ONS: 23 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 23, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to seven years in jail after accusing them of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • AMERICAS: The Boeing-managed ground-based system intended to shield the continental US intercepted a simulated incoming missile over the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

  • ASIA: In Pakistan, the government diverted an Emirates aircraft carrying populist cleric Tahir ul Qadri to Lahore from Islamabad for ‘security reasons’.

  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Poroshenko urged German Chancellor Merkel and other world leaders to get more involved in helping settle the pro-Russian uprising.

  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 10 Syrian soldiers were killed in Israeli air raids on positions near the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Security monitor Errata reported that 300,000 servers remain vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, out of an originally detected 600,000 months earlier

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: US Secretary Kerry in Baghdad as violence continues.

    • US Secretary Kerry plans to meet with PM Maliki and other leading political figures to urge the country to form a new, inclusive government.

    • A senior US State Department official said Secretary Kerry would not urge PM Maliki to step down.

    • Recent assessments by Western officials and military experts indicate that about a quarter of Iraq’s military forces are “combat ineffective”.

    • Sixty-nine detainees were killed during a militant attack on a convoy transporting them in an area south of Baghdad

    • Witnesses reported that the strategic Shi’ite-majority town of Tal Afar had completely fallen to Sunni Arab militants.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A court sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to seven years in jail after accusing them of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. (AP)

  • Kenya: At least 20 people were killed in ethnic clashes in the northeast. (AFP)

  • Malawi: President Mutharika completed naming his 20-member cabinet, bringing in a prominent opposition leader. (AFP)

  • Somalia: Kenyan fighter jets bombed bases of al-Qaeda-linked Shebaab in Anole and Kuday. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government published an advert in US newspapers denouncing a recent court ruling in favour of hedge fund investors. (BBC)

  • United States: The Boeing-managed ground-based system intended to shield the continental US intercepted a simulated incoming missile over the Pacific Ocean for the first time. (AFP)

  • Venezuela: Environment Minister Rodriguez said the country is suffering the seventh worst drought in the last 60 years. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea summoned Japan’s ambassador to protest Tokyo’s recent review of a landmark 1993 apology for wartime sex slavery. (Reuters):

  • Afghanistan:  Seven troops were killed by a roadside bomb in the country’s southern province of Zabul. (Xinhua)

  • China: Local media reported that authorities have arrested more than 380 suspects in the first month of a year-long crackdown on “terrorism”. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: The government diverted an Emirates aircraft carrying populist cleric Tahir ul Qadri to Lahore from Islamabad for ‘security reasons’. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Foreign Ministry said that a “durable ceasefire” was needed in eastern Ukraine to end fighting between government forces and rebels before peace negotiations could start. (AFP)

  • Russia: Several European foreign ministers renewed threats of further sanctions if the country fails to cooperate with Ukraine’s proposed peace plan. (AP)

  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko urged German Chancellor Merkel and other world leaders to get more involved in helping settle the pro-Russian uprising. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: At least 10 Syrian soldiers were killed in Israeli air raids on positions near the Israeli-held Golan Heights. (AFP)

  • Iran: Russian media reported that the country is moving to finalise plans with Russia to build at least two more nuclear power plants on its southern Gulf shores. (AFP)

  • Israel: Israeli troops detained 37 Palestinians in the West Bank overnight as its arrest campaign entered its 11th day. (AFP)

  • Syria: The EU said it is placing sanctions on 12 government ministers because of their responsibility “for serious human rights violations.” (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Security monitor Errata reported that 300,000 servers remain vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, out of an originally detected 600,000 months earlier. (TechCrunch)

 

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 (24JUN)

  • Global: NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels (to 25JUN)

  • Global: 152nd Anniversary of the Red Cross

  • Egypt: Anniversary of Mohamed Morsi’s election as President – 2012

  • Germany: Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a key indicator for Europe’s biggest economy.

  • Korea: Anniversary of Korean War – 1950

  • Malaysia: Festival of San Pedro

  • United States: Colorado, Utah hold primaries to choose candidates for November elections.

 

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