ONS: 27 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 27, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Cameroon dispatched over 1,000 troops and heavy armor to the north of the country to counter the threat of Boko Haram.

  • AMERICAS: Brazilian police seized machine guns and other military-grade weapons from a drug gang operating in Rio de Janeiro.

  • ASIA: The Pakistani military stepped up its drive against the Taliban in North Waziristan with heavy strikes and a commando raid on Miram Shah.

  • EUROPE: Swiss President and OSCE chief Didier Burkhalter hailed the release of four of the organisation’s observers abducted last month ago, but demanded the freeing of others still being held.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria’s opposition government sacked the military command of the rebel Free Syrian Army over corruption allegations, as the White House asked lawmakers for USD500 million for moderate insurgents.

  • TECHNOLOGY: US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel said the US would push for a resumption of the cyber working group when officials meet at the annual US-China Security and Economic Dialogue in Beijing in the second week of July.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government signs EU association deal.

    • President Poroshenko said the signing of an association accord with the EU marked a “historic day” that offered the country a fresh start after years of political instability.

    • Russian President Putin said that Ukrainian society is split after being forced to choose between Europe and Russia.

    • Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Karasin said Ukraine’s EU deal will have ‘serious consequences’.

    • The UN reported that 110,000 people have fled to Russia from Ukraine while more than 54,000 have been displaced inside the country.

    • Four Ukrainian servicemen were killed and five wounded in an overnight attack by separatist fighters on a military post in the east of the country.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: The government dispatched over 1,000 troops and heavy armor to the north of the country to counter the threat of Boko Haram. (Reuters)

  • Keyna: The High-Level segment of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) kicked off in Nairobi calling for more efforts towards the protection of wildlife. (Xinhua)

  • Sudan: The army repulsed an attack by rebel groups against the Kutum area in North Darfur State. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police seized machine guns and other military-grade weapons from a drug gang operating in Rio de Janeiro. (EFE)

  • Guyana: The US DEA is setting up an office in the country to help local authorities counter drug trafficking. (AFP)

  • Mexico: The Financial System Stability Council said the country’s economy will continue to recover during the rest of this year. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Seoul on 03JUL-04JUL to discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah led several thousand demonstrators through Kabul. (AFP)

  • Korea, North: The government announced the successful test of a new high-precision, tactical guided missile. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: The military stepped up its drive against the Taliban in North Waziristan with heavy strikes and a commando raid on Miram Shah. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: UK PM Cameron said Jean-Claude Juncker was the “wrong person” to head the European Commission as he arrived for an EU leader’s summit in Brussels. (AFP)

  • Hungary: Hungarian PM Orban said he would not support the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker for EU Commission president. (Reuters)

  • Ukraine: Swiss President and OSCE chief Didier Burkhalter hailed the release of four of the organisation’s observers abducted last month ago, but demanded the freeing of others still being held. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: HRW reported that insurgents executed at least 160 captives earlier this month, based on an analysis of satellite imagery and photos released by the militants. (AP)

  • Palestinian Territories: Five people in the Gaza Strip were wounded by Israeli tank shells fired in response to the detonation of a border bomb. (AFP)

  • Syria: The opposition government sacked the military command of the rebel Free Syrian Army over corruption allegations, as the White House asked lawmakers for USD500 million for moderate insurgents. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel said the US would push for a resumption of the cyber working group when officials meet at the annual US-China Security and Economic Dialogue in Beijing in the second week of July. (AP)

 

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 26JUN: 820 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)

      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26JUN: 286 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28JUN)

  • Europe Region: The OSCE will open a session of its parliamentary assembly

 

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