ONS: 22 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 23, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Chadian and Nigerian troops have begun operations against Boko Haram along the border between Niger and Nigeria.
  • AMERICAS: In a meeting with US Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon, two-time Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said “there is no dialogue” in the country.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, the Taliban have released 21 of some two dozen hostages, a day after they were abducted by the militants.
  • EUROPE: Three suspected Islamic State militants were arrested in Istanbul after a tip-off they had planned an attack on a transgender march.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US officials warned that the US-backed air and ground campaign is far from eradicating the radical Islamic State, and could even backfire.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An Israeli Air Force (IAF) event gathered 400 of the country’s top military minds to brainstorm next generation connected battlefield technology, including internet of things (IoT) technology.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Concern over technologically-improved missile tests.
    • North Korea has test-fired two mid-range ballistic missiles from its eastern coast, says South Korea.
    • While the first launch was deemed a failure, the second came about two hours later, South Korea’s military said, and covered 400 km (250 miles), more than halfway towards the southwest coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu.
    • The sixth and finally-successful test was disconcerting enough for South Korea to convene a meeting of top security-related ministers to discuss the growing missile and nuclear threats.
    • The launches have been conducted in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions that prohibit Pyongyang from using ballistic missile technology.
    • The US advised North Korea to stop its ballistic missile tests and said it only strengthened the international community’s resolve to press forward with UN sanctions.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NBC, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Chadian and Nigerian troops have begun operations against Boko Haram along the border between Niger and Nigeria. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Forces aligned with the country’s unity government said they had made significant gains in Sirte as they battle to oust Islamic State. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group responsible for attacks on the country’s oil and gas facilities, said it never agreed a ceasefire with the government. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Panama: Security at the inauguration of the Panama Canal expansion on 26JUN will be assured by more than 11,000 agents along with other special measures. (EFE)
  • United States: FBI agents arrested Akram Musleh, an 18-year-old from Indianapolis, as he tried to board a bus to New York and join the Islamic State overseas. (AP)
  • Venezuela: In a meeting with US Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon, two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said “there is no dialogue” in the country. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban have released 21 of some two dozen hostages, a day after they were abducted by the militants. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Clashes between rival Taliban groups in the western Herat province left 20 militants dead and another 11 wounded. (DPA)
  • China: The country will launch a campaign against online comments and reposts that feature illegal or malignant content. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: Malaysian police have rescued 29 Filipinas who had been trafficked into work in bars, the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur said. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Paris police authorities said they have banned a planned union demonstration in the capital, after previous such marches descended into violence. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Three suspected Islamic State militants were arrested in Istanbul after a tip-off they had planned an attack on a transgender march. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq and the country’s southeastern region, as authorities imposed new curfews in rural areas. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Rebels in the country’s east set 14JUL as the deadline for Kiev to adopt a law on local elections in Donetsk and Lugansk regions. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US officials warned that the US-backed air and ground campaign is far from eradicating the radical Islamic State, and could even backfire. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is holding a string of meetings in Paris to seek benefits from a nuclear accord. (AP)
  • Syria: Air strikes on the Islamic State group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa killed 25 civilians, six of them children. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: An Israeli Air Force (IAF) event gathered 400 of the country’s top military minds to brainstorm next generation connected battlefield technology, including internet of things (IoT) technology. (ReadWrite)

 

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 as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • 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 22JUN: 1,762 (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 22JUN: 629 (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 (23JUN)

  • Global: International Widows’ Day – 2005
  • Global: United Nations Public Service Day – 2003
  • Eurasia Region: Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (to 24JUN)
  • France: Planned strikes against labor reforms
  • Lebanon: Session of Parliament to attempt to elect a new president
  • United Kingdom: “Brexit” referendum on EU membership

 

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