- AFRICA: In Egypt, Human Rights Watch called for the release of four members of a satirical street group who posted video clips on social media that mocked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
- AMERICAS: Venezuela’s political opposition said it had collected the required number of valid signatures to begin a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro.
- ASIA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited the Natuna Islands, making a bold move to assert sovereignty in the South China Sea after Beijing stated an “overlapping claim”.
- EUROPE: Amid fears of new violence, French police will be on high alert around a Paris labor protest authorized under a tense compromise between unions and the government.
- MIDDLE EAST: Witnesses say that al-Qaida fighters have been seen in southern Yemeni cities, nearly a month after militants withdrew.
- TECHNOLOGY: Executives from Google, Facebook, Dropbox and other major tech companies pushed President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity for reforms, technological advances and transparency.
- United Kingdom: Voting begins in Brexit referendum on EU.
- The UK began voting in a national referendum on whether or not to quit the European Union, with the outcome too close to predict.
- Backers argued that severing ties with the EU is the only way to reduce a flood of migrants and protect the UK’s independence from burdensome EU regulation.
- Supporters of remaining in the EU said jobs, the economy, national security and the UK’s standing on the world stage would be compromised outside the alliance.
- A record number of people — almost 46.5 million — are registered to take part in the once-in-a generation vote.
- Voting takes place throughout the day on Thursday, and the results are expected early Friday (Thursday evening Eastern time.
- It is only the third nationwide referendum in UK history and comes after a four-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns.
- Regardless of the referendum outcome, EU leaders are preparing for a clash over how to respond to popular disillusion with the bloc.
- Coverage: BBC, CNN, NBC, Reuters, USA Today, WP
- Burkina Faso: Self-defense militia groups known as “Koglweogo” rejected the government’s measures to restore the state’s authority. (Xinhua)
- Egypt: Human Rights Watch called for the release of four members of a satirical street group who posted video clips on social media that mocked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. (AP)
- Ghana: President John Dramani Mahama has hit back at opponents who want him investigated for corruption. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Australia confirmed three Australians, two Nigerians, a New Zealander and a South African have been kidnapped in the country in an ambush. (AP)
- Haiti: At least two dozen people have registered in the county’s presidential election scheduled for 09OCT. (Xinhua)
- Honduras: Authorities denied a British newspaper report alleging the Honduran military killed a high-profile environmental activist who was murdered in March. (AFP)
- Mexico: Marathon talks between the government and teachers violently protesting education reforms ended with no agreement. (AFP)
- Venezuela: The country’s political opposition said it had collected the required number of valid signatures to begin a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. (Reuters)
- Region: Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited the Natuna Islands, making a bold move to assert sovereignty in the South China Sea after Beijing stated an “overlapping claim”. (Reuters)
- Region: Veteran pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung was charged with corruption in a case he described as a political move. (AFP)
- New Zealand: A 26-year-old man was sentenced to more than three years in prison for distributing Islamic militant videos in the nation’s first case of this type. (AP)
- Philippines: Philippine police killed 25 illegal drug suspects in five days of operations. (DPA)
- France: Amid fears of new violence, police will be on high alert around a Paris labor protest authorized under a tense compromise between unions and the government. (AP)
- Russia: The country is likely to deploy advanced nuclear-capable missiles in its exclave of Kaliningrad by 2019, casting the move as a reply to a US-backed missile shield, and may one day put them in Crimea. (Reuters)
- Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested the country could hold a referendum over whether to continue its long-stalled process to join the EU. (AFP)
- Turkey: Authorities have expanded the curfew in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir in heightened security measures against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants. (Xinhua)
- Region: Turkey still demands Israel fully lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip, despite speculation Ankara could soon reach a deal with Israel on re-establishing full diplomatic links. (DPA)
- Saudi Arabia: The nation’s Interior Ministry says police have shot to death a wanted man suspected of killing security force members in the country’s predominantly Shiite east. (AP)
- Syria: At least eight Islamic State militants were killed in the country’s north by Turkish artillery fire and US-led coalition airstrikes. (Xinhua)
- Yemen: Witnesses say that al-Qaida fighters have been seen in southern cities, nearly a month after militants withdrew. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Executives from Google, Facebook, Dropbox and other major tech companies pushed President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity for reforms, technological advances and transparency. (TechCrunch)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- 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 23JUN: 1,768 (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 23JUN: 630 (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 (24JUN)
- Armenia: Pope Francis to visit (to 26JUN)
- Canada: Discovery Day – 1896
- Europe Region: EU President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Parliament chief Martin Schulz to discuss Brexit vote aftermath in Brussels
- Latin America Region: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to visit Panama and Paraguay (to 02JUL)
- South Korea: Nuclear Suppliers Group to meet in Seoul to discuss formal requests made by India and Pakistan.
- Venezuela: Battle of Carabobo Day – 1821