ONS: 25 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 25, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Five bombs exploded at four Cairo metro stations, wounding at least five people, while another detonated near a courthouse.

  • AMERICAS: Argentinian Economy Minister Kicillof is to head to New York to discuss his country’s debt situation with representatives of the Group of 77 developing nations plus China.

  • ASIA: The new US ambassador to China Max Baucus criticized Beijing for a wave of arrests of “moderate voices” in his first public address.

  • EUROPE: NATO SG Rasmussen said NATO will draw up a “substantive package” of cooperation for Georgia and will assess by the end of 2015 whether to invite Montenegro to join.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli air force carried out 12 raids on the Gaza Strip overnight after militants fired more rockets at southern Israel.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Pro-Iraq social media accounts have worked to counter pro-ISIS social media with postings and spreading the #No2ISIS hashtag.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: PM Maliki rejects proposal of unity government as militants join forces.

    • PM Maliki ruled out forming a national emergency government to confront a Sunni militant offensive that has overrun large parts of the country.

    • German Chancellor Merkel said that the government must now be pressured to incorporate the views of all groups in the country.

    • Militants attacked one of the country’s largest air bases as the first US teams arrived to assess the Iraqi security forces.

    • Al-Qaeda’s Syrian offshoot made an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at the border site of Albu Kamal in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Five bombs exploded at four Cairo metro stations, wounding at least five people, while another detonated near a courthouse. (AFP)

  • Libya: Polls opened in a general election with 1.5 million registered voters choosing from among the 1,628 candidates contesting the 200 seats in the General National Congress. (AFP)

  • Malawi: President Mutharika fired the country’s army chief, GEN Odillo. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) said it will work with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to combat hunger and poverty in the region. (Xinhua)

  • Argentina: Economy Minister Kicillof is to head to New York to discuss his country’s debt situation with representatives of the Group of 77 developing nations plus China. (AFP)

  • Uruguay: The director of the country’s office for human rights is finalizing with UN officials arrangements for the country to host Syrian refugees. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials said that more than 800 Taliban insurgents launched a major offensive in the south of the country to try to gain territory recently vacated by US troops. (AFP)

  • China: The new US ambassador Max Baucus criticized Beijing for a wave of arrests of “moderate voices” in his first public address. (AFP)

  • China: Activists said they expect more than half a million people on Hong Kong’s annual protest day on 01JUL.  (AFP)

  • China: The government sent its first ever ministerial-level official to Taiwan for four days of meetings. (AP)

  • Korea, North: Kim Jong-Un replaced his Defence Minister Jang Jong-Nama with General Hyon Yong-Chol. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO SG Rasmussen said NATO will draw up a “substantive package” of cooperation for Georgia and will assess by the end of 2015 whether to invite Montenegro to join. (Reuters)

  • Azerbaijan: Troops have shot dead a soldier from the separatist Nagorny Karabakh forces. (AFP)

  • Romania: The parliament adopted a declaration with 344 votes in favor and 17 abstentions on requesting the resignation of President Basescu. (Xinhua)

  • Russia: The upper house of parliament canceled a resolution allowing the use of military forces in Ukraine. (AP)

  • Russia: British Foreign Secretary Hague said the case for tougher sanctions against the country is stronger every day that it does not substantively back peace efforts. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A court in Manama acquitted prominent Shiite opposition figure Khalil Marzooq on charges of inciting terrorism. (AFP)

  • Iran: Local media reported an attack near the country’s western border with Iraq killed three border guards. (AP)

  • Israel: A group of 80 Palestinian prisoners ended their 63-day-long hunger strike after reaching a deal with prison authorities. (AP)

  • Palestinian Territories: The Israeli air force carried out 12 raids on the Gaza Strip overnight after militants fired more rockets at southern Israel. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Pro-Iraq social media accounts have worked to counter pro-ISIS social media with postings and spreading the #No2ISIS hashtag. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Ubinas Volcano, Peru

    • Ash plume (NBC)

  • 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 (26JUN)

  • Africa Region: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to address the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union

  • Central Asia: Regional anti-narcotics conference to be held in Astana (to 27JUN)

  • Europe Region: EU leaders to discuss South Stream pipeline in summit in Brussels (to 27JUN)

  • Somalia: Independence Day – 1960

 

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