ONS: 17 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 18, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian investigators have started analyzing the cockpit voice recorder from an EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea last month, killing all 66 people on board.
  • AMERICAS: The US State Department recognizes Jocelerme Privert as Haiti’s interim president for now.
  • ASIA: Pro-democracy groups rallied against China’s tightening grip on Hong Kong following electrifying revelations by a bookseller who spoke out about his months-long detention in the mainland.
  • EUROPE: The US will maintain its presence in the Black Sea despite a Russian warning, the US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces retook the main government compound in the jihadist bastion of Fallujah from the Islamic State group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: New Zealand military personnel are to join a major cyber attack exercise for countries of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-gathering network.

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Referendum campaigns suspended in honor of slain MP.
    • Britain mourned lawmaker Jo Cox after a man wielding a gun and knife killed the 41-year-old mother-of-two in a brazen street attack.
    • As a result, the rival campaigns over whether Britain should vote to leave the European Union remained suspended for a second day.
    • Thomas Mair, 52, is the prime suspect as he was arrested blocks from the scene, but has not been charged.
    • According to documents obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the US-based organization that tracks extremist groups, Mair was a long-time supporter of the National Alliance, a once-prominent white supremacist group.
    • Witnesses said Mair shouted “Britain first” as the attack took place, as Cox was a strong supporter of the EU.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, Reuters, USA Today, WP

AFRICA

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo: The country has reported 1,044 suspected cases of yellow fever since March, including 71 deaths, the World Health Organization said. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Egyptian investigators have started analyzing the cockpit voice recorder from an EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea last month, killing all 66 people on board. (AP)
  • Ethiopia: Security forces killed more than 400 people in their bid to quell protests in the country’s vast Oromiya province since November, Human Rights Watch said. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The Japanese government decided to extend the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s anti-piracy mission off the country’s coast by another year. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • El Salvador: The country’s ambassador to Germany Jose Atilio Benitez Parada has denied prosecutors’ allegations that he used his position for arms trafficking. (AP)
  • Guatemala: The country’s former president and VP have been formally charged in a sprawling corruption scheme that emptied government coffers and laundered money. (AP)
  • Haiti: The US State Department recognizes Jocelerme Privert as the troubled country’s interim president for now. (AP)

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Human Rights Watch slammed a wave of mass arrests by Bangladeshi police carrying out a crackdown on Islamist militants. (AFP)
  • Hong Kong: Pro-democracy groups rallied against China’s tightening grip on the semiautonomous city following electrifying revelations by a bookseller who spoke out about his months-long detention in the mainland. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Authorities faced pressure to allow dozens of Sri Lankan migrants stranded on a boat for almost a week to disembark, as witnesses said a warning shot was fired in chaotic scenes near the vessel. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The UN office on North Korean human rights  is intensifying its investigation into Pyongyang’s dismal human rights record ahead of the first anniversary of its establishment. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Region: Aid group Doctors Without Borders said it will no longer take funds from the EU in protest at its policies on the migration crisis. (AFP)
  • Region: The US will maintain its presence in the Black Sea despite a Russian warning, the US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said. (Reuters)
  • Greece: The eurozone’s financial crisis resolution authority has authorized the payment of USD 8.4B in bailout funds for the country. (AP)
  • Turkey: New PM Binali Yildirim said he wants to have no permanent tensions with the country’s neighbors after serious ruptures with Egypt, Israel, Russia, and Syria in recent years. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: United Arab Emirates Minister Anwar Gargash stepped back from his previous comments that the UAE’s part in the Saudi-led war in Yemen was “over.” (AP)
  • Iraq: Government forces retook the main government compound in the jihadist bastion of Fallujah from the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russia bombed US-backed fighters in southern Syria, according to a US official in Washington, who said the aggressive action by Moscow raises “serious concern.” (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: New Zealand military personnel are to join a major cyber attack exercise for countries of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-gathering network. (Xinhua)

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 16JUN:  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 16JUN: 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 16JUN: 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 (18JUN)

  • Croatia: Scheduled confidence vote on First Vice Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko’s withdrawal from government
  • Greece: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit Lesvos to meet with refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers
  • Russia: Communist Party to hold a nationwide action against NATO (to 22JUN)

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