ONS: 02 May 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 3, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian journalists called for the dismissal of the interior minister and an immediate sit-in at its Cairo headquarters to protest the police detention of two journalists.
  • AMERICAS: Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced the country will not make its near USD 370M in bond payments after a failure to restructure or find a political solution to its spiraling public debt crisis.
  • ASIA: French PM Manuel Valls pledged to personally supervise the mega deal to build Australian submarines as Paris and Canberra bolster defense ties.
  • EUROPE: According to leaked documents set to be disseminated by Greenpeace, the US pressured the EU to lower or do away with environmental and consumer protections as part of negotiations on a joint trade deal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran passed a law allowing the government to grant citizenship to the families of foreigners killed while fighting for the Islamic republic.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australian computer scientist and entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright identified himself as the founder of the digital currency known as Bitcoin.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Ceasefire talks, strikes against ISIS continue.
    • Secretary Kerry opened a second day of talks in Geneva aimed at finding a way to restore at least a partial truce in Syria amid continuing attacks in Aleppo.
    • He said talks with Russia and coalition partners are “getting closer to a place of understanding” on renewing a Syrian ceasefire.
    • The Syrian army said the ‘regime of silence’ state near the capital Damascus will be extended for 48 hours.
    • Artillery shelling and drone attacks by the US-led coalition struck Islamic State positions throughout Syria, killing a total of 63 militants.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Egyptian journalists called for the dismissal of the interior minister and an immediate sit-in at its Cairo headquarters to protest the police detention of two journalists. (AP)
  • Somalia: A British Army team arrived in the country as part of a UN mission to counter Islamist militants. (BBC)
  • Sudan: The country’s highest court allowed the independent Al-Tayar newspaper to resume publishing, nearly five months after suspension. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Jamaica: Police said two US missionaries were found slain in a rural area of the Caribbean island that has long struggled with high rates of violent crime. (AP)
  • Puerto Rico: Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced the country will not make its near USD 370M in bond payments after a failure to restructure or find a political solution to its spiraling public debt crisis. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro urged supporters to launch a general strike and “rebellion” if the opposition succeeds in ousting him from office in a referendum. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The shadow governor of Taliban for Kandahar province Mawlawi Hayatullah and his deputy were among 45 Taliban killed in the restive province. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: French PM Manuel Valls pledged to personally supervise the mega deal to build Australian submarines as Paris and Canberra bolster defense ties. (AFP)
  • India: Four people were killed when the crude bombs they were making exploded in West Bengal, where bitterly fought state elections are underway. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea expects North Korea to conduct another nuclear test around the country’s ruling party convention scheduled for 06MAY. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: According to leaked documents set to be disseminated by Greenpeace, the US pressured the EU to lower or do away with environmental and consumer protections as part of negotiations on a joint trade deal. (DPA)
  • Czech Republic: The Czech Foreign Ministry says the visit of Iran’s VP and nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, will focus on developing a bilateral nuclear cooperation. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Iranian Foreign Ministry said Tehran is ready to facilitate a dialog among Iraq’s different political groups in an attempt for a comprehensive agreement. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: The nation passed a law allowing the government to grant citizenship to the families of foreigners killed while fighting for the Islamic republic. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A car bomb targeting Shia pilgrims killed at least seven people, including a revered imam, in southern Baghdad. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Australian computer scientist and entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright identified himself as the founder of the digital currency known as Bitcoin. (DPA)
  • Technology: South Korea revived a project to build a backup ship navigation system that would be difficult to hack after a recent wave of GPS signal jamming attacks it blamed on North Korea. (Reuters)

 

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 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 29APR: 74,204 (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, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 8,319
      • Deaths: 12
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 82 (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 26APR: 1,728 (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 26APR: 624 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 21APR: Cabo Verde, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia, Bonaire (Netherlands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haití, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Maldives, American Samoa, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa, and Tonga.
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 21APR: Gabon, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 21APR: United States of America, Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, and Portugal.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02MAY)

  • Global: World Press Freedom Day – 2011
  • Australia: 4th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World to be held in Hobart, Tasmania
  • Germany: US EURCOM change of command ceremony to be held in Stuttgart
  • Japan: Constitution Day – 1947
  • Poland: Constitution Day – 1791

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