ONS: 11 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 11, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Outgoing Nigerian President Jonathan warned that his ministers will be “persecuted” once his successor Muhammadu Buhari takes office.
  • AMERICAS: Guyana is to vote in early elections pitting President Ramotar against an opposition alliance.
  • ASIA: South Korea urged North Korea to halt its “worrisome” development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
  • EUROPE: French Interior Minister Cazeneuve said the country supports a plan to distribute asylum-seekers among European countries by quota.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi-led warplanes pressed air strikes against rebel positions in Yemen 36 hours before a scheduled five-day pause to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Iranian Culture Minister Jannati said the Internet and the proliferation of satellite technology mean that Iran can no longer control foreign news and television broadcasts, urging a new approach.

TOP STORY

  • Malaysia and Indonesia: Hundreds of migrants rescued.
    • Indonesian authorities found a boat off the far west coast with more than 400 people, a day after 573 people came ashore off the northwest province of Aceh.
    • Malaysian police said people-smugglers had dumped more than 1,000 migrants in shallow waters off the coast of the resort island of Langkawi since Sunday.
    • The spate of arrivals comes as Thailand, their usual destination, cracks down following the discovery of mass graves.
    • The UNHCR said that an estimated 25,000 Rohingyas and Bangladeshis boarded people-smugglers’ boats in the first three months of this year, twice as many in the same period of 2014.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: China said it is ready to make a greater contribution to peace and stability in the Horn of Africa, after Djibouti’s president said negotiations over a Chinese military base were under way. (AFP)
  • Burundi: Belgium suspended aid to the country’s electoral process following violent clashes between security forces and protesters against President Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term. (AFP)
  • Morocco: The military said that one of its F-16 fighter jets taking part in the Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Yemen has gone missing. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Outgoing President Jonathan warned that his ministers will be “persecuted” once his successor Muhammadu Buhari takes office. (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Four soldiers were killed and two others wounded when their helicopter crashed in the central Uribe region. (AFP)
  • Guyana: The country is to vote in early elections pitting President Ramotar against an opposition alliance. (AFP)
  • United States: The representative to the UNHCR Keith Harper acknowledged that more needed to be done to uphold the country’s civil rights laws. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A provincial official said kidnappers have been released 19 Hazara hostages kidnapped in February in exchange for 22 Uzbeks in the country. (AP)
  • India: The head of the country’s largest Tamil party was cleared of corruption charges. (AFP)
  • Japan: The party of PM Shinzo Abe is moving ahead this week with legislation that would remove geographic restrictions on where the military can operate. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea urged North Korea to halt its “worrisome” development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A bombing in the Bajaur tribal district killed at least six people including a pro-government tribal elder. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: Interior Minister Cazeneuve said the country supports a plan to distribute asylum-seekers among European countries by quota. (AP)
  • Greece: The country is set to ask for leeway from Europe, in a fresh effort to free up funds after months of deadlock in bailout talks. (AFP)
  • Poland: President Komorowski vowed to urgently seek a referendum on voting and tax rules if he is re-elected, the day after an opposition candidate forced him into a runoff. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: European Commission President Barroso said PM Cameron is in a stronger position to reshape the country’s ties with the EU. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The Defense Ministry said it has purchased four advanced surface vessels from Germany for USD480 million. (AP)
  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that at least 72 fighters were killed in a single day near the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughur. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Saudi-led warplanes pressed air strikes against rebel positions 36 hours before a scheduled five-day pause to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Iranian Culture Minister Jannati said the Internet and the proliferation of satellite technology mean that Iran can no longer control foreign news and television broadcasts, urging a new approach. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07W (Dolphin)
    • Location:65 NM W of Ujelang
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 06W (Noul)
    • Location: 401 NM SW of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 16 mph
    • Winds: 109 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Ana
    • Location: 28 miles NW of Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC
    • Movement: NNE at 4 mph
    • Winds: 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Telica Volcano, Nicaragua
    • Ash plume, small eruption. (AFP)
  • 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 08MAY: 1,391,616 (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: 31,223
      • Deaths as of 08MAY: 194 (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 (12MAY)

  • China: Anniversary of 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Sichuan province in central China, killing more than 28,000 people and burying more than 10,600 people – 2008
  • Iran: Negotiations seeking a definitive accord on Iran’s nuclear program will resume in Vienna, Austria
  • Saudi Arabia and Yemen: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said a humanitarian ceasefire in the Yemen conflict to start
  • Ukraine: A mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in Ukraine

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