ONS: 20 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 20, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Burundian President Nkurunziza postponed parliamentary elections by at least one week to 05JUN, following weeks of violent protests and a failed coup.

  • AMERICAS: Canadian police arrested 10 young people as they allegedly tried to leave the country to join ISIS.

  • ASIA: North Korea’s National Defense Commission said it has succeeded in miniaturizing its nuclear weapons, a development which could allow them to be delivered by missile.

  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Poroshenko said that his country was fighting a “real war” with Russia that could escalate at any time.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian local media reported that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ruled out allowing nuclear inspectors to visit military sites or to question scientists.

  • TECHNOLOGY: A 2015 report by the Financial Stability Oversight Council said online attacks by hackers are a growing threat to the stability of the US financial system.


TOP STORY

  • Malaysia and Indonesia: Governments to change policy on rejecting migrant boats.

    • Malaysian FM Anifah Aman, in a joint press appearance with Indonesian FM Retno Marsudi, announced that “the towing and the shooing (away of boats) is not going to happen” any more.

    • Malaysian FM Anifah Aman also said that “we also agreed to offer them temporary shelter provided that the resettlement and repatriation process will be done in one year by the international community”.

    • Malaysian FM Anifah said Malaysian intelligence estimates put the number of people still stranded at sea at about 7,000 people.

    • A flotilla of Indonesian fishermen rescued more than 430 migrants who were stranded at sea and brought them ashore shortly before the announcement.

    • Burma, whose policies toward its ethnic Rohingya minority are widely blamed for fuelling the human flow, offered to provide humanitarian aid to migrants.

    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, Kyodo, Reuters


AFRICA

  • Region: Greenpeace said that Chinese companies have been illegally fishing off the coast of West Africa and concealed their activities by sending incorrect location data. (AFP)

  • Burundi: President Nkurunziza postponed parliamentary elections by at least one week to 05JUN, following weeks of violent protests and a failed coup. (AFP)

  • Egypt: The government appointed judge Ahmed al-Zend as Justice Minister to replace his predecessor who has recently resigned over anti-poor statements. (Xinhua)

  • South Sudan: Rebels led by former VP Macha said their forces control great parts of Foluj oil field, the main oil-producing field in Upper Nile State. (Xinhua)


AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A journalists’ union said that an investigative reporter was found decapitated in southeastern Minas Gerais state as he followed leads in a drug-dealing case. (AFP)

  • Canada: Police arrested 10 young people as they allegedly tried to leave the country to join ISIS. (AFP)

  • Colombia: President Santos said Defense Minister Pinzon will take over as ambassador to the US and current ambassador to the US Luis Carlos Villegas will be the new Defense Minister. (AFP)

  • Venezuela: National Assembly chief Diosdado Cabello fiercely denied any involvement in the drug trade. (AP)


ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least a dozen Afghan police officers were killed in a series of insurgent attacks on checkpoints in Uruzgan province. (AP)

  • India: Two military troopers were wounded in a militant attack in Heff-Shirmal village in Kashmir. (Xinhua)

  • Korea, North: The National Defense Commission said it has succeeded in miniaturizing its nuclear weapons, a development which could allow them to be delivered by missile. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Taliban insurgents gunned down a senior counter-terrorism policeman as he was taking his daughter to school in Peshawar. (AFP)


EUROPE

  • Macedonia: Rival political camps protested for the fourth straight day as talks between the prime minister and the opposition still appeared to be deadlocked. (AFP)

  • Turkey: Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu accused the government of delivering arms to Islamist rebels in Syria. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: National Security Council head Turchynov said the country is open to hosting a ballistic missile-defense system to ward off the potential risk of attacks from Russia. (AP)

  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko said that his country was fighting a “real war” with Russia that could escalate at any time. (AFP)


MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ruled out allowing nuclear inspectors to visit military sites or to question scientists. (AFP)

  • Israel: PM Netanyahu ordered the suspension of a measure banning Palestinians from riding the same buses as Jewish settlers when returning from the country to the West Bank. (AFP)

  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that ISIS militants were clashing with government forces on the northern and eastern edges of Palmyra. (AFP)

  • Yemen: Saudi-led coalition jets targeted Sanaa in what witnesses described as the most violent bombing of the campaign so far, prompting residents to flee. (AFP)


TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A 2015 report by the Financial Stability Oversight Council said online attacks by hackers are a growing threat to the stability of the US financial system. (AFP)


WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: 128km WNW of Pangai, Tonga

    • Magnitude: 6.0

    • Depth: 180.3 km

    • Map

  • 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 18MAY: 1118 (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 18MAY: 423 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2


TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21MAY)

  • Global: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

  • Armenia and Azerbaijan: Representatives of both countries will have talks on settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the sidelines of the Riga Summit (to 22MAY)

  • Chile: Navy Day (Battle of Iquiqie – 1879)

  • Europe Region: Summit of the Eastern Partnership to take place in Riga, Latvia

  • United States & Cuba: Continue discussions to re-open embassies


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