- AFRICA: Pro-government militia leaders in Mali agreed to evacuate a flashpoint town in the north, removing a key obstacle to the country’s fragile peace process.
- AMERICAS: A group of eight Brazilian senators on a visit to meet a jailed opposition leader in Venezuela say they had to flee after their bus was attacked.
- ASIA: The South Korean government said that the MERS outbreak that has killed 24 people appears to have begun subsiding.
- EUROPE: The head of Airbus threatened to pull out of Europe’s plan to develop a military surveillance drone should EU governments keep interfering in the process.
- MIDDLE EAST: More than 70 countries signed a letter demanding that the Syrian government stop indiscriminate aerial attacks that have killed thousands of civilians and urging the UNSC to prevent the Air Force from future attacks.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US FCC approved a plan to expand a subsidy program for low-income Americans to include Internet service.
- Greece: Europe to hold emergency meeting on debt talks as Greece makes pipeline deal with Russia.
- The European Central Bank’s decision-making governing council will hold an emergency session today to discuss a request from the Bank of Greece for an increase in liquidity to Greek banks.
- Greece insisted a last-ditch deal on its debt was possible and dismissed “terror scenarios” of a default.
- Russia and Greece signed a preliminary agreement to set up a joint venture to build a pipeline through Greece.
- French President Hollande insisted that “everything” must be done to seal a compromise on the Greek debt crisis before a Monday emergency Eurozone meeting.
- Britain said it “must be prepared for the worst” as Greece risks exiting the Eurozone in the absence of a deal over bailout repayments.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, NYT
- Region: Al-Qaeda in North Africa denied reports its former leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar was killed in a US air strike last week in Libya, in a statement posted online overnight. (AFP)
- Benin: President Yayi appointed the head of one of Europe’s biggest capital investment funds as his new prime minister. (AFP)
- Burundi: A rights group reported that at least 70 people been killed, 500 wounded and over 1,000 jailed in weeks of political violence. (AFP)
- Libya: Tunisian FM Bakouch said that all 10 Tunisian consular workers kidnapped in the country by an armed militia have been freed after a week in captivity. (Reuters)
- Mali: Pro-government militia leaders agreed to evacuate a flashpoint town in the north, removing a key obstacle to the country’s fragile peace process. (AFP)
- Dominican Republic: The day after a deadline to register with immigration authorities passed officials said they would not begin rapid or mass expulsions of undocumented migrants, but will begin to evaluate individual cases. (WP)
- Guatemala: President Perez said the corruption investigation against him is unfounded as he fought the possible lifting of his presidential immunity. (AFP)
- Venezuela: A group of eight Brazilian senators on a visit to meet a jailed opposition leader say they had to flee after their bus was attacked. (BBC)
- China: State media criticized Hong Kong’s opposition pro-democracy lawmakers after the legislature vetoed a Beijing-backed electoral reform package. (Reuters)
- India: Kashmir was largely under curfew with top separatist leaders detained to halt a planned protest march over a series of recent killings in the restive territory. (AFP)
- Korea, South: The government said that the MERS outbreak that has killed 24 people appears to have begun subsiding. (AFP)
- Malaysia: Pirates who hijacked an oil tanker last week have fled on the ship’s lifeboat after being pursued by the Navy. (AP)
- Philippines: A new poll claims that eight in ten Filipinos are worried a South China Sea territorial dispute could lead to “armed conflict” with China. (AFP)
- Region: The head of Airbus threatened to pull out of Europe’s plan to develop a military surveillance drone should EU governments keep interfering in the process. (AFP)
- Denmark: PM Thorning-Schmidt conceded defeat in the parliamentary election and said she would step down as chairwoman of the Social Democratic Party. (Xinhua)
- United Kingdom: Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said he had “deliberately invited and included a US official” to join the review of the country’s military, adding that his government was “liaising very closely with the Department of Defense throughout.” (NYT)
- Israel: PM Netanyahu denounced what he called the “hypocrisy” of the UN after UNSG Ban Ki-moon demanded the country protect the lives of children in Gaza. (AFP)
- Lebanon: A truce was reached between rival Palestinian factions in a refugee camp in the south of the country, a day after fighting left two people dead. (DPA)
- Syria: More than 70 countries signed a letter demanding that the government stop indiscriminate aerial attacks that have killed thousands of civilians and urging the UNSC to prevent the Air Force from future attacks. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: The US FCC approved a plan to expand a subsidy program for low-income Americans to include Internet service. (The Hill)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report.
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Kuchinoerabu Island, Japan
- Second eruption in as many days, raised alert level and evacuations. (Xinhua)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- Suspected Cases as of 05JUN: 353,194 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 10,512
- Deaths as of 05JUN: 47 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 16JUN: 1321 (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 16JUN: 466 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing:WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20JUN)
- Global: World Refugee Day
- Italy: Pope Francis to visit Turin and the Turin Shroud exhibition (to 21JUN)
- Iran: Anniversary of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, who drew international attention after she was killed during the 2009 Iranian election protests – 2009
- Mali: Independence Day – 1960
- Mali: The head of Mali’s main Tuareg-led rebel groups said on Friday that his movement will sign a final deal to end the conflict in the west African nation
- Senegal: Independence Day – 1960