ONS: 16 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 16, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza thanked loyalist forces Friday for crushing a coup attempt and warned demonstrators to end their protests, linking them to the mutineers who launched the putsch.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon is convinced that, based on the volume of drugs seized this year, cocaine production in the country is on the rise.
  • ASIA: Top US diplomat John Kerry met Chinese leaders saying he would take a tough line over Beijing’s island-building in strategic but disputed waters.
  • EUROPE: Russia’s envoy to NATO says his country will boost its military presence in Crimea given the alliance’s plans to expand in Eastern Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Islamic State fighters seized the Iraqi government compound in the city of Ramadi on Friday and edged closer to what would be their biggest victory in Iraq this year, officials said
  • TECHNOLOGY: Penn State University said that the computer network of its college of engineering was disconnected from the Internet after a cyberattack “by a threat actor based in China.

 

TOP STORY

  • Southeast Asia: The migrant crises continues as more than 1,000 migrants have landed in Indonesia and Thailand
    • The boats were filled with Rohingya Muslims, fleeing the regime in Myanmar, which is known for persecuting the group, and Benglalis.
    • Boats continue to bounce back and forth between countries, none of which want to take responsibility for the migrants
    • Fighting has broken out between the groups on some ships, resulting in casualties.
    • Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia have all stated that they will not allow the migrants to settle, and continue to send them back, though they do express sympathy over the situation.
    • The United Nations has urged the countries to accept the migrants as a human rights obligation.
    • Secretary of State John Kerry urged Thai Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn to accept migrants.
    • President Obama has reauthorised sanctions on Myanmar in response to the international outrage over treatment of the Rohingya.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-1, Reuters, Reuters-1,  EFE, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Jihadist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar distanced himself from a pledge of allegiance made by his jihadist group to the Islamic State organisation. (AFP)
  • Burundi:  President Pierre Nkurunziza thanked loyalist forces Friday for crushing a coup attempt and warned demonstrators to end their protests, linking them to the mutineers who launched the putsch. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: Thirteen political figures, including a former prime minister and an opposition leader, formed a coalition to challenge incumbent President Alassane Ouattara in elections later this year. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: At least 55 people were killed in two Boko Haram raids this week near Maiduguri, capital of restive northeastern Borno state. (AFP)
  • Somalia:  Africa Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) confirmed on Friday that its forces repulsed Al-Shabaab militants who attempted to recapture two government bases in southern region. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon is convinced that, based on the volume of drugs seized this year, cocaine production in the country is on the rise. (EFE)
  • Peru:  Police arrested the main leader of protests against Southern Copper’s Tia Maria mining project in the southern province of Islay. (EFE)
  • United States: Thirty-eight Cuban migrants intercepted last month near the Virgin Islands are being held aboard a Coast Guard vessel in international waters pending Havana’s agreement to take them back. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A total of 151 Taliban militants have been killed during military operations and clashes with the Afghan security forces within the last two days. (Xinhua)
  • China:  Top US diplomat John Kerry met Chinese leaders saying he would take a tough line over Beijing’s island-building in strategic but disputed waters. (AFP)
  • India: The government has scaled back an ambitious plan to establish a new army corps to counter Chinese conventional forces across the Himalayas, defense sources said, pouring funds instead into a new aircraft carrier and border roads. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders agree to step up negotiations on unifying the island and will meet at least twice a month, a UN envoy says as peace talks resume after months of stagnation. (DPA)
  • Germany: Government websites, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s page, were hacked on Wednesday in an attack claimed by a group demanding Berlin end support for the Ukrainian government, shortly before their leaders were to meet. (Reuters)
  • Russia:  The country is willing to accept financial compensation if France does not fulfill a contract to deliver two Mistral helicopter carriers, said President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman.. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The country’s envoy to NATO says his country will boost its military presence in Crimea given the alliance’s plans to expand in Eastern Europe. (RFE/RL)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq:  Islamic State fighters seized the government compound in the city of Ramadi on Friday and edged closer to what would be their biggest victory in Iraq this year, officials said. (AFP)
  • Israel: Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at stone-throwing Palestinians in the West Bank on Friday, wounding at least 17 people, medics and security sources said. (AFP)
  • Syria:   Fighters from the jihadist Islamic State group on Friday executed 23 civilians, including nine children, near the ancient city of Palmyra. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Penn State University said that the computer network of its college of engineering was disconnected from the Internet after a cyberattack “by a threat actor based in China.” (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 07W (Dolphin)
    • Location:  234 NM West – Northwest of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Wind: 150 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • 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 (17 MAY)

  • Congo: Liberation Day (AFDL Anniversary) – 1997
  • Norway: Constitution Day -1814

 

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