ONS: 01 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 1, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Washington Post reported that conditions at a base in Djibouti used by US military pilots flying missions over Yemen and Somalia have become chronically dangerous.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil’s electoral tribunal fined the ruling Workers Party (PT) of President Rousseff USD1.6 million for accounting irregularities dating back to 2009.
  • ASIA: In Burma, ethnic rebel group leaders began meeting in Panghsang to discuss how to end the current fighting in the region and finalize a nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police put Istanbul under a security lockdown to thwart unauthorized demonstrations on a tense May Day, with roads to the center shut and public transport severely restricted.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi Defense Ministry said three Saudi soldiers and “dozens” of Yemeni Shiite rebels were killed after the rebels and their supporters launched a cross-border attack on the kingdom.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The ACLU launched a smartphone app that can video-record interactions between police and member of the public, and store them for potential use in legal action.

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: Damage assessment continues as aid agencies push to reach isolated areas.
    • A home ministry official said the death toll had risen to 6,134, with 13,906 injured as fresh aftershocks made it hard for survivors to return to their homes.
    • Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said the country would need at least USD2 billion to rebuild homes, hospitals, government offices and historic buildings and appealed for help from international donors.
    • The UN said 8 million people had been affected, with at least 2 million in need of tents, water, food and medicines over the next three months.
    • Information Minister Minendra Rijal said the government would provide USD1,000 in immediate assistance to the families of those killed, as well as USD400 for cremation or burial.
    • The Red Cross said towns and villages near the epicenter of the earthquake have suffered “almost total devastation.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, BBC, CNN, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Officials reported that at least seven people were killed and 66 wounded in nearly a week of clashes between police and protestors. (AFP)
  • Djibouti: The Washington Post reported that conditions at an African base used by US military pilots flying missions over Yemen and Somalia have become chronically dangerous. (WP)
  • Somalia: The government appointed former defense minister General Mohamed Hassan Hamud as police commander after the seat fell vacant in October. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Cabinet Chief Anibal Fernandez disputed a recommendation by the IMF for the country to rein in spending and devalue its currency. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The electoral tribunal fined the ruling Workers Party (PT) of President Rousseff USD1.6 million for accounting irregularities dating back to 2009. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Police waged a gunfight with rural vigilantes in southern Guerrero state, leaving eight people dead. (AFP)
  • United States: Skirmishes broke out between protesters and police who tried to keep them off a highway in Philadelphia. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Local officials said a total of 27 people, including 25 Taliban militants, were killed in clashes in parts of the eastern Khost province. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: Ethnic rebel group leaders began meeting in Panghsang to discuss how to end the current fighting in the region and finalize a nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government. (AP)
  • Korea, South: Tens of thousands of workers held May Day rallies, vowing to wage an “all-out general strike” if the government pushes through with planned labor reforms. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: US Secretary Kerry left on a landmark trip to the country, the first such visit in a decade. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Authorities discovered approximately 30 graves believed to belong to migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh in the south of the country. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: VP of the European Commission for Energy Maros Sefcovic said Europe could import natural gas from Turkmenistan via Iran as Brussels ramps up efforts to break its dependence on Russian-sourced energy. (AFP)
  • Romania: Police detained the mayor of a northeastern city on suspicion that he abused his position by using police to spy on people he considered rivals. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police put Istanbul under a security lockdown to thwart unauthorized demonstrations on a tense May Day, with roads to the center shut and public transport severely restricted. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestinian Territories: ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she is weighing opening war crimes investigations into Palestinians as well as Israelis after Palestine joined the tribunal’s jurisdiction last month. (AFP)
  • Qatar: US and government officials began talks about extending security assurances for five senior Taliban members who were released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (WP)
  • Yemen: The Saudi Defense Ministry said three Saudi soldiers and “dozens” of Shiite rebels were killed after the rebels and their supporters launched a cross-border attack on the kingdom. (AP)
  • Yemen: The UN warned fuel shortages threaten to halt all relief operations in the country “within days”. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The ACLU launched a smartphone app that can video-record interactions between police and member of the public, and store them for potential use in legal action. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 24S (Quang)
    • Location: 36 NM N of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: SE at 17 mph
    • Winds: 81 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 116km SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 57.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Calbuco Volcano, Chile
    • Eruption. (CNN)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 26 044 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 10 808 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 10APR: 1,338,026 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.) Confirmed Cases: 30,309
      • Deaths as of 10APR: 184 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 29APR: 1110 (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, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 29APR: 422 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02MAY)

  • Nothing to report.

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