ONS: 20 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 20, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Doctors Without Borders said that conditions in a UN base in South Sudan where 45,000 civilians have fled are causing an “alarming number of deaths.”

  • AMERICAS: The US House of Representatives approved a bill 293 to 123 that would restrict the electronic surveillance powers of the NSA.

  • ASIA: In Pakistan, military helicopter gunships hit militants in the country’s northwest killing up to 20 rebels, as the number of displaced civilians passed 150,000.

  • EUROPE: French President Hollande will Saturday host seven heads of Social-Democrat governments in the EU for informal talks on the priorities of the next European Commission.

  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, a car bomb killed at least 34 people in a government-controlled village in the central province of Hama.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter said it has bought SnappyTV, a California firm that lets people edit and share clips from TV broadcasts.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko pushes for peace as clashes continue.

    • President Poroshenko released a 14-point peace plan to curb a pro-Russian insurgency in the east, calling for immediate disarmament and promising to decentralise power through constitutional reform.

    • President Poroshenko called Russia’s President Putin to discuss the plan, the second late night phone conversation between the leaders this week.

    • Russia said the build-up of forces near Ukraine was ordered weeks ago after NATO reported the deployment.

    • Ukraine announced that it had regained full control of its border with Russia.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Mozambique: Defense forces failed to overrun a base of the main opposition Renamo party in the central province of Sofala. (Xinhua)

  • Sierra Leone: The Ministry of Health confirmed that the Ebola virus killed 26 people out of 246 tested cases in the country with 103 confirmed cases with 12 survivors. (Xinhua)

  • South Sudan: Doctors Without Borders said that conditions in a UN base where 45,000 civilians have fled are causing an “alarming number of deaths.” (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US VP Biden is set to travel to Guatemala to discuss the increase of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing the US border. (Reuters)

  • Region: US President Obama spoke with Mexican President Nieto about a strategy to deal with a flood of children coming from Central America to the US. (Reuters)

  • United States: The House of Representatives approved a bill 293 to 123 that would restrict the electronic surveillance powers of the NSA. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: PM Abbott said that Australian jihadists fighting overseas who are “trained killers” and “hate our way of life” should be stopped from returning to the country and detained if they do. (AFP)

  • China: More than 160,000 people took part in an unofficial Hong Kong vote on electoral reform. (AFP)

  • China: The National Security Council ordered a probe into foreign-based non-governmental organisations operating in the country. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Military helicopter gunships hit militants in the country’s northwest killing up to 20 rebels, as the number of displaced civilians passed 150,000. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: President Hollande will Saturday host seven heads of Social-Democrat governments in the EU for informal talks on the priorities of the next European Commission. (AFP)

  • Lithuania: EU finance ministers are expected to give the country a green light to adopt the euro currency next year. (DPA)

  • Russia: Police searched the home of opposition leader and President Putin’s biggest critic Alexei Navalny. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Diplomats familiar with the progress of the nuclear talks said some differences have been narrowed between Tehran and six world powers. (AP)

  • Iraq: Government troops gathered for a counter attack north of Baghdad as US President Obama offered up to 300 Americans to help coordinate. (Reuters)

  • Israel: Soldiers killed a Palestinian 14-year-old in the West Bank as they pressed a crackdown on the Hamas movement in their search for three missing teenagers. (AFP)

  • Lebanon: A suicide bomber killed at least two people at a checkpoint on the main highway from Beirut to Damascus. (AFP)

  • Syria: A car bomb killed at least 34 people in a government-controlled village in the central province of Hama. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter said it has bought SnappyTV, a California firm that lets people edit and share clips from TV broadcasts. (AFP)

 

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 (21JUN)

  • China: World Peace Forum in Beijing (to 22JUN)

  • Finland and Sweden: Midsummer

  • France: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets President Francois Hollande in Paris, in talks expected to address the fighting in Iraq and Syria.

  • France: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds campaign rally in the French city of Lyon, home to a large Turkish population.

  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas.

  • Greenland: National Day

  • Italy: Pope Francis visits town in Calabria where 3-year-old boy was slain in car during a turf war shooting involving drug trade and local mobsters.

  • Mauritania: Presidential elections

  • The Netherlands: The Mauritshuis Museum reopens this week after a two-year renovation that allowed its masterpieces — including “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” — to be seen by record-setting crowds abroad.

  • Venezuela: Ousted lawmaker Maria Corina Machado scheduled to provide testimony to prosecutors investigating alleged, U.S.-backed plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro.

 

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