ONS: 16 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 17, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Ivory Coast reached an agreement with the soldiers who have taken to the streets in protest in the country’s largest cities.
  • AMERICAS: US President Trump disclosed highly classified intelligence to Russian diplomats last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was collected.
  • ASIA: South Korea’s Defense Minister Han Min-koo warned his country will launch a preemptive strike if there are clear signs of an imminent North Korean missile attack.
  • EUROPE: EU trade deals must endure a potentially bruising process of ratification by all member states, the EU’s highest court said, with possible consequences for Brexit.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A new round of Syrian peace talks opened in Geneva, the latest UN push to resolve the six-year conflict.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Thailand has no immediate plan to block access to Facebook, as it expects the social media giant to comply with court orders for the removal of content deemed to threaten national security.

 

TOP STORY

  • “WannaCry” Ransomware Attack: Preliminary data implicates North Korea.
    • Global financial and economic losses from the “WannaCry” attack that crippled computers in at least 150 countries could swell to USD 4B.
    • The US National Security Agency refuted Microsoft’s accusation of blame for the global ransomware attack.
    • Intelligence officials and private security experts say that new digital clues point to North Korean-linked hackers as likely suspects.
    • Investigators said they had detected code similar to that used by a shadowy cybercrime network implicated in the Sony attack, the Lazarus Group, though they stressed that more investigation was necessary.
    • The Department of Homeland Security is leading the investigation in the US, as American officials work closely with their British counterparts.
    • Europol said it was still too early to say whether North Korea was linked the ransomware cyberattack.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, CBS, LAT, NYT, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Gunmen suspected of being fighters from Somalia’s al Shabaab militant group burst into a government official’s house in Kenya and shot him dead. (Reuters)
  • Region: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said China’s Belt and Road Initiative is the best model for Africa’s desired progress. (Xinhua)
  • Ivory Coast: The country reached an agreement with the soldiers who have taken to the streets in protest in the country’s largest cities. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Nigerian herdsmen armed with guns killed 20 farmers and injured eight other people in a mosque. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Amnesty International lambasted “impunity” for Brazilian police who kill suspects during operations after a regional rights court ruled against the country in a spate of slayings in the 1990s. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Colombian authorities captured eight members of the Gulf Clan drug gang, including Jorge Ivan Arboleda, one of the highest ranking members of that criminal organization. (EFE)
  • United States: President Trump disclosed highly classified intelligence to Russian diplomats last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was collected. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: A teenager was killed during another day of mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Immigration officials in Papua New Guinea told asylum seekers and refugees held in a detention center financed by Australia that they need to leave the camp so it can be shut down. (NYT)
  • Region: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he would push for the inclusion of Turkey and Mongolia in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, despite their geographic location. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan security forces regained control of a district center close to the northern city of Kunduz that fell to Taliban insurgents earlier this month. (Reuters)
  • Australia: The country is considering banning laptops in cabin baggage on commercial flights to prevent terrorist attacks, following the lead of the US and the UK. (EFE)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s Defense Minister Han Min-koo warned his country will launch a preemptive strike if there are clear signs of an imminent North Korean missile attack. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos urged EU members to share more of the refugee burden to meet the bloc’s migrant plan goals. (AP)
  • Region: EU trade deals must endure a potentially bruising process of ratification by all member states, the EU’s highest court said, with possible consequences for Brexit. (AFP)
  • Region: Ukraine blocked popular Russian social networks as it expanded sanctions against the Kremlin for its alleged backing of a three-year war in the separatist east. (AFP)
  • Greece: Greek seamen and journalists walked off the job a day before a nationwide general strike to protest new austerity measures. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A top UN official says sexual violence is increasingly being used as “a tactic of terrorism” from Iraq, Syria and Yemen. (AP)
  • Region: Israeli Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis called off a long-planned visit to Jordan following a spat between the countries over a shooting in Jerusalem. (AP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces have reduced the area of Mosul controlled by Islamic State to 12 square km, military spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The rate of the civilian casualties in the country dropped 94 percent since the de-escalation zones’ deal went into force 10 days ago. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: A new round of peace talks opened in Geneva, the latest UN push to resolve the six-year conflict. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communication: Thailand has no immediate plan to block access to Facebook, as it expects the social media giant to comply with court orders for the removal of content deemed to threaten national security. (Reuters)

 

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 (17MAY)

  • Global: World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – 2005
  • Europe: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to visit to Strasbourg, France for a ceremony introducing the Ukraine-EU visa free system
  • DRC: Liberation Day (AFDL Anniversary) – 1997
  • Cyprus: Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades to meet
  • Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Sochi

 

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