ONS: 22 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 22, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to arrive in Cairo Sunday for talks, the first visit by such a senior US official to Egypt since President al-Sissi was inaugurated earlier this month.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has been officially endorsed by the governing Workers Party to run for re-election in October, promising to boost social policies that have lifted millions of people out of poverty.
  • ASIA: The parents of a South Korean conscript soldier who killed five comrades in a grenade and gun attack pleaded with him to surrender, after he exchanged fire with troops near a school close to the North Korean border.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Putin voiced limited support for the government’s unilateral ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists, but told Ukrainian President Poroshenko there had to be talks with the rebels to prevent the truce collapsing.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli air forces have carried out a number of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, destroying military sites of Palestinian military groups, in retaliation after militants in Gaza fired two rockets on southern Israel.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Advanced technological tools are beginning to make it possible to measure and monitor employees as never before, along with raising concerns about privacy and the specter of unchecked surveillance in the workplace.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Sunni Militants Continue to Push, Challenge Iraqi Government.
    • Sunni militants have seized another town, Rutba, in the western Anbar province, the fourth to fall in two days, officials said, in what is shaping up to be a major offensive in one of Iraq’s most restive regions.
    • The government is struggling in its battle against militants, as reports say ISIS appears to be better trained, better equipped and more experienced than the Iraqi army.
    • Row after row of men in combat fatigues marched through the streets of Baghdad on Saturday signaling the resurgence of one of Iraq’s most feared Shiite militias, the Madhi Army.
    • US President Obama said the country’s leaders must come up with an inclusive political solution to the crisis and reiterated his belief that military action would be futile without a consensus that rises above sectarian motivations.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Guardian, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Australia PM Tony Abbott is attempting to contact President al-Sisi to lobby for the release of Australian journalist Peter Greste, whose fate comes on Monday, when an Egyptian court issues its verdict in the case that’s sparked international outrage. (Guardian)
  • Kenya: After two days of attacks on the nation’s coast earlier this week left more than 60 people dead, the government has urged people to watch World Cup football matches in the comfort of their homes instead of in “crowded and unprotected open places”. (BBC)
  • Libya: The government condemned the United States for snatching a man suspected of masterminding the deadly 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, describing the arrest as a violation of Libyan sovereignty. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Large crowds of voters gathered in the southwest Ekiti state for a hotly contested local election that will be scrutinized for fairness and signs of violence ahead of next year’s national poll. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff has been officially endorsed by the governing Workers Party to run for re-election in October, promising to boost social policies that have lifted millions of people out of poverty. (BBC)
  • Brazil: Extra security is planned for the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup game between Russia and Belgium on Sunday, as the number of police officers on duty will rise by 600 to 3,100. (BBC)
  • Cuba: The government dismissed a US report, which put the island nation on a black list of “human trafficking countries.” (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Federal police captured Huber Gomez Patino, a 22 year-old man who identified himself as the son of Servando “La Tuta” Gomez Martinez, leader of the Knights Templar cartel, officials said. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan plans to call on Pyongyang to provide it with more convincing answers to a set of 150 questions and issues it raised in 2002 over North Korea’s past abductions of Japanese nationals, a Japanese government source said. (Kyodo)
  • Australia: US President Obama has said he is “deeply concerned” about the terrorism threat posed by Australian jihadists fighting in Syria on their return to their country. (Guardian)
  • China: State television on Sunday showed a suspect in an attack on a mahjong game room in the western region of Xinjiang confessing and apologizing, and saying he had been influenced to carry out a holy war by other gang members. (AP)
  • Japan: Japan and the US are set to expand the scope of rear area assistance the Self-Defense Forces would provide to the American military in contingencies involving the Korean Peninsula, a government source said. (Kyodo)
  • South Korea: The parents of a South Korean conscript soldier who killed five comrades in a grenade and gun attack pleaded with him to surrender, after he exchanged fire with troops near a school close to the North Korean border. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM David Cameron will force fellow EU leaders to vote on who should head the bloc’s executive body if they try to impose Jean-Claude Juncker, Downing Street sources said. (AFP)
  • Region: Canada announced economic sanctions and travel bans on 11 Russians and Ukrainians, as well as a Crimean oil company, saying they facilitated the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. (AFP)
  • Greece: Around a ton of heroin has been discovered in a warehouse near Athens and 14 people, most of them members of tanker crew, have been arrested, Greek port police said. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Russian President Putin voiced limited support for the government’s unilateral ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists, but told President Poroshenko there had to be talks with the rebels to prevent the truce collapsing. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko agreed to dialogue with those separatists not implicated in “murder and torture” as he laid out a peace plan for ending the pro-Russian insurgency threating his ex-Soviet state. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli troops killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Palestinian medics said, as Israel continued its crackdown on Islamist group Hamas, blamed for abducting three Israeli youths. (Reuters)
  • Region: Palestinian President Abbas said no evidence has shown that Islamic Hamas movement is behind the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets overnight, with at least two missiles striking inside Israel, an Israeli military spokesman wrote on Twitter. (DPA)
  • Israel: Air forces have carried out a number of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, destroying military sites of Palestinian military groups, in retaliation after militants in Gaza fired two rockets on southern Israel. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaida militants killed Brigadier-General Abdullah al-Mehdar, a senior army officer, in front of his home in the capital Sanaa, the Defense Ministry said. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Advanced technological tools are beginning to make it possible to measure and monitor employees as never before, along with raising concerns about privacy and the specter of unchecked surveillance in the workplace. (NYT)

 

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 (23JUN)

  • Global: Financial Action Task Force plenary and working group meeting in Paris, France (to 27JUN).
  • Egypt: Egypt court verdict in Al-Jazeera trial.
  • France: French engineering company Alstom has set Monday as a deadline to decide whether to accept a bid by General Electric to buy its energy business.
  • Israel: Bill to permit force-feeding of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners is expected to win final approval in Israel’s parliament.
  • Luxembourg: National Day
  • Luxembourg: European Union foreign ministers are discussing the situation in Ukraine amid simmering tensions with Russia as well as the worsening crisis in Iraq and Syria.
  • Paraguay and Japan: Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes will visit Japan.
  • UAE: Verdict in trial of suspected UAE ‘Qaeda cell’ due.
  • United States: Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton host Clinton Global initiative summit in Denver.
  • United States: An Iraqi immigrant is sentenced for bludgeoning his wife in what investigators initially considered a possible hate crime because of note found near her body accusing her of being a terrorist.
  • United States: A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in federal court for a final pretrial conference before his trial on obstruction charges begins 30JUN.

 

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