AFRICA: The 34th session of the Permanent Representative Committee of the African Union opened in the framework of the 29th AU summit in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
AMERICAS: In Colombia, the FARC rebels handed over all of their personal weapons, completing the transfer of arms a day ahead of a revised schedule, UN monitors say.
ASIA: The US Navy paid tribute to the seven sailors killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship off the Japanese coast.
EUROPE: A Dutch appeals court ruled the government was partially liable in the deaths of some 300 Muslim men murdered by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
MIDDLE EAST: The US identified “potential preparations” for another chemical attack in Syria, and issued a stark warning to the Syrian government.
TECHNOLOGY: US President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser has announced a new cybersecurity partnership with Israel.
European Union: Bloc levies record fine against Google in antitrust case
The EU announced a record USD 2.7B fine against Google, saying that the powerful company illegally steered users toward its comparison shopping website.
By levying the fine — the biggest ever in this type of antitrust case — Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s antitrust chief, laid down a marker as arguably the Western world’s most aggressive regulator of digital services from the likes of Google and Facebook.
Google has 90 days to “stop its illegal conduct” and give equal treatment to rival price-comparison services, according to the binding order from the European Commission.
Google said it “respectfully” disagreed with the decision and was considering an appeal.
It is also the biggest regulatory setback for Google, which settled with US enforcers in 2013 with a requirement to stop “scraping” reviews and other data from rival websites for its own products.
Region: The 34th session of the Permanent Representative Committee of the African Union opened in the framework of the 29th AU summit in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. (Xinhua)
Kenya: The country’s ruling party promised to expand free education and healthcare, but did not acknowledge problems in existing social services that have triggered strikes as elections approach. (Reuters)
Somalia: A huge explosion was heard from a ship off the Puntland coastal region, but the ship’s identity and cause of the incident remain unknown. (Reuters)
Region: Mexico’s attorney general will request help from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate accusations the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto spied on private citizens. (Reuters)
Brazil: President Michel Temer was charged with corruption, accused of taking a $152,000 bribe via an intermediary. (NYT)
Colombia: The FARC rebels handed over all of their personal weapons, completing the transfer of arms a day ahead of a revised schedule, UN monitors say. (BBC)
Japan: The US Navy paid tribute to the seven sailors killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship off the Japanese coast. (AP)
Mongolia: The country will hold its first ever presidential runoff vote on 09JUL after none of the three candidates won an absolute majority in the election. (AFP)
Myanmar: Troops in the northeastern Rakhine state were on high alert amid fears of fresh attacks by Rohingya insurgents. (Reuters)
Pakistan: PM Nawaz Sharif ordered a high-level inquiry into the fuel truck accident, as the death toll reached 157. (NYT)
Philippines: The government ruled out negotiations with the Maute group militants holed up in Marawi City because that was against government policy. (Reuters)
Albania: The left-wing Socialist Party secured a second mandate in a general election seen as a key benchmark to the country’s bid for EU membership. (AP)
Cyprus: Talks on the country’s long-running conflict are the best chance, to get an agreement, UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said. (Reuters)
Germany: German leaders and lawmakers paid tribute to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who spearheaded the country’s reunification during 16 years at the helm. (AP)
Netherlands: A Dutch appeals court ruled the government was partially liable in the deaths of some 300 Muslim men murdered by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. (AP)
Ukraine: A Ukrainian serviceman was killed and another person was wounded in a car bomb explosion in Kiev, in an alledged “terrorist act.” (Reuters)
Iraq: The battle to wrest full control of the city of Mosul from Islamic State group will be over in a few days, according to the Iraqi military. (Al-Jazeera)
Syria: The US identified “potential preparations” for another chemical attack in the country, and issued a stark warning to the Syrian government. (BBC)
Syria: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the US may need to supply the Kurdish YPG militia with weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from Islamic State. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: US President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser has announced a new cybersecurity partnership with Israel. (AP)
Suspected Cases as of 23JUN: 59,565 (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 23JUN: 28,868 (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 23JUN: 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.