ONS: 21 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 21, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Burundian Defense Minister Ntahonvukiye called for army unity after a failed coup against President Nkurunziza and demanded soldiers hiding to “rejoin their units.”
  • AMERICAS: In Haiti, former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe submitted papers to run for president, after he repeatedly said he had no plans to run.
  • ASIA: South Korea said that the South Korean and Japanese defense ministers will hold talks for the first time in four years on the sidelines of the  29MAY-31MAY Asia Security Summit in Singapore.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Merkel said a return of Russia to the Group of Seven major industrialized democracies was “unimaginable” as long as it flouts international law in Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, monitoring groups reported that ISIS controls more than half of the country’s territory after its westwards advance into the central city of Palmyra.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Justice Department warned lawmakers that the NSA will have to begin winding down its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by the end of the week if Congress does not reauthorize the Patriot Act.

TOP STORY

  • Burma and Malaysia: Governments to increase efforts to meet migrant crisis.
    • Malaysian PM Najib Razak said he had ordered the Navy and coastguard to conduct search and rescue operations for boats carrying migrants including ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar.
    • Malaysian FM Anifah Aman was to visit Burma to discuss the thousands of migrants from Myanmar’s Rohingya ethnic minority.
    • Burma’s presidential office said that the government will take part in talks about human smuggling and illegal migration.
    • Australian PM Abbott ruled out helping resettle the wave of migrants fleeing to Southeast Asia, saying it would worsen the problem and “encourage people to get on boats.”
    • Thai police officials said that years of political violence in Bangkok have strained police resources, delaying investigations into human trafficking in the south of the country and allowing the illicit trade to flourish.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, BBC, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Defense Minister Ntahonvukiye called for army unity after a failed coup against President Nkurunziza and demanded soldiers hiding to “rejoin their units.” (AFP)
  • Sierra Leone: The government criticized citizens flouting quarantine restrictions after the WHO revealed the country and Guinea had seen cases quadruple in a week. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The US condemned intense fighting in the country as government forces recaptured a key rebel enclave after a weeks-long assault amid accusations of rights abuses. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region:  A small plane from Venezuela with more than a ton of cocaine on board crashed into the Caribbean while being pursued by Colombia’s air force. (AP)
  • Canada: The country is to hold a national conference next month to discuss ways of preventing young people in the country from pursuing jihadism. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: The heads of the central bank and of the IGSS health-insurance agency were arrested on suspicion of corruption. (EFE)
  • Haiti: Former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe submitted papers to run for president, after he repeatedly said he had no plans to run. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea said that the South Korean and Japanese defense ministers will hold talks for the first time in four years on the sidelines of the  29MAY-31MAY Asia Security Summit in Singapore. (AFP)
  • Region: China called for restraint after North Korea claimed to have developed the ability to deliver miniaturised warheads on high-precision long range rockets. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: President Ghani said clearing up “historical misunderstandings” between Kabul and Islamabad would help peace talks with the Taliban. (DPA)
  • India: Hundreds of government forces are patrolling the streets of Kashmir’s Srinagar to stop a rally by separatists to mark the anniversaries of the assassinations of two Kashmiri leaders. (AP)
  • Korea, South: President Park Geun-Hye selected her justice minister to become the new prime minister. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel said a return of Russia to the Group of Seven major industrialized democracies was “unimaginable” as long as it flouts international law in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Region: Diplomatic sources reported that Armenia and Belarus are holding up agreement on a joint declaration at the EU-Eastern Partnership summit over references to Russia’s annexation of Crimea last year. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The Verkhovna Rada voted to suspend military cooperation with Russia. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: The government reported that annual net migration increased by 52 percent to its highest level for almost a decade, as PM Cameron was expected to unveil new measures to reduce immigration. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The military said it had thwarted a third attempt by ISIS to break through defensive lines east of the city of Ramadi. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman urged PM Netanyahu to cancel talks with the head of parliament’s Arab parties, accusing him of granting legitimacy to “terror supporters.” (AFP)
  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that ISIS controls more than half of the country’s territory after its westwards advance into the central city of Palmyra. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US Justice Department warned lawmakers that the NSA will have to begin winding down its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by the end of the week if Congress does not reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 184km W of Lata, Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 12.0 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 (22MAY)

  • Chile: Anniversary of a 9.5-magnitude earthquake, the biggest ever recorded, kills 5,700 people in Chile while the tsunami it triggers leaves 130 dead in Japan and 61 in Hawaii -1960
  • Thailand: Anniversary of junta coup – 2014
  • Vietnam: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Vietnam

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