ONS: 18 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 19, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Seventeen people were injured during clashes between Guinean security forces and demonstrators protesting the beating of a truck driver by soldiers.
  • AMERICAS: The governor of Rio de Janeiro declared a state of financial emergency and requested federal funds to help fulfill obligations for public services during the Olympics.
  • ASIA: Sri Lankan migrants who had been stranded off the coast of Indonesia for a week were allowed to temporarily disembark and come ashore.
  • EUROPE: A Finnish police officer was killed and another was seriously wounded when they responded to reports of shots fired in Vihti, northwest of Helsinki.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi officials reported they have regained control of most of Fallujah and have begun clearing mines and explosives left behind by the Islamic State.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Pentagon announced that hackers hired to breach Defense Department websites have found 138 different security gaps.

TOP STORY

  • Belgium: Police carried out counterterrorism raids overnight, arresting 12 people.
    • The federal prosecutor’s office said dozens of house searches were carried out in 16 municipalities, mostly in and around Brussels.
    • More than 150 garages and lock-ups were also searched, but according to police no explosives or firearms were found.
    • Forty individuals were initially detained for questioning, and twelve were arrested.  The criminal suspects will appear in court later today.
    • The Flemish public broadcaster VTM said those arrested are suspected of planning an attack in Brussels to take place during the Belgium-Ireland football match on this afternoon.
    • The crackdown followed the arrest of another suspect connected to the March terrorist attacks in Brussels, although authorities stated that these raids are not linked to those attacks.
    • WSJ, WP, Guardian, Independent, BBC, CNN, AFP, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Fresh violence this week has killed several people and forced thousands from their homes, with many seeking refuge in neighboring Chad and Cameroon, the United Nations said. (Reuters)
  • Gambia: Authorities admitted that opposition activist Solo Sandeng died in police custody after being arrested for participating in a demonstration calling for the resignation of the president in April. (AFP)
  • Guinea: Seventeen people were injured during clashes between security forces and demonstrators protesting the beating of a truck driver by soldiers. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The governor of Rio de Janeiro declared a state of financial emergency and requested federal funds to help fulfill obligations for public services during the Olympics. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The nation’s congress passed a package of anti-corruption bills that will, if signed into law by the president, increase fines and jail time for public officials convicted of bribery and embezzlement. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The nation implemented judicial reforms that will allow accused criminals to face their judges in open, oral trials. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Torkham border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan was reopened. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: A suspected Islamist militant accused of “hacking” and critically wounding a Hindu teacher was shot to death when police attempted to arrest him. (AFP)
  • China: Police occupied government buildings and arrested a democratically elected leader in a southern village in order to prevent planned anti-corruption protests. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Sri Lankan migrants who had been stranded off the coast of Aceh province for a week were allowed to temporarily disembark and come ashore. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Finland: A police officer was killed and another was seriously wounded when they responded to reports of shots fired in Vihti, northwest of Helsinki. The shooter was later found dead. (AP)
  • Germany: Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticized NATO military exercises in Eastern Europe, accusing the organization of “warmongering.” (BBC)
  • Ukraine: The president’s office said that deployment of an international police mission to eastern Ukraine is a prerequisite for holding local elections. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Government officials reported they have regained control of most of Fallujah and have begun clearing mines and explosives left behind by the Islamic State. (AP)
  • Syria: Nusra Front and allied militant groups captured three towns from government forces in Aleppo province. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: At least seven people died and 40 more were wounded by rebel shelling of the Kurdish Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-backed rebels exchanged dozens of prisoners captured in fighting in Taez. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Pentagon announced that hackers hired to breach Defense Department websites have found 138 different security gaps. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Kanlaon, Philippines
    • A plume of ash was ejected to a height of 1.5 km
    • An aviation advisory was issued
    • (AFP, Rappler)
  • 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 17JUN: 130,138 (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 17JUN: 18,220
      • Deaths as of 17JUN: 17
        • 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 (19JUN)

  • Azerbaijan: Major military exercise to be held near Nagorno-Karabakh (to 24JUN)
  • Italy: Mayoral elections in Rome
  • Japan: Planned rally against US military base in Okinawa
  • Kuwait: Independence Day – 1961
  • Myanmar: FM Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday – 1961

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