- AFRICA: Egypt`s highest administrative court quashed the cession of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
- AMERICAS: Venezuela asked the Organization of American States to cancel a Thursday meeting on the country’s economic and political crisis.
- ASIA: Eight more Taiwanese nationals have been arrested in Cambodia over an alleged telephone scam, with China apparently poised to send a plane to collect them despite fierce opposition from Taipei.
- EUROPE: EU ambassadors agreed to roll over damaging economic sanctions against Russia for another six months in the absence of any progress on resolving the Ukraine conflict.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Jordan, a car bombing killed six Jordanian security forces and wounded 14 near an army post on the sealed border with war-ravaged Syria.
- TECHNOLOGY: Chinese government cyberespionage has decreased sharply since mid-2014, according to a new report by FireEye, a cybersecurity firm.
- Belgium: Brussels security operation uncovers hoax.
- Belgian authorities say a man with a fake bomb belt containing salt and cookies caused a big security operation during Brussel’s morning rush hour.
- The suspect was arrested at City2, a shopping mall, which prompted the mall to be evacuated and nearby roads blocked.
- Prime Minister Charles Michel told reporters that the situation was “under control” but that security services remain “extremely vigilant.”
- Belgium’s terror alert level remains at three, one step down from a maximum level of four.
- A security source said no explosives had been found on the suspect.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, NBC, Reuters, WSJ
- Region: The International Criminal Court will hand down its sentence against former Congolese VP Jean-Pierre Bemba convicted of a slew of rapes and murders in Central African Republic over a decade ago. (AFP)
- Central African Republic: Sixteen people were killed in two days of clashes between Fulani herdsmen and the mainly Muslim Seleka militia in the country’s north. (AFP)
- Egypt: The country`s highest administrative court quashed the cession of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
- South Africa: Violent protests rocked capital Pretoria over a disputed mayoral candidate for upcoming municipal elections. (AFP)
- Dominican Republic: More than 130,000 people of Haitian origin living in the the country risk deportation because it is nearly impossible for them to renew their temporary residency permits. (AFP)
- Mexico: Manlio Fabio Beltrones, the head of the country’s ruling party, has resigned following the group’s poor showing in governorship elections earlier this month. (AP)
- Venezuela: The nation asked the Organization of American States to cancel a Thursday meeting on the country’s economic and political crisis. (AFP)
- Region: Indonesia’s navy said poaching by Chinese trawlers in its waters was a “ruse” to stake Beijing’s claim to fishing grounds in the South China Sea. (AFP)
- Region: Eight more Taiwanese nationals have been arrested in Cambodia over an alleged telephone scam, with China apparently poised to send a plane to collect them despite fierce opposition from Taipei. (AFP)
- Korean Peninsula: A Seoul court convened a rare hearing into the welfare of a dozen North Korean defectors, who, Pyongyang insists, were abducted. (AFP)
- North Korea: The country appears to be readying another test of a powerful, new medium-range missile, multiple reports said. (AFP)
- Region: EU ambassadors agreed to roll over damaging economic sanctions against Russia for another six months in the absence of any progress on resolving the Ukraine conflict. (AFP)
- France: Three men with links to jihadist Larossi Abballa were arrested today for carrying out surveillance on other police officers. (AFP)
- Germany: UNICEF is criticizing the living conditions of refugee children in the country, saying they frequently lack proper medical care and access to schools for months. (AP)
- United Kingdom: Ecuador’s FM Guillaume Long says there is concern about the health of Julian Assange, who has now been in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy for four years. (BBC)
- Region: In a clash with Israeli forces, a Palestinian was killed and three Israelis lightly injured after a group of Palestinians pelted cars with rocks and firebombs at cars on a major highway overnight. (Xinhua)
- Israel: The country will announce a deal on normalizing ties with Turkey, ending a six-year diplomatic crisis. (AFP)
- Jordan: A car bombing killed six Jordanian security forces and wounded 14 near an army post on the sealed border with war-ravaged Syria. (AP)
- Yemen: An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition mistakenly killed eight civilians on the border between the southern provinces of Lahj and Taiz. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Chinese government cyberespionage has decreased sharply since mid-2014, according to a new report by FireEye, a cybersecurity firm. (WP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Danielle
- Location: 30 NM WNW of Tuxpan, Mexico
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: W at 8 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 (22JUN)
- CIS Region: Day of Remembrance and Mourning for victims of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union – 1941
- Japan: Election campaigns to begin
- Japan: Peace treaty consultations with Russia to take place in Tokyo