ONS: 03 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 3, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary of State Kerry arrived in Kenya for talks on security cooperation ahead of US President Obama’s visit to his late father’s home country.
  • AMERICAS: A senior Canadian official said the country wants to step up bilateral cooperation with South Korea in the nuclear energy industry.
  • ASIA: Afghan officials say fierce fighting between government forces and Taliban insurgents forced thousands of people to flee their homes.
  • EUROPE:  Over 3,400 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, as Europe seeks ways to deal with the flood of people trying to reach its shores.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Gulf monarchs prepared to hold their annual summit in a region threatened by jihadists and a war in Yemen that has raised tensions with Iran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russia’s recent White House hack was said anonymously by several senior officials to have resulted in no breach of White House visitor data.

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: Poor sanitation, delays in aid delivery, and dysfunctional hospitals are expected to cause drastic increases in the death toll.
    • A World Health Organization and Nepal’s Ministry of Health assessment found that district hospitals in Ramechhap, Nuwakot, Sindupalchok and Rasuwa are dysfunctional.
    • Many residents were seen wearing masks in Kathmandu, as the deteriorating hygiene situation increased epidemic risks.
    • As the stricken country waits for concerted aid, its people try to keep up hope in the face of anguish.
    • The UN’s humanitarian chief has said she is “extremely concerned” that Nepal’s customs authorities are slowing the delivery of earthquake aid.
    • The death toll surpassed 7,000 and will climb “much higher” as emergency workers reach remote villages, the mountainous country’s finance minister said.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Guardian, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: More than two years of sectarian violence decimated already fragile health systems, leading to a rise in preventable diseases like malaria. (Guardian)
  • Kenya: US Secretary of State Kerry arrived for talks on security cooperation and ahead of US President Obama’s visit to his late father’s home country. (AFP)
  • Mali: Thousands of people marched in the capital calling for peace in the north, as a resident in the town of Dire reported an attack by Tuareg rebels. (AP)
  • Tunisia: Israeli PM Netanyahu said Israel learned of “concrete threats” of terror attacks against Jewish or Israeli targets in the country. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: A senior official said the country wants to step up bilateral cooperation with South Korea in the nuclear energy industry. (Yonhap)
  • Mexico: The western state of Jalisco, where an outbreak of drug-related violence killed seven, remained in red alert. (XIN)
  • United States: Protesters in Baltimore erupted in celebration and hundreds of people broke the city’s curfew. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials say fierce fighting between government forces and Taliban insurgents forced thousands of people to flee their homes. (AP)
  • China: A total of 108,300 people currently residing in remote or poor areas in south Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region are to be relocated this year. (XIN)
  • Korea, North: Leader Kim Jong-Un vowed to launch more “satellites” in order to become a space power, state media said. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Robbers in east Rahim Yar Khan district kidnapped seven policemen, including an officer, local media reported. (XIN)
  • Taiwan: The head of the ruling Kuomintang party said he was “optimistic” about the island joining a Beijing-led regional development bank. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Over 3,400 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, as Europe seeks ways to deal with the flood of people trying to reach its shores. (AFP)
  • Greece: The country showed willingness to compromise in the latest round of bailout negotiations with its international creditors. (DPA)
  • Russia: President Putin ratified a gas supply agreement with China via the so-called Eastern route. (XIN)
  • Spain: Anti-austerity party Podemos, whose meteoric rise has upended the country’s politics, is seeking a second wind. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Gulf monarchs prepared to hold their annual summit in a region threatened by jihadists and a war in Yemen that has raised tensions with Iran. (AFP)
  • Region: Lebanon’s land exports to Gulf markets have been choked off, leaving millions of dollars in goods stranded after the closure of a vital crossing on the Syrian-Jordanian border last month. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The IS group claimed responsibility for a late-night car bomb attack in Baghdad that killed at least 19 people, saying it was targeting a Shiite militia. (AP)
  • Yemen: The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi rebel group has in the past few weeks used cluster munitions supplied by the United States. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Hacking: Russia’s recent White House hack was said anonymously by several senior officials to have resulted in no breach of White House visitor data. (WaPo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 06W (Six)
    • Location: 205 NM ESE of Yap
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (04MAY)

  • Central African Republic: Central African Republic’s transitional government will hold a peace forum (to 11MAY)
  • Israeli and Palestinian Territories: Anniversary Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat sign autonomy accord in Cairo – 1994
  • Latvia: Anniversary of Declaration of Independence – 1990
  • Namibia: Cassinga Day – 1978
  • Syria: Separate talks with Syria rival sides to start in Geneva

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