ONS: 13 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 14, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Boko Haram released a video claiming to show the Chibok schoolgirls who refused to be rescued as part of a recent swap deal with the Nigerian government.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuadorian police seized five tons of cocaine worth at least $US250 million from a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean.
  • ASIA: A senior North Korean diplomat who handles relations with the US said Pyongyang would have dialogue with the US administration if conditions were right.
  • EUROPE: Germany pressed Turkey for access to a German journalist who was detained late last month.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Local elections process began in the West Bank to choose local representatives for village or city councils.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A court in Azerbaijan affirmed action taken by the communications ministry to block access to several independent news media websites.

 

TOP STORY

  • Region: A massive ransomware cyber-attack hits multiple countries around the world.
    • The ransomware, WCry or WannaCry, was transmitted via phishing emails and continued to spread locally, damaging computers worldwide by encrypting critical data and demanding payments of $300 to $600 to restore access.
    • Researchers with security software maker Avast said they had observed 57,000 infections in 99 countries with the majority of attacks targeted Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan, adversely affecting Europe and Asia.
    • The malware was made available online on April 14 through a dump by a group called Shadow Brokers, which claimed to have stolen a cache of “cyber weapons” from the National Security Agency (NSA) last year.
    • The attack renewed concerns about whether the NSA and other countries’ intelligence services too often hoard software vulnerabilities for offensive purposes.
    • Those impacted were encouraged to install authentic Microsoft software.
    • A British cybersecurity researcher Darien Huss from Proofpoint, Inc. accidentally stopped the current ransomware attack from spreading when he activated a “kill switch” by registering its domain name.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters, Reuters-2, The Guardian

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Togo and Benin agreed on installing boundary markers to delineate their shared 644km border. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram released a video claiming to show the Chibok schoolgirls who refused to be rescued as part of a recent swap deal with the Nigerian government. (Al Jazeera)
  • South Africa: Political parties will march to the Constitutional Court in support of a secret ballot in a parliamentary vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Last month was the first time in seven years when no Cuban migrants were caught trying to reach the US by sea. (AP)
  • Region: Argentina’s spy chief is being linked to the biggest corruption scandal in Brazil’s history. (AP)
  • Brazil: At least 259 people have died from yellow fever this year, especially in the southeast of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: Police seized five tons of cocaine worth at least $US250 million from a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean. (DPA)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Police repelled a Taliban attack on a district headquarters in the country’s northern Samangan province, killing eight militants and one police officer. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: A senior diplomat who handles relations with the US said Pyongyang would have dialogue with the US administration if conditions were right. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Ten laborers were gunned down in the southwest while working on roads to connect towns to the country’s Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany pressed Turkey for access to a German journalist who was detained late last month. (WSJ)
  • Finland: Mauno Koivisto, the country’s first leftist president who led it along the path to EU membership, died at the age of 93. (Reuters)
  • Great Britain: PM Theresa May pledged to create new powers allowing her to punish social media and communications companies that fail to look after users’ data, and to demand cash from firms to pay for policing the internet. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: As the election approaches turnout is key, a challenge for Rouhani. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The US is close to completing a series of arms deals with Saudi Arabia totaling more than $100 billion. (Reuters)
  • West Bank: Elections began to choose local representatives for village or city councils. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Azerbaijan: A court affirmed the action taken by the Communications Ministry to block access to several independent news media websites. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Post-Tropical Cyclone Adrian
    • Location: 350 NM SSE of Salina Cruz, Mexico
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 79km SSW of Acajutla, El Salvador
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • 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 12MAY: 34,465 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 12MAY: 13,534 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 12MAY: 9 (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 (14MAY)

  • Africa: Sudan and South Sudan to meet in Addis Abba to discuss outstanding issues between the two countries (to 15MAY)
  • Europe: Anniversary of the creation of the Warsaw Pact – 1955
  • China: One Belt One Road (OBOR) Forum to be held in Beijing (to 15MAY)
  • France: French President Macron to be inaugurated
  • Liberia: National Unification Day – 1971
  • Nepal: Local elections
  • Paraguay: Anniversary of Paraguay’s independence – 1811

 

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