ONS: 27 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 28, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Shebab militants overran an AU army base in a village in the southern region of Somalia in the latest attack during the insurgents’ annual Ramadan fighting season.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of Hondurans marched to call for the resignation of President Hernandez and demanded an independent probe into one of the worst corruption scandals in the country’s history.
  • ASIA: Afghani provincial police official stated about 19 militants were killed after security forces carried out an airstrike in northern Kunduz province overnight.
  • EUROPE: French PM Valls warned that France will face more attacks after a grisly killing in which a suspected Islamist pinned the severed head of his boss to the gates of a gas factory.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kuwaiti authorities said they were investigating an unspecified number of arrested suspects in a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque that left 27 dead the day before.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Beijing denounced accusations by the head of US intelligence that China was the main suspect in a massive hack of government data files in Washington as “absurd logic.

TOP STORY

  • Tunisia: After death toll following the attack at the beach resort rose to 37, tourists are flying out of the country.
    • A Tunisian gunman disguised as a tourist opened fire with a rifle, most hotel attack victims were British tourists.
    • Busloads of tourists are heading to the nearby Enfidha-Hammamet airport hoping to return to their home countries.
    • Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack in Tunisia and the country is mobilizing security forces to face the impact of the attack.
    • PM  Habib Essid announced a clampdown on security, stating army reservists would be deployed to archaeological sites and resorts.
    • PM also stated that about 80 mosques accused of “spreading venom” will close within a week.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, ABC, BBC, Fox News

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The country’s ambassador told UNSC that elections will go ahead as planned on Monday despite a call from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a postponement. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Shebab militants overran an AU army base in a village in the southern region in the latest attack during the insurgents’ annual Ramadan fighting season. (AFP)
  • South Africa:Opposition targeted Vice President Ramaphosa among top officials they want prosecuted after the release of a report into a police massacre of 34 striking miners. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Latin American countries mulled the failure of the hardball tactics in fighting drugs, planning to change course in the drug war at the UN-designated International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking,. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia:  President Juan Manuel Santos described an oil spill triggered by a rebel attack on a pipeline the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history. (AP)
  • Cuba: The country reiterated its willingness to participate in further meetings with the EU to discuss human rights on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual respect. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: Thousands of Hondurans marched to call for the resignation of President Hernandez and demanded an independent probe into one of the worst corruption scandals in the country’s history. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Provincial police official stated about 19 militants were killed after security forces carried out an airstrike in northern Kunduz province overnight. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The government stated it was closely monitoring a hospital in eastern Seoul over fears that hundreds of people there may have been exposed to the deadly MERS virus. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban warned that they would take action against an electricity company if power failures continued to plague Karachi, where a devastating heat wave killed at least 1,000 people in recent days. (NYT)
  • Sri Lanka:  A Presidential Commission of Inquiry (COI) appointed to look into complaints regarding people reported missing during the country’s civil war began holding fresh inquiries. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • France: PM Valls warned that the country will face more attacks after a grisly killing in which a suspected Islamist pinned the severed head of his boss to the gates of a gas factory. (AFP)
  • UK: Travel firms stated thousands of British tourists flew home after the Tunisian beach massacre claimed by the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Romania:  The European Commission stated that the country failed to make sufficient progress in implementing promised economic reforms in exchange for rescue funds. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Officials laid out a new agreement with Venezuela to expand economic, financial, industrial and technological cooperation by inking six new agreements and opening a 500-million-U.S.-dollar credit line from Tehran to Caracas. (Xinhua)
  • Kuwait:  Authorities said they were investigating an unspecified number of arrested suspects in a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque that left 27 dead the day before. (DPA)
  • Syria: Kurdish forces and the army fought separate battles with IS around Hasaka city overnight as the hardline group tried to capture more areas of the major urban center near the Iraqi border. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • China: Beijing denounced accusations by the head of US intelligence that China was the main suspect in a massive hack of government data files in Washington as “absurd logic.” (AFP)

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: 1350 (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: 480 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28JUN)

  • Benin: Benin municipal and local elections
  • Iraq: Anniversary of transfer of power to the Iraqi Government – 2004
  • Moldova: Second round of local elections
  • Ukraine: Constitution Day – 1996

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