ONS: 14 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 14, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian army imposed a curfew on the northeastern town of Maiduguri in the aftermath of a Boko Haram attack on the city.

  • AMERICAS: Ecuador said it hosted meetings between representatives of Colombia’s government and ELN rebels, which aim to start peace negotiations.

  • ASIA: A Malaysian official said that authorities turned away two vessels carrying a combined 600 migrants.

  • EUROPE: The governments of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania asked NATO to permanently deploy a total of 2,000 army troops to their countries.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi led coalition said that Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen violated a day-old truce.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The US House of Representatives voted to end the NSA’s dragnet collection of telephone data from millions of Americans.


TOP STORY

  • Burundi: Clashes between army factions in capital.

    • Rival groups of soldiers vied for control of Bujumbura amid confusion over the success of an attempted coup.

    • Army Chief of Staff General Niyongabo said that an attempted coup had failed and forces loyal to President Nkurunziza were in control.

    • Coup spokesman Venon Ndabanez claimed that “we control virtually the entire city. The soldiers who are being deployed are on our side,” during a lull in fighting mid-morning.

    • In a statement on Twitter President Nkurunziza called on residents to remain calm, saying that the situation was under control and that constitutional order was being maintained

    • Official Tanzanian sources said President Nkurunziza is currently in a secret location in Tanzania’s port city of Dar es Salaam.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, NYT, Reuters


AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Regional officials said that 23 people were killed in two new attacks blamed on Ugandan rebels. (AFP)

  • Mali: Clashes between armed groups in the north of the country left at least four people dead only days before the fighters are to sign a peace agreement with the government. (AP)

  • Nigeria: The army imposed a curfew on the northeastern town of Maiduguri in the aftermath of a Boko Haram attack on the city. (AFP)


AMERICAS

  • Region: Ecuador said it hosted meetings between representatives of Colombia’s government and ELN rebels, which aim to start peace negotiations. (Reuters)

  • Cuba: FM Rodriguez said the country and the US will hold a new meeting next week in Washington on reopening embassies. (AFP)

  • Venezuela: A court banned 22 media officials from leaving the country while they are under investigation in a libel case involving National Assembly Speaker Cabello. (DPA)


ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a popular guesthouse in Kabul that officials said killed at least 11 people. (Reuters)

  • Japan: The cabinet approved a set of bills bolstering the role and scope of the military. (AFP)

  • Malaysia: An official said that authorities turned away two vessels carrying a combined 600 migrants. (AFP)

  • Nepal: A major search operation resumed for a US military helicopter that disappeared with eight people on board while delivering aid. (AFP)

  • Thailand: Police said that the 200 migrants detained since the country launched its recent crackdown against human trafficking will be prosecuted for entering the country illegally. (AFP)


EUROPE

  • Region: The governments of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania asked NATO to permanently deploy a total of 2,000 army troops to their countries. (AP)

  • Region: NATO and the EU said they wanted to tighten cooperation in the face of “new threats” emanating from the assertive policies of Russia and violence to the south of the military alliance’s borders. (AFP)

  • Greece: Finance Minister Varoufakis said the government wants the European Central Bank to agree for Athens to delay payment on some 27 billion euros in bonds that it will otherwise be unable to repay. (AFP)


MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq:  Violence broke out overnight when Shiite worshippers marched through a Sunni neighborhood of Baghdad on their way to a shrine for an annual ritual. (AFP)

  • Syria: A monitoring group reported that ISIS militants battled government troops near UNESCO world heritage site Palmyra. (AFP)

  • Yemen: The Saudi-led coalition said that Iran-backed Houthi rebels violated a day-old truce. (AFP)


TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US House of Representatives voted to end the NSA’s dragnet collection of telephone data from millions of Americans. (AFP)


WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 07W (Dolphin)

    • Location: 384 NM ESE of Andersen AFB, Guam

    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph

    • Winds: 104 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • 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, Italy)

      • 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 (15MAY)

  • Global: International Day of Families

  • Cyprus: Cyprus’ rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will relaunch stalled talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island

  • Israel and Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of the Day of Al-Nakba – 1948

  • Mali: International mediators in the Mali conflict invited all parties to sign a peace and reconciliation agreement at a ceremony

  • North Korea: An international women’s march will take place in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang


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