ONS: 22 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 23, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Burundi, four people were killed and some 30 wounded in a series of grenade attacks, one week ahead of key parliamentary elections.
  • AMERICAS: FARC guerrillas blew up an electricity transmission tower in the southwest of Colombia, knocking out power to Tumaco, one of the country’s main Pacific ports, the Narińo Power Company, or Cedenar, said.
  • ASIA: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to improve ties with South Korea after years of strain over history and territory, as the two countries held low-key celebrations of 50 years of diplomatic ties.
  • EUROPE: EU foreign ministers formally agreed to prolong to January 2016 damaging economic sanctions against Russia to ensure it fully implements Ukraine peace accords, officials said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas told visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that any new Palestinian unity government should not include Hamas, France’s top diplomat said.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Around 1,400 passengers of the Polish airline LOT were grounded at Warsaw’s Chopin airport after hackers attacked the airline’s ground computer systems used to issue flight plans, the company said.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Taliban gunmen and a suicide bomber attacked the Parliament building while it was in session.
    • The insurgents tried to storm the complex after triggering a car bomb but were repelled.
    • The attack came as the Afghan president’s nominee for the crucial post of defense minister was to be introduced in parliament.
    • All members of parliament were safely evacuated after the attack.
    • “Seven attackers were involved — one detonated a car near the parliament building and six were killed by security forces after they entered a nearby building,” deputy interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP.
    • Around 19 civilians were wounded in the initial explosion, he said.
    • The attackers also fired rocket-propelled grenades at the parliament, causing minor damage.
    • AFP, Reuters, Guardian

AFRICA

  • Burundi:  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon announced that he has requested Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal to offer good offices in Burundi in support of regional efforts to reduce tensions and help peacefully settle differences. (Xinhua)
  • Burundi: Four people were killed and some 30 wounded in a series of grenade attacks, one week ahead of key parliamentary elections. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: The ruling party and its allies are expected to celebrate a near total victory in parliament with the announcement of last month’s election results. (AFP)
  • Kenya: A government administrator in the country’s restive northeast was gunned down by suspected members of the Somali-led Shebab militia. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Cristina Fernandez will not run for any office in this year’s elections, but she has set up supporters in key candidacies for the primaries in which 13 presidential hopefuls are participating. (EFE)
  • Colombia:  FARC guerrillas blew up an electricity transmission tower in the southwest, knocking out power to Tumaco, one of the country’s main Pacific ports, the Narińo Power Company, or Cedenar, said. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Soldiers killed six gunmen in a shootout in Matamoros, a border city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group said. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to improve ties with South Korea after years of strain over history and territory, as the two countries held low-key celebrations of 50 years of diplomatic ties. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: An official says the Taliban have captured a second district in the northern Kunduz province after heavy fighting with local security forces. (AP)
  • Korea, South: The country reported two MERS fatalities and three new cases, taking the country’s death toll to 27 in the largest outbreak of the virus outside Saudi Arabia. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Union launched a naval operation to try to stop human traffickers from bringing migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe in unseaworthy boats. (AP)
  • Albania: The opposition condemned what it called voting “irregularities” in local elections seen as a test of the Balkan country’s fragile democracy as it pushes to join the European Union. (AFP)
  • Greece:  The fate of Greece and the euro will “largely be decided” on Monday, the EU’s economic affairs commissioner said hours before the Eurozone holds an emergency summit on Athens’ debt crisis. (AFP)
  • Russia: EU foreign ministers formally agreed to prolong to January 2016 damaging economic sanctions against the country to ensure it fully implements Ukraine peace accords, officials said. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The documents which were recently released by WikiLeaks reveal that Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran worked together with the Saudi Kingdom to combat the influence of Iran in the world, FNA news agency reported. (RIA)
  • Palestinian Territories:  President Mahmud Abbas told visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that any new unity government should not include Hamas, France’s top diplomat said. (AFP)
  • Syria: At least 11 Kurdish fighters were either killed or wounded in a blast that targeted their position in Syria’s northern city of Qamishli, a monitor group reported. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Around 1,400 passengers of the Polish airline LOT were grounded at Warsaw’s Chopin airport on Sunday after hackers attacked the airline’s ground computer systems used to issue flight plans, the company said. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Typhoon: Tropical Storm Kujira
    • 220 NM Northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Movement: N at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: Ndoi Island, Fiji
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 561km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • 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 (23JUN)

  • Global: International Widows’ Day – 2005
  • Global: United Nations Public Service Day – 2003
  • China and United States: The United States will hold ministerial talks with China in Washington to discuss security and economic issues (to 24JUN)
  • Turkey: Turkey’s newly elected parliament will meet for the first time

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