ONS: 10 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 11, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Thousands of people have fled fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the past month and sought refuge in Angola, straining resources along the border.
  • AMERICAS: US President Trump fired the director of the FBI, James Comey, the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.
  • ASIA: South Korea’s new leader Moon Jae-in has been sworn in, vowing to address the economy and relations with North Korea.
  • EUROPE: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis criticized a “destabilizing” Russian military buildup near the Baltic states.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The World Health Organization and charity Doctors Without Borders reported alarming increases in cholera cases in Yemen over the past few weeks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US watched Russians hack France’s computer networks during the election and tipped off French officials before it became public.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US decision to arm Kurdish fighters angers Turkey
    • The US announced it will arm Syria’s Kurdish fighters “as necessary” to recapture the key Islamic State group stronghold of Raqqa, despite intense opposition from NATO ally Turkey, which sees the Kurds as terrorists.
    • The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said the decision would bring quick results, and it now expected to play a bigger role in the fight against terrorism.
    • Turkey slammed as “unacceptable” a US decision to supply arms and military equipment to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State jihadists in Syria.
    • Ilham Ahmed, a top official in the Syrian Democratic Forces, said the US decision to provide heavier arms carries “political meaning” and “legitimizes the YPG and the Syrian Democratic Forces.”
    • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, expected to meet US President Trump next week, has repeatedly castigated the US for its support for the YPG, saying its NATO ally should support it fully in the fight against terrorism.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Thousands of people have fled fighting in the DR Congo over the past month and sought refuge in Angola, straining resources along the border. (Reuters)
  • Region: Zambian President Edgar Lungu reaffirmed his government’s commitment to consolidating existing bilateral relations with Togo for mutual benefit. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: President Salva Kiir appointed General James Ajongo as the new army chief, replacing Paul Malong. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US President Donald Trump’s administration will press Cuba on human rights progress with a “comprehensive policy review.” (AFP)
  • United States: President Trump fired the director of the FBI, James Comey, the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: Thousands of “chavistas” marched in Caracas in support of the National Constitutional Assembly convened by President Nicolas Maduro. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Suspected rebels in Indian-administered Kashmir abducted and killed an Indian military officer on leave for a wedding. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A decision to send a few thousand more troops to the country will be made within weeks, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s new leader Moon Jae-in has been sworn in, vowing to address the economy and relations with the North. (BBC)
  • Cambodia: Premier Hun Sen warned he would not hesitate to quash protests with military might if they turn violent, raising tensions as the country braces for elections. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Terrorists are planning to kidnap foreigners on the popular Palawan island, the US embassy warned. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis criticized a “destabilizing” Russian military buildup near Baltic states. (Reuters)
  • Region: Hundreds of asylum seekers may have been wrongly deported to Albania after UK courts relied on incorrect guidance. (Guardian)
  • Germany: Police raided homes in four states in connection with three people suspected of links to the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Media coverage of the Brexit referendum campaign was dominated by “overwhelmingly negative” reports, a King’s College study shows. (Guardian)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh is open to negotiations with Saudi Arabia, two years into a deadly war between Saleh’s Houthi rebel allies and the Saudi-backed government. (AFP)
  • Region: The upcoming visit of US President Trump to Saudi Arabia aims to draw a new regional counterterrorism roadmap. (Xinhua)
  • Bahrain: Human Rights Watch activist Omar Shakir says authorities barred him from entering the tiny island nation for the annual FIFA congress. (AP)
  • Yemen: The World Health Organization and charity Doctors Without Borders reported alarming increases in cholera cases in the country over the past few weeks. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US watched Russians hack France’s computer networks during the election and tipped off French officials before it became public. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Donna
    • Location: 70 NM NNE of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: SSE at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Ella
    • Location: 150 WSW of Pago Pago, American Samoa
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Adrian
    • Location: 360 NM SW of San Salvador, El Salvador
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (11MAY)

  • Global: UN international conference to discuss growing risk of piracy
  • Global: World Migratory Bird Day – 2006
  • China: Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang to pay a state visit to China
  • Cyprus: Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades to meet
  • Russia: Palestinian President Abbas to visit Moscow
  • Turkey: Anniversary of bombing in Reyhanlı that killed fifty-two people – 2013
  • Turkmenistan: Meeting of the joint Turkmenistan-Germany working group

 

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