ONS: 07 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 8, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Christian man was killed by suspected Islamic militants in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, one day after the Islamic State warned of coming attacks on Christians.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of women in Venezuela marched in protest of the government in an event the opposition called a women’s march against repression.
  • ASIA: Hundreds of Afghan families have fled fighting between the Taliban and government forces in northern Afghanistan, near Kunduz.
  • EUROPE: Polls opened in a historic French presidential election between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Five suicide bombers and two security forces were killed in an attack on a Kurdish military base near Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China will further tighten its internet regulations over search engines and online news portals to maintain strict Communist Party control over content.

TOP STORY

  • Nigeria: 82 Chibok girls released in exchange for Boko Haram militants
    • The government handed over Boko Haram militants in exchange for 82 of the schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorist group just over three years ago in Chibok.
    • They are believed to be among the 276 girls, ages 16 to 18, forced from their beds at boarding school in the middle of the night.
    • Although the Chibok girls are the most high-profile case, Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of adults and children.
    • President Muhammadu Buhari will receive the released schoolgirls in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
    • Coverage: NYT, WSJ, AP, Reuters, CNN, Telegraph

AFRICA

  • Region: The French president’s office confirmed on Sunday that a national who had been kidnapped in Chad’s Abeche region in March, then taken to Sudan, was released. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Officials say a Christian man has been shot dead by suspected Islamic militants while inside a barber’s shop in Sinai, one day after the Islamic State group’s local affiliate warned it would attack Christians. (AP)
  • Sudan: The country plans to cultivate 336,000 hectares of cotton to raise revenue, as prices of the crop is rising internationally. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: The army deployed troops to eastern Canada, where flooding from heavy rain has forced evacuations, and conditions are expected to worsen in coming days. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: Police have dismantled an international drug trafficking ring and seized 250 packets of drugs in the coastal province of Santa Elena. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Thousands of women marched in protest of the country’s socialist government in an event the opposition billed as a “women’s march against repression.” (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Pakistani army says it has destroyed at least five Afghan checkpoints near the border between the two countries, killing about 50 security forces. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Hundreds of families have fled fighting between the Taliban and government forces near the northern city of Kunduz. (AFP)
  • Kashmir: Militants launched an attack in Indian Kashmir killing three civilians and a policeman. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Police believe a Shiite Muslim cleric was the likely target of explosions that killed two people in Manila, but they reject claims of Islamic State involvement. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: A Spanish aid organization reported that over a 24-hour period they rescued 514 migrants whose boats were in danger of capsizing as they tried to cross the Mediterranean. (AP)
  • France: Polls opened in a historic presidential election between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, after an unpredictable and divisive campaign. (BBC)
  • Germany: Voters in the northern province of Schleswig-Holstein are voting in a regional election that has potential to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel in September. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Turkish army is bracing to enter Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib as part of the “de-escalation zone” deal between Russia, Iran and Turkey. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi began a state visit to Kuwait, which will be followed by a visit to Bahrain, to refresh ties with the Gulf Arab states. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Five suicide bombers affiliated with the Islamic State group and two Kurdish security members were killed in an attack on a Kurdish military base near the northern city of Kirkuk. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Dozens of ISIS fighters cornered in a northern part of Tabqa are holding off US-backed forces that hold almost all of the city. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China will further tighten its internet regulations over search engines and online news portals to maintain strict Communist Party control over content. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Donna
    • 8 S 164.1 E
    • Winds: 100 MPH
    • Movement: S
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 05MAY: 24,134 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 05MAY: 7,431 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 05MAY: 7 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (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 29APR: 1,952 (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 29APR: 693 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 13APR: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 13APR: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 13APR: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08MAY)

  • Global: Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
  • Global: Anniversary of the WHO’s announcement of the eradication of smallpox – 1980
  • Global: World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
  • Philippines: The Philippines and the United States militaries to hold their annual Balikatan military drills

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