ONS: 12 May 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 14, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Uganda blocked social media sites including Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp before the swearing-in ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia plans to hold a referendum in September on the peace deal it hopes to reach with Marxist FARC rebels to end Latin America’s longest running civil war.
  • ASIA: Papua New Guinea has relaxed restrictions on nearly 900 asylum seekers held on behalf of Australia, allowing them to leave the detention center during the day.
  • EUROPE: A US missile defense system in Romania will become operational in a move welcomed by US officials but also one likely to infuriate Moscow.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran has failed to reach agreement with Saudi Arabia on arrangements for its pilgrims to join the annual hajj in September following the severing of ties.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cyber attack techniques used by the US-led coalition against Islamic State could also be used by other countries, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Brazil: President Rousseff suspended; impeachment trial to begin.
    • In a vote of 55 to 22, the Brazilian Senate voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and begin an impeachment trial against her.
    • If all the senators vote as they have indicated, Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, will have to step aside for at least six months while she is tried in the upper house for allegedly manipulating government accounts ahead of the previous election.
    • Rousseff faces accusations that she borrowed money from state banks to plug budget holes to hide Brazil’s economic problems, in an attempt to improve her re-election prospects.
    • Rousseff denies breaking fiscal laws.
    • Vice President Michel Temer is expected to start naming his cabinet within 24 hours.
    • Coverage: Bloomberg, Guardian, NYT, Telegraph, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Activists have taken to social media in droves to support an online campaign demanding the release from detention of members of a satirical street group whose selfie-style video clips mocked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. (AP)
  • Mauritania: Over 40 percent of the country’s rural population is living in a situation of crippling poverty, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty Philips Alston said. (Xinhua)
  • Rwanda: President Paul Kagame said he did not want a third term in office but had to bow to entreaties from his people. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: The country blocked social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, and Whatsapp before the swearing-in ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Brazilian Supreme Court authorized a corruption probe against opposition leader Senator Aecio Neves. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The country plans to hold a referendum in September on the peace deal it hopes to reach with Marxist FARC rebels to end Latin America’s longest running civil war. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Drug violence in the country has forced up to 35,000 people to flee their homes, a National Human Rights Commission report said. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the nation for “consultations,” a reaction to the execution of an Islamist leader for decades-old war crimes. (DPA)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s defense ministry said it has been carefully monitoring North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site. (Xinhua)
  • Papua New Guinea: The country has relaxed restrictions on nearly 900 asylum seekers held on behalf of Australia, allowing them to leave the detention center during the day. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: More than 70 Cabinet members have formally resigned to pave way for the new government that will take the oath of office next week. (Kyodo)
  • Vietnam: The country said it would welcome the US “accelerating” the lifting of a lethal arms embargo, which would reflect trust between the two countries and recognition of its needs to defend itself. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: If Britain were to leave the EU, it would hurt Britain and Europe as well as the global economy, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Jason Furman said. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkey said it believed it had fulfilled the 72 criteria for EU visa-free travel, but German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Turkey must change anti-terror statutes which could give rise to the pursuit of journalists. (Reuters)
  • Region: The EU has decided to immediately allow Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway to keep border controls in place for up to six months to deal with the migrant influx. (AP)
  • France: The Socialist government will face a no-confidence vote after it bypassed parliament and forced through a labor reform bill that has led to two months of demonstrations. (AFP)
  • Romania: A US missile defense system in the country will become operational in a move welcomed by US officials but also one likely to infuriate Moscow. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran has failed to reach agreement with Saudi Arabia on arrangements for its pilgrims to join the annual hajj in September following the severing of ties. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Security forces repelled two major attacks mounted by Islamic State militants west of the capital of Baghdad. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State has released a video showing five alleged “spies” being shot dead in the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: Aid agencies are to deliver relief supplies to the besieged rebel-held town of Daraya, the first since 2012. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda militants, including three suicide bombers who blew up vehicles, killed at least 13 Yemeni government troops outside the southeastern port city of Mukalla. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Britain soon will unveil plans for a “major overhaul” of how the BBC is run. (BBC)
  • Technology: Cyber attack techniques used by the US-led coalition against Islamic State could also be used by other countries, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 05MAY: 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 05MAY: 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 05MAY: United States of America, Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, and Portugal.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13MAY)

  • Central African Republic: French President Francois Hollande to visit
  • Europe Region: US-Nordic Leaders Summit to be held in Washington, DC
  • Sweden: Country’s Green Party to decide at its annual congress whether to replace its leadership (to15MAY)
  • Tunisia: Chinese FM Wang Yi to visit (to 14MAY)
  • Uzbekistan: Anniversary of Andijan Massacre – 2005

 

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