- AFRICA: A car bomb killed four civilians and wounded 14 others outside Al-Jalaa hospital in Benghazi, Libya.
- AMERICAS: Three federal police agents were killed in a marketplace in Guerrero, Mexico.
- ASIA: The Chinese government suspended communication with Taiwan, because of the latter’s refusal to recognize the “one China” principle.
- EUROPE: Voting began in presidential elections in Iceland, with nine candidates running to succeed President Grimsson who has been in office for twenty years.
- MIDDLE EAST: US-backed fighters pushed further into the Islamic State group stronghold of Manbij, Syria.
- TECHNOLOGY: Google and Facebook have begun using automation to remove extremist content from their sites.
- Europe: The EU’s founding nations met in Berlin to discuss the future of the Union
- The foreign ministers of France, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany were present.
- Upon arrival at the meeting, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called on the EU to expedite Britain’s exit.
- Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and his Dutch counterpart Bert Koenders called for more cooperation between EU member states.
- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier initially cautioned against hastiness, but later told the press that negotiations on the British exit from the EU should begin “as soon as possible.”
- Steinmeier said it is critical to see the vote as a wakeup call and to find out what the 27 remaining EU countries want for the future of the union.
- Coverage: NYT, WSJ, Guardian, AP-1, AP-2, Reuters
- Libya: A car bomb killed four civilians and wounded 14 others outside Al-Jalaa hospital in Benghazi. (AFP)
- Mozambique: The International Monetary Fund has called for urgent action to stem the country’s deteriorating economic performance, after revelations of $1.4 billion in hidden debt saw donor nations suspending aid to the country. (AFP)
- Tanzania: A piece of debris found in the country will be examined for a possible link to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (Reuters)
- Brazil: Supreme Court Judge Teori Zavascki determined that a case against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva should be dealt with by the federal court in the capital city of Brasilia. (Xinhua)
- Haiti: The Ministry of Health launched a new anti-HIV/AIDS campaign, providing information and rapid testing. (AFP)
- Mexico: Three federal police agents were killed in a marketplace in the southwestern state of Guerrero. (Reuters)
- Region: The Chinese government suspended communication with Taiwan because of the latter’s refusal to recognize the “one China” principle. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: A gun battle between security forces and Taliban militants in the northern Badakhshan province left eleven people, including eight militants and three police, dead. (Xinhua)
- China: The country’s internet regulator publicized new regulations on search engines, ordering search providers to ensure objective, fair and authoritative search results. (Xinhua)
- Armenia: Pope Francis prayed at the country’s genocide memorial. (AP)
- France: Two men were killed and a 14-year-old girl seriously wounded in a shooting in the southern city of Marseilles. (AFP)
- Iceland: Voting began in presidential elections, with nine candidates running to succeed President Grimsson who has been in office for twenty years. (DPA)
- Israel: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas apologized for anti-Semitic comments he made earlier in the week. (WP)
- Saudi Arabia: The Interior Ministry warned that human trafficking charges could be brought against labor recruitment agents working in Africa before they conclude agreements with applicable governments. (Xinhua)
- Syria: US-backed fighters pushed further into the Islamic State group stronghold of Manbij, seizing a key road junction and grain silos overlooking the city. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Experts predict a shift in European regulatory trends after “Brexit.” European data privacy regulations are likely to become more strict and clashes with American firms are expected to be more frequent. (WP)
- Technology: Google and Facebook have begun using automation to remove extremist content from their sites. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- 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 23JUN: American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Cabo Verde, 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 23JUN: 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 23JUN: 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 (26JUN)
- Global: International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – 1987
- Global: United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – 1998
- China: PM of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Hwang Kyo-ahn to visit (to 30JUN)
- China: 10th Summer Davos Forum in Tianjin (to 28JUN)
- Panama: Expanded canal to open
- Spain: New elections
- Turkey: Planned gay pride march in Istanbul, police repression expected
- Turkey and Israel: Countries to announce deal on normalizing ties