ONS: 08 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 8, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Burundi, government and opposition rivals are to meet to seek a deal after days of deadly demonstrations against a third term bid by the President Nkurunziza.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, authorities arrested a fugitive former deputy police chief wanted in connection with the disappearance of 43 students.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani army said that the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines were among at least six people killed in a helicopter crash in the Gilgit-Baltistan territory.
  • EUROPE: Greek PM Tsipras told parliament that he is optimistic the country will soon reach an agreement with its international creditors.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, Saudi-led warplanes struck key targets of Houthi rebels in the northern stronghold of Saada, after Riyadh vowed “harsh” punishment for cross-border bombardments.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) reviewed a cyberspace “sovereignty” clause in a proposed national security law.

 

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Conservative Party projected to win parliamentary majority.
    • PM Cameron’s Conservatives were projected to win a surprise victory in the country’s general election.
    • In Scotland, the pro-independence Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) won 56 out of 59 seats.
    • Officials said that PM Cameron will leave Downing Street to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace at 1130 GMT, where she is expected to formally invite him to form a new government.
    • Local media reported that Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to step down and that UK Independence Party head Nigel Farage resigned.
    • The leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg resigned after his party suffered what he called a “crushing” defeat.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Government and opposition rivals are to meet to seek a deal after days of deadly demonstrations against a third term bid by the President Nkurunziza. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: The UN said that UN peacekeepers are preparing an offensive against Hutu rebels after plans for a joint operation with the army fell through. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Police said that a gunman opened fire outside a school in Potiskum, seriously wounding 12 students in an area repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Authorities arrested a fugitive former deputy police chief wanted in connection with the disappearance of 43 students. (AFP)
  • Peru: The government said it is studying the possibility of declaring a state of emergency in Islay province, where protests against Southern Copper’s Tia Maria project have left two dead and nearly 200 injured. (EFE)
  • United States: US Defense Secretary Carter said an attempted attack on an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in Texas was inspired, but not ordered by, ISIS. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: PM Abbott’s top business advisor claimed climate change was a ruse encouraged by the UN to create a new authoritarian world order under its control. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea warned said it was prepared to fire on sight without warning at South Korean naval vessels it accused of violating their disputed Yellow Sea border. (Reuters)
  • Nepal: The UN said it had received just USD22 million of the USD415 million it had appealed for the recent earthquake, and called for aid contributions to be “dramatically ramped up”. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The army said that the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines were among at least six people killed in a helicopter crash in the Gilgit-Baltistan territory. (BBC)
  • Thailand: PM Prayuth Chan-ocha called for a three-way meeting with Malaysia and Myanmar to try to resolve a regional human trafficking crisis. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Armenian FM Nalbandian criticized Turkey over its response to what he called the growing and “irreversible” trend of acknowledgments that the killings of ethnic Armenians by Ottoman Turks were ‘genocide’. (NYT)
  • Greece: PM Tsipras told parliament that he is optimistic the country will soon reach an agreement with its international creditors. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko criticized what he termed a policy of appeasement towards Russia in the context of the separatist conflict in the country’s east. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government rejected allegations made by Saudi Arabia that it was interfering in Yemen by backing Shiite rebels. (AFP)
  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that clashes between regime forces and ISIS in the east of the country left 34 fighters dead in 24 hours. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Saudi-led warplanes struck key targets of Houthi rebels in the northern stronghold of Saada, after Riyadh vowed “harsh” punishment for cross-border bombardments. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) reviewed a cyberspace “sovereignty” clause in a proposed national security law. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 07W (Seven)
    • Location: 298 NM SE of Pohnpei
    • Movement: EBNE at 6 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 06W (Noul)
    • Location: 486 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Subtropical Storm ANA
    • Location: 160 miles SSE of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    • Movement: NW at 1 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • 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 08MAY: 1111 (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 08MAY: 422 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09MAY)

  • Britain: Anniversary of Britain passing parliamentary motion abolishing slave trade – 1788
  • Russia: Anniversary of Victory Day – 1945
  • Russia: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon to attend Victory Day celebrations in Moscow
  • Turkey and Syria: Turkey to begin to train and equip Syrian rebels

 

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