ONS: 18 May 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 19, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A leading international rights group released a report documenting atrocities committed by Libya’s Islamic State affiliate in the country’s coastal city of Sirte, a stronghold of the militants.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly rejected the state of emergency decreed by President Nicolas Maduro, deepening the crisis in the oil-rich South American country.
  • ASIA: Communist rebel leaders have welcomed the Philippine president-elect’s offer of four Cabinet posts or an alliance government.
  • EUROPE: Greece’s government is to submit its latest austerity measures bill to Parliament within the day, with lawmakers to vote on the package of tax hikes and reforms Sunday night.
  • MIDDLE EAST: PM Benjamin Netanyahu is close to agreeing to a unity government with the main opposition leader, Israeli media said, in a move that could help revive peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook appears to have been blocked in Vietnam as a part of a government-imposed crackdown on social media, amid public protests over an environmental disaster attributed to toxic discharges from a steel complex built by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics.

TOP STORY

  • China: Top ranked Beijing official Zhang Dejiang visited Hong Kong.
    • Dejiang is Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top decision-making body.
    • Dejiang pledged to listen to residents’ concerns about the city’s relationship with China, an issue that has ignited fierce debate in the Asian financial center.
    • Plainclothes and uniformed police were on alert close to parts of the city that were crippled by pro-democracy protests in late 2014.
    • Democracy activists and pro-Beijing groups traded insults close to the conference center where Zhang was speaking, heckling and swearing at each other.
    • AFP, CNN, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Libya: A leading international rights group released a report documenting atrocities committed the Islamic State affiliate in the country’s coastal city of Sirte, a stronghold of the militants. (AP)
  • Somalia: Security forces shot dead an Al-Shabaab militant in Heliwa district of capital Mogadishu, officials said. (Xinhua)
  • Uganda: The country’s main opposition leader Kizza Besigye was charged afresh with treason after his file was transferred to the capital Kampala. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Some 250 people, mostly Cubans who entered the country illegally, are stranded near Panama, which has shut its border crossings in an attempt to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants, authorities said. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: the country’s opposition-controlled National Assembly rejected the state of emergency decreed by President Nicolas Maduro, deepening the crisis in the oil-rich South American country. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Protests were to take place across the country against President Nicolas Maduro in the first challenge to sweeping powers he has decreed for police and soldiers under a state of emergency. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Myanmar: A US decision to pare back economic sanctions on the country could unclog investment as the country claws its way out of poverty, Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government said, welcoming the move. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Two bomb blasts targeting a police patrol killed at least one policeman and wounded 10 others in the restive northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Communist rebel leaders have welcomed the president-elect’s offer of four Cabinet posts or an alliance government. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: Police across the country were to demonstrate against the “anti-cop hatred” they say they have endured during a wave of anti-government protests since early March. (AFP)
  • Greece:  The country’s government is to submit its latest austerity measures bill to Parliament within the day, with lawmakers to vote on the package of tax hikes and reforms Sunday night. (AP)
  • Turkey: Warplanes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq, killing at least ten fighters, security sources said. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The top US commander for the Middle East says a series of deadly attacks by Islamic State operatives in and around Baghdad may be a sign that the militants are “reverting to their roots” as a terrorist organization. (AP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu is close to agreeing a unity government with the main opposition leader, in a move that could help revive peace talks with the Palestinians. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook appears to have been blocked in Vietnam as a part of a government-imposed crackdown on social media, amid public protests over an environmental disaster attributed to toxic discharges from a steel complex built by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquake: 34km WNW of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 32.4 km
    • Map
  • 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 (19MAY)

  • Global: 8th International Economic KazanSummit-2016 between Russia and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries (to 21MAY)
  • Asia Region: China and Thailand to hold joint military exercises (to10JUN)
  • Asia Region and Russia: Russian-ASEAN Summit to be held in Sochi (to 20MAY)
  • Russia: PACE President Agramunt to attend CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in St. Petersburg, will meet with State Duma Chairman Naryshkin
  • Turkey: Ataturk Memorial, Youth and Sports Day – 1919

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