- AFRICA: More than 100 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa attempted to scale the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, with 30 making it across.
- AMERICAS: The Venezuelan opposition reported that they have met all of the prerequisites to proceed with a referendum to recall President Maduro
- ASIA: Armed men attacked and killed a male student and set fire to several buildings at a Papua New Guinea university.
- EUROPE: Political newcomer and former history professor Gudni Johannesson claimed victory in Iceland’s presidential election.
- MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni officials reported that 55 people were killed and 70 more were wounded in two days of fierce fighting between rebel and government forces.
- TECHNOLOGY: China announced new regulations on search engines that orders them to ensure objective, fair and authoritative results.
- Iraq: Fallujah declared “fully liberated” from the Islamic State group
- Elite Iraqi forces retook the Islamic State (IS) group’s last bastion in the city, securing full control after a month-long operation.
- The Jolan neighborhood was the last IS stronghold in Fallujah, and was cleared by counter-terror forces.
- Iraqi troops will soon begin the process of removing bombs from the city’s streets and buildings.
- At least 1,800 militants were killed in the operation to retake the city, and more than 82,000 civilians are believed to have fled the fighting.
- Coverage: BBC, Independent, AFP, AP, Reuters
- Kenya: Officials announced the country’s intention to reduce the population of the Dadaab refugee camp by half by the end of this year. (Reuters)
- Mali: At least 14 people were killed and more than 40 injured in clashes over land between the residents of two central villages. (AFP)
- Morocco: More than 100 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa attempted to scale the border fence into the Spanish enclave of Melilla, with 30 making it across. (AFP)
- Panama: A giant Chinese-chartered freighter is to nudge its way through the Panama Canal to mark the completion of nearly a decade of expansion work forecast to boost global trade. (AFP)
- United States: President Obama declared flooding in West Virginia a “major disaster” and released federal aid to relieve the hardest-hit areas. (AFP)
- Venezuela: The opposition reported that they have met all of the prerequisites to proceed with a referendum to recall President Maduro. (EFE)
- Myanmar: Police torched drugs and precursor chemicals with a street value of nearly $60 million to mark the UN’s annual anti-drugs day. (AFP)
- Papua New Guinea: Men armed with bush knives attacked and killed a male student and set fire to several buildings at a university in Lae. (AFP)
- Thailand: Rescuers searched for an air force helicopter lost during heavy rains. (AP)
- Region: European Parliament President Martin Schulz stated Britain should officially apply for an exit from the European Union by Tuesday. (AP)
- Iceland: Political newcomer and former history professor Gudni Johannesson claimed victory in the country’s presidential election. (Guardian)
- Spain: Polls opened for the country’s second parliamentary elections since December. (AFP)
- Kuwait: The emir led a memorial service at the recently reopened Imam Sadiq Mosque, one year after the Islamic State attacked it killing 27 people and wounding hundreds. (AP)
- Syria: Russian and regime air strikes on Al-Quriyah, an Islamic State-held area, have killed at least 82 people including 58 civilians. (AFP)
- Yemen: Officials reported that 55 people were killed and 70 more wounded in two days of fierce fighting between rebel and government forces in the provinces of Taiz, Bayda and Marib. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: China announced new regulations on search engines that orders them to ensure objective, fair and authoritative results. (Xinhua)
- 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 (27JUN)
- Djibouti: Independence Day – 1977
- France: Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to visit
- Panama: Panama Canal’s third set of locks to begin commercial operations
- Tajikistan: Tajik National Unity Day – 1997
- Ukraine: EU-Ukraine mini-summit to take place in Brussels