ONS: 23 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 24, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari slammed the state of the country’s finances, claiming his predecessor had left Africa’s biggest economy deep in debt and the treasury “virtually empty.”
  • AMERICAS: An American 19-year-old was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State group, after allegedly planning to carry out assassinations and attacks in its name.
  • ASIA: Japan will host a summit of the Group of Seven industrial democracies on May 26-27 next year, its top government spokesman said.
  • EUROPE: Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter said that the United States would contribute Special Operations forces, surveillance aircraft and weaponry to a new NATO task force designed to respond to crises in Eastern Europe and North Africa.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran, Iraq and Syria will meet in the Iraqi capital Baghdad soon to discuss how they can effectively fight terror, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Several Chinese ministries are drafting an “Internet Plus” action plan, according to sources of the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

TOP STORY

  • Greece: Talks began over the economic issues as well as a potential bailout between the government and its European creditors.
    • The country has submitted a new debt plan to resolve issues between Athens and its European and IMF creditors, addressing key sticking points.
    • Greece has accepted the principle of extending its current bailout program which expires at the end of the month.
    • The EU’s commissioner for economic affairs said he was “convinced” that the country and its creditors would strike a deal on Athens’ debt.
    • European leaders meeting in Brussels carefully sidestepped the question of restructuring Greece’s huge debt, with Germany the most reluctant to open the debate.
    • A third bailout program is not being considered by Eurozone leaders, French President Francois Hollande says.
    • European Central Bank has increased the amount of emergency liquidity lenders can draw on, the second time it has done so in two days.
    • AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, DPA

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: The ruling party has swept all but one seat in the election to the 547-seat parliament held in May, again crushing an opposition that complained of voting abuses. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari slammed the state of the country’s finances, claiming his predecessor had left Africa’s biggest economy deep in debt and the treasury “virtually empty”. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least 20 people were killed when a young female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a bus station in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, in an attack likely to be blamed on Boko Haram. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: British police have arrested the head of Rwanda’s intelligence service on an arrest warrant issued by Spain where he is accused of involvement in war crimes linked to the genocide, prompting a furious reaction from Rwanda. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Four soldiers died and their Black Hawk helicopter was destroyed when the aircraft landed in a minefield planted by leftist rebels in the northeast. (AP)
  • Mexico:  At least 22 people died in a wave of drug-related violence over the weekend triggered by a turf war between the Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, state officials said. (EFE)
  • United States: A 19-year-old was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State group, after allegedly planning to carry out assassinations and attacks in its name. (AFP)

ASIA

  • China: On the eve of a new round of high-level talks, China and the United States agreed to work to enhance strategic trust. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The country will host a summit of the Group of Seven industrial democracies on May 26-27 next year, its top government spokesman said. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The country has seen significant rainfall over the past 12 days, state media reported, but not enough to end a severe drought described as the worst in 100 years. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter said that the United States would contribute Special Operations forces, surveillance aircraft and weaponry to a new NATO task force designed to respond to crises in Eastern Europe and North Africa. (WP)
  • Armenia:  Riot police in the capital early used water cannon to disperse several hundred demonstrators protesting a government hike in electricity prices, an AFP journalist reported. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The IMF said that it would take part in a meeting between the country and its private bondholders next week, amid rising pressure on creditors to reduce the debt. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran, Iraq and Syria will meet in the Iraqi capital Baghdad soon to discuss how they can effectively fight terror, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said. (Xinhua)
  • Region:  Israeli and Turkish officials met in Italy to discuss resuming reconciliation talks between the countries, an Israeli official confirmed. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The German military will train members of the Yezidi minority in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told German tabloid Bild. (DPA)
  • Syria: Kurdish fighters chased Islamic State militants from a key base north of the jihadists’ stronghold city of Raqa, according to a monitoring group. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Tech Expansion: Several Chinese ministries are drafting an “Internet Plus” action plan, according to sources of the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Typhoon: Tropical Storm Kujira
    • 141 NM Southeast of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Winds: 56mph
    • Movement: NW at 13mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (24JUN)

  • Global: Anniversary of the Red Cross
  • Canada: Discovery Day – 1896
  • Europe Region: NATO defense ministers will meet in Brussels (to 25JUN)
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Mohamed Morsi elected President in Egypt – 2012
  • Germany and Britain: Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip to visit Germany (to 26JUN)
  • Koreas: Anniversary of beginning of Korean War -1950
  • Venezuela: Battle of Carabobo Day – 1821

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