ONS: 15 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 16, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gunfire erupted in the Ivory Coast’s two main cities – Abidjan and Bouake – as the military pressed an operation aimed at ending a mutiny by soldiers demanding bonus payments.
  • AMERICAS: Spanish Defense Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal began a two-day visit to Colombia during which she confirmed Madrid’s support for the country’s peace process.
  • ASIA: China’s President Xi Jinping appealed to foreign leaders at a forum on the Chinese Belt and Road trade initiative to resist pressure to close markets.
  • EUROPE: NATO arranged for a 27-country conference in Prague to discuss strategies to counter alleged Russian efforts to undermine western elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, authorities declared a state of emergency over the cholera outbreak and called for international help to avert disaster.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Governments and computer experts girded for a possible worsening of the global cyberattack that has hit more than 150 countries.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Experts debate success of latest missile test.
    • North Korea said the rocket it successfully fired on 14MAY was a new ballistic missile called the Hwasong-12 and demonstrated the country’s longest-range nuclear-capable weapon yet.
    • The latest missile appeared to show substantial progress toward developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the mainland US, US rocket scientists said.
    • However, the US military’s Pacific Command said the missile was “not consistent” with an ICBM.
    • South Korea’s military played down the North’s claim of technical progress on atmospheric re-entry.
    • North Korea is not thought to be able yet to make a nuclear warhead small enough to mount on a long-range missile, though some outside analysts think it can arm shorter-range missiles with warheads.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Human Rights Watch says Ugandan soldiers in Central African Republic have sexually exploited or abused at least 13 women and girls since 2015. (AP)
  • Central African Republic: Militia fighters from the country’s Christian minority attacked a UN base for the second consecutive night. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: Gunfire erupted in the country’s two main cities – Abidjan and Bouake – as the military pressed an operation aimed at ending a mutiny by soldiers demanding bonus payments. (Al-Jazeera)
  • South Sudan: The UN said USD 1.4B was needed this year alone to help the nearly two million people who have fled war and famine in the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Spanish Defense Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal began a two-day visit during which she confirmed Madrid’s support for the country’s peace process. (EFE)
  • Haiti: The government announced fuel price increases of up to 20 percent in an effort to shore up the country’s disastrous public finances. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The country’s opposition urged the armed forces to consider dialogue, despite its loyalty to embattled President Nicolas Maduro. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China’s President Xi Jinping appealed to foreign leaders at a forum on the Chinese Belt and Road trade initiative to resist pressure to close markets. (AP)
  • Region: China and Vietnam agreed to manage their maritime disputes, avoiding actions to complicate or widen them, so as to maintain peace in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Okinawa marked the 45th anniversary of its reversion to Japanese rule amid protests against continued US military presence. (Kyodo)
  • Papua New Guinea: Seventeen prisoners were shot dead after a mass breakout at a jail in the country, with 57 still on the run. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Philippine lawmakers killed an impeachment complaint accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity for the thousands of people who have died in his anti-drug crackdown. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO arranged for a 27-country conference in Prague to discuss strategies to counter alleged Russian efforts to undermine western elections. (Guardian)
  • Region: European governments and companies appeared to avoid further fallout from a crippling global cyberattack, Europol said. (AFP)
  • Region: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson downplayed differences with EU partners over the bloc’s military ambitions, saying London supported efforts to bolster defense cooperation. (AFP)
  • Region: Prominent German neo-Nazi Horst Mahler, who was sentenced to prison for Holocaust denial, is reportedly seeking asylum in Hungary. (AP)
  • Italy: The country broke up a mafia ring accused of infiltrating one of the largest migrant reception centers and capitalizing on asylum seekers with the help of a Catholic association. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Militants killed two police in Haditha in a rare attack inside a town that tribesmen and security forces successfully defended against repeated extremist assaults. (AFP)
  • Syria: A strike hit the village of Akayrshi, killing at least 12 civilians. (AP)
  • Yemen: Authorities declared a state of emergency over the cholera outbreak and called for international help to avert disaster. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Governments and computer experts girded for a possible worsening of the global cyberattack that has hit more than 150 countries. (AFP)

 

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 (16MAY)

  • Middle East: Anniversary of the signing of Sykes-Picot Agreement partitioning former Ottoman territories including Iraq and Syria – 1916
  • China: Anniversary of the beginning of the Cultural Revolution with the founding of the Red Guard and an edict from Mao Zedong – 1966
  • Japan: New Zealand PM Bill English to visit Japanese PM Shinzo Abe
  • Morocco: Anniversary of the Casablanca terrorist attacks – 2003
  • South Korea: Anniversary of Park Chung-hee’s coup d’état to overthrow the Second Republic of South Korea – 1961
  • Sudan: Anniversary of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement rebelling against the Sudanese government – 1983
  • Syria: Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura to reconvene the intra-Syrian talks under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva
  • United States: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to meets US President Donald Trump in Washington

 

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