AFRICA: South Africa’s top court ruled the Speaker of Parliament can decide to hold a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma by secret ballot, which the opposition hope could help to depose him.
AMERICAS: The Organization of American States failed to advance a plan to deal with Venezuela as it wrapped up a meeting where the country’s crisis took center stage.
ASIA: At least 30 people were killed in the Helmand province of Afghanistan when a car bomb targeted soldiers, government employees, and other civilians queueing to collect pay checks from a bank in the provincial capital.
EUROPE: Belgian authorities investigating the attempted bomb attack on Brussels’ Central Station detained four people after a series of raids in the Belgian capital.
MIDDLE EAST: An AP investigation revealed the United Arab Emirates and Yemeni forces run a secret network of prisons in Yemen, where torture and interrogation occurs.
TECHNOLOGY: Losses from cyber crimes rose 24 percent in 2016 to over USD 1.33B, according to a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Iraq: Islamic State militants destroy ancient Mosul mosque
Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is “an official declaration of defeat” by the so-called Islamic State.
The al-Nuri mosque, also known as Mosul’s Great Mosque, is where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a so-called Islamic caliphate in the summer of 2014, shortly after Mosul was overrun by the militants.
The mosque was located in the Old City area where remaining ISIS fighters are making a final stand with an estimated 100,000 civilians being used as human shields.
The mosque was named after a noble who fought in the early crusades and had stood for more than 840 years.
The terrorist group said US-led airstrikes had caused the damage, a charge the US military denied.
Angola: VP Manuel Vicente will face trial in Portugal over allegations he bribed a magistrate to drop two investigations against him. (AFP)
DR Congo: Clashes erupted in the eastern city of Beni with residents reporting the sound of gunshots and heavy weapons fire. (AFP)
South Africa: The country’s top court ruled the Speaker of Parliament can decide to hold a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma by secret ballot, which the opposition hope could help to depose him. (Reuters)
Region: The Organization of American States failed to advance a plan to deal with Venezuela as it wrapped up a meeting where the country’s crisis took center stage. (AFP)
El Salvador: Federal prosecutors say four National Civil Police officers and 15 soldiers participated in death squads that killed 36 people. (AP)
Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro promoted several soldiers as he reshuffled his Cabinet to allow top officials to run for seats in a special assembly to rewrite the country’s constitution. (AP)
Region: The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia plan to closely cooperate to halt the flow of militants, weapons, funds and extremist propaganda across their borders. (AP)
Afghanistan: The Pentagon said the country’s Islamic State jihadist problem is “not getting any better.” (VOA)
Afghanistan: At least 30 people were killed in the Helmand province when a car bomb targeted soldiers, government employees, and other civilians queueing to collect pay checks from a bank in the provincial capital. (Guardian)
Myanmar: Security forces killed three people while clearing a suspected Rohingya insurgent training camp in the northwestern state of Rakhine. (Reuters)
Philippines: Islamist militants holed up in the southern town of Marawi have been cornered and their firepower is flagging, the Philippine military said. (Reuters)
Region: Germany’s Parliament approved to move reconnaissance jets flying anti-Islamic State group missions from Turkey amid ongoing friction between the two countries. (AP)
Belgium: Belgian authorities investigating the attempted bomb attack on Brussels’ Central Station detained four people after a series of raids in the Belgian capital. (Reuters)
France: President Emmanuel Macron’s new government presented a security bill to beef up police powers amid sustained extremist threats to Europe. (AP)
Turkey: Two Turkish soldiers died at the hospital where they were receiving treatment following clashes with militants in the mainly Kurdish southeast. (Reuters)
Turkey: A small explosion close to a NATO-owned military facility in the western city of Izmir damaged the installation’s perimeter walls, but caused no injuries. (AP)
Region: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the new crown prince, agreeing to “increase efforts” to end tensions in the regional dispute with Qatar. (AP)
Region: Iran has begun exporting gas through a pipeline to Baghdad under a deal set to make Iraq the Islamic republic’s top customer. (AFP)
Qatar: India will run extra flights to Doha ahead of the Eid holiday to help citizens stranded there following an embargo imposed on Qatar Airways. (AFP)
Region: An AP investigation revealed the United Arab Emirates and Yemeni forces run a secret network of prisons in Yemen, where torture and interrogation occurs. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: Losses from cyber crimes rose 24 percent in 2016 to over USD 1.33B, according to a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. (Reuters)
Suspected Cases as of 16JUN: 59,443 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
Confirmed Cases as of 16JUN: 28,780 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
Deaths as of 16JUN: 13 (Brazil)
Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
Cases as of 19JUN: 2,029 (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 19JUN: 704 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24MAY: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
Outbreak Terminated as of 24MAY: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 24MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.