- AFRICA: Somalia’s al Shabaab militants killed five police officers in a border region in northeastern Kenya.
- AMERICAS: In Mexico, six people were killed and 53 injured when clashes broke out between members of a teachers’ trade union and police at a protest.
- ASIA: In Afghanistan, more than 20 people were killed in three separate bomb attacks.
- EUROPE: Human Rights Watch urged the EU to evaluate Syrian refugees’ protection claims before returning them to Turkey citing a lack of refugee rights.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iranian state TV said intelligence officials have broken up “the biggest terrorist plot” ever planned to target Tehran and other Iranian provinces.
- TECHNOLOGY: A new study by Govini revealed US federal agencies are boosted their spending by 20% on sensor-driven technology and the Internet of Things to USD 8.8B.
- World Refugee Day: UN reports highest ever refugees since post-WWII.
- The UN’s refugee agency reports the number of displaced people is at its highest ever — surpassing even post-World War II numbers — at 65.3 million.
- Conflict is the main driver of new displacement, which causes many to stay displaced for years.
- Fighting in Syria, Afghanistan, Burundi and South Sudan has driven the latest exodus, totaling 21.3 million refugees, with half of them children.
- The UN said this is the first time the number of refugees worldwide had passed the 60 million mark.
- Turkey was the “top host” country for the second year running, taking in 2.5 million people — nearly all from neighboring Syria.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, WP
- Region: Somalia’s al Shabaab militants killed five police officers in a border region in northeastern Kenya. (Reuters)
- Egypt: Investigators have begun analyzing the two severely damaged black boxes from EgyptAir flight MS804 as they seek to explain why the plane plunged into the sea. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari arrived back in the capital Abuja after a nearly two-week stay in Britain for medical treatment. (Reuters)
- Brazil: A group of heavily armed men stormed a Rio de Janeiro hospital to free a suspected drug trafficker, sparking a shootout that left one dead and two wounded. (AP)
- Mexico: Six people were killed and 53 injured when clashes broke out between members of a teachers’ trade union and police at a protest. (Reuters)
- Mexico: An official in central Cuautitlan Izcalli was murdered while taking part in a clean-up event, municipal officials said. (EFE)
- Region: Indonesia said it will continue to take “decisive” action against foreign ships operating illegally in waters under its jurisdiction after Beijing criticized its navy for shooting at Chinese fishing vessels. (AP)
- Region: Pakistan’s foreign ministry says an Afghan delegation has arrived in Islamabad for talks on last week’s border clashes. (AP)
- Afghanistan: More than 20 people were killed in three separate bomb attacks in the country. (Reuters)
- North Korea: The country will not negotiate with the US over two American citizens it is holding until former detainee Kenneth Bae stops publicly talking about his time in prison. (Reuters)
- South Korea: The nation said it is willing to provide security forces to the US military in the country to fend off potential terrorist attacks by the Islamic State group. (Yonhap)
- Region: Human Rights Watch urged the EU to evaluate Syrian refugees’ protection claims before returning them to Turkey citing a lack of refugee rights. (AP)
- Belgium: Brussels remains on high alert with increased security after a weekend sweep which left three in jail facing terrorism charges. (AP)
- Italy: The anti-establishment Five Star Movement has made big gains, winning mayoral races in Rome and Turin, a blow to PM Matteo Renzi and his center-left Democratic Party. (BBC)
- Region: Poland will send 60 troops on a training mission to the Middle East, but the location and duration of the deployment is still unknown. (AP)
- Iran: State TV said Iranian intelligence officials have broken up “the biggest terrorist plot” ever planned to target Tehran and other Iranian provinces. (AP)
- Iraq: New Zealand will extend the deployment of troops training Iraqi defense forces in their fight against Islamic State militants. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: A new study by Govini revealed US federal agencies are boosted their spending by 20% on sensor-driven technology and the Internet of Things to USD 8.8B. (ReadWrite)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Four
- Location: 145 NM ESE of Tuxpan, Mexico
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: W at 7 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- 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 (21JUN)
- Canada: National Aboriginal Day – 1996
- Congo: International Criminal Court to sentence former Congolese leader Jean-Pierre Bemba
- Greenland: National Day – 1983