ONS: 11 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 12, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN Security Council condemned the attack on the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, killing four peacekeepers and injuring ten others.
  • AMERICAS: Congress approved a law ratifying provisions of a peace agreement permitting the Colombia’s leftist guerrilla group to participate in politics.
  • ASIA: Two people were killed in cross-border firing in Kashmir, one on each side of the disputed region’s de facto border, officials in India and Pakistan said.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned Germany’s decision to accept asylum applications of former Gulen Movement military personnel.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanon is on the brink of crisis with its politicians at odds over an election law, threatening to leave the country without a parliament for the first time.
  • TECHNOLOGY: North Korea’s cyberattacks have targeted banks in at least 30 countries since 2015.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: US President Donald Trump meets with Russian FM Lavrov in White House
    • US President Trump met with Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov for the first time.
    • No American press were allowed in meeting, but photos of the event were published by the Russian news agency Tass, angering some American journalists.
    • Improved relations and the war in Syria apparently dominated the agenda.
    • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin felt “cautious optimism” about the meeting.
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump are slated to meet in July on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
    • Lavrov had not been to Washington since 2013, a year before Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and two years before it intervened militarily in Syria to help Assad remain in power.
    • Questions about whether Trump fired FBI Director Comey because of an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia have swirled since the firing was announced on 09MAY, causing critics to question the timing of the meeting with Lavrov.
    • WP, NYT, BBC, Reuters, NBC News, TIME

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UN Security Council condemned the attack on the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, killing four peacekeepers and injuring ten others. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The country’s coast guard intercepted a wooden boat packed with almost 500 migrants after duelling with a German rescue ship and coming under fire from traffickers, the navy said. (AFP)
  • Mali:  A 395-strong Chinese peacekeeping force is set to begin missions on behalf of the UN before the end of May. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Thousands people joined to protest against a Supreme Court ruling that many feared would lead to the release of convicted human rights criminals. (AP)
  • Bahamas: Hubert Minnis beat incumbent Perry Christie in general elections for Prime Minister. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Congress approved a law ratifying provisions of a peace agreement permitting the country’s leftist guerrilla group to participate in politics. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Regional: Two people were killed in cross-border firing in Kashmir, one on each side of the disputed region’s de facto border, officials in India and Pakistan said. (AFP)
  • Fiji:  A tropical cyclone warning is now in force for Fiji in Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands as gale force winds are predicted to start affecting these areas starting 12MAY. (Xinhua)
  • Guam: Troops from the US, Japan and two European nations are gathering for drills they say will show support for the free passage of vessels in international waters amid fears China could restrict movement in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • New Zealand:The country ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Regional: Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned Germany’s decision to accept asylum applications of former Gulen Movement military personnel. (Xinhua)
  • Ireland: The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier sought to reassure the country that their interests are shared in the upcoming divorce talks and that he will work with Dublin to avoid a hard border returning to the island. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to protecting the country at a meeting with the Turkish prime minister in London. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: The country is on the brink of crisis with its politicians at odds over an election law, threatening to leave the country without a parliament for the first time. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country has unveiled a new drone program Saqr 1, Okaz local newspaper reported. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: An Iraqi officer says U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are moving to surround Mosul’s Old City a week after launching a fresh push to drive Islamic State militants from areas they still hold. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Regional: North Korea’s cyberattacks have targeted banks in at least 30 countries since 2015. (UPI)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Donna
    • Location: 72 NM NNE of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: SSE at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Ella
    • Location: 150 NM WSW of Pago Pago
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Adrian
    • Location: 360 NM SW of San Salvador, El Salvador
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 94 km ENE Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 10km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Klyuchevskoy, Ibu, Bagana, Langila
    • Volcanic ash is spewing
  • 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)
    • 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 (12MAY)

  • China: Anniversary of 8.0 magnitude earthquake in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people
  • Germany: Anniversary of the Soviet Union lifting the blockade of Berlin – 1949
  • Portugal: Pope Francis to visit shrine of Fatima (to 13MAY)

 

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