- AFRICA: British troops arrived in South Sudan where they will be part of a UN peacekeeping mission.
- AMERICAS: Haiti will re-run its presidential vote in OCT16 after claims of fraud.
- ASIA: Chinese President Xi said China and the US needed to trust each other more as both sides sought to minimize tensions over the South China Sea at the opening of key annual talks in Beijing.
- EUROPE: German President Gauck says he won’t seek a second term in 2017 because he is getting too old for the job.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Norwegian Refugee Council said the Islamic State group has been shooting at civilians as they flee the fighting between Iraqi government forces and IS militants in the city of Fallujah.
- TECHNOLOGY: Google removed a Chrome extension from its online store after it was revealed to be being used by Neo-Nazis to identify and target people with Jewish-sounding names online.
- Jordan: Rare terrorist attack on Jordanian intelligence office in Baqa’a refugee camp kills five.
- The Jordanian government says ‘terrorists’ attacked a local intelligence office near the capital of Amman, killing five employees.
- The target was a General Intelligence Department office in the Baqa’a camp at 7am (4am GMT).
- The attack, rare in Jordan, took place on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
- No group immediately claimed responsibility, while an investigation is ongoing.
- Baqa’a camp is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan, housing over 70,000 refugees.
- The camp lies 12 miles from the capital Amman.
- Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, BBC, Guardian, NYT, USA Today, WP
- Burundi: Witnesses said Burundian journalist Egide Ndayisenga was arrested and handed over to the dreaded secret service. (AFP)
- Kenya: Protesters in the western city of Kisumu blocked roads with burning tires and stones to demand an electoral body that will oversee next year’s elections be scrapped. (AFP)
- South Sudan: British troops arrived in the country where they will be part of a UN peacekeeping mission. (BBC)
- Haiti: The country will re-run its presidential vote in OCT16 after claims of fraud. (AFP)
- Mexico: A new report by the Open Society Justice Initiative indicates a pattern of indiscriminate force and impunity that is an integral part of the state’s policy. (NYT)
- Venezuela: Venezuelans marched en masse against the Organization of American States, after OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro attempted to sanction the country for allegedly violating human rights laws. (Xinhua)
- Region: Taiwan’s defense minister Feng Shih-kuan said the island would not recognize any air defense zone declared by China over the South China Sea. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: A Global Witness report says the illegal mining of the mineral lapis lazuli is helping fuel conflict within the country, with armed anti-government groups — including the Taliban — earning up to USD 20M a year. (AP)
- China: President Xi said his country and the US needed to trust each other more as both sides sought to minimize tensions over the South China Sea at the opening of key annual talks in Beijing. (AFP)
- Sri Lanka: Explosions at an ammunition depot on the edge of the capital Colombo destroyed a hospital and hundreds of homes, sending thousands scrambling for cover. (AFP)
- Albania: A few hundred people skirmished with police as they tried to block the entrance of the Foreign Ministry in the capital, Tirana, as Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias arrived. (AP)
- France: Prime Minister Valls announced emergency help for those who “lost everything” in floods that have caused havoc in Paris and elsewhere. (BBC)
- Germany: President Gauck says he won’t seek a second term in 2017 because he is getting too old for the job. (AP)
- Ukraine: Ukrainian security services arrested a Frenchman who was allegedly planning to stage 15 terror attacks before and during the Euro 2016 football championship that starts in France later this week. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: The leaders of Britain’s biggest trade unions issued a plea to 6 million members to vote to stay in the EU. (Guardian)
- Iran: Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said Russia plans to lend the nation about USD 2.8B, but did not specify what the loans would be used to finance. (DPA)
- Iraq: The Norwegian Refugee Council said the Islamic State group has been shooting at civilians as they flee the fighting between Iraqi government forces and IS militants in the city of Fallujah. (AP)
- Syria: Government forces captured more ground in their push toward the northern city of Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital. (AP)
- Yemen: The country’s warring parties pledged to free all child prisoners but have failed to reach agreement on a wider release for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Google removed a Chrome extension from its online store after it was revealed to be being used by Neo-Nazis to identify and target people with Jewish-sounding names online. (Independent)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Colin
- Location: 450 NM SW of Tampa, Florida
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: N at 9 mph
- Earthquakes: 143km SSE of Raoul Island, New Zealand
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Depth: 10.0 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 03JUN: 103,571 (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 03JUN: 14,164
- Deaths as of 03JUN: 16
- 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 (07JUN)
- Asia Region: Economic partnership agreement between Japan and Mongolia to become effective
- Armenia: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev to visit (to 08JUN)
- Eurasia Region: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Prime Ministers’ meeting to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
- Iraq: Anniversary of US air strike killing Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi – 2007
- Poland: Anakonda 2016 military exercise (to 17JUN)
- Russia: Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit to discuss Syria, Israeli-Palestinian conflicts with Putin
- United States: Indian PM Modi to visit (to 08JUN)
- Vanuatu: Former Prime Minister Joe Natuman to face trial for conspiracy
- Islam: Ramadan begins