ONS: 17 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 18, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In DR Congo, Christian sect members stormed a prison in the capital Kinshasa, freeing Ne Mwanda Nsemi, the leader of their movement, among 50 others.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia and the National Liberation Army insurgency resumed talks aimed at reducing violence on the road to a peace deal.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Moon Jae-in warned of the high possibility of conflict with North Korea, due to the North’s apparent advances with nuclear and missile capabilities.
  • EUROPE: A strike by Greek unions protesting against a new austerity package paralyzed the country ahead of a parliament vote on the measures.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel sought to contain the fallout from Donald Trump’s sharing of its intelligence with Russia, ahead of the US president’s visit next week.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Since August, when a mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers announced that it was auctioning off highly classified US National Security Agency hacking tools, a low-grade panic has seized the nation’s largest intelligence agency.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Islamic State attacks Jalalabad television station.
    • Suicide bombers stormed the state television Radio Television Afghanistan offices in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
    • Two attackers detonated their vests, while at least one – possibly two – remained to fight, according to police.
    • At least 16 people, including journalists, were wounded in the attack.
    • The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility shortly after the attack.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, CNN, NYT, Reuters, Telegraph

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Christian sect members stormed a prison in the capital Kinshasa, freeing Ne Mwanda Nsemi, the leader of their movement, among 50 others. (AP)
  • Somalia: Two soldiers died when a car bomb exploded as they were trying to defuse it in the capital Mogadishu. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Rebels attacked the town of Yei, killing at least four government soldiers. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government and the National Liberation Army insurgency resumed talks aimed at reducing violence on the road to a peace deal. (AFP)
  • United States: Nine people were hurt and two arrested during an altercation at the Turkish ambassador’s residence in the capital, Washington DC. (AP)
  • Venezuela: A 17-year-old boy and two men died after being shot during anti-government protests, bringing the total death toll to 42 in six weeks of unrest. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: In Vietnam, the second Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Senior Officials’ Meeting kicked off. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Moon Jae-in warned of the high possibility of conflict with North Korea, due to the North’s recent advances with nuclear and missile capabilities. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: President Moon Jae-in ordered an internal probe into an alleged corruption scandal involving a ranking presidential secretary under the former administration. (Yonhap)
  • Thailand: The country’s ruling junta is mulling a new cyber law that would grant authorities the power to access any private sector computer system, a tool they say is needed to defend against hackers. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Ukraine accused Russia of hacking its presidential website in apparent retaliation for Kiev’s decision to block prominent Russian social networks. (AFP)
  • Greece: A strike by Greek unions protesting against a new austerity package paralyzed the country ahead of a parliament vote on the measures. (DPA)
  • Sweden: After 300 refugees were evacuated, three fires at refugee centers in the country’s south are being investigated as arson. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish lawmakers elected seven members to a reshaped judicial authority, pushing through a second of the recently approved constitutional changes. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Several dozen hunger-striking Palestinians were transferred to special wings of Israeli prisons for additional medical supervision. (AP)
  • Iran: Opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi, who has been under house arrest since 2011, will vote for President Hassan Rohani in the country’s election on 19MAY. (RFE/RL)
  • Iraq: Turkish fighter jets and unmanned aerial vehicles struck Kurdistan Workers’ Party targets in the country’s north, killing 11 militants. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The government sought to contain the fallout from Donald Trump’s sharing of its intelligence with Russia, ahead of the US president’s visit next week. (AFP)
  • Yemen: At least 209 people have died amid a Cholera outbreak in the country, as the number of suspected patients has soared to 17,200, the UN said. (EFE)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Since August, when a mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers announced that it was auctioning off highly classified US National Security Agency hacking tools, a low-grade panic has seized the nation’s largest intelligence agency. (NYT)

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 (18MAY)

  • India: Anniversary of India’s first nuclear test – 1974
  • Japan: Argentine President Mauricio Macri to pay a three-day official visit to Japan (to 20MAY)
  • Somalia: Anniversary of Northern Somalia declaring independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland – 1991
  • Sri Lanka: Anniversary of the LTTE’s defeat by the Sri Lankan government – 2009
  • Turkey: Ataturk Memorial, Youth and Sports Day – 1919

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