ONS: 24 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 24, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, Boko Haram is suspected to have abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys from villages in the northeast.
  • AMERICAS: Peruvian President Humala replaced his foreign affairs, interior and transportation ministers.
  • ASIA: Pakistani police and troops fired warning shots to break up a protest over food shortages by people who have fled a military operation against the Taliban.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Putin asked the upper chamber of parliament to cancel a resolution allowing him to send troops into Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli FM Lieberman said forces loyal to Syrian President Assad were responsible for an attack that killed a boy on the occupied Golan Heights.
  • TECHNOLOGY: McAfee Labs said in its quarterly threat assessment that weaknesses in app security is becoming a growing problem for owners of mobile devices.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: US Secretary Kerry meets with Kurdish leadership.
    • US Secretary Kerry made a second visit to Iraq in as many days to urge Iraq’s Kurds to work alongside the central government in Baghdad.
    • President of the semi-autonomous Kurdish government Mahsoud Barzani told Secretary Kerry that “we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq,” at the start of their meeting.
    • Air strikes near Baiji killed at least 19 people and wounded at least 17.
    • Security forces managed to retake a border crossing along the frontier with Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The International Federation for Human Rights issued a report claiming that war crimes and crimes against humanity are being committed in the country. (AFP)
  • Egypt: President Sisi said he will not interfere in court rulings, a day after three Al-Jazeera journalists were sentenced to seven years in prison. (AP)
  • Kenya: At least five people were killed in a new attack on the country’s coast. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram is suspected to have abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys from villages in the northeast. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Economy Minister Kicillof said lawyers for the country will ask a New York judge to stay a ruling requiring it to fully repay creditors. (AFP)
  • Peru: President Humala replaced his foreign affairs, interior and transportation ministers. (Reuters)
  • United States: Authorities stressed that thousands of underage migrants coming to the country will face deportation. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and the Philippines jointly stressed the need to use “the rule of law” to solve regional disputes. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Officials said 104 people have been killed in clashes between Taliban militants and security forces in Helmand province over the past four days. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe formally announced an outline of his growth strategy and reforms meant to revitalize the economy. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Police and troops fired warning shots to break up a protest over food shortages by people who have fled a military operation against the Taliban. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A Cabinet minister in the former elected government established a group in exile to oppose the military regime. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Finance Minister Schaeuble said that running up new debt would be “the worst possible” thing for the Eurozone to do. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Putin asked the upper chamber of parliament to cancel a resolution allowing him to send troops into Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Spain: The National Court scrapped an investigation into several former Chinese leaders for alleged genocide in Tibet. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Officials reported that a cease-fire between pro-Russian separatists and government forces in the east of the country appears to be largely holding. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: FM Lieberman said forces loyal to Syrian President Assad were responsible for an attack that killed a boy on the occupied Golan Heights. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Local media reported that authorities deported a French man who was planning to head to Syria to carry out a suicide bombing. (DPA)
  • Lebanon: An overnight suicide blast in Beirut’s southern suburbs killed a security officer who had tried to stop the bomber. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: McAfee Labs said in its quarterly threat assessment that weaknesses in app security is becoming a growing problem for owners of mobile devices. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 96km SSE of Raoul Island, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 20.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 24km SE of Little Sitkin Island, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 7.9
    • Depth: 107.5 km
    • Map
  • 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 (25JUN)

  • Africa Region: African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea (to 26JUN)
  • Abkhazia (Georgia): Nomination of presidential candidates to take place (to 14JUL)
  • Croatia: Independence Day – 1991
  • Libya: General National Congress elections
  • Slovenia: Independence Day – 1991

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