • Location: 45 miles S of Waco, Texas
    • Movement: N at 13 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Carlos
    • Location: 35 miles W of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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-2, BBC
    • 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 16JUN: 1321 (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 16JUN: 466 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18JUN)

  • Global: Pope Francis’s hotly-anticipated environmental manifesto will be published
  • Denmark: General elections
  • Greece: PM Tsipras participates in the Saint Petersburg Economic Forum
  • Islam: Ramadan begins (to 17JUL)

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