ONS: 09 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 10, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Around 300 migrants tried to scramble across the border fence between the Spanish enclave city Melilla and Morocco, injuring six.
  • AMERICAS: The Council on American-Islamic Relations found a 57 percent increase in “anti-Muslim bias” incidents in the US between 2015 and 2016.
  • ASIA: Taiwan blamed its exclusion from a major World Health Organization meeting on rival China, signaling worsening relations.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out any participation in Germany in a potential Turkish referendum about bringing back the death penalty.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said he was ready to meet Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu as part of the US President Donald Trump’s peace efforts.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Pakistan and Afghanistan plan to use Google Maps to help settle a border dispute that led to deadly clashes last week.

TOP STORY

  • South Korea: Record voter turnout expected for presidential election.
    • South Koreans are voting in a presidential election, called early after a huge corruption scandal brought down their former leader, Park Geun-hye.
    • If frontrunner Moon Jae-in wins, he’s expected to reshape Seoul’s policy on North Korea, by challenging the deployment of the US THAAD missile defense system and opening talks with Pyongyang.
    • Reeling from Park’s devastating scandal, conservatives worry a Moon victory might benefit North Korea and estrange South Korea and its most important ally, the US.
    • In the wake of the impeachment, public support for conservative candidates has plummeted.
    • The National Election Commission expects final voter turnout to be more than 80 percent, the highest since 1997.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, Reuters, VOA, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: Around 300 migrants tried to scramble across the border fence between the Spanish enclave city Melilla from Morocco, injuring six. (AP)
  • Central African Republic: A UN peacekeeper convoy was ambushed in the country, killing one Cambodian soldier and wounding six others. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe, 93, left for medical checks in Singapore, his second such trip in two months. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government accused a rebel group, the National Liberation Army, of kidnapping eight people in the isolated Chocó region. (BBC)
  • United States: The Council on American-Islamic Relations found a 57 percent increase in “anti-Muslim bias” incidents in the country between 2015 and 2016. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Hundreds of people were evacuated from buildings in the city of Maracaibo after security forces fired tear gas during a clash with protesters. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Taiwan blamed its exclusion from a major World Health Organization meeting on rival China, signaling worsening relations. (AFP)
  • Australia: Lucy Gichuhi, the country’s first black African member of federal parliament, was sworn in Canberra. (DPA)
  • Indonesia: Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison. (Guardian)
  • Thailand: British drug trafficker Jonathan Moorby, convicted over a USD 1.3M narcotics ring, was arrested in the country after years on the run. (AFP)
  • Thailand: At least 40 people were injured when a double bombing hit the southern town of Pattani. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out any participation in Germany in a potential Turkish referendum about bringing back the death penalty. (AFP)
  • France: Police in northern Paris evacuated a tent camp where some 1,000 migrants, mostly from Afghanistan and Sudan, were living in squalid conditions. (AFP)
  • France: Paris’ Gare du Nord – one of the city’s main railway stations – reopened after police evacuated it to search a high-speed train for suspected militants. (Reuters)
  • Germany: German authorities say a suspected Islamic extremist, who was arrested, administered the strategically important dam in eastern Syria for the Islamic State. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said he was ready to meet Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu as part of the US President Donald Trump’s peace efforts. (AFP)
  • Israel: Despite snacking rumors, 882 Palestinian prisoners held by the country remain on an open-ended hunger strike. (AP)
  • Syria: Qatari FM Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said called for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad in any final peace agreement. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Syria: Islamic State issued a video showing the beheading of what it described as a Russian intelligence officer captured in the country. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Pakistan and Afghanistan plan to use Google Maps to help settle a border dispute that led to deadly clashes last week. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Donna
    • Location: 159 NM of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Movement: SSE at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Nineteen
    • Location: 147 WSW of Pago Pago, American Samoa
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 109km ESE of Hirara, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • 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 (10MAY)

  • Asia: Phnom Penh, Cambodia to host the World Economic Forum on ASEAN (to 12MAY)
  • Colombia: UN Security Council ambassadors travel to Colombia this week to take stock of progress in disarming FARC rebels
  • Lithuania: S. Defense Secretary James Mattis to visit Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite
  • Romania: Independence Day – 1877
  • United States: 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska (to 11MAY)
  • United States: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to meet with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington

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