- AFRICA: The Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed three new attacks on the country’s battered oil infrastructure overnight, promising to bring Nigeria’s oil production to “zero.”
- AMERICAS: A report released by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showed Brazil’s economic recession would last until 2017.
- ASIA: The Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia’s largest annual security forum, opened in Singapore with territorial disputes in the South China Sea, North Korea’s military provocations and Islamist extremism expected to dominate discussions.
- EUROPE: Turkey said Germany was still a key ally even after a parliament resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide infuriated Ankara.
- MIDDLE EAST: Secretary Carter said ISIS extremists in the strategic northern Syrian town of Manbij “aspire” to directing international terror plots.
- TECHNOLOGY: According to new EU regulatory guidelines, Europe’s telecoms operators will have to justify giving priority to certain services on their network.
- Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: France leads effort to revive negotiations
- France hosted top diplomats from the West and the Arab world to organize a peace conference by year’s end that would launch long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian negotiations — despite slim chances of success.
- French FM Jean-Marc Ayrault insisted that direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians do not work.
- Participants in the meetings are expected to work out the details of the conference and set up teams that would spell out economic and security incentives for Israelis and Palestinians if they reach a deal.
- While Palestinians have supported the initiative, Israeli officials have said it is doomed to fail and that only direct negotiations can lead to a solution.
- Washington’s response to the French effort has been tepid, with Kerry agreeing to attend to listen to ideas proposed by France and others.
- Coverage: AP, AP-2, BBC, Reuters, VOA
- Libya: The bodies of at least 85 migrants who drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean were found washed up on beaches near the western city of Zuwara. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: Troops ambushed militants of the Boko Haram terrorist group, killing three of them and arresting one. (Xinhua)
- Nigeria: The Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed three new attacks on the country’s battered oil infrastructure overnight, promising to bring the country’s oil production to “zero.” (Reuters)
- Region: A US hedge fund took legal action to force Peru to pay off USD 1.6B worth of defaulted bonds issued by the country’s former military regime. (AFP)
- Brazil: A report released by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed that the country’s economic recession would last until 2017. (Xinhua)
- Guatemala: Twenty-three people were arrested on charges related to the alleged illegal financing of the political party that carried former President Otto Perez Molina to power. (AP)
- Region: The Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia’s largest annual security forum, opened today in Singapore with territorial disputes in the South China Sea, North Korea’s military provocations and Islamist extremism expected to dominate discussions. (AFP)
- Region: According to an EU security policy report, maritime security, counter-terrorism and disaster management are areas in which the EU should be more active in South-East Asia. (DPA)
- India: The country and the US signed an agreement to share information on terrorists through the global terror database maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center. (Xinhua)
- India: The country joined the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation, a nonbinding international mechanism aimed at preventing the spread of ballistic missiles that can deliver weapons of mass destruction. (Kyodo)
- Region: Turkey said Germany was still a key ally even after a parliament resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide infuriated Ankara. (AFP)
- Region: The UN accused both the Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian rebels of torturing fighters and their sympathizers captured in the separatist east. (AFP)
- Greece: Three bodies were recovered and 302 people rescued from a sinking migrant boat carrying a “significant number” of people in the Mediterranean Sea south of Crete. (AP)
- Turkey: Seven soldiers were wounded by a roadside bomb planted by Kurdish rebels in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. (AP)
- Iran: Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the US is the “enemy” of the country’s Islamic revolution and should not be trusted. (Xinhua)
- Iran: Russia will not supply the country with offensive weapons such as battle tanks and bombers due to UN Security Council sanctions. (Xinhua)
- Iraq: Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said Islamic State is putting up a tough fight in Falluja, expecting the capture of the city by the Iraqi army will take time. (Reuters)
- Syria: Secretary Carter said ISIS extremists in the strategic northern town of Manbij “aspire” to directing international terror plots. (AFP)
- Syria: Regime bombing raids in and around the northern city of Aleppo killed 31 civilians. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: According to new EU regulatory guidelines, Europe’s telecoms operators will have to justify giving priority to certain services on their network. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Bonnie
- Location: 75 miles ENE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: NE at 6 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- 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 (04JUN)
- Global: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression – 1982
- Afghanistan: Indian PM Modi to visit Herat
- Bangladesh: Phase five of elections
- China: Anniversary of Tianmen Square protests end with violence – 1989
- Egypt: Anniversary of Egypt announcing it will not extend Suez Canal Company’s concession after expiration in 1959, leading to Suez Crisis – 1956
- Iran: Anniversary of Ali Khamenei elected the new Supreme Leader of Islamic republic of Iran – 1989
- Pacific Region: Anniversary of Battle of Midway beginning in the Pacific, with US ships inflicting the first decisive defeat of Japanese – 1942
- Tonga: Anniversary of independence from the UK – 1970