ONS: 23 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 24, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least three people were killed and three others seriously injured by the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab in Kenya’s northeast.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto dismissed allegations that his government was responsible for high-tech spying against journalists and human rights defenders.
  • ASIA: North Korea denied it cruelly treated or tortured American student Otto Warmbier who was detained for more than year and died days after being released in a coma.
  • EUROPE: European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Britain’s proposals to protect the rights of EU nationals after Brexit were “not sufficient.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian government will not allow its enemies to benefit from the creation of de-escalation zones in the country, the Syrian deputy FM Faisal Mekdad said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organizations to combat extremism and hate speech.

TOP STORY

  • Qatar: Regional neighbors present a list of demands to end crisis
    • Four Arab states have sent Qatar a list of 13 demands it must meet if it wants them to lift their sanctions.
    • Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are asking the Gulf state to shut down its broadcaster, Al Jazeera.
    • Those countries have given Qatar 10 days to comply with all of the demands, which include paying an unspecified sum in compensation.Turkey rejected another key demand, saying Ankara has no plans to shut down its military base in the small Gulf country.
    • The Iran provisions in the document say Qatar must shut down diplomatic posts in Iran, expel any members of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, and only conduct trade and commerce with Iran that complies with US sanctions.
    • A final demand stipulates, for the following 10 years, Qatar would be monitored annually for compliance.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, AP-2, BBC

AFRICA

  • Botswana: The country declared three days of national mourning after the death of former President Sir Ketumile Masire, aged 91. (BBC)
  • Kenya: At least three people were killed and three others seriously injured by the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab in the country’s northeast. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: The country reported an outbreak of a highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at a farm in the Free State province. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US suspended imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of safety concerns, dealing a blow to one of Brazil’s biggest industries. (NYT)
  • Mexico: President Enrique Pena Nieto dismissed allegations that his government was responsible for high-tech spying against journalists and human rights defenders. (AP)
  • United States: A former US military and the State Department consultant, Kevin Mallory, was arrested on espionage charges after he allegedly gave classified defense information to a suspected Chinese government agent. (WSJ)
  • Venezuela: A military police sergeant shot dead a protester, bringing renewed scrutiny of the force used to control riots that have killed at least 76 people. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban leader Maulvi Haibatullah Akhunzadah said the war in the country will not end until a full withdrawal of NATO troops. (AP)
  • North Korea: The country tested a new rocket engine as part of its efforts to build a missile capable of reaching the American mainland. (BBC)
  • North Korea: The country denied it cruelly treated or tortured American student Otto Warmbier who was detained for more than year and died days after being released in a coma. (AP)
  • South Korea: A longtime friend of ousted president Park Geun-hye, was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of abusing her influence. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: A powerful car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in southwest city of Quetta killed 11 people and wounded 20. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Britain’s proposals to protect the rights of EU nationals after Brexit were “not sufficient.” (AFP)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron’s new government took a tough line on Calais migrants, saying the northern port should not become an “abscess”. (AFP)
  • France: The government announced it will stop granting new licences for oil and gas exploration on the mainland and in overseas territories. (AFP)
  • Greece: A small civilian helicopter has crashed north of Athens, killing two of the three people on board. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Russia parliament defense committee head Viktor Ozerov said. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkey regards as a “positive step” a US pledge to take back weapons supplied to the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria after the defeat of Islamic State. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The country held anti-Israel rallies, with protesters condemning Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian government will not allow its enemies to benefit from the creation of de-escalation zones in the country, the Syrian deputy FM Faisal Mekdad said. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russia fired cruise missiles on positions of the Islamic State group installations in the Hama province, destroying command centers and ammunition depots. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organizations to combat extremism and hate speech. (BBC)
  • Technology: Russia accused the Telegram messaging app of violating Russian legislation and said it could be blocked if it did not provide the watchdog with information about its controlling company. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Cindy
    • Location: 80 NM NNE of Shreveport, Louisiana
    • Winds: 20 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 16JUN: 59,443 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 16JUN: 28,780 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 16JUN: 13 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
          • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (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 19JUN: 2,029 (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 19JUN: 704 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
      • Zika Virus
        • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24MAY: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
        • Outbreak Terminated as of 24MAY: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
        • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 24MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24JUN)

  • Finland: Day of the Finnish Flag – 1934
  • Germany: Anniversary of the beginning of the Berlin Blockade – 1948
  • Italy: Anniversary of the conviction of PM Silvio Berlusconi for abuse of power and sleeping with an underage prostitute – 2013
  • Netherlands: Veteran’s Day – 2005
  • South Africa: Anniversary of the passing of the Group Areas Act, which formally segregated races – 1950
  • Thailand: Anniversary of the renaming of the country of Siam to Thailand – 1939
  • United Kingdom: Armed Forces Day – 2006
  • Venezuela: Battle of Carabobo Day – 1821

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