ONS: 07 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 7, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Burundi, at least one person was killed and three wounded in a fresh outbreak of clashes between demonstrators and police in Bujumbura.
  • AMERICAS: Chilean President Bachelet asked all her ministers to resign and said she will choose a new cabinet in the coming days.
  • ASIA: Thai police said they issued 10 arrest warrants against people suspected of human trafficking, as part of a blitz on camps used by people-smugglers.
  • EUROPE: Local media in Germany reported that the country’s intelligence service drastically cut its cooperation with the US NSA.
  • MIDDLE EAST: HRW accused Yemeni Houthi rebels of committing “possible war crimes” and urged all parties in the conflict to protect civilians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US technology firms voiced major concerns with a European proposal that they say could discourage the creation of new online business and target US companies.

 

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Closely contested election opens.
    • Polls open at 0600 GMT and close at 2100 GMT local time, with the UK’s only exit poll, released by BBC, ITV and Sky News, released as polls close.
    • PM Cameron is facing off against Ed Miliband, leader of the center-left Labour Party, with opinion polls putting PM Cameron‘s Conservative Party with 34 percent of the national vote and Labour with 33 percent.
    • Local media reported that opinion polls suggest that neither party is likely to win a majority of seats.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, DPA, Reuters, Telegraph, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: At least one person was killed and three wounded in a fresh outbreak of clashes between demonstrators and police in Bujumbura. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: The UN sent reinforcements to its peacekeeping force near the eastern town of Beni, after two soldiers were killed and 13 others wounded in an ambush this week. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Two police recruits were killed by unidentified gunmen outside the gate of a security forces camp in the Northern Sinai region. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The army said an object shot down by its anti-aircraft defenses near Khartoum two days ago was a reconnaissance drone of unknown origin. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: President Bachelet asked all her ministers to resign and said she will choose a new cabinet in the coming days. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Authorities in the northern state of Sonora said drug cartel groups are behind a string of murders in a disputed corridor along the US border. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said the “Spanish elite” that governs Madrid has a “plan” to attack his administration to affect the outcome of this month’s elections in Spain. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines said that China warned Philippine air force and navy planes at least six times to leave areas around the disputed South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Local officials said that 15 Taliban militants were killed in Takhar province in an attack on a district governor. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said said the country is considering rejoining the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). (WSJ)
  • Thailand: Police said they issued 10 arrest warrants against people suspected of human trafficking, as part of a blitz on camps used by people-smugglers. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: A French court ruled that secret wiretap recordings of former president Nicolas Sarkozy talking with his lawyer could be used as evidence in an ongoing corruption probe. (AFP)
  • Germany: Local media reported that the country’s intelligence service drastically cut its cooperation with the US NSA. (DPA)
  • Greece: The trial of the leadership and dozens of members of extreme right Golden Dawn party resumed, with the defendants facing charges of operating as a criminal organization. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported that authorities released the Maersk Tigris cargo vessel seized by patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz last week over a business dispute. (BBC)
  • Israel: A senior Palestinian official said a new coalition government formed by PM Netanyahu is “against peace and stability in the region”. (AFP)
  • Yemen: HRW accused Houthi rebels of committing “possible war crimes” and urged all parties in the conflict to protect civilians. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US technology firms voiced major concerns with a European proposal that they say could discourage the creation of new online business and target US companies. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 07W (Seven)
    • Location: 233 NM SSE of Pohnpei
    • Movement: ESE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 06W (Noul)
    • Location: 735 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 104 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 136km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 23.2 km
    • Map
  • 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 (08MAY)

  • Japan and China: A group of lawmakers from Japan’s ruling LDP will meet with Yu Zhengsheng, ranked fourth in China’s Communist Party.
  • Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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