ONS: 01 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 2, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The latest outbreak of Ebola in Guinea has ended, the World Health Organization said.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of people marched in Peruvian capital Lima against Keiko Fujimori, presidential frontrunner and daughter of disgraced ex-president Alberto Fujimori.
  • ASIA: Five people, including a policeman and four suicide bombers, were killed, and a judge was injured as Taliban militants stormed a provincial court in the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Binali Yildirim says relations with Germany will be harmed if the German parliament votes to describe the killing of Armenians last century as genocide.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of US-backed fighters are launching an offensive to capture from Islamic State the crucial northern Syrian swathe known as the Manbij pocket following weeks of quiet preparations.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Police do not need a warrant to obtain a person’s cellphone location data held by wireless carriers, a US appeals court, dealing a setback to privacy advocates.

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Humanitarian crisis looms as battle for Fallujah continues.
    • ISIS-held Falluja is surrounded by Iraqi-forces, which are expected to storm the city soon.
    • UNICEF estimated the number of the children trapped with their families inside Fallujah at about 20,000, warning they face a dire humanitarian situation.
    • Iraqi special forces battling their way into Fallujah faced fierce counterattacks by Islamic State, with heavily booby-trapped streets in and around the city hindering the advance.
    • UNICEF said food and medicine are running out and clean water is in short supply in the Islamist-controlled city.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, NBC, NYT, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Guinea: The latest outbreak of Ebola in the country has ended, the World Health Organization said. (AFP)
  • Mali: A Chinese peacekeeper serving with the UN’s mission in the country and three civilians working with an explosives unit have been killed in separate attacks. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The Niger Delta Avengers attacked a Chevron oil facility, the Nigerian militant group said on Twitter. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Al Shabaab militants killed two soldiers in the country’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland in a bomb attack. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: Electoral authorities began deliberating whether to annul the disputed presidential election and hold a new vote. (AP)
  • Peru: Thousands of people marched in capital Lima against Keiko Fujimori, presidential frontrunner and daughter of disgraced ex-president Alberto Fujimori. (AFP)
  • United States: A baby girl delivered at a New Jersey hospital was born with the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne disease that can cause birth defects in newborns. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Five people, including a policeman and four suicide bombers, were killed, and a judge was injured as Taliban militants stormed a provincial court in the eastern Ghazni city. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A district police chief was killed and two of his bodyguards injured as a roadside bomb struck a police van in the northern Balkh province. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: Three North Korean women who worked at a state-run restaurant in China have arrived in South Korea after defecting. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The country kicked off an ambitious 200-day “battle”, aimed at jump-starting a new five-year economic plan. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish PM Binali Yildirim says relations with Germany will be harmed if the German parliament votes to describe the killing of Armenians last century as genocide. (AP)
  • France: Much of the nation’s rail network has ground to a halt as rail workers strike in protest against changes to French labor rules. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: British voters are evenly split between “Remain” and “Leave” ahead of a 23JUN referendum on whether to remain in the EU, according to the latest online opinion poll from YouGov. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The country detained two ISIS fighters from Syria who were trying to cross into western Europe in order to stage new attacks. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The militant Hamas group says Egypt has temporarily reopened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip. (AP)
  • Iran: World oil markets have seen no negative impact from a doubling of Iranian exports following the lifting of international sanctions, the country’s oil minister Bijan Zanganeh said. (AFP)
  • Israel: The country released Meir Ettinger, a top right-wing Jewish extremist, from jail after a 10-month-long detention. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Thousands of US-backed fighters are launching an offensive to capture from Islamic State the crucial northern swathe known as the Manbij pocket following weeks of quiet preparations. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Police do not need a warrant to obtain a person’s cellphone location data held by wireless carriers, a US appeals court ruled, dealing a setback to privacy advocates. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Bonnie
    • Location: 60 miles ESE of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    • Winds: 15 mph
    • Movement: SE at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 27MAY: 101,228 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 27MAY: 14,071
      • Deaths: 15
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 16MAY: 1,733 (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 16MAY: 628 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 26MAY:  American Samoa, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 26MAY: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 26MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02JUN)

  • Global: 169th (Ordinary) OPEC Meeting to be held in Vienna
  • Armenia: Foreign Minister Nalbandian to meet with mediators from the OSCE in Paris
  • Egypt: Anniversary of ex-President Hosni Mubarak sentenced to life in jail – 2012
  • Germany: Bundestag to vote on Armenian Genocide recognition
  • Italy: National Day – 1946
  • Tunisia: Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari to visit (to 03JUN)

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