- AFRICA: Egyptian investigators said the flight data recorder of crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 had been successfully repaired, paving the way for analysis of the incident.
- AMERICAS: An Amnesty International report alleges how the Mexican police and armed forces routinely torture and mistreat women, sometimes using sexual violence during arrest and interrogation.
- ASIA: A US-led meeting between 26 nonnuclear and nuclear countries commenced in Tokyo to discuss ways to verify reduction and dismantlement of nuclear warheads.
- EUROPE: Turkish PM Binali Yildirim reversed an earlier offer of compensation to Russia for shooting down one of Moscow’s military jets in November.
- MIDDLE EAST: Israeli authorities closed Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to non-Muslim visitors after a series of clashes between worshippers and police.
- TECHNOLOGY: Mobile app providers must fulfill “six obligations” when operating in China, including requiring real-name registration and preserving records of their users’ activity for at least two months, new regulations have made clear.
- EU Summit: European Commission insists on swift action from UK.
- The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has told a special meeting of the EU Parliament that Britain must make a swift decision on exiting the bloc to avoid lingering uncertainty.
- Juncker imposed a ban on any EU commissioner talking to the British government before it formalizes its intention to withdraw from the bloc.
- Germany, France and Italy have ruled out any chance of informal talks on the UK’s future relationship with the block until it gives formal notification of its intention to leave, with a consensus emerging that this should happen in the autumn.
- UK PM David Cameron will be meeting later with EU leaders.
- UKIP leader Nigel Farage was booed in the European Parliament as he called on the EU to take a “grown up and sensible” attitude to negotiations with the UK while at the same time insulting MEPs.
- Coverage: BBC, CNN, FT, Guardian, INDE, Reuters
- Democratic Republic of Congo: A campaign to vaccinate 11.6m people in the country against yellow fever will start on 20JUL. (Reuters)
- Egypt: Investigators said the flight data recorder of crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 had been successfully repaired, paving the way for analysis of the incident. (Reuters)
- South Africa: President Jacob Zuma should pay USD 510,074 for non-security upgrades to his private home, the National Treasury said. (Reuters)
- Region: Mexico is advising its citizens in Nicaragua to stay in touch with the embassy in case they are detained following the arrest of four young Mexicans. (AP)
- Cuba: Havana ATMs will accept MasterCard cash advances, including from Stonegate Bank, the first US bank authorized to provide this service on the communist island. (EFE)
- Mexico: An Amnesty International report alleges how the Mexican police and armed forces routinely torture and mistreat women, sometimes using sexual violence during arrest and interrogation. (AFP)
- Region: A US-led meeting between 26 nonnuclear and nuclear countries commenced in Tokyo to discuss ways to verify reduction and dismantlement of nuclear warheads. (Kyodo)
- Afghanistan: President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a “thorough investigation” into institutionalized sexual abuse of children by police. (AFP)
- China: The country will expand market access for foreign investment to help drive industrial upgrades and economic transition. (Xinhua)
- Region: Turkish PM Binali Yildirim reversed an earlier offer of compensation to Russia for shooting down one of Moscow’s military jets in November. (AFP)
- France: Paris prosecutors have charged Rifaat al-Assad, the uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with corruption, amassing a fortune of USD 99M. (AFP)
- France: Paris’ most recognizable monument will remain closed to visitors as Eiffel Tower staff joined strike action against controversial labor reforms. (AFP)
- Region: Israeli authorities closed Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to non-Muslim visitors after a series of clashes between worshippers and police. (AFP)
- Region: Israel has cut water supplies due to drought, but Palestinian areas appear hit much harder, with both sides blaming each other. (AP)
- Iran: President Hassan Rouhani has called for “transparency” in the upcoming trial of 48 suspects who stormed Saudi diplomatic missions in the country in January. (AP)
- Iraq: A suicide bomber detonated explosives at a Sunni mosque near Baghdad where worshippers were gathered for prayers, killing at least nine people. (AFP)
- Lebanon: The Lebanese army has detained over 100 Syrians for illegal entry into the country, following a series of bombings near the border with Syria. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Mobile app providers must fulfill “six obligations” when operating in China, including requiring real-name registration and preserving records of their users’ activity for at least two months, new regulations have made clear. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02A
- Location: 329 NM SW of Karachi, Pakistan
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: WSW at 9 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 24JUN: 130,728 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
- Confirmed Cases as of 24JUN: 18,535
- Deaths as of 24JUN: 17
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (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 23JUN: 1,768 (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: 630 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 23JUN: American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 23JUN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 23JUN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29JUN)
- Chile: Feasts of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
- Luxembourg: Judge to deliver verdict on “LuxLeaks” whistle-blowers
- Mongolia: Elections
- North America Region: US President Obama to visit Ottawa for a “Three Amigos” North American summit with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, will address joint session of parliament