ONS: 10 May 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 11, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian police arrested four members of a satirical street group that mocked President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his supporters in video clips posted online, the latest in an escalating crackdown on dissent.
  • AMERICAS: An impeachment process against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff appears to be back on track after the acting Speaker of the lower house revoked his surprise decision to suspend a crucial vote.
  • ASIA: Maverick anti-crime candidate Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte won the Philippine presidential elections, following the withdrawal of his opponents.
  • EUROPE: Human Rights Watch says Turkish border guards are continuing to shoot and beat Syrian refugees, calling on the country to investigate abuses.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordanian FM Nasser Judeh says Palestinian statehood is the most important issue now facing the world and that it fuels extremism gripping the Mideast.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission asked mobile phone carriers and manufacturers to explain how they release security updates amid mounting concerns over security vulnerabilities.

TOP STORY

  • Germany: Train station knife attack under investigation; possible Islamist link.
    • A 27-year-old German man was arrested after wielding a knife and attacking four people, killing one, at a railway station in a suburb of Munich.
    • There are conflicting reports over whether the assailant shouted “Allahu Akbar” (‘God is Greatest’ in Arabic).
    • Ken Heidenreich, spokesman for the Munich prosecutor’s office in charge of the case, said it’s too early to confirm for sure that’s what he said, but “It’s going in that direction.”
    • While the exact motivation behind the incident remains unclear, authorities in Germany have been on alert for possible “lone wolf” terrorist attacks.
    • Coverage: AP, DW, NBC, NYT, Reuters, VOA

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Police arrested four members of a satirical street group that mocked President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his supporters in video clips posted online, the latest in an escalating crackdown on dissent. (AP)
  • Rwanda: Two former Rwandan mayors go on trial in France facing charges of crimes against humanity and genocide over the 1994 massacres in the central African country. (AFP)
  • Sudan: An attack by armed tribesmen near a makeshift camp for displaced people in the country’s conflict-hit Darfur region killed six civilians, including two children. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: A US official said Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is expected to be extradited to the US by the end of the year, after a court approved the move. (AFP)
  • Brazil: An impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff appears to be back on track after the acting Speaker of the lower house revoked his surprise decision to suspend a crucial vote. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: The country extended a two-day workweek for public sector employees for another two weeks in order to save energy. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The US sailed a warship close to a disputed South China Sea reef Beijing has built up into an artificial island, prompting China to express “dissatisfaction and opposition”. (AFP)
  • Region: The Pakistani foreign ministry said US and Afghan forces found the kidnapped Ali Haider Gilani, son of a former Pakistani prime minister, alive in an operation in Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The government approved the new addition of the Ministry of the Office of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans celebrated the country’s newly completed ruling-party congress with a massive civilian parade. (AP)
  • Philippines: Maverick anti-crime candidate Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte won the presidential elections, following the withdrawal of his opponents. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Region: Former NATO secretary generals warned a British exit from the EU would help enemies of the West while ex-US foreign and defense chiefs cautioned that Britain would have less clout outside the bloc. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Italian police arrested an Afghan asylum seeker on international terrorism charges, while another two members of a cell suspected of planning attacks in Europe are on the run. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Human Rights Watch says Turkish border guards are continuing to shoot and beat Syrian refugees, calling on the country to investigate abuses. (AP)
  • Turkey: All charges against Alparslan Celik, who was charged with killing the pilot of a Russian fighter jet downed by the nation in NOV2015, were dropped. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Jordanian FM Nasser Judeh says Palestinian statehood is the most important issue now facing the world and that it fuels extremism gripping the Mideast. (AP)
  • Iran: Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan said the country’s air defense system is in possession of Russian S-300 missile system. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: An evening suicide bombing in a commercial area in the city of Baqouba killed at least 13 people. (AP)
  • Syria: The US suspended millions of dollars in funding to several organizations providing aid for the country after discovering systematic overpayment Turkish companies for basic goods with the collusion of some of their staff. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission asked mobile phone carriers and manufacturers to explain how they release security updates amid mounting concerns over security vulnerabilities. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nevados de Chillán, Chile
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 06MAY: 75,140 (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, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 8,377
      • Deaths: 12
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 82 (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 26APR: 1,728 (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 26APR: 624 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 21APR: Cabo Verde, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia, Bonaire (Netherlands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haití, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Maldives, American Samoa, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa, and Tonga.
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 21APR: Gabon, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 21APR: United States of America, Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, and Portugal.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11MAY)

  • Global: World Migratory Bird Day – 2006
  • Comoros: Partial new elections for president and governor in Anjouan
  • Georgia: Nobel Partner Military Exercises (to 26MAY)
  • Japan: Kuwait PM Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to visit for talks with PM Abe (to 14MAY)
  • Ukraine: “Normandy Four” foreign ministers to meet in Berlin to discuss Ukraine crisis
  • Zambia: President Edgar Lungu to dissolve parliament

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