ONS: 18 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 18, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Burundi, protesters opposed to President Nkurunziza launched fresh demonstrations despite warnings from the government.
  • AMERICAS: US President Obama is set to ban the federal provision of some types of military-style equipment to local police departments and sharply restrict the availability of others.
  • ASIA: In Thailand, a former regional official accused of being a major people trafficking kingpin turned himself in to police.
  • EUROPE: EU ministers are set to approve plans for an unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers in the Mediterranean.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, Shiite militia groups converged on Ramadi to help security forces take back the city from ISIS militants who seized it in a three-day assault.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A cybersecurity consultant told the FBI he hacked into computer systems aboard airliners up to 20 times and managed to control an aircraft engine during a flight.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: US Secretary Kerry in South Korea for talks on North.
    • US Secretary Kerry met with President Park Geun-hye to discuss the bilateral alliance amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
    • In a joint press conference with FM Yun Byong-Se Secretary Kerry said the recent test of a new SLBM showed that North Korea had no genuine interest in engaging with the international community.
    • US Secretary Kerry warned of possible fresh sanctions as he slammed Kim Jong-Un’s “egregious” leadership with its reliance on reckless provocation and “grotesque” executions.
    • Local media reported that a mid-level official of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party defected to South Korea late last year for fear of his life.
    • Coverage: AFP, Kyodo, NYT, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Kenyan President Kenyatta said Burundian President Nkurunziza should postpone a presidential election due next month after last week’s failed military coup. (Reuters)
  • Burundi: Protesters opposed to President Nkurunziza launched fresh demonstrations despite warnings from the government. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: Authorities said that 200 human smugglers were detained as part of the government’s efforts to stem the number of citizens illegally trying to migrate to Europe. (AP)
  • South Sudan: The Red Cross said that tens of thousands of people forced to flee violence could go hungry, with fighting interrupting the planting season and cutting off supply chains. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Chinese PM Li Keqiang departed on a tour of Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Chile, for talks focused on economic and bilateral ties. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The Navy picked up 23 Cuban migrants after they became adrift at sea while trying to reach its shores. (AFP)
  • United States: President Obama is set to ban the federal provision of some types of military-style equipment to local police departments and sharply restrict the availability of others. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Local officials said that a Taliban attack on a district headquarters in southern Uruzgan province killed at least seven people. (AP)
  • Burma: Information Minister Ye Htut said that the international community had “concerns” about waves of migrants but insisted it should not be solely blamed for the regional migrant crisis. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: The navy prevented a suspected migrant boat from entering the country’s waters and stepped up patrols in the area. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A former regional official accused of being a major people trafficking kingpin turned himself in to police. (AFP)
  • Thailand: An Army official said that up to 39 explosions injured 22 people over three days in the southern province of Yala. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU ministers are set to approve plans for an unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers in the Mediterranean. (AFP)
  • Region: NATO Deputy Secretary General Vershbow said it was still unclear whether Russia was prepared to take steps to support the Minsk agreement to ease the conflict in Ukraine. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Twin explosions hit the regional headquarters of the country’s main pro-Kurdish party in two cities amid escalating tensions in the run up to 07JUN legislative elections. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian Defense Minister Dehghan arrived in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi Defense Minister Obeidi. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Shiite militia groups converged on Ramadi to help security forces take back the city from ISIS militants who seized it in a three-day assault. (AFP)
  • Syria: ISIS militants fired a barrage of rockets on residential neighborhoods in the city of Palmyra, killing five civilians. (AFP)
  • Yemen: US Secretary Kerry said Washington supported extending a “humanitarian pause” in fighting in the country, but that maneuvers by Houthi fighters made that difficult. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A cybersecurity consultant told the FBI he hacked into computer systems aboard airliners up to 20 times and managed to control an aircraft engine during a flight. (CNN)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 07W (Dolphin)
    • Location: 245 NM SW of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • 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 (19MAY)

  • Turkey: Ataturk Memorial, Youth and Sports Day – 1919

 

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