AFRICA: Kenya is the first African country to start using a generic version of the latest AIDS drug that can improve and prolong the lives of tens of thousands of people who suffer severe side effects and resistance to other treatments.
AMERICAS: Colombia’s FARC rebels relinquished the last of its weapons of war to UN monitors, ending its half-century of armed struggle.
ASIA: In India, port operations were disrupted in the commercial hub of Mumbai by the global ransomware attack.
EUROPE: European allies of NATO and Canada will increase defense spending by 4.3 percent in 2017, marking a cumulative USD 46B jump.
MIDDLE EAST: The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain warned of further economic pressure on Qatar, if their diplomatic demands are not met.
TECHNOLOGY: A global wave of cyberattacks exploited an already patched vulnerability in Windows software and appeared to have Ukraine as a primary target.
Venezuela: Supreme Court attacked by rogue police faction
A rogue faction of the Venezuelan police attacked the country’s Supreme Court in Caracas, dropping grenades from a helicopter.
President Nicolás Maduro called the incident a “terrorist attack,” and indicated that special forces are hunting the perpetrators.
The news of the dissident pilot and the mobilization of security forces prompted coup rumors in Venezuelan social networks, but Maduro’s government remains in control.
The chopper pilot was identified as Oscar Perez.
The helicopter belonged to the country’s CICPC law enforcement agency, and was stolen from La Carlota air base in eastern Caracas.
The pro-government Supreme Court is particularly hated by Maduro’s opponents for bolstering his power and undermining the opposition-controlled legislature.
Kenya: The nation is the first African country to start using a generic version of the latest AIDS drug that can improve and prolong the lives of tens of thousands of people who suffer severe side effects and resistance to other treatments. (Reuters)
Kenya: Four police officers and four civilians were killed after their truck hit a landmine on a road near the border with Somalia. (Reuters)
Niger: Over 50 African migrants are feared dead in the country’s northern Sahara desert region after being abandoned by their drivers. (Reuters)
Region: Chile placed a temporary ban on meat imported from Colombia, citing an outbreak there of foot-and-mouth disease. (AFP)
Brazil: President Michel Temer vowed to stay in power and fight the bribery charges filed against him. (WSJ)
Colombia: The country’s FARC rebels relinquished the last of their weapons of war to UN monitors, ending a half-century of armed struggle. (WSJ)
Cambodia: PM Hun Sen ordered an investigation into The Situation Room, a consortium of rights groups which criticized local elections that handed a victory to Hun Sen’s ruling party. (Reuters)
India: The global ransomware attack disrupted port operations in the commercial hub of Mumbai. (Reuters)
Myanmar: The government defended the detention of three journalists who were reporting on an armed ethnic group, fueling alarm at the erosion of press freedom. (AFP)
Nepal: Millions of people are voting in the second phase of local elections despite threats from ethnic groups that oppose the polls. (AP)
Philippines: The decapitated bodies of five civilians have been found in Marawi, as the military warned that the number of residents killed by occupying Islamist rebels could rise sharply as troops retake more ground. (Reuters)
Region: European allies of NATO and Canada will increase defense spending by 4.3 percent in 2017, marking a cumulative USD 46B jump. (Reuters)
Region: European police arrested six suspected members of the Islamic State armed group, four of them in Spain and one each in Britain and Germany. (AP)
Region: Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis discussed NATO, security in the Black Sea region, trade, and EU issues. (AP)
Cyprus: Rival Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders opened talks aimed at reuniting the divided island after more than 40 years. (Reuters)
Germany: Activists protested against the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Hamburg by hanging a large banner that reads “Build bridges, not walls.” (AP)
Region: The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Bahrain warned of further economic pressure on Qatar, if their diplomatic demands are not met. (Guardian)
Region: Turkey’s military returned fire after a cross-border attack by Syrian Kurdish forces, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). (AP)
Iran: The government said it would take “reciprocal action” in response to the partial implementation of US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries. (Reuters)
Syria: Russia said US assertions that the Syrian government may be planning a chemical weapons attack complicate Syrian peace talks. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: A global wave of cyberattacks exploited an already patched vulnerability in Windows software, and appeared to have Ukraine as a primary target. (AFP)
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.