ONS: 26 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 27, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Irish naval ship rescued 712 people including pregnant women and infants off the coast of Libya as part of an international migrant rescue effort.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, a tourist boat capsized near the city of Medellin, leaving at least six people dead and 31 missing.
  • ASIA: Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia torched nearly USD 1B worth of seized narcotics, a show of force to stem the rising flow of drugs in the region.
  • EUROPE: Italy’s center parties hammered their rivals in mayoral elections, a win likely to put pressure on the ruling Democratic Party ahead of a national vote in less than a year.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahrain accused Qatar of creating a military escalation in a dispute with regional powers, as Doha allowed more Turkish troops enter its territory.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China signed an agreement to stop conducting state-sponsored cyberattacks against the Canadian private sector.

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: PM Theresa May finds support for her minority government.
    • The Conservatives reached an agreement with the Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionists which will see them support PM Theresa May’s minority government.
    • With the support of the 10 DUP lawmakers, May would have a majority if all her lawmakers support her.
    • Under the terms of the deal, the pension triple lock and winter fuel payments will stay in place – both policies which were under threat in the Conservative manifesto.
    • However, the arrangement with the DUP will not be a formal coalition.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Guardian, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Region: An Irish naval ship rescued 712 people including pregnant women and infants off the coast of Libya as part of an international migrant rescue effort. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: The country recalled its ambassador in the Hague, accusing Dutch authorities of inaction against a Moroccan residing in the Netherlands it says is funding civil unrest. (Reuters)
  • Tanzania: The government threatened to arrest and deport those campaigning for gay rights and de-register organizations protecting homosexual interests. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A tourist boat capsized near the city of Medellin, leaving at least six people dead and 31 missing. (AP)
  • Mexico: Gunmen burst into a restaurant and killed the federal police commander for Veracruz state and a second officer. (AP)
  • United States: Government websites, many of them in Ohio, were hacked with a message that purports to be supportive of the Islamic State jihadist group. (AP)
  • United States: President Donald Trump has broken a nearly 20-year-old tradition by failing to host a dinner marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Region: Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia torched nearly USD 1B worth of seized narcotics, a show of force to stem the rising flow of drugs in the region. (AFP)
  • Mongolia: Mongolians began casting their votes in a presidential election dominated by allegations of graft and concerns about financial upheaval. (AP)
  • Pakistan: PM Nawaz Sharif cut short a trip abroad to rush to the side of victims of a massive fuel tanker fire as the death toll from the blaze increased to 157. (AP)
  • Philippines: The Philippine Armed Forces and Islamic State-linked militants resumed fighting in Marawi after a ceasefire to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. (EFE)
  • South Korea: The country will not reverse the planned deployment of the US THAAD missile defense system, FM Kang Kyung-wha said. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany warned Turkish bodyguards involved in violent scuffles in Washington last month not to attend the G20 summit in July. (DW)
  • Albania: Preliminary results show the left-wing Socialist Party appeared far ahead in crucial elections in the country’s bid to launch EU membership negotiations. (AP)
  • Italy: The country’s center parties hammered their rivals in mayoral elections, a win likely to put pressure on the ruling Democratic Party ahead of a national vote in less than a year. (Reuters)
  • Romania: President Klaus Iohannis met political party leaders before formally nominating a new prime minister after the previous government was dismissed. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Bahrain accused Qatar of creating a military escalation in a dispute with regional powers, as Doha allowed more Turkish troops enter its territory. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called on the two main political parties, reformists and conservatives, to maintain unity. (EFE)
  • Iraq: Islamic State fighters launched counter-attacks as they come under growing pressure from Iraqi forces in Mosul. (BBC)
  • Israel: The Jewish Agency, a high profile group of Jewish leaders, cancelled a gala event with PM Benjamin Netanyahu to protest his government’s decision to scrap plans for a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. (AP)
  • Syria: US-backed fighters have seized a quarter of Raqqa from the Islamic State group, less than three weeks after they first entered the city. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China signed an agreement to stop conducting state-sponsored cyberattacks against the Canadian private sector. (Reuters)
  • Technology: Russia’s FSB security agency said the Telegram messaging service was used by those behind the Saint Petersburg metro bombing. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Dora
    • Location: 180 miles S of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 14 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 (27JUN)

  • Global: UN Secretary General Guterres to visit Washington DC to lobby members of Congress to sustain the US’ funding for the UN (to 29JUN)
  • Europe: Standing Committee of PACE to vote on resolution to impeach President Pedro Agramunt
  • Colombia: FARC expected to hand over last batch of weapons to Colombian government
  • Czech Republic: Commemoration Day for the Victims of the Communist Regime in the Czech Republic – 2004
  • Djibouti: Independence Day – 1977
  • Japan: US Navy to hold memorial for sailors lost off the coast of Japan in a recent accident
  • Korean Peninsula: Anniversary of the US sending troops to Korea – 1950
  • Slovenia: Anniversary of the beginning of the 10-Day War – 1991
  • Tajikistan: Unity Day – 1997

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