ONS: 29 June 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 30, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Officials in Somalia said that several soldiers were killed overnight when Shebab fighters attacked a base in the southern Kismayo region.
  • AMERICAS: Puerto Rican Governor Padilla said that the island is unable to pay its approximately USD72 billion in debt.
  • ASIA: Countries from five continents formally signed up to the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
  • EUROPE: Europol said that European police arrested over 500 suspects, seized over 2.8 tons of cocaine and hundreds of vehicles in a series of raids against organized crime.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, three ISIS car bombs killed 12 government troops and militiamen in the northeastern city of Hasakeh.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Federal Railroad Administration plans to announce a new partnership with Google to provide the locations of all grade crossings in the company’s map application.

TOP STORY

  • Burundi: Polls open in parliamentary and local elections amid unrest, boycotts.
    • Voting in the country’s controversial elections opened despite a string of grenade attacks in polling stations, the latest in weeks of violence sparked by the president’s defiant bid for a third term.
    • Police and election officials said assailants threw grenades at stations in both the capital Bujumbura and in some provinces, delaying the start of voting in many of the centers.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon called for the elections to be delayed after the opposition said they would not take part.
    • The EU condemned the government’s “grave” decision to hold elections despite ongoing violence, saying it would worsen the situation.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Chad: Security forces killed six militants and lost five officers as they stormed an illegal arms cache site east of N’Djamena. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Security forces reported that a bomb hit the convoy of the state prosecutor Hisham Barakat in Cairo. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Officials said that several soldiers were killed overnight when Shebab fighters attacked a base in the southern Kismayo region. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The country’s warring rival leaders held face-to-face talks in Kenya but failed to make progress as fighting continued on the ground this weekend. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff met with investors in New York on the first day of a long-delayed US visit aimed at overcoming strains caused by a NSA spying scandal. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The government denied reaching an agreement with the FARC to apply different post-conflict rules than those of the Legal Framework for Peace. (EFE)
  • Puerto Rico: Governor Padilla said that the island is unable to pay its approximately USD72 billion in debt. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Countries from five continents formally signed up to the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Officials said that at least 11 soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in Karukh district of Herat. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The government reported no new cases of MERS or deaths from the virus for the first time in nine days, but officials warned there was no indication yet that the outbreak had been brought under control. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Police and counter-terrorism forces raided a house near the eastern city of Lahore and killed four Taliban militants. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Europol said that European police arrested over 500 suspects, seized over 2.8 tons of cocaine and hundreds of vehicles in a series of raids against organized crime. (AFP)
  • Greece: EU Commissioner of Economic Affairs Moscovici said European Commission President Juncker will make his latest proposals on Monday to try to avoid a Greek default. (AFP)
  • Moldova: The incumbent pro-EU mayor of the capital won the runoff vote against a pro-Russian opponent, securing a third term in office. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestinian Territories: The Israeli navy was escorting an activist vessel defying its blockade of Gaza to port after taking it over without deadly force. (AFP)
  • Syria: Three ISIS car bombs killed 12 government troops and militiamen in the northeastern city of Hasakeh. (AFP)
  • Syria: The government’s official news agency said a mortar round hit a central Damascus square, wounding three people in the second such attack in the capital in as many days. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US Federal Railroad Administration plans to announce a new partnership with Google to provide the locations of all grade crossings in the company’s map application. (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: 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 26JUN: 1356 (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 26JUN: 484 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30JUN)

  • Global: The 32nd round of the Geneva talks
  • Europe: Russia, Ukraine to confirm gas talks in Vienna
  • Brazil and United States: Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff will visit Washington, DC
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Independence Day – 1960

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