ONS: 18 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 18, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The African Union is set to readmit Egypt and end it’s nearly year-long suspension.

  • AMERICAS: US federal authorities arrested seven people and seized 89 pounds of heroin in Tucson.

  • ASIA: Afghan presidential election candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded a halt to vote-counting over fraud allegations.

  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Poroshenko said that he would soon order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east as part of a broader plan to end the 10-week insurgency.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The OPCW reported that chemical weapons such as chlorine have been used in a “systematic manner” in Syria.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Amazon is widely expected to unveil a new smartphone utilizing 3D technology.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Militants seize country’s main oil refinery.

    • Militants launched an assault on the Baiji oil refinery in Salaheddin province.

    • Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) raided the construction site of a hospital in Mosul and kidnapped 60 foreign workers.

    • Saudi Arabia warned of the risks of civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region.

    • Iranian President Rouhani said Iran would do whatever it takes to protect Shiite shrines in Iraq against Sunni militants.

    • Turkish local media reported that militants kidnapped another 15 Turkish citizens working in a construction site near Kirkuk.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, WSJ, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The African Union is set to readmit the country and end it’s nearly year-long suspension. (AFP)

  • Kenya: Authorities denied reports that several women were kidnapped during militant attacks against the town of Mpeketoni. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: At least 13 people were killed in a bomb blast at a venue televising a World Cup match in Yobe state. (BBC)

  • Somalia: A car bomb detonated outside of a hospital in Mogadishu run by the International Committee of the Red Cross killing two people. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Economy Minister Axel Kicillof warned that if the country implements a new US court ruling it would push the country into default. (AFP)

  • Mexico: A judge denied a fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero an injunction against any possible extradition to the US. (AP)

  • United States: Federal authorities arrested seven people and seized 89 pounds of heroin in Tucson. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A Vietnamese official said talks between China and Vietnam produced no breakthrough in territorial disputes in the South China Sea. (AP)

  • Afghanistan: Presidential election candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded a halt to vote-counting over fraud allegations. (AFP)

  • Japan: The country said it would soon hold fresh official talks with North Korea on Cold War kidnappings of Japanese nationals. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Twitter restored access inside the country to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about “blasphemous” content. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: At least five militants were killed in two separate US drone strikes in Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Deputy Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel hinted in a newspaper interview that France and Italy could be given more time to get their finances in order. (AFP)

  • Kosovo: Serbs in the ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica removed a barricade erected in 2011 that blocked the main bridge. (Reuters)

  • Russia: The government said it had opened a criminal probe against the Ukrainian interior minister and a local governor. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko said that he would soon order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east as part of a broader plan to end the 10-week insurgency. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A top nuclear negotiator said the country hopes to start drafting a nuclear agreement with world powers immediately. (AFP)

  • Israel: The military arrested 65 Palestinians overnight, most of whom were freed in a 2011 prisoner swap, as they searched the West Bank for three teenagers believed to be kidnapped by Hamas. (AFP)

  • Syria: A regime helicopter killed 12 people, eight of them children, in a refugee camp near the Jordanian border. (AFP)

  • Syria: The OPCW reported that chemical weapons such as chlorine have been used in a “systematic manner” in the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Amazon is widely expected to unveil a new smartphone utilizing 3D technology. (AFP)

 

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: 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 (19JUN)

  • Kuwait: Independence Day – 1961

  • Myanmar: Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday

  • Spain: The Prince of Asturias and future King of Spain will be crowned

  • Christianity: Corpus Christi

 

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