ONS: 26 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 27, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Shebab militants in Somalia claimed to have overrun an AU army base in a village in the south of the country.
  • AMERICAS: Panama handed over to Venezuela an air force official accused taking part in a military-led plot to oust President Maduro.
  • ASIA: Philippine officials said China has continued with its major island-making work in at least two reefs in the South China Sea’s Spratly island chain, casting doubt on a Chinese pronouncement that some of its construction in seven sites there would end soon.
  • EUROPE: In France, an attacker carrying an Islamist flag killed one person and injured several others at a gas factory.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian government said there were few gaps to be filled to finalize a nuclear agreement with the major powers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that China is “the leading suspect” in a massive data breach of Washington’s government personnel files, but that an investigation is ongoing.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: ISIS militants kill civilians in Kobane amid continuing clashes.
    • Monitoring groups reported that at least 120 civilians have been killed by ISIS since it entered the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane just over 24 hours ago.
    • Activists said Kurdish fighters have besieged ISIS members who have entered Kobane, and that small groups of jihadis are still in the town and have taken civilians as hostages.
    • The UN said that the ISIS attack on the northeastern city of Hasaka displaced 60,000 people, and that up to 200,000 people may eventually try to flee.
    • The US said it will provide USD360 million in “life-saving assistance” to victims of the Syrian civil war.
    • More than 80 international human rights and aid groups are urging the UNSC to take real action against the continuing use of barrel bombs.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Opposition parties announced they will boycott all upcoming key elections, saying it was not possible to hold a fair vote following weeks of violence over President Nkurunziza’s bid to cling to power. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Shebab militants claimed to have overrun an AU army base in a village in the south of the country. (AFP)
  • South Africa: The opposition targeted VP Cyril Ramaphosa among top officials they want prosecuted after the release of a report into a police massacre of 34 striking miners. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Monitors reported that civilians in battleground states are already dying of starvation amid warnings of famine conditions, adding that the situation will likely worsen in coming months. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Panama handed over to Venezuela an air force official accused taking part in a military-led plot to oust President Maduro. (AP)
  • Colombia: French PM Valls pledged active support for the peace process in the country after meeting with President Santos. (DPA)
  • Ecuador: Thousands of protesters filled the main downtown avenues in the coastal city of Guayaquil to demonstrate against the policies and governing style of President Correa. (AP)
  • United States: Russian President Putin called President Obama to discuss the conflict in Ukraine, ISIS advances, and a deal on Iran’s nuclear program. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Philippine officials said China has continued with its major island-making work in at least two reefs in the South China Sea’s Spratly island chain, casting doubt on a Chinese pronouncement that some of its construction in seven sites there would end soon. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Local media reported that Taliban militants overran Waygal district in the eastern Nuristan province. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The government introduced a new law designed to curb a MERS outbreak, tightening quarantine restrictions and imposing jail sentences on those who defy anti-infection measures. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The government imposed financial sanctions on a Syrian research center as well as six Taiwanese individuals and companies for their alleged involvement in arms trading with North Korea. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Police banned a press conference in Bangkok about the persecution of a Vietnamese religious minority, claiming it would “affect relations” with Vietnam. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU President Tusk said the bloc is ready to open talks with London on how it must change to keep Britain as a member. (AP)
  • France: An attacker carrying an Islamist flag killed one person and injured several others at a gas factory. (AFP)
  • Greece: PM Tsipras is to hold trilateral talks with German Chancellor Merkel and French President Hollande on the sidelines of a European summit. (AFP)
  • Sweden: Defense Minister Hultqvist said the country is stepping up its military capabilities and exercises with NATO amid concerns over Russia’s military resurgence. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government said there were few gaps to be filled to finalize a nuclear agreement with the major powers. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: A suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in the capital during the main weekly prayers killing and wounding dozens, officials and witnesses said. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Israeli army said it fatally shot a Palestinian after he opened fire at soldiers at a military checkpoint in the West Bank. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The UN said the United Nations envoy for Yemen will go to Kuwait on Saturday and then spend a week each in Riyadh and Sana’a to discuss a draft peace proposal. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that China is “the leading suspect” in a massive data breach of Washington’s government personnel files, but that an investigation is ongoing. (BBC)

 

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: 27,273 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,173 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • 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 (27JUN)

  • Djibouti: Djibouti Independence Day – 1977
  • South Korea and Cuba: 2015 Cuban Cultural Festival in Seoul (to 05JUL)
  • Tajikistan: Tajik National Unity Day

 

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