- AFRICA: UK officials cautioned that other attacks “are possible” in Tunisia after the mass shooting two days ago that left 38 people dead including at least 15 Britons.
- AMERICAS: Leftist rebels with the ELN claimed responsibility for this week’s attack on a Colombian army helicopter in which eight troops were killed.
- ASIA: Afghani Defense Ministry stated that a total of 49 Taliban militants were killed as security forces pressed ahead with offensives in restive provinces.
- EUROPE: Sources close to the investigation stated the man suspected of decapitating his boss in an attack on a gas factory in France has confessed to the grisly crime.
- MIDDLE EAST: Kuwait’s Interior Ministry announced that the perpetrator of a suicide bombing that killed 27 people in a Shiite mosque was a Saudi citizen.
- TECHNOLOGY: The Federal Criminal Police Office (BK) confirmed that a joint European investigation effort led by Austrian authorities resulted in the dismantling of a Ukraine-based cybercrime gang on Thursday.
- China: More than 500 injured at an explosion and fire in a water park in Taiwan.
- A colored powder that was sprayed from a music stage onto party-goers ignited, leading to a massive explosion and fire at a music festival in a water park in Taiwan.
- The number of people injured has risen to 524.
- According to the New Taipei City health bureau, 194 people were seriously injured but no deaths have been reported.
- Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that eight people had life-threatening injuries.
- Coverage: USA Today, NYT, Xinhua
- Burundi: Witnesses said two people were killed in overnight attacks that they believe were carried out by the police. (AP)
- Libya: UN envoy Bernardino Leon urged the conflicting parties to expedite the dialogue to end the conflict in their country. (Xinhua)
- Mali: Three soldiers died in a jihadist attack on the southwestern town of Nara, on the Mauritania border, with four Islamist fighters also killed. (AFP)
- Tunisia: UK officials cautioned that other attacks “are possible” in the country after the mass shooting two days ago that left 38 people dead including at least 15 Britons. (Reuters)
- Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff met with visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang in efforts to boost ties between the two countries. (Xinhua)
- Colombia: Leftist rebels with the ELN claimed responsibility for this week’s attack on an army helicopter in which eight troops were killed. (AFP)
- Cuba: Visiting U.S. senator Patrick Leahy said that the most of the congressmen and American people support the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the lifting of the economic blockade against the island. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: The Defense Ministry stated that a total of 49 Taliban militants were killed as security forces pressed ahead with offensives in restive provinces. (Xinhua)
- Australia: Canberra attempted to verify whether an Australian IS fighter, notorious for being photographed with severed heads, survived a drone attack after a report said he was still alive. (AFP)
- China: The country’s top auditor stated that more than 2,200 government officials were being investigated for involvement in major fiscal fraud. (Xinhua)
- Korea, South: Officials reported its 32nd death from MERS as the virus’s mortality rate continued to rise even as the pace of the outbreak appeared to slow. (AFP)
- Denmark: New liberal PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen unveiled his cabinet. (DPA)
- France: Sources close to the investigation stated the man suspected of decapitating his boss in an attack on a gas factory confessed to the grisly crime. (AFP)
- Greece: According to the assembly’s count, the parliament approved a referendum on the latest offer of a debt deal by its EU-IMF creditors by a majority vote. (AFP)
- Israel: Thousands protested in central Tel Aviv against a natural gas deal between the government and a U.S.-Israeli energy conglomerate, calling for better transparency. (Xinhua)
- Kuwait: The Interior Ministry announced that the perpetrator of a suicide bombing that killed 27 people in a Shiite mosque was a Saudi citizen. (DPA)
- Lebanon: Security forces foiled a bomb plot in the capital Beirut that is believed to have been ordered by IS. (Xinhua)
- Syria: At least 30 rebels were killed and many others wounded by an army offensive in southern province of Daraa. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Europe: The Federal Criminal Police Office (BK) confirmed that a joint European investigation effort led by Austrian authorities resulted in the dismantling of a Ukraine-based cybercrime gang on Thursday. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report.
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- 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 (29JUN)
- Europe: Turkish and Cyprus Presidents will meet to discuss the reunification of Cyprus
- Global: International Maritime Organization council meeting (to 03JUL)
- Global: 57 prospective founding countries of AIIB will meet in Beijing to sign an agreement
- Christianity: Feasts of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
- Macedonia: EU mission in the country stated that party leaders will continue talks