ONS: 12 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 13, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on local tribesmen this week in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil declared an end to a national emergency over the Zika virus after a sharp decrease in cases.
  • ASIA: In Guam, military drills between the US, UK, France and Japan have been postponed indefinitely after a French landing craft ran aground.
  • EUROPE: Turkish authorities detained Oguz Guven, the editor-in-chief of the opposition daily Cumhuriyet, the latest in a string of arrests targeting the paper.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A US-backed alliance of Arabs and Kurds will launch their final assault on the Islamic State group’s Syrian bastion Raqqa in early summer.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Top US intelligence officials told the US Senate that Russian cyber activities were the foremost threat facing the US and were likely to grow only more severe.

 

TOP STORY

  • Italy: Twin bombing in Rome; police investigating all options.
    • Explosions damaged a car near a post office in central Rome, although nobody appeared to have been injured in the blast.
    • Police told reporters there was no immediate suspicion of Islamist terrorism, with officers believing the blast was an “act of protest”.
    • Authorities were exploring all possible causes, including that the explosive may have been a letter bomb or a similar improvised device.
    • There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
    • Similar explosions in the past in Italian cities have been frequently blamed on anarchists.
    • Coverage: AP, INDE, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The US military has offered continued  financial, logistical and intelligence support to France in operations against extremists in Mali and Mauritania. (NYT)
  • Egypt: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on local tribesmen this week in the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: Soldiers in the city Bouake fired their guns into the air to protest a deal over bonus payments. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba welcomed delegations from the FARC and the National Liberation Army rebel groups for a meeting to find a consensus to contribute to peace in Colombia. (EFE)
  • Brazil: The country declared an end to a national emergency over the Zika virus after a sharp decrease in cases. (BBC)
  • United States: The Department of Homeland Security announced the arrest of almost 1,400 gang members between 26MAR and 06MAY. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: In Guam, military drills between the US, UK, France and Japan have been postponed indefinitely after a French landing craft ran aground. (AP)
  • Region: Nepal signed up to China’s new Silk Road drive, a massive infrastructure project spanning some 65 countries designed to expand China’s global influence. (AFP)
  • China: The country reached a set of narrow trade deals with the US, covering areas like electronic payment services, beef and poultry, but left bigger issues untouched. (NYT)
  • Japan: Protesters marched in Okinawa against a controversial plan to build new US military facilities on the prefecture’s main island. (Kyodo)
  • Malaysia: The country deported three Turkish nationals wanted by Turkey for alleged links to a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tried to meddle in British politics but “learned his lesson” from the government’s tough reaction. (AFP)
  • Region: Russia scrambled a Su-30 fighter to intercept a US reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea. (Xinhua)
  • Austria: FM Sebastian Kurz called for a snap parliamentary election but stopped short of saying he would take over as head of the conservative party. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The German economy expanded sharply in the first three months of 2017, a record pace since the late-1970s. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turkish authorities detained Oguz Guven, the editor-in-chief of the opposition daily Cumhuriyet, the latest in a string of arrests targeting the paper. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the US’ decision to arm the Syrian Kurdish YPG is contrary to its relationship with Turkey. (Reuters)
  • Region: Human Rights Watch reports deportations of Syrian refugees from Jordan have spiked in recent months. (AP)
  • Region: Iraqi paramilitary units launched an operation to free the towns of al-Qairawan and Baajnear near the Iraqi-Syrian border from Islamic State militants. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The Iraqi Shiite-led militia force launched an operation to retake a small village held by the Islamic State group west of the city of Mosul. (AP)
  • Syria: A US-backed alliance of Arabs and Kurds will launch their final assault on the Islamic State group’s bastion Raqqa in early summer, two force commanders said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Top US intelligence officials told the US Senate that Russian cyber activities were the foremost threat facing the US and were likely to grow only more severe. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Adrian
    • Location: 350 NM SSE of Salina Cruz, Mexico
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: NW at 6 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)
    • 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 (13MAY)

  • Ecuador: Anniversary of Ecuador’s independence – 1830
  • Palestinian Territories: Local elections
  • Uzbekistan: Anniversary of Andijan massacre – 2005

 

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