ONS: 16 May 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 17, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Major powers were gathering in the Austrian capital to discuss the expanding presence of the Islamic State jihadist group in Libya, just across the Mediterranean from Europe.
  • AMERICAS: Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina appeared to have easily won re-election, with partial results showing his record of a surging economy and social projects swayed voters in the Caribbean nation despite graft accusations.
  • ASIA: Police in Bangladesh have arrested a senior official from the main opposition party and accused him of plotting against the state following his meeting with an Israeli political adviser, an official said.
  • EUROPE: Turkish authorities detained seven suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, including figures described as a senior leader and an “executioner”.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi security forces and allied fighters launched an operation to retake the town of Rutba from the Islamic State jihadist group, the military said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australians are falling victim to more elaborate scams and losing more money than ever before, according to data released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

TOP STORY

  • Philippines: President elect Rodrigo Duterte vows to shake up the status quo of the Philippines while terrorist group Abu Sayyaf continues to threaten its hostages.
    • Presumptive Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will re-impose the death penalty.
    • Duterte has vowed to introduce executions by hanging and order military snipers to kill suspected criminals as part of a ruthless law-and-order crackdown
    • Duterte also claimed he will offer cabinet posts to Communists rebels and amend the constitution to give more power to the provinces.
    • Islamist extremists Abu Sayyaf, who last month beheaded a Canadian man, say they will kill another Western hostage if a multi-million dollar ransom is not paid within four weeks.
    • Duterte said that Jose Maria Sison, the leader of the Philippines’ communist insurgency, will be welcome to return home after nearly three decades in exile and participate in peace talks
    • AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2, AP

AFRICA

  • Comoros: The African island nation said it is ready to consider taking thousands of stateless people denied citizenship in the Gulf state of Kuwait. (AFP)
  • Libya: Major powers were gathering in the Austrian capital to discuss the expanding presence of the Islamic State jihadist group in Libya, just across the Mediterranean from Europe. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The country’s army has arrested several people suspected of having been involved in a recent wave of attacks on pipelines in the restive Delta region, a military source said. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Marxist FARC rebel group agreed to remove child soldiers from its ranks as part of the peace deal it is close to signing with the government. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Police said they seized their largest domestic haul ever of illegal drugs: eight tons of cocaine from the Usuga Clan, the country’s leading organized crime ring. (AFP)
  • Dominican Republic: President Danilo Medina appeared to have easily won re-election, with partial results showing his record of a surging economy and social projects swayed voters in the Caribbean nation despite graft accusations. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Police have arrested a senior official from the main opposition party and accused him of plotting against the state following his meeting with an Israeli political adviser, an official said. (AFP)
  • Nepal: Supporters of an ethnic minority group demanding changes in the country’s new constitution have clashed with police and blocked main streets near the prime minister’s office for a second straight day. (AP)
  • Papua New Guinea: The country said it is seeking a bilateral trade treaty with Australia similar to its agreement with the European Union instead of a regional agreement incorporating the wider Pacific. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Turkey: The state-run news agency says four people were wounded overnight when a homemade device exploded in Istanbul. (AP)
  • Turkey: Authorities detained seven suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, including figures described as a senior leader and an “executioner”. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Greater Manchester’s mayor has called for an inquiry into a security alert triggered by a fake bomb left behind at a sports stadium after a training exercise. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran:  A meeting between ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s daughter and female leaders of the Baha’i community, regarded as “heretics” in the Islamic republic, has sparked controversy. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Security forces and allied fighters launched an operation to retake the town of Rutba from the Islamic State jihadist group, the military said. (AFP)
  • Israel: Israeli police says a Palestinian assailant stabbed an Israeli man in Jerusalem, lightly wounding him. (AP)
  • Syria: A Turkish news agency says Turkish shelling and air strikes by the US-led military coalition killed 27 Islamic State militants in Syria. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Crime: Australians are falling victim to more elaborate scams and losing more money than ever before, according to data released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). (Xinhua)

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 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 13MAY: 78,214 (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, Panamá, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 8,396
      • Deaths: 12
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 82 (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 26APR: 1,728 (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 26APR: 624 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 12MAY: Cabo Verde, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), BONAIRE – Netherlands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru*, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Maldives , American Samoa, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa, and Tonga.
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 05MAY:Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Viet Nam and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 05MAY: United States of America, Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, and Portugal.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17MAY)

  • Hungary: Parliament to debate new border security measures
  • Ivory Coast: Donors’ meeting to be held in Paris, France (to 18MAY)
  • Japan: Parliament is expected to enact supplementary budget to deal with the aftermath of recent earthquakes
  • Somalia: UN Security Council to visit ahead of vote (to 21MAY)
  • Syria: International powers to meet in Vienna to discuss Syria crisis
  • Ukraine: Contact Group to meet to discuss amnesty and local elections (to 18MAY)

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