ONS: 02 June 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 6, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has canceled at the last minute a visit planned to the oil-producing Niger Delta, which has been hit by a wave of militant attacks.
  • AMERICAS: Nine former Haitian electoral officials and 11 Cabinet ministers in former President Michel Martelly’s administration have been forbidden to leave Haiti.
  • ASIA: Philippine communist rebels say they plan to meet with the government of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss a resumption of long-stalled peace talks, and will demand an end to the US military presence in the country.
  • EUROPE: European Council President Donald Tusk urged Europeans to abandon dreams of a federal Europe as these will only stoke the rise of anti-EU populists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US, UK, and France have urged the UN to begin air drops of humanitarian aid to besieged areas in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Mainland Chinese hackers were likely to be behind an attack on the website of Taiwan’s ruling party, US-based security firm FireEye said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Armenian Genocide: German resolution expected to strain Turkey relations.
    • The German parliament is set to approve a resolution declaring that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One was “genocide”.
    • Turkey’s PM Binali Yildirim said his country would not nix a deal with the EU on curbing the flow of migrants to Europe over the motion, but told party officials in Ankara the vote was a “true test of friendship.”
    • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned: “If (Germany) falls into such a game that would harm our future ties – the diplomatic, economic, political, commercial and military ties between the two countries.”
    • Berlin is expecting a backlash from Ankara.
    • Approval would put Germany in line with countries such as France, Russia, Greece, Sweden and the Netherlands that recognize the events as a deliberate campaign of mass killings.
    • Successive Turkish governments have vehemently rejected the use of the term genocide to describe the mass expulsion and killings of as many as 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, of which Turkey is the successor state.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Bloomberg, DPA, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari has canceled at the last minute a visit planned to the oil-producing Niger Delta, which has been hit by a wave of militant attacks. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Somali security forces have ended a bomb and gun attack by militants on a central Mogadishu hotel that killed at least 16 people and wounded 55. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The Pentagon said it was still assessing the results of a drone strike in the country last week that targeted a senior leader of the al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabaab. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • El Salvador: Authorities say men wearing military-style clothing and face masks have hacked to death four suspected street gang members. (AP)
  • Haiti: Nine former Haitian electoral officials and 11 Cabinet ministers in former President Michel Martelly’s administration have been forbidden to leave the country. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government said a move by the Organization of American States (OAS) to censure the country for breaching democratic norms is an “imperialist” scheme to take the OPEC member’s oil. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Laos: An explosion on a bus in the country’s south near the Vietnamese border has killed eight people and injured three others. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea has submitted its action plan on how to carry out sanctions the UN slapped on North Korea following its nuclear and long-range missile tests earlier this year. (Yonhap)
  • Philippines: Communist rebels say they plan to meet with the government of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss a resumption of long-stalled peace talks, and will demand an end to the US military presence in the country. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: The nation has lifted a ban on issuing passports to its citizens who sought refuge in other countries due to political or conflict-related reasons. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Council President Donald Tusk urged Europeans to abandon dreams of a federal Europe as these will only stoke the rise of anti-EU populists. (AFP)
  • Albania: The EU is urging the country to complete a package of judicial reforms if it wants to launch full membership talks with the bloc. (AP)
  • France: Workers are on strike at most French nuclear plants and the national rail service to protest the proposed abolition of some labor protections. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran officially announced it won’t be sending pilgrims to the hajj this year, blaming Saudi Arabia, claiming the kingdom has failed to provide adequate security for the pilgrims. (AP)
  • Syria: The US, UK, and France have urged the UN to begin air drops of humanitarian aid to besieged areas in the country. (BBC)
  • Syria: An alliance of US-backed Syrian militias vowed to drive Islamic State from the city of Manbij and nearby northern areas, urging civilians there to stay away from Islamic State positions. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Mainland Chinese hackers were likely to be behind an attack on the website of Taiwan’s ruling party, US-based security firm FireEye said. (AFP)
  • Technology: In Iraq, the Islamic State announced a ban on satellite television in Mosul, which it has controlled since June 2014. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Bonnie
    • Location: 78 miles S of Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Winds: 20 mph
    • Movement: ENE at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 91km W of Sungaipenuh, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 50.8 km
    • Map
  • 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 (03JUN)

  • Albania: Anniversary of independence under Italian protection proclaimed – 1917
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories: International peace conference to be held in Paris
  • Montenegro: Anniversary of independence – 2006

 

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