- AFRICA: South Africa announced that it may withdraw from the ICC after an outcry over the government’s refusal to arrest Sudanese President Bashir on genocide charges.
- AMERICAS: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called on Guatemala to rely on laws and institutions in order to find solutions to the complex problems the country is facing.
- ASIA: Japan said its military may join US forces on patrol in the South China Sea, amid territorial tensions with China.
- EUROPE: NATO SG Stoltenberg warned there was still a risk of heavy fighting in Ukraine and urged Russia to halt its support for pro-Moscow rebels.
- MIDDLE EAST: Local media reported that Iranian FM Zarif will travel to Vienna on Saturday to join a final push for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with major powers.
- TECHNOLOGY: US President Obama closed out two days of talks between US and Chinese officials by raising concerns about Chinese cyber behavior.
- Syria: ISIS militants launch multiple attacks against Kurds, government.
- ISIS militants launched a two-pronged offensive in northern Syria after several setbacks, reentering Kobane and seizing parts of the city of Hasakeh.
- Officials said that at least twelve people were killed and 70 were wounded in a car bombing and other attacks in Kobane.
- Turkey denied “baseless” claims that ISIS militants reentered Kobane through the Turkish border crossing to detonate a suicide bomb.
- Monitoring groups reported that ISIS fighters executed at least 20 Syrian Kurds, among them women and children, in a village south of Kobane.
- In southern Syria, an alliance of rebel groups, including al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, attacked government-held areas of the city of Daraa.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, Reuters, Reuters-2, WP, WSJ
- Burundi: One of the country’s vice presidents, Gervais Rufyikiri, fled to Belgium, saying he had been threatened after denouncing President Nkurunziza’s quest for a third term in office. (Reuters)
- Egypt: The Committee to Protect Journalists said that journalists face unprecedented threats in President Sisi’s Egypt, with the highest number behind bars since it began keeping records in 1990. (AP)
- South Africa: The country announced that it may withdraw from the ICC after an outcry over the government’s refusal to arrest Sudanese President Bashir on genocide charges. (AFP)
- South Sudan: Monitors reported that warring forces in the country have abducted as many as a thousand more child soldiers in the latest abuses in the 18-month long civil war. (AFP)
- Tunisia: The World Bank warned that graft in the country has intensified since the country’s revolution. (NYT)
- Region: The Guyanese government announced that it has given ExxonMobil the assurance that it has nothing to fear regarding its current oil exploration efforts in the country’s territorial waters despite diplomatic tensions with Venezuela. (EFE)
- Guatemala: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called on the country to rely on laws and institutions in order to find solutions to the complex problems it is facing. (Xinhua)
- Venezuela: Authorities freed two student activists arrested during last year’s anti-government protests. (AP)
- Region: Japan said its military may join US forces on patrol in the South China Sea, amid territorial tensions with China. (WSJ)
- Burma: Parliament voted down a bill that would have ended the military’s effective veto on charter change. (AFP)
- Korea, North: The country urged the world to join its struggle to “dismember the gangster US imperialists” in a statement released to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. (AFP)
- Nepal: International donors led by India and China pledged USD3 billion to rebuild, as the country’s premier vowed “zero tolerance” of corruption and said all aid money would go to victims. (AFP)
- Region: Belgium said EU-wide talks on British PM Cameron’s plan to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU are likely to be difficult and that his desire to exclude London from the bloc’s aim of ever closer union is problematic. (Reuters)
- France: The US ambassador reiterated US pledges of close cooperation in intelligence and security after revelations that the NSA was eavesdropping on three French presidents. (AP)
- Greece: PM Tsipras met with representatives of the main lending institutions, under pressure to seal an agreement before facing other EU leaders at a summit later in the day. (AP)
- Ukraine: NATO SG Stoltenberg warned there was still a risk of heavy fighting in the country and urged Russia to halt its support for pro-Moscow rebels. (AFP)
- Iran: Local media reported that FM Zarif will travel to Vienna on Saturday to join a final push for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with major powers. (AFP)
- Palestinian Territories: UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged Israel to ease restrictions on travel for Palestinians between the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank for Ramadan. (AFP)
- Yemen: Shelling by Houthi militia killed four soldiers from Saudi Arabia and the UAE stationed on the country’s border with the kingdom. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: US President Obama closed out two days of talks between US and Chinese officials by raising concerns about Chinese cyber behavior. (AP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report.
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- 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 23JUN: 1348 (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: 479 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26JUN)
- Global: United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – 1998
- Global: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – 1987
- Burundi: Burundi presidential elections scheduled to be held
- Somalia: Independence Day – 1991
- Ukraine: Ukraine’s minister of energy and coal industry Vladimir Demchishin said the trilateral meeting on gas issues between Russia, the European Union and Ukraine (to 29JUN)