ONS: 19 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 19, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN peacekeeping force in Mali will be getting unmanned drones to help protect civilians and UN troops in the north
  • AMERICAS: Argentina said it will not make a bond service payment due 30JUN in New York as ordered by a US judge.
  • ASIA: Four Taliban militants struck a NATO post near Afghanistan’s Torkham crossing, destroying dozens of trucks and sparking a gun battle with police.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine’s Parliament confirmed Pavlo Klimkin, the current ambassador to Germany who also represents Kiev in peace negotiations with Russia, as foreign minister.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli military reported that soldiers clashed with Palestinians during an arrest raid that was part of a weeklong search for three missing teens.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Anonymous hacker group threatened to launch a cyber attack this week against Middle East oil firms and oil-rich Arab governments in the Gulf.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Renewed call for US airstrikes amid criticism for PM Maliki.
    • The government said its forces were in control of the country’s largest oil refinery while staff claimed that insurgents were still inside the complex and sporadic clashes persisted.
    • Top US officials warned PM Maliki against “sectarian” policies as US President Obama weighed calls for air strikes on Sunni insurgents.
    • Former CIA chief Petraeus warned that Washington risked becoming an “air force for Shiite militias”, if it agreed to the request for support from PM Maliki.
    • Several families of 40 abducted Indian construction workers said their captors claim they will be freed unharmed.
    • Israeli officials expressed concerns that the jihadist offensive in Iraq may prompt concessions to Iran from the US.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AFP-5, BBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Malawi: President Mutharika named half of his 20-member cabinet, nearly a month after the elections that brought him to office. (AFP)
  • Mali: The UN peacekeeping force in the country will be getting unmanned drones to help protect civilians and UN troops in the north. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The country is escalating its efforts to counter oil smuggling by international shippers. (WSJ)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government said it will not make a bond service payment due 30JUN in New York as ordered by a US judge. (AFP)
  • Colombia: US VP Biden promised US support for the country’s peace process with rebels during a visit to the country. (WSJ)
  • Mexico: Two alleged top members of the Zetas and Gulf drug cartels linked to escalated violence in the border state of Tamaulipas were arrested. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Four Taliban militants struck a NATO post near the Torkham crossing, destroying dozens of trucks and sparking a gun battle with police.  (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demonstrated in Kabul against alleged election fraud in the first public protest of a growing political crisis. (AFP)
  • Japan: The ruling coalition confirmed that the current cabinet session will not approve PM Shinzo Abe’s proposed changes on collective self-defense rights. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Seven soldiers were killed and 13 others wounded in separate encounters with suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels in the south of the country. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Poland: PM Tusk said an early parliamentary election was one possible option after secret recordings were published of private conversations between senior officials. (Reuters)
  • Spain: King Felipe VI was sworn in as the country’s new king following the abdication of Juan Carlos earlier in the month. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Parliament confirmed Pavlo Klimkin, the current ambassador to Germany who also represents Kiev in peace negotiations with Russia, as foreign minister. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Armed forces and pro-Russian separatists were locked in a fierce battle in the rebellious east of the country, Ukrainian military sources said. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A Western diplomat said that the country’s position in critical nuclear talks is “worrying”, with no change on most issues. (AFP)
  • Israel: The military reported that soldiers clashed with Palestinians during an arrest raid that was part of a weeklong search for three missing teens. (AP)
  • Syria: HRW reported that Kurdish authorities ruling three enclaves in the northeast have committed abuses, including arbitrary arrests of political opponents. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Anonymous hacker group threatened to launch a cyber attack this week against Middle East oil firms and oil-rich Arab governments in the Gulf. (DPA)

 

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: 528 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 337 (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 (20JUN)

  • Global: World Refugee Day
  • Iran: Anniversary of death of Neda Agha-Soltan, a young woman killed in Iranian election protests – 2009
  • Mali: Independence Day – 1960
  • Senegal: Independence Day – 1960

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