ONS: 06 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 6, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: East African foreign ministers arrived in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura for talks following days of demonstrations against a third term bid by President Nkurunziza.
  • AMERICAS: Foreign ministers from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) gathered in Ecuador to discuss the bloc’s proposed five-year agenda.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s military accused India’s main intelligence agency of promoting terrorism in Pakistan.
  • EUROPE: The Greek Finance Ministry said the country had made a 200 million euro interest payment to the IMF.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi Interior Ministry said that three people were killed in a cross-border mortar bomb and rocket attack by Iran-backed Yemen rebels.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The EU formally opened an anti-trust inquiry into Europe’s online shopping marketplace amid concerns about how major websites such as Amazon and Google use their influence.

 

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: Government starts reconstruction consultations as foreign rescue teams begin to depart.
    • Officials said that the National Planning Commission intensified consultations with aid agencies and experts in a bid to map out reconstruction plans.
    • The Home Ministry said a total of 4,050 rescuers from 34 countries joined the rescue and aid efforts, while military officials said over 500 foreign rescuers have departed.
    • More than a thousand engineers began checking damaged houses in Kathmandu and advising people about whether they are safe.
    • The acting administrator of USAID Alfonso Lenhardt said the US is increasing its financial aid for earthquake recovery in Nepal, while the US military will help streamline airfield operations.
    • The UN World Food Program said it is closely working with the government, foreign countries including China, and NGOs in relief efforts.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, DPA, NYT, Xinhua, Xinhua-2, Xinhua-3

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: East African foreign ministers arrived in Bujumbura for talks following days of demonstrations against a third term bid by President Nkurunziza. (AFP)
  • Djibouti: US Secretary Kerry arrived in the country for talks with officials on regional security. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Two Tanzanian peacekeepers with the UN mission in the country were killed in an ambush near the city of Beni. (BBC)
  • Egypt: One policeman was killed and five others wounded in clashes with supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in the Nile Delta city of Damietta. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Officials said that al Shabaab militants shot dead a government official in Mogadishu. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Foreign ministers from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) gathered in Ecuador to discuss the bloc’s proposed five-year agenda. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Amnesty International said that it wants to tackle the “hidden crisis” afflicting human rights in the region. (AFP)
  • Cuba: President Raul Castro arrived in Moscow and was to hold meetings with President Putin and PM Medvedev. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The military said that troops found seven bodies in a mass grave on the border with Colombia. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan’s military accused India’s main intelligence agency of promoting terrorism in Pakistan. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Officials said that a total of 210 people including, 190 Taliban militants and 20 security personnel, were killed over the past 13 days in Kunduz province. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The Defense ministry said it plans to conduct a military drill later this month on islands over which the country has a territorial dispute with Japan. (EFE)
  • Philippines: President Aquino left for his working and state visits to the US and Canada. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: The government said it would expand investigations into those reported missing during the country’s war between Tamil Tiger rebels and the military. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • France: The country’s air accident investigation agency said it will release an interim report about the crash of Germanwings Flight 4525. (AP)
  • Germany: Police arrested four people accused of belonging to a far-right “terror” organization that acquired explosives for attacks on Muslims and refugee homes. (AFP)
  • Greece: The Finance Ministry said the country had made a 200 million euro interest payment to the IMF. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The electoral commission rejected a complaint from the Kurdish opposition that accused President Erdogan of breaching the constitution with speeches backing the ruling AK Party ahead of a June election. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged nuclear negotiators to stick to the country’s redlines in the ongoing talks with the world powers aimed at reaching a deal by June 30. (Xinhua)
  • Saudi Arabia: The Interior Ministry said that three people were killed in a cross-border mortar bomb and rocket attack by Iran-backed Yemen rebels. (AFP)
  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that at least 16 members of Syrian Kurdish security forces were killed in an ISIS attack on a base in the northeastern province of Hasakeh. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Local officials said that Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out more than 30 strikes on the northwestern provinces of Saada and Hajja. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The EU formally opened an anti-trust inquiry into Europe’s online shopping marketplace amid concerns about how major websites such as Amazon and Google use their influence. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 06W (Noul)
    • Location: 71 NM W of Yap
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (07MAY)

  • South Africa: Anniversary of the day legislators in Johannesburg took oaths of office and blacks and whites sat down together for the first time to govern South Africa – 1994
  • United Kingdom: General elections

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