ONS: 01 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 2, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French forces killed more than 20 Islamic militants near the border between the West African countries of Mali and Burkina Faso.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro expects delayed state polls to be held this year, although opponents have demanded a broader general election.
  • ASIA: North Korea said it will continue its nuclear weapons tests, saying it will bolster its nuclear force “to the maximum”.
  • EUROPE: Swedish police suspect arson in connection with an overnight fire that damaged a Shiite mosque near the capital, Stockholm.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US-backed fighters have captured 80 percent of Tabqa from the Islamic State group, a week after they first entered the Syrian town.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Estonia’s response to 2007 cyberattacks has put it at the forefront of NATO’s defenses against hacking.

 

TOP STORY

  • May Day: Worldwide protests mark International Workers’ Day.
    • Workers and activists marked May Day with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions.
    • Some countries celebrate International Workers’ Day with a public holiday though others restrict activities, which can lead to confrontations.
    • Turkish police used tear gas to disperse a group of protesters as they sought to defy a ban and march to Istanbul’s Taksim square to celebrate May Day.
    • Thousands of protesters held rallies across Asia demanding better wages and working rights to mark International Labor Day.
    • Greek trade unions marked May Day with a 24-hour nationwide strike and protests against looming new cuts demanded by the country’s creditors in return for bailout cash.
    • In the US, thousands are expected to draw larger than usual crowds due to President Donald Trump’s efforts to crack down on immigration.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, EFE, NPR

 

AFRICA

  • Region: French forces killed more than 20 Islamic militants near the border between the West African countries of Mali and Burkina Faso. (Reuters)
  • Region: The UN airlifted relief supplies to more than 11,000 people on Angola’s northern border fleeing the violence in DR Congo. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Kenyan authorities confirmed five people were killed and an unknown number injured in attacks between Pokot and Turkana tribesmen on the northwest common border. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Tunisian police killed an Islamist militant and another died when he detonated his suicide explosive belt during an exchange of gunfire in the city of Sidi Bouzid. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Michel Temer dismissed a massive nationwide general strike against proposed austerity measures as just democracy in action. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Congressional negotiators reached an agreement to fund the government, alleviating fears of a government shutdown. (WP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro expects delayed state polls to be held this year, although opponents have demanded a broader general election. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A Japanese naval destroyer left port on a reported mission of escorting US military ships amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula. (AP)
  • India: PM Narendra Modi said his country and Turkey should strengthen their already warm ties as he welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP)
  • Nepal: Sushila Karki, the country’s first female chief justice, has been suspended after the government filed a motion to impeach her on interference charges. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The country said it will continue its nuclear weapons tests, saying it will bolster its nuclear force “to the maximum”. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha accepted an invitation to visit the White House from US President Donald Trump. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Sweden: Swedish police suspect arson in connection with an overnight fire that damaged a Shiite mosque near the capital, Stockholm. (DPA)
  • Turkey: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein voiced deep concern at mass arrests and sackings and renewal of the state of emergency in the country. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: British police arrested three women outside London as part of a continuing counterterrorism investigation. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country acknowledged discussing the fate of detained dual nationals with the US, saying there have been “positive results” for prisoner trades in the past. (AP)
  • Israel: Israeli officials say the number of Palestinian prisoners participating in a hunger strike protest has dropped to 870, from 1,300 last week. (AP)
  • Syria: US-backed fighters have captured 80 percent of Tabqa from the Islamic State group, a week after they first entered the town. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The leader of al-Qaida in the country, Qasim al-Rimi,  says his militants have often fought alongside Yemeni government factions — remarks that could embarrass the US-backed coalition. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Estonia’s response to 2007 cyberattacks has put it at the forefront of NATO’s defenses against hacking. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 21APR: 22,480 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 21APR: 7,366 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 21APR: 7 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
  • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
  • 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 13APR:  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 13APR: 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 13APR: 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 (02MAY)

  • China: Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen to visit China (to 05MAY
  • South Korea: Trial of President Park Geun-hye to begin
  • Russia: German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Moscow
  • Ukraine: World Bank to approve new loan

 

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