ONS: 24 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 25, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN will experts will investigate reports that civilians are being butchered by pro-government forces and insurgents in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • AMERICAS: A mob of supposedly armed Chavistas attacked the legislature in Venezuela, leaving four people injured and extensive material damage.
  • ASIA: A series of attacks in three Pakistani cities Friday left at least 61 people dead and many injured, authorities said.
  • EUROPE: The center-right candidate for mayor of Como, Mario Landriscina, says that Italy is second to none in rescuing migrants and that rejecting refugees or minors is out of the question.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Both Iran and Qatar voiced support for Saudi Arabia after a suicide bombing near Islam’s holiest site in Mecca despite their severed ties.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google plans to abandon its longstanding practice of scanning user email in its Gmail service to serve targeted advertising.

TOP STORY

  • Colombia: ELN rebels free Dutch journalists
    • Two Dutch journalists abducted last weekend by rebels in Colombia have been released after a day of conflicting reports about their fate.
    • The reporters, Derk Johannes Bolt, 62, a television journalist, and Eugenio Ernest Marie Follender, 58, a cameraman, “have been released in perfect conditions,” the group said on Twitter.
    • Colombia’s ombudsman office posted accompanying photos purporting to show the pair, pictured with some of the rebels, along with Colombian human rights officials.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, The Independent, VOA

AFRICA

  • Regional: UNICEF warned that more than 5.6 million children are at increased risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as cholera and diarrheal infections, as the rainy season begins in conflict-affected areas of countries around Lake Chad. (Xinhua)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: UN will experts will investigate reports that civilians are being butchered by pro-government forces and insurgents in the country. (NYT)
  • Namibia: Citizens gathered for the state funeral of Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, an independence leader who was jailed during South Africa’s apartheid era. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country’s top federal prosecutor will level corruption charges against President Temer one at a time instead of making all the accusations at once. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: The situation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange represents a historic injustice, Ecuador’s former President Rafael Correa said. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: A mob of supposedly armed Chavistas attacked the legislature, leaving four people injured and extensive material damage. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Pakistan: A series of attacks in three Pakistani cities Friday left at least 61 people dead and many injured, authorities said. (LAT)
  • Philippines: One of America’s most wanted terrorists may have escaped a five-week battle with Islamist militants in Marawi City. (AFP)
  • South Korea: A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea, a defence ministry spokesman said Saturday, the second soldier to defect this month. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats said the EU must become stronger in response to a weakening of democracy in the US, Russia and Turkey. (Reuters)
  • Greece: US ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Greece’s long-term issuer rating to ‘Caa2’ from ‘Caa3’ following the extension of a credit lifeline to the country by euro zone governments. (Reuters)
  • Italy: The center-right candidate for mayor of Como, Mario Landriscina, says that the country is second to none in rescuing migrants and that rejecting refugees or minors is out of the question. (NYT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Regional: Both Iran and Qatar voiced support for Saudi Arabia after a suicide bombing near Islam’s holiest site in Mecca despite their severed ties. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The French Embassy in Baghdad says a Swiss journalist died from wounds sustained in a Mosul mine blast earlier this week while reporting on the fight against the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Yemen: The new crown prince of Saudi Arabia showed his charitable side with a $66.7 million donation to fight the cholera outbreak in that country. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google plans to abandon its longstanding practice of scanning user email in its Gmail service to serve targeted advertising. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Post Tropical Cyclone Cindy
    • Location: Columbia, MD.
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Movement:
    • Map:
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 23JUN: 59,565 (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 23JUN: 28,868 (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 23JUN: 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 (25JUN)

  • Eastern Europe: Day of Friendship and Unity of the Slavs
  • Albania: Rescheduled Parliamentary elections
  • Croatia: Statehood Day – 1991
  • France: Anniversary of France’s surrender to Germany – 1940
  • Germany: Anniversary of the beginning of the Berlin Airlift – 1948
  • Korean Peninsula: Anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea – 1950
  • Mozambique: Independence Day – 1975
  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of the Khobar Towers bombing, where 19 US service members were killed – 1996
  • Slovenia: Statehood Day – 1991

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