ONS: 21 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 22, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mali’s Tuareg-led rebel alliance signed a landmark deal to end years of unrest in a nation riven by ethnic divisions and in the grip of a jihadist insurgency.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian foreign ministry has sent a letter of protest to neighboring Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro’s government decreed maritime borders in a disputed area of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • ASIA: South Korea reported three more cases of MERS as health authorities remained vigilant about the spread of the virus whose pace had slowed down in recent days.
  • EUROPE: UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon stated that the UK will extend its commitment to a rapid reaction force in NATO by three years.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  A total of 40 IS militants were killed on in U.S.-led coalition air strikes and clashes with Iraqi security forces and allied militias in Iraq’s western province of Anbar and north of the capital Baghdad.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  EU’s antitrust authorities threatened to impose significant fines on Google’s operations if the company does not give rivals greater prominence in some search results across the 28-member bloc.

TOP STORY

  • Saudi Arabia: Cables released by WikiLeaks reveals Saudi diplomatic tactics
    • The transparency site released previously confidential information from the country’s diplomatic communications.
    • Documents reveal the country’s concern with the spread of Iranian power in the region, and their efforts to counteract and contain Iranian influence.
    • They detailed the Royal family’s willingness to use its wealth to influence international affairs, including a $10 billion payment to the Muslim Brotherhood in exchange for the freedom of Hosni Mubarak.
    • NYT, Business Insider

AFRICA

  • Libya: Dozens of fighters from ISIS were killed as militiamen sought to dislodge them from a neighborhood in the eastern city of Derna. (AFP)
  • Mali: Tuareg-led rebel alliance signed a landmark deal to end years of unrest in a nation riven by ethnic divisions and in the grip of a jihadist insurgency. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Shebab militants launched a major suicide raid against a military intelligence base in the capital Mogadishu, setting off a car bomb before storming inside. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia:  The foreign ministry has sent a letter of protest to neighboring Venezuela after President Maduro’s government decreed maritime borders in a disputed area of the Atlantic Ocean. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Authorities in the northern state of Tamaulipas say soldiers have killed six presumed criminals who shot at them near the border with the US. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The government enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz, underlining how the armed forces struggle to tackle the insurgency alone. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: The country reported three more cases of MERS as health authorities remained vigilant about the spread of the virus whose pace had slowed down in recent days. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: Eight men were apprehended by the country on suspicion of hijacking a Malaysian-flagged tanker, carrying large amounts of cash. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Slovakia: At least 140 people were arrested after violence broke out at an anti-immigration rally in Bratislava attended by thousands of people in protest at EU quotas on migrant numbers. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The president’s adviser Biryukov stated that the armed forces received a second shipment of Saxon armored personnel carriers from Britain. (Tass)
  • United Kingdom: UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon stated that the UK will extend its commitment to a rapid reaction force in NATO by three years. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran:  The country rejected US claims that it was a sponsor of global terror attacks, saying instead it is a victim of terrorism. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A total of 40 IS militants were killed on in U.S.-led coalition air strikes and clashes with Iraqi security forces and allied militias in Iraq’s western province of Anbar and north of the capital Baghdad. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli border policeman outside Jerusalem’s Old City, critically wounding him, with the officer managing to shoot his attacker, leaving him in critical condition. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Europe: EU’s antitrust authorities threatened to impose significant fines on Google’s operations if the company does not give rivals greater prominence in search results across the 28-member bloc. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcano: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Hot ash, gas and rocks are spewing
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
        • Cases: 27,273 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths: 11,173 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 20JUN: 1334 (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 20JUN: 471 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22JUN)

  • Asia Region: Philippines, Japan to hold naval drills (to 26JUN)
  • Europe Region: Day of Remembrance and Mourning for victims of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, held in the countries of the CIS – 1941
  • Europe Region: EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting, expected to prolong sanctions against Crimea
  • Botswana and France: Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama to visit France, meet with French President Hollande (to 25JUN)
  • Ukraine: Peace negotiations scheduled

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