ONS: 24 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 25, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A South African court threw out President Jacob Zuma’s attempt to appeal a ruling that he should face almost 800 corruption charges.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is prepared to hand over weapons but remains cautious, FARC top leaders said.
  • ASIA: Cambodia deported 25 Taiwanese nationals wanted on fraud charges to China, despite vehement opposition from Taipei.
  • EUROPE: Moldovan intelligence officials say they have seized an “imposing quantity” of radioactive uranium from a criminal group and detained several people.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US is pushing to ease the way for companies to complete deals with Iran, aiming to cement the landmark nuclear agreement, senior US officials said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google Fiber will soon have the wireless Webpass technology to bring ultrafast 1Gbps broadband service to millions of people in cities throughout the US.

TOP STORY

  • Brexit: United Kingdom votes to leave European Union.
    • Britain has voted to leave the EU, a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world, rattle the Continent and rock political establishments throughout the West.
    • Global financial markets plunged as results from a referendum showed a near 52-48 percent split for leaving a bloc it joined more than 40 years ago.
    • Prime Minister David Cameron said he would step down within a few months.
    • The withdrawal process from the EU is supposed to take two years once it officially begins.
    • Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the EU vote “makes clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union” after a unanimous Remain vote.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Morocco: Authorities dismantled a suspected militant cell inspired by the radical group Islamic State and arrested 10 men planning attacks in the North African kingdom. (Reuters)
  • Senegal: Karim Wade, the son of the nation’s former president, was released from prison after being granted a presidential pardon. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: A South African court threw out President Jacob Zuma’s attempt to appeal a ruling that he should face almost 800 corruption charges. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Tens of thousands of Chilean students marched in the capital Santiago and other cities to oppose proposed education reforms. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is prepared to hand over weapons but remains cautious, FARC top leaders said. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Trinidad and Tobago sent approximately 68 tons of food and commodities to the crisis-hit country, with hundreds more tons set to arrive in the coming days. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Cambodia deported 25 Taiwanese nationals wanted on fraud charges to China, despite vehement opposition from Taipei. (AFP)
  • Region: Indonesia said a halt on coal shipments to the Philippines will remain until Manila can secure its waters after seven Indonesian sailors were kidnapped. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Scores of Buddhists ransacked a mosque, forcing Muslims to seek refuge in a police station after a dispute spilled into religious violence. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: A strike by staff from the country’s largest carrier China Airlines left 20,000 passengers without flights in the first industrial action by cabin crew in the island’s aviation history. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: A French court has refused to reopen an investigation into the death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, saying there is no legal ground for an eventual murder trial. (AP)
  • Germany: A masked man who was shot dead by police after barricading himself in a German multiplex cinema was carrying fake weapons, prosecutors said. (AFP)
  • Moldova: Moldovan intelligence officials say they have seized an “imposing quantity” of radioactive uranium from a criminal group and detained several people. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: There are no obstacles left for the country to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a regional security and economic cooperation body, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The US is pushing to ease the way for companies to complete deals with the country, aiming to cement the landmark nuclear agreement, senior US officials said. (WSJ)
  • Syria: The main Syrian opposition group has asked the UN to investigate charges that Russia has repeatedly used cluster and incendiary bombs in the country. (RFE/RL)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google Fiber will soon have the wireless Webpass technology to bring ultrafast 1Gbps broadband service to millions of people in cities throughout the US. (CNET)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • 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 (25JUN)

  • Global: Day of the Seafarer – 2010
  • Asia Region: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) first annual meeting to be held in Beijing (to 26JUN)
  • China: Russian President Vladimir Putin to pay a state visit
  • Croatia: Statehood Day – 1991
  • Iceland: Presidential elections
  • Korean Peninsula: Anniversary of Korean War breaking out – 1950
  • Mozambique: Independence Day – 1975
  • Slovenia: Independence Day – 1991
  • United States: Anniversary of Little Big Horn Massacre – 1876

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