ONS: 02 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 2, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria’s military rescued 234 more girls and women from a Boko Haram forest stronghold in the country’s northeast.
  • AMERICAS: Tens of thousands of Ecuadorians, including President Correa, his supporters and anti-government protesters turned out for nation-wide May Day rallies.
  • ASIA: The US swiftly rejected a suggestion by a top Chinese military official who said that disputed islands could be used for international rescue and relief operations.
  • EUROPE: Greek FM Varoufakis said the country could manage without a new “loan” if its debt was restructured.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US-led air strikes targeting the Islamic State group killed at least 52 civilians in Syria, according to a monitoring group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Western powers prepared to counter an expertly crafted Russian disinformation campaign over Ukraine which has left them wrong-footed too many times for comfort.

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: The death toll from last week’s earthquake rose to nearly 7,000, as authorities asked for vital resources and relief.
    • Nepal’s authorities ruled out finding more survivors of last week’s earthquake under the rubble, as the death toll rises to nearly 7,000.
    • Officials sought more helicopters to carry relief supplies to hundreds of thousands of Nepalese waiting for help in far-flung areas made unreachable by road due to landslides.
    • Delivering food and other aid will be the priority in the coming days, rather than searching for survivors in the rubble.
    • Nepal will need at least USD $2 billion to rebuild after the earthquake destroyed at least 70,000 homes, damaged 530,000, and left a half a million Nepalese sleeping in the open.
    • Coverage: BBC, DPA, Kyodo, UPI

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Alcohol resurfaced as a hot-button political issue, with ultra-conservatives angered by plans to liberalize sales in a country. (AFP)
  • Congo-Brazzaville: Authorities banned people from wearing the full-face Islamic veil, including the niqab and the burka, in public places. (BBC)
  • Libya: A rocket hit a medical center in Benghazi, killing three people. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The military rescued 234 more girls and women from a Boko Haram forest stronghold in the country’s northeast. (AP)
  • Mali: The UN Security Council urged parties to end fighting immediately and demonstrate their commitment to the peace process. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The marches of workers through the streets of the Colombian capital to celebrate International Workers Day ended in clashes with police. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: Tens of thousands including President Correa, his supporters and anti-government protesters turned out for nation-wide May Day rallies. (AFP)
  • United States: Iowa Governor Branstad declared a state of emergency due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Australia: PM Abbott said he was confident the country could restore its relationship with Indonesia despite anger over the execution of two drug convicts. (AFP)
  • China: The US swiftly rejected a suggestion by a top military official who said that disputed islands could be used for international rescue and relief operations. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Abe said he will deliver a statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this summer that will show the country’s future direction. (Kyodo)
  • Maldives: Authorities carried out mass arrests, including of opposition politicians, following a large anti-government protest demanding the release of jailed former president Mohamed Nasheed. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Authorities resumed the excavation of a mass grave site where migrants believed to be from Myanmar and Bangladesh were held by people smugglers. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: American experts on Russia surmised a growing danger that the crisis in Ukraine could explode. (AP)
  • Germany: Americans and Germans have different ideas about privacy, US Ambassador to Germany Emerson said in the ongoing scandal over the US National Security Agency‘s use of German intelligence to spy on its behalf. (DPA)
  • Greece: FM Varoufakis said the country could manage without a new “loan” if its debt was restructured. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said his greatest hope is that Moscow will annex his territory just as it did Crimea. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US warships protecting American-flagged ships in the Strait of Hormuz may extend assistance to other countries’ vessels. (AFP)
  • Jordan: The government’s authorization of a breakaway wing of the Muslim Brotherhood sent tensions soaring between the decades-old organization and the government. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Officials say a suicide attack west of the capital killed at least six troops. (AP)
  • Syria: US-led air strikes targeting the Islamic State group killed at least 52 civilians, according to a monitoring group. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Hundreds of families displaced by weeks of fighting are running out of medical and food supplies as they hide out from the ongoing war. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Propaganda:  Western powers prepared to counter an expertly crafted Russian disinformation campaign over Ukraine which has left them wrong-footed in the past. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes:  Axial Seamount Volcano – Oregon, USA
    • An underwater volcano may be erupting and causing earthquakes. (CSM)
  • 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 (03MAY)

  • Global: World Press Freedom Day – 2011
  • Japan: Constitution Day – 1947
  • Poland: Constitution Day – 1791

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