ONS: 24 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 25, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, at least 42 people were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in attacks on two villages in Biu and Hawul districts of northeast Borno state.
  • AMERICAS: HRW released a report claiming that many Colombian generals and other high-ranking officers may have known about a pattern of soldiers killing civilians and passing off the deaths as guerrilla casualties.
  • ASIA: Japan and the Philippines flew patrol planes near disputed South China Sea waters for a second straight day, despite Chinese criticism of this week’s air and sea exercises.
  • EUROPE: Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis said the country is in the “final stretch” of negotiations with creditors and could reach agreement shortly.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, the Kurdish YPG militia reported that ISIS fighters appear to be shoring up their defenses around Raqqa city after losing ground to Kurdish-led forces this week.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Eight EU nations including Britain, Ireland and Poland urged caution with regulating the Internet, as Brussels prepares a sweeping review of the behavior of web giants that could see them subjected to new rules.

TOP STORY

  • France: Government reacts to WikiLeaks reports of US spying.
    • French President Hollande convened his security chiefs after secret documents leaked by WikiLeaks indicated that the US had spied for years on him and two former leaders.
    • French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said that spying between allies was “unacceptable”, shortly before the emergency meeting of the defense council.
    • President Hollande said France “will not tolerate” acts that threaten its security.
    • The White House did not comment on past activity, but said it was not targeting Hollande’s communications and will not do so in the future.
    • French FM Fabius summoned the US ambassador over the leaked documents.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: An Australian warship patrolling off the coast of East Africa seized 581 kilograms of heroin. (AFP)
  • Guinea: Doctors reported that untreated malaria in the country surged as a result of the Ebola outbreak and probably caused far more deaths than the outbreak. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least 42 people were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in attacks on two villages in Biu and Hawul districts of northeast Borno state. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombian President Santos demanded that the Venezuelan government respond to the protest note his government sent regarding the recent unilateral decree by Caracas claiming Caribbean waters that are in dispute with Bogota. (EFE)
  • Argentina: Army head Cesar Milani submitted his resignation amid accusations of human rights violations. (AP)
  • Colombia: HRW released a report claiming that many generals and other high-ranking officers may have known about a pattern of soldiers killing civilians and passing off the deaths as guerrilla casualties. (NYT)
  • United States: President Obama is set to announce that the government will no longer threaten criminal prosecution of the families of American hostages who are held abroad by groups like ISIS if they try to pay ransom. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and the Philippines flew patrol planes near disputed South China Sea waters for a second straight day, despite Chinese criticism of this week’s air and sea exercises. (AFP)
  • Region: Australia said it will join the new Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member, contributing USD719 million as paid-in capital over five years. (AFP)
  • Australia: The government will be able to strip the children of extremists fighting overseas of citizenship under new legislation introduced into parliament. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: Two major hospitals Seoul suspended services to patients in a bid to stop the spread of MERS after four new cases were reported. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Officials reported that death toll from a heatwave in southern Sindh province passed 800. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Region: Austria criticized a decision by Hungary to suspend application of a key EU asylum rule as “unacceptable” and warned of “negative” consequences. (AFP)
  • Greece: Finance Minister Varoufakis said the country is in the “final stretch” of negotiations with creditors and could reach agreement shortly. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Officials said the country is to increase screening of arrivals at Dover and create a task force to tackle people smugglers, as growing numbers of migrants step up efforts to cross the Channel. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected a long-term freeze on nuclear research and supports banning international inspectors from accessing military sites as a deadline in negotiations with world powers approaches. (AP)
  • Israel: The government said it was revoking permits for 500 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to enter Jerusalem because of rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Kurdish YPG militia reported that ISIS fighters appear to be shoring up their defenses around Raqqa city after losing ground to Kurdish-led forces this week. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Army forces loyal to exiled president Hadi seized a border crossing with Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Eight EU nations including Britain, Ireland and Poland urged caution with regulating the Internet, as Brussels prepares a sweeping review of the behavior of web giants that could see them subjected to new rules. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 08W (Kujira)
    • Location: 46 NM SE of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 248km WNW of Chichi-shima, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 455.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (25JUN)

  • Global: Day of the Seafarer – 2010
  • Europe Region: European Union Summit with heads of governments (to 26JUN)
  • Mozambique: Independence Day – 1975
  • Nepal: Nepal will hold a conference of international donors in Kathmandu
  • Slovenia: Slovenian Independence Day – 1991
  • United States: Anniversary of the Battle of Big Horn – 1876

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