ONS: 19 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 20, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somali security forces arrested five Al-Shabaab militants in a National Intelligence and Security Agency operation in Mogadishu.
  • AMERICAS: A facility belonging to one of Venezuela’s largest food companies was seized by an unknown armed group.
  • ASIA: Eight Taliban militants, including a commander, were killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.
  • EUROPE: Polls opened for a second round of elections in Italy, with Virginia Raggi as the projected winner of the mayoral race in Rome.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia and the United States agree on the need to improve coordination while conducting military operations in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers diverted more than $50 million in digital currency from an experimental fund meant to demonstrate that such money is safe for use.

TOP STORY

  • Japan: Tens of thousands in Okinawa protested against the US military presence.
    • Approximately 65,000 people attended the rally at a park in central Naha.  A similar demonstration was being held simultaneously outside the Japanese parliament in Tokyo.
    • Many protesters wore black to mourn the recent rape and murder of a local woman in which a civilian American contractor is a suspect.
    • Protesters called for a review of the US-Japanese security agreement, which obligates Okinawa to host the bulk of American troops in Japan.
    • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government supports the security agreement with the United States, and wants Japan to take on a bigger military role on the international stage.
    • With the United States and Japan looking to constrain China’s activities in the East China Sea, the Okinawan island chain has high strategic value.
    • NYT, AFP, AP, Reuters, BBC

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Medecins Sans Frontieres reported that one of their drivers was killed in an ambush on their convoy. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Security forces arrested five Al-Shabaab militants in a National Intelligence and Security Agency operation in Mogadishu. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Shabaab jihadists have confirmed the death of commander Mohamed Mohamud, who was suspected of organizing the 2015 attack on Kenya’s Garissa University that left 148 people. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Prosecutors made a formal allegation of tax evasion and money laundering against former tourism minister Henrique Alves. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Teachers from the National Coordinator of Education Workers blocked a dozen roads through the night in the state of Oaxaca, demanding the release of detained teachers and protesting against education reform. (EFE)
  • Venezuela:  A facility belonging to one of the country’s largest food companies was seized by an unknown armed group.  (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan:  Eight Taliban militants, including a commander, were killed in a drone strike in Kunduz province. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Officials reported that 31 people have been killed and at least 19 are missing due to flash flooding and landslides in Java. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Two US aircraft carriers began conducting air defense drills, sea surveillance, and long range strike exercises in the Philippine Sea. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The country’s intelligence agency reported that the Islamic State has designated US Air Force installations and South Korean citizens as targets for attacks. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Italy: Polls opened at 07:00 am local time in the second round of elections; observers predict that voters will elect Virginia Raggi as the first female mayor of Rome. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Government forces shelled the Sakhanka settlement in the south of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), as well as suburbs of Donetsk and Gorlovka, the self-proclaimed republic’s defense ministry said. (Tass)
  • United Kingdom: Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Prime Minister Cameron praised recently murdered parliamentarian Jo Cox, and called on voters to move to “remain” in the EU. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Boeing is negotiating a deal to sell 100 airplanes to Iran, a sale potentially worth billions that would mark the first major entry of an American company into the Islamic Republic after last year’s nuclear deal. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia and the United States held a videoconference in which the two countries agreed on the need to improve coordination while conducting military operations in the country. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least eight refugees, including four children, were killed by Turkish border guards as they attempted to enter the country. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Hackers diverted more than $50 million in digital currency from an experimental fund meant to demonstrate that such money is safe for use. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 120 km SSW of Isangel, Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Santiaguito, Guatemala
    • Erupted Friday, spewing smoke and ash 5 km into the air
    • Source: Weather Network
  • 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, Perú, 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 (20JUN)

  • Global: World Refugee Day – 2001
  • Argentina: Anniversary of General Belgrano’s Death – 1820
  • Caucasus Region: Russian President Putin to host talks in St Petersburg between Azerbaijani President Aliyev and Armenian President Sarksyan
  • Cuba: Cubaindustria trade fair in Havana (to 24JUN)
  • Europe Region: EU member states to ratify Paris climate agreement at meeting in Luxembourg
  • Israel: Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to meet with US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Washington
  • Pakistan: Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai to visit Islamabad
  • Somalia: President and regional leaders to meet to discuss how to choose leaders in lieu of popular voting
  • Tanzania: Annual forum of the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) region
  • Venezuela: EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting to discuss humanitarian aid to Venezuela

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