ONS: 25 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 26, 2017

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s eastern forces say they have gained control over one of two key remaining districts in Benghazi where they had faced armed resistance.
  • AMERICAS: Eight people from a little-known rebel group were arrested in Colombia on suspicion of being involved in the explosion of a homemade bomb at a shopping mall that killed three people last weekend.
  • ASIA: China has urged Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations and establish a crisis prevention and management mechanism.
  • EUROPE: Albania cast ballots in a general election following a landmark agreement between the two biggest parties to further efforts to eventually join the EU.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia, and most other Gulf Arab states, will celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast today to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australia said it will push for greater powers to tackle the use of encrypted messaging services used by terrorists and criminals at an upcoming meeting of ministers from the “Five Eyes” intelligence network.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan oil truck flips, erupts in flames, killing 148
    • At least 148 people died and 140 were injured when an oil tanker truck exploded in Bahawalpur city in eastern Pakistan.
    • The tanker overturned after trying to make a sharp turn on a highway on the outskirts of the city of Bahawalpur.
    • A loudspeaker atop a local mosque alerted villagers to the leaking fuel, and scores raced to the site with jerry cans.
    • The tanker was carrying 40,000 litres of fuel travelling from Karachi to Lahore.
    • Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif “expressed deep grief over the heavy loss of life,” his office said.
    • The prime minister’s office said the Punjab provincial government had been directed to provide full medical assistance.
    • An inquiry would be held into the incident, the Chief Minister of Punjab said in a statement.
    • Among the dead included men, women and children.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al Jazeera, AP, BBC, The Guardian, LAT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Ghana: Farmline, an app created in 2012 by a tech company in the country, has helped connect some 200,000 farmers in 10 countries, bolstering food security through better access to information. (AFP)
  • Libya: The country’s eastern forces say they have gained control over one of two key remaining districts in Benghazi where they had faced armed resistance. (Al Jazeera)
  • Morocco: The country sought the extradition from the Netherlands of an alleged drug trafficker and summoned its envoy from the Hague to come home for consultations. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Eight people from a little-known rebel group were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the explosion of a homemade bomb at a shopping mall that killed three people last weekend. (Al Jazeera)
  • Mexico: Three federal police officers were mowed down in Mexico’s Veracruz state, where gunman also killed a family of six, in the latest violence linked to gangs. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro claimed several people had been detained over an alleged “coup” plot aimed at triggering a US military intervention. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Regional: China has urged Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations and establish a crisis prevention and management mechanism. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Two alleged Islamic State group militants stabbed a police officer to death in the western part of the country. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Launched a year ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs has resulted in thousands of deaths. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: The country cast ballots in a general election following a landmark agreement between the two biggest parties to further efforts to eventually join the EU. (AP)
  • The Netherlands: The country reacted coolly after Morocco summoned its ambassador home in a row about the extradition of an alleged drug trafficker, saying comments by Rabat were “incomprehensible and unnecessary”. (AFP)
  • Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was in good health after briefly feeling unwell during morning prayers in Istanbul. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Regional: Saudi Arabia, and most other Gulf Arab states, will celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast today to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Reuters)
  • Bahrain: A prominent independent newspaper in the country earlier shut down by the government as part of a crackdown on dissent has laid off its staff. (AP)
  • Syria: The country’s President Bashar al-Assad delivered prayers for Islam’s Eid al-Fitr holiday in Hama in a rare trip outside Damascus and his first declared one to Hama since the war began. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Australia said it will push for greater powers to tackle the use of encrypted messaging services used by terrorists and criminals at an upcoming meeting of ministers from the “Five Eyes” intelligence network. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression FOUR-E
    • Location: 180 miles S of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (26JUN)

  • Azerbaijan: Armed Forces Day – 1918
  • Germany: Anniversary of US President John F. Kennedy’s “Ich bin Ein Berliner” speech – 1963
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the Karmah bombing, where 25 people died – 2008
  • Madagascar: Independence Day – 1960
  • Mexico: Mexico and EU to meet on new free trade agreement
  • Romania: Flag Day – 1998
  • Somalia: Independence Day – 1960
  • United States: Indian PM Modi to meet US President Trump at White House

 

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