ONS: 26 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 26, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab gunmen killed “several” AU soldiers in an attack on a base in Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: A report by former senior US officials said the country’s reliance on drone missile strikes against terror suspects has set a “dangerous precedent”.
  • ASIA: The US is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite troops in the south of the Philippines where armed groups such as Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled.
  • EUROPE: US Secretary Kerry said Russia must prove “in the next hours” that it is working to help disarm separatist groups in Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Attacks at a Yemeni military base and local airport in Hadramout killed at least nine people and wounded 12 others.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police officers must have warrants to search suspects’ cellphones upon arrest.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Parliament to convene in July as Syria strikes in country.
    • The presidency announced that the first session of the country’s newly elected parliament will be held 01JUL.
    • PM Maliki said that Syria carried out air strikes on militant positions around the border town of Qaim on Tuesday.
    • Militants took a town an hour from Baghdad that is home to four natural gas fields.
    • Officials reported that CIA intelligence capabilities in the country have severely declined since the 2011 US troop withdrawal.
    • Western and Arab officials reported that ISIS is parlaying its battlefield successes into a recruitment drive that is attracting more foreign fighters.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Police arrested the governor of the coastal Lamu district in connection with three recent massacres in which over 60 people were killed. (AFP)
  • Libya: Human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead by unknown assailants in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The UNSC sanctioned the leader of Boko Haram and a splinter group, the first individual and entity to be designated by the world body since the Islamist militant group was blacklisted. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab gunmen killed “several” AU soldiers in an attack on a base. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Economy Minister Kicillof said the country will not start negotiating to avoid a default until a US judge rules on a request to suspend his enforcement of an order to pay USD1.5 billion in bad debts by 30JUN. (AP)
  • United States: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned Central American families to stop sending their unaccompanied children across the Mexican border into the United States, calling the trip dangerous and pointless. (AFP)
  • United States: A report by former senior officials said the country’s reliance on drone missile strikes against terror suspects has set a “dangerous precedent”. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The UN reported that illegal opium cultivation occupies more land worldwide than ever before, largely because of a surge over the last year in the country. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: The military shelled Miranshah with tanks and artillery in the latest round of its offensive against Taliban militants in the country’s northwest. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The US is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite troops in the south of the country where armed groups such as Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled. (AP)
  • Singapore: US VP Biden and PM Lee Hsien Loong discussed China’s “destabilizing behavior” in the South China Sea. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: PM Renzi spoke with US President Obama on Russia’s role in ongoing violence in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Two local polls indicate that PM Erdogan would comfortably win the August presidential election if he decides to run. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: US Secretary Kerry said Russia must prove “in the next hours” that it is working to help disarm separatist groups in the east of the country. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Jordan: A state security court acquitted radical cleric Abu Qatada, who was extradited from Britain last year, of charges of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. (Reuters)
  • Kuwait: Voting began in by-elections called to replace five MPs who resigned after parliament rejected a request to grill the prime minister over alleged graft. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Attacks at a military base and local airport in Hadramout killed at least nine people and wounded 12 others.  (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police officers must have warrants to search suspects’ cellphones upon arrest. (CNN)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 25JUN: 703 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 25JUN: 250 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27JUN)

  • Africa Region: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to arrive in Kenya for the closing session of the first UN Environment Assembly
  • Eurasian Region: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will meet Kazakhstan PM Karim Massimov in Sochi to discuss bi-lateral and regional relations
  • Djibouti: Independence Day – 1977 PM
  • Georgia: Prime Minister Gharibashvili to sign Association Agreement with the EU
  • Saudi Arabia: US Secretary of State Kerry to visit for talks on Iraq with King Abdullah
  • Tajikistan: Tajik National Unity Day
  • Ukraine: Talks held between rebels and the government held in Donetsk

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