ONS: 13 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 13, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Burundi, police clashed with protesters as East African leaders gathered for crisis talks aimed at ending weeks of violence over the president’s controversial third term bid.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuador’s Interior Ministry reported that police seized 2.2 tons of cocaine that was intended for shipment to the US.
  • ASIA: In Nepal, rescuers battled to reach survivors of a new earthquake, as the search continued for a US military helicopter that went missing while delivering aid.
  • EUROPE: US Secretary Kerry called on Russia to fulfill a fragile peace deal to end the fighting in Ukraine, after he held several hours of talks with President Putin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry said NATO member states wanted to see a clearer defense agreement with Gulf Arab states to fight terror.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook will host articles from nine media organizations on its mobile app starting as part of an experiment that offers favorable terms for publishers.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Militants launch attack on passenger bus in Karachi.
    • At least 43 members of the Shiite Ismaili minority were killed when gunmen opened fire on their bus in Karachi, with a leaflet at the scene claiming the attack on behalf of the Islamic State group.
    • International media reported that there was no confirmation from ISIS’s leadership that it has carried out any attacks inside Pakistan.
    • A spokesman for Taliban splinter group Jundallah also claimed responsibility, saying four of the group’s members took part in the attack, two fewer than the number given by police.
    • Sindh province police chief Jamali said that “Six terrorists came on three motorcycles, they entered the bus and began firing indiscriminately.”
    • A day earlier PM Sharif promised coordinated military operations with Afghan forces to hunt down militants along their shared border.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Police clashed with protesters as East African leaders gathered for crisis talks aimed at ending weeks of violence over the president’s controversial third term bid. (AFP)
  • Burundi: The Rwandan Ministry of Refugees and Disaster Management said at least 25,884 Burundians have fled their homes in fear of possible violence related to forthcoming elections. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The internationally recognized government warned countries against sending vessels into its territorial waters without authorization. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: The Interior Ministry reported that police seized 2.2 tons of cocaine that was intended for shipment to the US. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: President Tejada announced that parliament is set to elect a new vice-president. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A small plane in Chihuahua state was shot down by armed men belonging to a criminal ring based out of Sinaloa state, killing all five people on board. (Xinhua)
  • United States: An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia, killing at least five people and injuring several more. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: An official said that a boat with more than 500 refugees, likely Rohingya and Bangladeshis, has been found off the coast of Penang island in northern Malaysia. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: At least three people were killed and 11 others wounded in a shooting in Lashkar Gah near a government compound. (Xinhua)
  • China: HRW released a report claiming that police carry out “appalling” torture of criminal suspects. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: South Korean intelligence said leader Kim Jong-Un had his defense minister executed with anti-aircraft fire for insubordination and dozing off during a formal military rally. (AFP)
  • Nepal: Rescuers battled to reach survivors of a new earthquake, as the search continued for a US military helicopter that went missing while delivering aid. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Interior Minister Voutsis said the country aims for a deal with its international creditors and has no plans for a referendum or early elections. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Initial reports indicated that the country had edged its way out of recession with stronger than expected 0.3 percent growth in the first quarter of 2015. (AFP)
  • Russia: US Secretary Kerry called on the government to fulfil a fragile peace deal to end the fighting in Ukraine, after he held several hours of talks with President Putin. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Defense Minister Yilmaz said that a military prosecutor had opened an investigation into allegations a US-based Islamic preacher has sympathizers in the armed forces. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry said NATO member states wanted to see a clearer defense agreement with Gulf Arab states to fight terror. (AFP)
  • Iran: A senior commander warned the US that a “fire might start” over an aid ship bound for Yemen after the Pentagon called for it to change course. (AFP)
  • Syria: A new report said that investigators and lawyers have built war crimes cases against President Assad and key institutions of his regime with documents smuggled out of the country. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Local sources reported that a humanitarian truce appeared to be holding as clashes paused for the first time since Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes against Iran-backed rebels on March 26. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Facebook will host articles from nine media organizations on its mobile app starting as part of an experiment that offers favorable terms for publishers. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 07W (Dolphin)
    • Location: 643 NM ESE of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 20km SSE of Ofunato, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 38.9 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 (14MAY)

  • Israel: Independence Day -1948
  • Iraq and United States:  U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi will meet in Washington
  • Liberia: National Unification Day – 1971
  • Malaysia: Malaysian Youth Day
  • Paraguay: Anniversary of independence – 1811
  • Russia: Anniversary of the creation of the Warsaw Pact – 1955
  • Christianity: Ascension of Christ

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