ONS: 15 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 15, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ugandan police said the country is on high terror alert following a video allegedly posted by Somali militants.

  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, a government panel ordered a halt to the aerial spraying of illegal plantings of coca in the country, citing concerns that the spray causes cancer.

  • ASIA: More than 750 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants were rescued off Indonesia, as Myanmar threatened to boycott a planned summit on human trafficking in the region.

  • EUROPE: A report claims that France offered Russia 785 million euros to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships that was suspended due to the Ukraine crisis.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi officials said that three near-simultaneous suicide car bombings targeting a government compound killed 10 policemen in Ramadi.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers supporting the regime of Syrian President Assad hijacked parts of the Washington Post’s website so that users were redirected to a site controlled by the ‘Syrian Electronic Army’.


TOP STORY

  • Burundi: Army and coup leaders report coup failure.

    • An attempt to overthrow President Nkurunziza ended in failure as coup leaders admitted defeat and were arrested or forced to flee loyalist troops.

    • A senior police official said coup leader Niyombare was still on the run, but that three other pro-coup generals had been detained.

    • Officials said that President Nkurunziza had returned to Bujumbura and is expected to address the nation.

    • Civil society groups in the country called for renewed street protests against a third term bid by the president after the coup bid failed.

    • The UN said that more than 100,000 Burundians have fled to neighboring countries since political violence erupted in April.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, BBC, NYT, WSJ


AFRICA

  • Libya: A medical official said that eight people were killed by mortar shells in Benghazi. (AP)

  • Tunisia: At least four suspected jihadists were killed and 13 others arrested by the army in the Kasserine region bordering Algeria. (AFP)

  • Uganda: Police said the country is on high terror alert following a video allegedly posted by the Somali militants. (Xinhua)


AMERICAS

  • Region: The US State Department said US and Cuban officials will meet on 21MAY to discuss reopening embassies and discuss broader migration, security, and environmental issues. (BBC)

  • Chile: Two students were killed in Santiago in large demonstrations against government education policy. (BBC)

  • Colombia: A government panel ordered a halt to the aerial spraying of illegal plantings of coca in the country, citing concerns that the spray causes cancer. (NYT)

  • Mexico:  A former vigilante running for mayor was shot dead during a campaign event in the state of Michoacan, the third politician killed ahead of June elections. (AFP)


ASIA

  • Region: More than 750 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants were rescued off Indonesia, as Myanmar threatened to boycott a planned summit on human trafficking in the region. (AFP)

  • Region: Indian PM Modi said that Beijing needs to “reconsider its approach” to relations to regional powers. (AFP)

  • Nepal: Defense Secretary Paudya said a US Marines helicopter that crashed while delivering aid was completely destroyed and there were no survivors among the eight on board. (Reuters)

  • Pakistan: Security officials said that military air strikes killed at least 17 militants in the country’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. (AFP)

  • Philippines: The military said troops overran a bomb factory of Abu Sayyaf militants after a firefight that killed three insurgents and a soldier. (AP)


EUROPE

  • Region: A report claims that France offered Russia 785 million euros to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships that was suspended due to the Ukraine crisis. (AFP)

  • Cyprus: Rival leaders Greek Cypriot President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot President Akinci resumed stalled UN-brokered peace talks. (AFP)

  • United Kingdom: Foreign Secretary Hammond said the country wants to reach a new settlement with the EU as fast as possible. (Reuters)


MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US officials said that members of a US-led coalition fighting ISIS vowed to stick by global resolutions to refuse to pay ransoms for citizens held hostage by militants. (AFP)

  • Iraq: Officials said that three near-simultaneous suicide car bombings targeting a government compound killed 10 policemen in Ramadi. (AP)

  • Syria: UNESCO chief Bokova said she is alarmed by developments where ISIS militants are getting closer to the ancient city of Palmyra. (AP)


TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Hackers supporting the regime of Syrian President Assad hijacked parts of the Washington Post’s website so that users were redirected to a site controlled by the ‘Syrian Electronic Army’. (WP)


WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 07W (Dolphin)

    • Location: 35 NM E of Andersen AFB, Guam

    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph

    • Winds: 109 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 (16MAY)

  • China: Anniversary of beginning of “Cultural Revolution” – 1966


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