ONS: 02 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 3, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian civil society leaders urged ailing President Muhammadu Buhari to take medical leave immediately.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition leaders called upon the “people” to “rebel” against the “fraudulent” assembly called by President Nicolas Maduro to modify the constitution.
  • ASIA: Pakistan and Indian military officials talked over a hotline to reduce tensions a day after India alleged that the Pakistani military mutilated the bodies of two of its soldiers.
  • EUROPE: Turkey under President Tayyip Erdogan has turned its back on joining the EU, at least for now, European Commissioner Johannes Hahn said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran said it will maintain its support for the Syrian government despite the deaths of hundreds of its advisers and volunteers in the six-year civil war.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Social media companies were heavily criticized by a committee of British lawmakers for failing to remove and prevent illegal and extremist material posted on their sites.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Korea: Controversial THAAD anti-missile system goes online.
    • The Terminal High Altitude Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea is now operating and can now defend against North Korean missiles.
    • THAAD was deployed to South Korea by the US in response to North Korea’s increased missile and nuclear tests.
    • North Korea said the country would “speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence,” in response to what it considers US provocations.
    • China also strongly opposes the system, believing it interferes with the security of its own military operations and demanded the deployment be halted.
    • President Trump caused alarm when he said he wanted Seoul to pay for the THAAD system, whereas South Korea has repeatedly told its people that the Americans had agreed to pay for the system.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CBS, CNN, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Armed groups in the country have killed at least 45 civilians in apparent reprisal strikes over the past three months, Human Rights Watch said. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Gunmen attacked a police patrol in Cairo, killing three policemen and wounding five before fleeing the scene of the late night drive-by shooting. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Civil society leaders urged ailing President Muhammadu Buhari to take medical leave immediately. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: UN Security Council ambassadors will travel to the country this week to take stock of progress in disarming FARC rebels ahead of the 01JUN deadline to lay down all weapons. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A small military aircraft crashed near the capital, Bogota, killing eight people. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leaders called upon the “people” to “rebel” against the “fraudulent” assembly called by President Nicolas Maduro to modify the constitution. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China welcomed a softer stand taken by Southeast Asian countries on the disputed South China Sea at a weekend summit. (Reuters)
  • Region: Pakistani soldiers and the Taliban exchanged intense fire in a tribal region along the border with Afghanistan, with each side claiming to have inflicted severe damages on the other. (AP)
  • Region: Pakistan and Indian military officials talked over a hotline to reduce tensions a day after India alleged that the Pakistani military mutilated the bodies of two of its soldiers. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: King Maha Vajiralongkorn was granted control over five state agencies that oversee royal affairs and security. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey under President Tayyip Erdogan has turned its back on joining the EU, at least for now, European Commissioner Johannes Hahn said. (Reuters)
  • Denmark: The country published a list of six foreign clerics with alleged anti-democratic views who are banned from entering the Nordic country for two years. (AP)
  • Greece: The country reached a preliminary deal with its creditors that should pave the way for long-awaited debt relief talks. (AFP)
  • Netherlands: Dutch police arrested a Dutch man with a Somali background on suspicion of “involvement with a terror organization” in Somalia. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran said it will maintain its support for the Syrian government despite the deaths of hundreds of its advisers and volunteers in the six-year civil war. (AFP)
  • Region: Gulf states are heading “in the right direction” thanks to fiscal reforms, but more change is still necessary, the International Monetary Fund said. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Jihadist fighters killed at least 10 soldiers in the western province of Anbar. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Islamic State militant group recruitment of expats in the country is increasing with 342 recruits in less than a year. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: A surprise attack in the country’s northeast carried out by the Islamic State group has killed at least 22 people, including displaced civilians. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Social media companies were heavily criticized by a committee of British lawmakers for failing to remove and prevent illegal and extremist material posted on their sites. (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 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 (03MAY)

  • Global: World Press Freedom Day – 2011
  • Colombia: Peace talks with ELN to resume in Ecuador
  • France: Presidential Debate between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen
  • Japan: Constitution Day – 1947
  • Poland: Constitution Day – 1791
  • Syria: Russian President Putin and Turkish President Erdogan to meet to discuss Syria
  • United States: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington

 

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