By TRG Alerts Admin
AFRICA: The African Union is set to readmit Egypt and end it’s nearly year-long suspension.
AMERICAS: US federal authorities arrested seven people and seized 89 pounds of heroin in Tucson.
ASIA: Afghan presidential election candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded a halt to vote-counting over fraud allegations.
EUROPE: Ukrainian President Poroshenko said that he would soon order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east as part of a broader plan to end the 10-week insurgency.
MIDDLE EAST: The OPCW reported that chemical weapons such as chlorine have been used in a “systematic manner” in Syria.
TECHNOLOGY: Amazon is widely expected to unveil a new smartphone utilizing 3D technology.
Iraq: Militants seize country’s main oil refinery.
Militants launched an assault on the Baiji oil refinery in Salaheddin province.
Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) raided the construction site of a hospital in Mosul and kidnapped 60 foreign workers.
Saudi Arabia warned of the risks of civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region.
Iranian President Rouhani said Iran would do whatever it takes to protect Shiite shrines in Iraq against Sunni militants.
Turkish local media reported that militants kidnapped another 15 Turkish citizens working in a construction site near Kirkuk.
Egypt: The African Union is set to readmit the country and end it’s nearly year-long suspension. (AFP)
Kenya: Authorities denied reports that several women were kidnapped during militant attacks against the town of Mpeketoni. (AFP)
Nigeria: At least 13 people were killed in a bomb blast at a venue televising a World Cup match in Yobe state. (BBC)
Somalia: A car bomb detonated outside of a hospital in Mogadishu run by the International Committee of the Red Cross killing two people. (AP)
Argentina: Economy Minister Axel Kicillof warned that if the country implements a new US court ruling it would push the country into default. (AFP)
Mexico: A judge denied a fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero an injunction against any possible extradition to the US. (AP)
United States: Federal authorities arrested seven people and seized 89 pounds of heroin in Tucson. (AP)
Region: A Vietnamese official said talks between China and Vietnam produced no breakthrough in territorial disputes in the South China Sea. (AP)
Afghanistan: Presidential election candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded a halt to vote-counting over fraud allegations. (AFP)
Japan: The country said it would soon hold fresh official talks with North Korea on Cold War kidnappings of Japanese nationals. (AFP)
Pakistan: Twitter restored access inside the country to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about “blasphemous” content. (AFP)
Pakistan: At least five militants were killed in two separate US drone strikes in Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan. (AFP)
Region: German Deputy Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel hinted in a newspaper interview that France and Italy could be given more time to get their finances in order. (AFP)
Kosovo: Serbs in the ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica removed a barricade erected in 2011 that blocked the main bridge. (Reuters)
Russia: The government said it had opened a criminal probe against the Ukrainian interior minister and a local governor. (AFP)
Ukraine: President Poroshenko said that he would soon order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east as part of a broader plan to end the 10-week insurgency. (AFP)
Iran: A top nuclear negotiator said the country hopes to start drafting a nuclear agreement with world powers immediately. (AFP)
Israel: The military arrested 65 Palestinians overnight, most of whom were freed in a 2011 prisoner swap, as they searched the West Bank for three teenagers believed to be kidnapped by Hamas. (AFP)
Syria: A regime helicopter killed 12 people, eight of them children, in a refugee camp near the Jordanian border. (AFP)
Syria: The OPCW reported that chemical weapons such as chlorine have been used in a “systematic manner” in the country. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: Amazon is widely expected to unveil a new smartphone utilizing 3D technology. (AFP)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases: 248 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
Deaths: 171 (Guinea, Liberia)
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19JUN)
Kuwait: Independence Day – 1961
Myanmar: Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday
Spain: The Prince of Asturias and future King of Spain will be crowned
Christianity: Corpus Christi
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