ONS: 28 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 28, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Officials say likely Boko Haram bombing in red light district of northern Nigerian Bauchi city has killed 10 people and injured 14 others.
  • AMERICAS: Argentine Vice President Boudou charged with bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office.
  • ASIA: General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, leader of ruling military junta in Thailand, denied that he planned coup years in advance as opposition claims.
  • EUROPE: Maiden launch of new rocket delayed again in a blow to Russia’s space program.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The onslaught by Sunni Arab militants has prompted Iraq’s Kurds to deploy the famed peshmerga security forces in defence of their autonomous region.
  • TECHNOLOGY: British government issues restrictions applying to businesses’ use of Google Glass, hampering product launch.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Trade Pact Signals Closer Ties with Europe, Provokes Moscow
    • A Ukrainian government ceasefire in the conflict in the east of the country appears to be holding, despite attacks by pro-Russia rebels.
    • Defying the Kremlin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine signed a long-delayed trade pact with Europe on Friday that Moscow had bitterly opposed.
    • Russia said it will flex its considerable muscle to squeeze any nation in the former Soviet orbit that seeks a future with Europe, including Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.
    • Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov accused the US of fueling crisis in country after it signed free-trade deal with Europe.
    • Interior ministry organized checkpoints at the administrative borders with the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, NYT, Itar-Tass, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: U.N. assistant secretary-general for human rights Ivan Simonovic called on the authorities to ensure that human rights are fully protected ahead of the 2015 presidential elections. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Officials say likely Boko Haram bombing in red light district of northern Bauchi city has killed 10 people and injured 14 others. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Intelligence agency insisted it warned shopping malls about potential attacks before the terrorist bombing on Wednesday of a mall in Abuja. (AP)
  • Nigeria: U.S. announced that it had decreased its surveillance flights in the search for more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants, but added that the overall effort was unchanged due to more flights by other countries. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The sole witness to the killing of prominent human rights activist Salwa Bughaigis has died under mysterious circumstances in the eastern city of Benghazi. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Vice President Boudou charged with bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office. (AP)
  • Mexico: Vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles, who fought against drug cartels in Michoacan and refused to ally with local police forces, was arrested. (BBC)
  • Panama: Court acquitted captain of ship caught smuggling weapons from Cuba to North Korea. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Pakistan: Military officials claim jets killed 17 militants in the latest raid on rebel hideouts in the country’s restive northwest. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The United States has asked the country to refrain from taking part in a Chinese project to establish a new development bank in Asia. (Kyodo)
  • Taiwan: China’s Taiwan Affairs Council Minister Zhang Zhijun on Saturday ended his visit to the country’s southern and central regions a day early following an attack on his party by pro-independence protesters. (Kyodo)
  • Thailand: General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, leader of ruling military junta, denied that he planned coup years in advance as opposition claims. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: Sarajevo marked the 100th anniversary of the assasination of Archduke Ferdinand, which sparked World War I. (BBC)
  • Russia: Maiden launch of new rocket was delayed again in a blow to country’s space program. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Minister of State for Europe David Lidington will start a two-day visit to Gibraltar on Monday, probing into the delays around the Gibraltar-Spain border, amid long-standing diplomatic rows with Spain over the control of the tiny territory. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Witnesses said that the Iraqi Army has closed in on ISIS-held Tikrit. (DPA)
  • Iraq: The onslaught by Sunni Arab militants has prompted the country’s Kurds to deploy the famed peshmerga security forces in defense of their autonomous region. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli war jets struck militants’ targets in the Gaza Strip early Saturday as part of continuing operation against militant group following the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in the West Bank. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United Kingdom: Government issues restrictions applying to businesses’ use of Google Glass, hampering product launch. (NYT)

 

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: 599 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 339 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • 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 (29JUN)

  • Cuba: State telecom company Etecsa to start providing Internet access to private cooperatives
  • Lithuania: Referendum
  • Islam: Ramadan begins (to 28JUL)

 

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