ONS: 20 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 21, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Uganda and the UN appealed for USD 8B in funding to deal with the crisis of refugees from South Sudan.
  • AMERICAS: The Organization of American States failed to approve either of the two declarations on the crisis in Venezuela.
  • ASIA: Admiral John Richardson, the US Navy’s top commander, met grieving families in Japan, as investigations continue into the cause of a deadly naval accident involving the USS Fitzgerald.
  • EUROPE: French Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard resigned over a fake jobs scandal that has hit her small centrist MoDem party, allied with President Emmanuel Macron`s party.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Australia suspended airstrikes into Syria following Russia’s subsequent threat against US-led coalition aircraft.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Activists, human-rights lawyers and journalists in Mexico filed a criminal complaint accusing the Mexican government of spying through software used to fight criminals and terrorists.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Returned prisoner, American Otto Warmbier dies mysteriously.
    • Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a half, died, days after he returned home in a coma.
    • US doctors found no active sign of North Korea’s explanation of botulism, nor evidence of beatings.
    • Despite evidence of severe brain damage, doctors do not know what caused Warmbier’s death.
    • US President Donald Trump called North Korea a “brutal regime” in response.
    • Young Pioneer Tours, the Chinese tour agency that organized the trip to North Korea by American student Otto Warmbier, will no longer take US citizens to the country.
    • To date the Trump administration’s policy for dealing with North Korea’s increasingly aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons has been to push Beijing to pressure Pyongyang, its longtime ally.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, BBC, CNN, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Uganda and the UN appealed for USD 8B in funding to deal with the crisis of refugees from South Sudan. (AP)
  • Region: Rwanda and Zambia signed three cooperation agreements after talks between Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Zambia counterpart Edgar Lungu. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: Congolese security forces and militia members killed at least 3,383 people in the Kasai region since last October, the country’s Catholic Church said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Organization of American States failed to approve either of the two declarations on the crisis in Venezuela. (EFE)
  • Colombia: National Liberation Army rebels are believed to be holding captive two Dutch journalists, who went missing in the country’s northeast. (AP)
  • Venezuela: At least one person was killed and another 48 were injured in Caracas during opposition marches. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Afghan security forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing one, as they cleared away a protest camp that occupied a busy avenue for the last three weeks. (WP)
  • Afghanistan: At least eight Afghan security guards were killed when Taliban gunmen opened fire on them in the country’s northern Parwan province. (AP)
  • Japan: Admiral John Richardson, the US Navy’s top commander, met grieving families in the country, as investigations continue into the cause of a deadly naval accident involving the USS Fitzgerald. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Philippine aircraft bombed rebel positions and ground troops launched a renewed push against Islamist militants holed up in Marawi. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Four family members of a man killed after ramming his car into a police convoy on Paris’ Champs-Elysees are in custody as part of an anti-terrorism probe. (AP)
  • France: Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard resigned over a fake jobs scandal that has hit her small centrist MoDem party, allied with President Emmanuel Macron`s party. (AFP)
  • Germany: German authorities are taking action against 36 people suspected of posting hate speech online, most of them accused of far-right incitement. (AP)
  • Russia: The European Court for Human Rights ruled the country’s law banning dissemination of so-called gay propaganda to minors violates the right to freedom of expression. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: London mosque attack suspect, Darren Osborne, is being held on suspicion of attempted murder and alleged terror offenses. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Bahraini authorities arrested several suspects in connection with an explosion in Diraz, the village of a Shi’ite Muslim spiritual leader Ayatollah Isa Qassim. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The country protested against comments by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson backing “peaceful transition” in the Islamic republic. (AFP)
  • Syria: Australia suspended airstrikes into the country following Russia’s subsequent threat against US-led coalition aircraft. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Heavy air strikes hit the city of Deraa as a ceasefire declared by the government expired. (Reuters)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Activists, human-rights lawyers and journalists in Mexico filed a criminal complaint accusing the Mexican government of spying through software used to fight criminals and terrorists. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Bret
    • Location: 30 NM S of Trinidad
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 23 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 16JUN: 59,443 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 16JUN: 28,780 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 16JUN: 13 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
          • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (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 19JUN: 2,029 (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 19JUN: 704 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
      • Zika Virus
        • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24MAY:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
        • Outbreak Terminated as of 24MAY: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
        • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 24MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21JUN)

  • Canada: National Aboriginal Day – 1996
  • Greenland: National Day – 1983
  • Russia: India’s minister of defense, finance and corporate affairs to visit Russia (to 23JUN)
  • Togo: Day of the Martyrs
  • United Kingdom: UK Parliament to open
  • United States: US and China to hold their inaugural Diplomatic and Security Dialogue in Washington

 

END

 

 

Comments on this entry are closed.