ONS: 18 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 19, 2017

 

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ethiopia registered an additional 54,107 refugees from January to May 2017, with most being Eritreans, South Sudanese, and Sudanese.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of people in Venezuela participated in a religious demonstration to pray for peace and pay tribute to those who have died in the recent wave of protests.
  • ASIA: Fresh landslides in Bangladesh killed four people and sent hundreds fleeing, just days after the worst mudslides on record left more than 150 dead.
  • EUROPE: The EU activated civil protection efforts to help Portugal fight forest fires that have killed dozens.
  • MIDDLE EAST: 25 people were killed when a Saudi-led coalition warplane struck a popular market in northern province of Saada in Yemen.
  • COMMUNICATIONS: Venezuela’s President Maduro called Twitter an “expression of fascism,” after the accounts of some in his government were suspended.

 

TOP STORY

  • Portugal: The country continues to fight forest fires, as the death toll rises
    • At least 58 people have died, and 60 more are reported injured, so far. Many of the dead perished in their cars, as they tried to flee the flames.
    • Sixty forest fires rage across Portugal amid a severe heatwave on the Iberian peninsula.
    • It is not yet known what caused the fires, but at least one was reportedly caused by a “dry thunderstorm,” which occurs when the rain water evaporates before reaching the ground.
    • Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blazes, and the EU has activated civil protection efforts to help Lisbon. Spain sent firefighting aircraft.
    • Prime Minister Antonio Costa called the crisis “the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years.”
    • Coverage: Guardian, AFP, AP-1, AP-2, Reuters, BBC, FT

AFRICA

  • Region: Heavy rains and flooding claimed at least 27 lives in Niger and the Ivory Coast. (DPA)
  • DR Congo: A soldier and 12 militants were killed in clashes in the restive eastern North-Kivu province. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: The country registered an additional 54,107 refugees from January to May 2017, with most being Eritreans, South Sudanese, and Sudanese. (XIN)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Russia criticized the US for what it called an “anti-Cuban” approach, and said it sides with Havana. (REU)
  • Colombia: At least three people were killed and 11 injured in a bomb blast at a popular shopping centre in Bogota. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: Thousands of people participated in a religious demonstration to pray for peace and pay tribute to those who have died in the recent wave of protests. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The bodies of seven US sailors who were reported missing after their destroyer collided with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan were found in the ship’s flooded compartments. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Dozens of people were killed or wounded when as many as five suicide bombers attacked a police headquarters in Paktia province. (REU)
  • Bangladesh: Fresh landslides killed four people and sent hundreds fleeing, just days after the worst mudslides on record left more than 150 dead. (AFP)
  • India: One civilian was killed and dozens of police injured in clashes between police and protesters in Darjeeling. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: British Brexit minister David Davis heads to Brussels to open divorce talks with the EU on Monday, with a message that there should be “no doubt — we are leaving the EU.” (REU)
  • Spain: Protesters rallied in Madrid to urge their government to fulfill its pledge to give shelter to refugees from war-torn countries like Syria. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: The government plans to extend parliament’s session from one to two years, in order to allow time for Brexit legislation to be scrutinized. (REU)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The country’s security forces started storming the IS-held Old City, the last district in Mosul still under control of the militants. (REU)
  • Syria: A driver was wounded when the aid convoy they were part of came under fire in the Eastern Ghouta region. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russia said airstrikes carried out this month killed about 180 IS jihadists, including two field commanders.(AFP)
  • Yemen: 25 people were killed when a Saudi-led coalition warplane struck a popular market in northern province of Saada. (XIN)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Venezuela’s President Maduro called Twitter an “expression of fascism,” after the accounts of some in his government were suspended. (REU)
  • Communications: The Twitter account of Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel was briefly suspended due to what the network called “an organized campaign” to bombard the platform with complaints about the content of its posts. (BBC)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquake: South of the Fiji Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 518.2 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 16JUN: 59,443 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 16JUN: 28,780 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 16JUN: 13 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
          • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (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 13JUN: 2,015 (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 13JUN: 703 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
      • Zika Virus
        • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24MAY: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
        • Outbreak Terminated as of 24MAY: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
        • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 24MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19JUN)

  • Europe: EU leaders expect for Brexit negotiations to begin
  • Hungary: Day of the Independent Hungary – 1991
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the al-Khilani Mosque bombing in Baghdad that left 78 people dead and another 218 injured – 2007
  • Kuwait: Anniversary of Kuwait declaring independence from the UK – 1961
  • Spain: Anniversary of the ETA 1987 Hipercor bombing, where 21 people died and 45 were injured – 1987
  • United States: Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela to visit US President Donald Trump at the White House

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