ONS: 20 May 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 21, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An African Union human rights report called for an international police force and more military and rights observers to be sent to troubled Burundi.
  • AMERICAS: The Supreme Court ruled a state of emergency decreed in the country this week by President Nicolas Maduro is constitutional.
  • ASIA:  Beijing warned Taiwan’s newly-inaugurated leader against seeking independence, saying peace would be “impossible” if the new government attempted to move away from the mainland.
  • EUROPE: NATO’s chief says the alliance has reached “broad agreement” to seek another meeting with Russia before NATO leaders meet in Warsaw this July.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon announced his resignation, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his post to hardliner Avigdor Lieberman to expand his governing coalition.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s government fabricates and posts several hundred million social media posts a year to influence public opinion about the country, according to a new paper by US researchers examining one of the most opaque aspects of the Communist Party’s rule.

 

TOP STORY

  • Mediterranean: After searching for the downed EgyptAir flight 804, officials confirm debris from lost plane
    • Egypt’s president demanded authorities step up the search for the EgyptAir plane after conflicting reports of wreckage found.
    • The tragedy raised fears of a repeat of the OCT15 bombing of a Russian passenger jet by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group over Egypt that killed all 224 people on board.
    • French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said there was “absolutely no indication” what had caused the crash of an EgyptAir flight, despite Egyptian authorities saying terrorism was the most likely cause.
    • Investigators from France’s air accident authority and Airbus arrived in Egypt to help probe the mysterious crash of an EgyptAir plane in the Mediterranean.
    • Egypt’s military spokesman said Egyptian naval ships scouring the Mediterranean Sea found passenger belongings and parts of the fuselage of the plane.
    • AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2, AP, WP,

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Ugandan police said gunmen in northern Uganda abducted 20 villagers close to the border with South Sudan, expressing fears they were captured by a militia from their war-torn neighbor. (AFP)
  • Burundi: An African Union human rights report called for an international police force and more military and rights observers to be sent to the troubled country. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Campaigners questioned a military claim that a second Chibok schoolgirl was  rescued, but the army maintained she was one of the 219 abducted by Boko Haram. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A judge in Argentina granted a US extradition request for Colombian drug kingpin Henry de Jesus Lopez Londono, reputedly one of the most notorious cocaine traffickers in the Americas. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The Supreme Court ruled a state of emergency decreed in the country this week by President Nicolas Maduro is constitutional. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The country was to launch two days of war games, flexing its military muscle as President Nicolas Maduro battles an opposition push to have him voted out and instability from an imploding economy. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan:  An army spokesman in Helmand province, Brigadier Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, said a total of 13 Taliban fighters including three key commanders were killed in Marja district. (Xinhua)
  • China: Beijing warned Taiwan’s newly-inaugurated leader against seeking independence Friday, saying peace would be “impossible” if the new government attempted to move away from the mainland. (AFP)
  • Pakistan:  Authorities say police acting on intelligence killed 14 al-Qaida members and other militants in two separate shootouts in the center of the country. (AP)
  • Vietnam: The Catholic Church said the country released one of the longest serving prisoners of conscience, just days before US President Barack Obama is due to visit. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Union wants to strengthen procedures allowing it to suspend its visa waiver program with countries, just as Turkey looks to secure visa-free travel for its citizens. (AP)
  • Region: NATO’s chief says the alliance has reached “broad agreement” to seek another meeting with Russia before NATO leaders meet in Warsaw this July. (AP)
  • Turkey: Lawmakers voted in favor of an article of constitutional change that could see pro-Kurdish and other lawmakers prosecuted, with the voting indicating support would be sufficient to avoid a referendum on the issue. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Human Rights Watch is urging participants at an international summit to be held in Istanbul next week to press Turkey to reopen its border to Syrian asylum-seekers. (AP)
  • Israel:  Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon announced his resignation, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his post to hardliner Avigdor Lieberman to expand his governing coalition. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: China’s government fabricates and posts several hundred million social media posts a year to influence public opinion about the country, according to a new paper by U.S. researchers examining one of the most opaque aspects of the Communist Party’s rule. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm Roanu
    • 483 miles WSW of Chittatong, Bengladesh
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Movement: NE at 20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • 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 (21MAY)

  • Global: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – 2002
  • Chile: Navy Day (Battle of Iquiqie – 1879)
  • Yemen: Anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agreeing to unity – 1990

 

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