ONS: 03 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 4, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The United Arab Emirates says a “significant breakthrough” was reached between two rival Libyan leaders at talks in Abu Dhabi.
  • AMERICAS: The US warned of more sanctions on Venezuelan officials over President Nicolas Maduro’s push to rewrite the constitution amid an escalating political crisis.
  • ASIA: India summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to demand Islamabad take action against soldiers and officers responsible for killing and mutilating two Indian soldiers.
  • EUROPE: The EU raised its opening demand for Britain’s Brexit bill to an upfront gross payment of up to USD 109B, which the UK rejected.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian opposition suspended their participation in Russia-backed cease-fire talks, demanding the government honor an earlier agreement to halt attacks and release detainees.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US National Security Agency vacuumed up more than 151 million records about Americans’ phone calls in 2016, a large but reduced number via new Congressional oversight.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: ISIS-claimed suicide bomb kills eight, wounds many in Kabul.
    • A suicide bomber rammed a car filled with explosives into an armored NATO convoy in the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing eight Afghan civilians and wounding 28 others, including three coalition soldiers.
    • The attack on the group of military vehicles happened next to the US embassy during the morning rush hour.
    • The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq media arm.
    • An Afghan affiliate of the extremist group has gathered strength in recent years and is at war with the US-backed government and the much larger Taliban insurgency.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, BBC, CNN, WP

AFRICA

  • Libya: The United Arab Emirates says a “significant breakthrough” was reached between two rival Libyan leaders at talks in Abu Dhabi. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has been injured and one of his deputies killed in an airstrike in the country’s northeast. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Israel warned its citizens against visiting the country, where Jewish pilgrims will celebrate a religious festival later this month, citing the threat of jihadist attack. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US warned of more sanctions on Venezuelan officials over President Nicolas Maduro’s push to rewrite the constitution amid an escalating political crisis. (AP)
  • Brazil: Hundreds of prison system workers occupied the country’s justice ministry in a dramatic protest against government retirement reforms. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Advocacy group the Committee to Protect Journalists labeled the nation one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: India summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to demand Islamabad take action against soldiers and officers responsible for killing and mutilating two Indian soldiers. (AP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe unveiled a plan to seek a first-ever change to the postwar Constitution, envisioning the revision going into force in 2020. (Kyodo)
  • Malaysia: Authorities arrested six citizens for suspected activities related to the Islamic State group in several counter-terrorism operations between 24MAR-25APR. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: State media confirmed the arrest of Kim Sang-Duk, the third American held in the country amid growing tensions with Washington. (AFP)
  • North Korea: UN Human Rights Council official Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the first to enter the country, discussed protecting the rights of disabled people with North Korean officials. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU raised its opening demand for Britain’s Brexit bill to an upfront gross payment of up to USD 109B, which the UK rejected. (FT)
  • Region: Turkey and Azerbaijan launched joint military exercises from 01-05MAY, drawing criticism from the breakaway Azeri province of Nagorno-Karabakh. (RFE/RL)
  • Turkey: More than 250,000 people signed an online petition urging the country to release some 120 journalists who were jailed following last summer’s failed coup. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The West Bank-based Palestinian autonomy government will stop paying for electricity in the Gaza Strip and “dry up” funds to the territory’s Hamas rulers. (AP)
  • Region: Human Rights Watch condemned the “illegal” detention of two Israeli citizens by Hamas, believed to be mentally ill. (AFP)
  • Iran: Reformist former president Mohammad Khatami skirted a media ban to endorse moderate incumbent Hassan Rouhani for a second term in the 19MAY election. (AFP)
  • Syria: A car bomb in the rebel-held border town of Azaz killed at least five people and wounding others. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian opposition suspended their participation in Russia-backed cease-fire talks, demanding the government honor an earlier agreement to halt attacks and release detainees. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US National Security Agency vacuumed up more than 151 million records about Americans’ phone calls in 2016, a large but reduced number via new Congressional oversight. (NYT)

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 28APR: 23,253 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 28APR: 7,405 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 28APR: 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 (04MAY)

  • Algeria: Parliamentary elections
  • Latvia: Declaration of Independence – 1990
  • Japan: Greenery Day – 1989
  • Namibia: Cassinga Day – 1978
  • Romania: Former CIA director David Petraeus and retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove to meet with former Romanian officials to discuss security issues (to 05MAY)
  • United States: US President Donald Trump to meet Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Washington

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