ONS: 01 June 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 2, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Four police officers and a civilian were killed and two more police are missing after their truck hit a landmine along the Kenyan northern coast.
  • AMERICAS: The Organization of American States fell short in their bid to reach agreement about how to address Venezuela’s deteriorating democratic crisis.
  • ASIA: The Afghan National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s primary intelligence agency, blamed the Haqqani network for the 31MAY Kabul bombing.
  • EUROPE: Some 4,000 US and European troops are taking part in the annual Baltic Operations navy exercise on the Baltic Sea.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russian warplanes launched a series of strikes against Islamic State group jihadists fleeing their Syrian stronghold Raqqa, as US-backed forces edge closer to the city.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google have stepped up the removal of hate speech on their platforms in response to EU pressure.

 

TOP STORY

  • Paris Climate Agreement: International community awaits Trump decision.
    • US President Donald Trump said he would announce his decision whether to keep the US in a global pact to fight climate change.
    • A source close to the matter said Trump was preparing to pull out of the Paris accord.
    • Trump has repeatedly called into question the science behind climate change, once calling it a “very expensive hoax.”
    • European Council President Donald Tusk appealed to Trump not to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement.
    • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed China would uphold its commitment to the Paris agreement, despite whether or not the US remains in the accord.
    • With a US exit there’s more scope for fairly swift consensus as well as more room for China to take a greater leadership role.
    • Coverage: ABC, AP, CNN, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Four police officers and a civilian were killed and two more police are missing after their truck hit a landmine along the country’s northern coast. (Reuters)
  • Niger: More than 40 West African migrants died in the Sahara desert after their truck broke down in the country’s arid north. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: The country’s media regulator said the election body does not have the mandate to regulate social media use by presidential candidates, a measure seen as an assault on free speech. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Organization of American States fell short in their bid to reach agreement about how to address Venezuela’s deteriorating democratic crisis. (AP)
  • Panama: Panamanian authorities arrested 64 people and seized four tons of cocaine following a two-year investigation into a drug trafficking ring. (Reuters)
  • United States: A group of global power brokers including politicians, bankers, business titans and European royalty gathered to debate the merits of Donald Trump’s US presidency. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s top security aide left for the US as the new leader tries to reassure Seoul’s main ally he won’t scrap a deal to host a missile defense system that has angered China. (Reuters)
  • Region: Pakistan accused India of attacking Pakistanis in border towns in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The Afghan National Directorate of Security, the country’s primary intelligence agency, blamed the Haqqani network for the 31MAY Kabul bombing. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: The Bangladesh navy rescued 23 fishermen from the Bay of Bengal and is searching for scores more missing since a cyclone hit two days ago. (AFP)
  • Philippines: An air strike during Philippine military operations killed 10 government troops in a major blow to efforts to defeat fighters linked to the Islamic State group. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Some 4,000 US and European troops are taking part in the annual Baltic Operations navy exercise on the Baltic Sea. (AP)
  • Greece: Human Rights Watch claimed EU officials were being pressured to reduce the number of refugees being classified as vulnerable in order to bypass laws that would otherwise bring people to the country’s mainland. (EFE)
  • Georgia: The opposition United National Movement party called for the interior minister and State Security Service chief to resign over a cross-border abduction of an Azerbaijani investigative journalist. (RFE/RL)
  • Germany: The country vowed to extend its relationship with China in an increasingly uncertain global environment, as a result of talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Unknown assailants attacked an oil tanker in the Bab al-Mandab Strait in the Red Sea near Yemen. (Reuters)
  • Region: A Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli soldier in the northern West Bank before being shot and critically wounded. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russian warplanes launched a series of strikes against Islamic State group jihadists fleeing their Syrian stronghold Raqqa, as US-backed forces edge closer to the city. (AFP)
  • Syria: Syrian opposition activists say Baraa Kadek, the founder of one of the main Islamic State group media outlets, was killed in an airstrike. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google have stepped up the removal of hate speech on their platforms in response to EU pressure. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Two-E
    • Location: 100 NM SW of Puerto Angel, Mexico
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NE at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 26MAY: 57,826 (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 26MAY: 28,596 (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 26MAY: 13 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (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 29APR: 1,952 (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 29APR: 693 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • 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.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02JUN)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of Egyptian ex-President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life in jail – 2012
  • Italy: National Day – 1946
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of the coronation of Elizabeth II – 1953

 

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