ONS: 12 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 12, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the DR Congo, five people were killed in a new attack blamed on Ugandan rebels near Beni in the east of the country.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, local media reported that ELN rebels met with members of the FARC, in Cuba, with the blessing of President Santos, who is hoping it will lead to a second peace process.
  • ASIA: Authorities said that Thailand and Malaysia may set up camps and detention centers to shelter hundreds of refugees arriving on their shores.
  • EUROPE: Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Russia on the first top-level US visit to the country in two years.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, Saudi-led warplanes carried out new strikes on an arms depot in Sanaa, hours before a five-day ceasefire is scheduled to begin.
  • TECHNOLOGY: NSA and USCYBERCOM chief ADM Rogers said the US strategy of “deterrence” for cyber-attacks could involve a wide range or responses, potentially including the use of conventional weapons.

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: New earthquake hits country after weeks of recovery efforts.
    • The 7.3-magnitude quake struck some 76 kilometers east of Kathmandu, more than two weeks after a 7.8-magnitude quake which killed more than 8,000 people.
    • Officials said the quake was felt as far away as New Delhi, and caused buildings to collapse in Chinese-controlled Tibet.
    • International Organization for Migration spokesman Paul Dillon said that “according to the reports that we have received from the ground, four people have been killed due to collapsed buildings”.
    • All the deaths were in the Chautara district, east of Kathmandu.
    • Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, the main entry point for flights bringing in international aid since the April quake, was closed as a precaution.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WSJ, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Five people were killed in a new attack blamed on Ugandan rebels near Beni in the east of the country. (AFP)
  • Mali: Eight soldiers were killed in an ambush by fighters from the main Tuareg-led rebel alliance. (AFP)
  • Malawi: Authorities said they had arrested former army chief Henry Odillo and another senior officer over corruption charges. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Local media reported that ELN rebels met with members of the FARC, in Cuba, with the blessing of President Santos, who is hoping it will lead to a second peace process. (AFP)
  • Cuba: French President Hollande called for an end to the US embargo on the country during the first visit by a Western leader to the island since the US and Havana moved to restore ties. (AFP)
  • Guyana: Authorities deployed soldiers as reports of intimidation capped a day of otherwise peaceful elections. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines and Japan held their first joint naval exercises in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Region: Authorities said that Thailand and Malaysia may set up camps and detention centers to shelter hundreds of refugees arriving on their shores. (Reuters)
  • Bangladesh: A gang wielding machetes hacked a secular blogger to death in the northeast of the country in the third such attack by suspected Islamists since February. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: A boat carrying hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh was towed out of the country’s waters, a day after arriving off the east coast of Aceh. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif arrived in Kabul to hold talks regarding the Taliban insurgents operating in both countries. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The euro rallied after turning down following a Eurozone finance ministers’ meeting that failed to reach an agreement on Greece’s bailout reform. (AFP)
  • Greece: PM Tsipras said that Russia has invited the country to take part in a development bank for the ‘BRICS’ nations. (DPA)
  • Russia: Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the country on the first top-level US visit to the country in two years. (WSJ)
  • Russia: Allies of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov unveiled a report based on research he collected that they claimed proved the country’s military involvement in Ukraine. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Nuclear negotiators and six world powers are gathering for the next round of negotiations meant to result in a nuclear deal curbing Tehran’s atomic activities. (AP)
  • Iraq: Officials said a prominent Kurdish commander in the fight against ISIS was killed in a bombing near the northern city of Kirkuk. (AP)
  • Syria: Turkish FM Cavusoglu said the start of a joint Turkish-US program to train and arm rebels fighting against ISIS has been delayed. (AP)
  • Yemen: Saudi-led warplanes carried out new strikes on an arms depot in Sanaa, hours before a five-day ceasefire is scheduled to begin. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: NSA and USCYBERCOM chief ADM Rogers said the US strategy of “deterrence” for cyber-attacks could involve a wide range or responses, potentially including the use of conventional weapons. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07W (Dolphin)
    • Location: 791 NM ESE of Andersen AFB
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 06W (Noul)
    • Location: 412 NM SW of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 59 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 22km SE of Zham, China
    • Magnitude: 7.3
    • Depth: 15.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (13MAY)

  • Ecuador: Anniversary of independence – 1830
  • Europe Region: The European Commission will make a decision on the visa free regime for Ukraine and Georgia
  • India and China: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China
  • Middle East Region: Six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are to meet with US President Barack Obama

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