ONS: 14 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 15, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mutinous soldiers in the Ivory Coast shot three people and cut off access to the second-largest city, Bouaké, as a revolt escalated over bonus payments demands.
  • AMERICAS: US President Donald Trump is calling for tougher sanctions on North Korea following its latest ballistic missile test.
  • ASIA: North Korea launched a ballistic missile from the northwestern part of the country.
  • EUROPE: Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as the France’s President.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Civilians and rebels in Syria began evacuating a third opposition-held district of Damascus, bringing the government closer to cementing its control over the capital.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An international effort is underway to track down criminals behind a global cyber attack using the WannaCry ransomware.

 

TOP STORY

  • China kicked off the silk road, “One Belt, One Road,” forum
    • Leaders from 29 countries gathered for the first of the two day forum in Beijing.
    • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the international community to seize the opportunities presented by the proposed Belt and Road Initiative and strive for common development.
    • Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion for projects linking China to much of Asia, Europe and Africa.
    • The project has been in the works for four years and spans more than 68 countries, up to 40% of global GDP.
    • Xi said the new Silk Road would be open to all, including Africa and the Americas.
    • Some Western diplomats have expressed unease about the summit and the plan, seeing it as an attempt to promote Chinese influence globally.
    • Coverage: AP, Al Jazeera, CNN, EFE, Reuters, Reuters-2, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Rescuers saved 484 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean and found the bodies of seven men who had died in the attempt to get to Europe. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: Mutinous soldiers in the country shot three people and cut off access to the second-largest city, Bouaké, as a revolt escalated over bonus payments demands. (NYT)
  • Namibia: Nigerian Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus was elected as head of the Lutheran World Federation at an assembly held in Windhoek, the country’s capital. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: The country accepted membership to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. (AFP)
  • United States: President Donald Trump is calling for tougher sanctions on North Korea following its latest ballistic missile test. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Thousands of citizens in cars and motorbikes have filled roads across the country in motorized protests against President Nicolas Maduro. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • North Korea: The country launched a ballistic missile from the northwestern part of the country. (CNN)
  • South Korea: President Moon Jae-in named three senior presidential secretaries in charge of political affairs, innovation and social policies. (Yonhap)
  • Thailand: Security forces in the country say they have killed nine suspected drug smugglers, seizing weapons and pills in a clash in Chiang Rai province. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as the country’s President. (ABC)
  • Germany: Voters in the country’s most populous state, North Rhein Westphalia, are going to the polls in a crucial election for Chancellor Angela Merkel. (BBC)
  • Russia: The country’s Defense Ministry said the ballistic missile fired by North Korea landed about 500 kilometers from its border and did not pose a danger to the country. (Yonhap)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Government forces launched a new push to drive Islamic State group militants from four neighborhoods in west Mosul. (AP)
  • Syria: Civilians and rebels began evacuating a third opposition-held district of Damascus, bringing the government closer to cementing its control over the Syrian capital. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The US plans to sell the country $2 billion worth of Patriot missiles in an arms deal. (WP)
  • Yemen: A cholera outbreak in the country has killed 115 people and left 8,500 ill. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Region: An international effort is underway to track down criminals behind a global cyber attack using the WannaCry ransomware. (The Independent)

 

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 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 (15MAY)

  • Global: International Day of Families – 1992
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the beginning of Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan – 1988
  • Israel and Palestine: Day of Al-Nakba – 1948
  • Israel: Anniversary of the Ma’alot massacre – 1974
  • Israel: Anniversary of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war – 1948

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