ONS: 05 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 5, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Burundi’s constitutional court cleared President Nkurunziza to run for a controversial third term, following days of deadly protests in the capital Bujumbura.
  • AMERICAS: Officials said that President Obama plans to name GEN Dunford, a former top commander in Afghanistan who now serves as commandant of the Marine Corps, to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • ASIA: Investigators in southern Thailand discovered five graves at a second remote jungle camp believed to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.
  • EUROPE: Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis is meeting top European officials in Paris and Brussels as the country seeks the release of delayed bailout money that it needs to keep up with its debt payments.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Leaders of Gulf states are to gather for an extraordinary summit amid growing international concern over the Saudi-led air war against Shiite rebels in Yemen.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Justice Department launched a review of the administration’s use of controversial surveillance techniques that track people through their phones.

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: Recovery efforts continue amid resource shortages.
    • PM Sushil Koirala said that relief efforts were picking up, but acknowledged a severe lack of key resources.
    • The government said that more than 131,500 Nepalese military and police personnel were taking part in the aid operation aided by more than 100 teams of foreign relief workers.
    • The National Emergency Operation Center reported casualties as 7,557 killed and 14,536 as Information and Communication Minister Rijal said that the final number of casualties would not increase much more.
    • Poor weather conditions cut links with remote Langtang village where dozens of villagers and trekkers are believed to be buried under an avalanche set off by the earthquake.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, DPA, EFE, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: A new UN report said that peacekeepers in the disputed region of Abyei along the border of Sudan and South Sudan apprehended someone claiming to be a Sudanese intelligence officer after a deadly attack last month. (Reuters)
  • Burundi: The constitutional court cleared President Nkurunziza to run for a controversial third term, following days of deadly protests in the capital Bujumbura. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: US Secretary Kerry made a surprise trip to Mogadishu to meet with President Mohamud and PM Sharmake. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A new White House report said that cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine increased significantly last year in the country. (AP)
  • Panama: Former president Manuel Noriega will face trial for the 1970 disappearance of a leftist union activist. (AFP)
  • United States: Officials said that President Obama plans to name GEN Dunford, a former top commander in Afghanistan who now serves as commandant of the Marine Corps, to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (NYT)
  • United States: ISIS claimed responsibility for a shooting at an anti-Muslim event in Texas over the weekend. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: China accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea with its building work on disputed islets. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Opium production in the country is expected to increase due to a new strain of poppy plant seeds delivered to farmers earlier this year. (AP)
  • Nauru: Activists accused the government of blocking access to Facebook to curb criticism of government policies, including its decision to host an Australian-backed camp for asylum-seekers. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Investigators in the south of the country discovered five graves at a second remote jungle camp believed to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: A top NATO commander said the alliance will briefly move its allied joint force command from Italy to Romania to support a NATO exercise involving 1,000 troops from 21 NATO states. (AP)
  • France: FM Fabius said that the country and Saudi Arabia are discussing economic projects worth tens of billions of euros. (AFP)
  • France: Lawmakers are set to approve a new law granting the state sweeping powers to spy on its citizens despite criticism from rights groups that the bill is vague and intrusive. (AFP)
  • Greece: Finance Minister Varoufakis is meeting top European officials in Paris and Brussels as the country seeks the release of delayed bailout money that it needs to keep up with its debt payments. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Leaders of Gulf states are to gather for an extraordinary summit amid growing international concern over the Saudi-led air war against Shiite rebels in Yemen. (AFP)
  • Region: The IMF said that Gulf oil exporters must reduce spending, including subsidies, and diversify their economies to cope with lower revenues caused by the sharp drop in crude prices. (AFP)
  • Syria: Amnesty international said that government forces are committing “crimes against humanity” by indiscriminately bombing Aleppo. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US Justice Department launched a review of the administration’s use of controversial surveillance techniques that track people through their phones. (The HIll)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 06W (Noul)
    • Location: 47 NM E of Yap
    • Movement: W at 2 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 137km S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea:
    • Magnitude: 7.5
    • Depth: 42.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
    • Explosion following rock collapse. (AP)
  • 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 (06MAY)

  • Jamaica: The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is scheduled to visit Jamaica to provide free medical assistance to residents
  • United States: Anniversary of German dirigible Hindenburg exploding and burning on landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey in the U.S., killing 36 – 1937

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