By TRG Alerts Admin
AFRICA: The leaders of 26 African countries gathered in Egypt to sign a new trade pact to create a common market across half the continent that will serve 625 million people.
AMERICAS: Leaders from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean are meeting for two days of talks focused on trade relations and diplomatic ties.
ASIA: Thai police said they were winding down an investigation into human trafficking gangs, and planned to send a report of their findings to the country’s attorney general by the end of June.
EUROPE: Russian President Putin is to meet with Italian PM Renzi in Milan before heading to Rome for an audience with Pope Francis.
MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, three suspected al-Qaeda members were killed in an apparent US drone strike in Mukalla.
TECHNOLOGY: A Rand Corporation study based on a survey of company chief information officers said rising concerns from high-profile incidents have made cybersecurity a priority for many organizations.
Iraq: US expected to send additional military advisors amid ongoing instability.
Officials said the Obama administration is planning to establish a new military base in Anbar Province and send hundreds of additional US military trainers to help Iraqi forces retake Ramadi and repel ISIS.
The plans call for an expanded US presence at Taqaddum, an Iraqi base near the town of Habbaniya, the center of Iraq military’s operations in Anbar Province.
The decision would add as many as 500 additional trainers and look to increase Sunni participation in the fight against ISIS.
Earlier in the day, US Chairman of the JCS GEN Dempsey said that it was still “to be determined” whether more forces might be needed.
Amnesty International reported that members of the Yazidi community, one of the Iraqi minorities hardest hit by jihadist atrocities, killed 21 Sunni Arab villagers in a January revenge attack.
Region: The leaders of 26 African countries gathered in Egypt to sign a new trade pact to create a common market across half the continent that will serve 625 million people. (AFP)
Burundi: President Nkurunziza approved presidential elections for July 15, followed by senatorial elections on July 24, as proposed by the electoral commission. (DPA)
Egypt: Police killed two suspected Islamic militants in a shootout outside the Karnak temple in Luxor as a suicide bomber detonated nearby without killing anyone. (BBC)
Libya: Al-Qaeda-linked militants battled an Islamic State affiliate in the east of the country after one of their leaders was shot dead by masked gunmen. (AP)
Region: Leaders from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean are meeting for two days of talks focused on trade relations and diplomatic ties. (DPA)
United States: Political gridlock over climate change has left the country militarily exposed to Russia’s superior fleets in the Arctic, according to high-ranking former military commanders and security advisors. (Guardian)
Venezuela: A human rights group reported that at least 189 people died in extrajudicial executions last year in the country at the hands of security forces. (AFP)
Region: Indian troops killed over 100 militants in a 45-minute operation inside Burma in retaliation against the killing of 18 Indian soldiers by the militants at the border last week. (Xinhua)
Australia: Police said that the captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 asylum-seekers said authorities paid them thousands of dollars to turn around and return to Indonesian waters. (AFP)
Indonesia: Officials said that President Widodo picked GEN Gatot Nurmantyo as army chief of staff to lead the military, breaking with a reform-era tradition of rotating the position between the branches of the armed forces. (Reuters)
Korea, South: President Park Geun-Hye postponed a planned trip to the US amid growing public alarm at the MERS outbreak. (AFP)
Thailand: Police said they were winding down an investigation into human trafficking gangs, and planned to send a report of their findings to the country’s attorney general by the end of June. (Reuters)
Region: A new Pew survey claims that Americans are less willing than Europeans to send economic aid to Ukraine, but would be more willing to use military force against Russia if it were to attack a NATO member. (AP)
Greece: PM Tsipras was expected to meet with German Chancellor Merkel in Brussels after the EU’s top official for the euro said a breakthrough bailout deal was “days” away. (AFP)
Italy: Russian President Putin is to meet with PM Renzi in Milan before heading to Rome for an audience with Pope Francis. (AP)
United Kingdom: The British government is on trial at the European Court of Human Rights over the death of a 27-year-old electrician, shot by police who thought he was a terrorist in the aftermath of the 2005 London subway bombings. (AP)
United Kingdom: PM Cameron came under fresh pressure to allow his own lawmakers and ministers to vote according to their consciences in a planned in-out referendum on EU membership. (Reuters)
Palestinian Territories: Officials said that a Palestinian man was killed in a clash with Israeli forces in the refugee camp of northern West Bank city Jenin. (AFP)
Syria: The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a bill that condemns violence in the country and calls on the State Department to report to Congress on war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country. (AP)
Yemen: Three suspected al-Qaeda members were killed in an apparent US drone strike in Mukalla. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: A Rand Corporation study based on a survey of company chief information officers said rising concerns from high-profile incidents have made cybersecurity a priority for many organizations. (AFP)
Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01A (Ashobaa)
Location: 157 NM ENE of Masirah Island, Oman
Movement: W at 6 mph
Winds: 63 mph
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia.
Renewed activity, gas clouds. (AP)
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
Suspected Cases as of 29MAY: 316,971(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: 9,339
Deaths as of 29MAY: 30 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
Cases as of 09JUN: 1218 (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 09JUN: 449 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11JUN)
Egypt: Retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists will take place
Mexico: Anniversary of student protests and massacre in Mexico City – 1971
Singapore: Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will visit (thru 11JUN)
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