ONS: 22 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 22, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Islamist gunmen raided a village in northeastern Kenya, the interior ministry said, the latest in a string of brazen attacks by the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents.
  • AMERICAS: A bombing raid by Colombia’s army killed 18 FARC guerrillas, the deadliest attack since President Juan Manuel Santos lifted a suspension of air strikes against the group last month, an official said.
  • ASIA: The 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific free trade talks have called off a ministerial meeting scheduled later this month, Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari said.
  • EUROPE: British PM David Cameron takes his case for far-reaching reform to his EU peers as they meet six former Soviet states, some of whom would gladly swap places with London in the bloc.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Gaza’s economy is on the “verge of collapse,” a new World Bank report warned, saying the unemployment rate there is now the highest in the world.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russia’s media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws at the risk of  being blocked.

TOP STORY

  • Southeast Asia: Countries begin to address migrant problem
    • Australia hit back at criticism of its response to thousands of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia, saying it was generous towards refugees in the region.
    • Myanmar’s navy has carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat bringing 208 people to shore, an official said, after mounting international pressure on the nation to tackle a regional migration crisis.
    • Malaysian naval vessels searched for stranded boat people and the US military prepared air patrols to step up its involvement.
    • The decision by Indonesia and Malaysia to give temporary shelter to thousands of migrants stranded at sea appears to have defused a potential Southeast Asian humanitarian catastrophe, but the root causes of the crisis remain.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Anti-government protesters in the nation marched on the streets of the capital Bujumbura, defying one of the heaviest pushes by police to end weeks of demonstrations. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Islamist gunmen raided a village in the northeastern part of the country, the interior ministry said, the latest in a string of brazen attacks by the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents. (AFP)
  • Mali: At least six civilians, including one aid worker, were killed in the northern region amid clashes between separatist rebels and pro-government militia, rebels and a local source said. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: The country`s ruling party has expelled seven former top officials and suspended 13 others, an official announced, in an ongoing purge targeting allies of ex-deputy president Joice Mujuru. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country has managed to reduce social inequality, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), local governmental news Agencia Brasil said. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: A bombing raid by the country’s army killed 18 FARC guerrillas, the deadliest attack since President Juan Manuel Santos lifted a suspension of air strikes against the group last month, an official said. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Three bodies were found with their facial skin peeled off near a southern Mexican city where at least 10 people were allegedly kidnapped by an armed group last week. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: The 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific free trade talks have called off a ministerial meeting scheduled later this month, Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari said. (Kyodo)
  • Japan: Daniel Russel, US assistant secretary of state, cautioned Japan against seeking closer ties with Russia. (Kyodo)
  • North Korea: South Korea’s sanctions against the country imposed after a deadly torpedo attack on a South Korean warship should not be lifted without an apology from the North, the ruling party said. (Yonhap)
  • Philippines: The leftist New People’s Army (NPA) released two jail officers they kidnapped in southern Philippines last month, military officials said. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Thais marked one year since a military coup as the country inched ever more slowly back to the democracy promised by its installed military government. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM David Cameron takes his case for far-reaching reform to his EU peers as they meet six former Soviet states, some of whom would gladly swap places with London in the bloc. (AFP)
  • Britain: A British schoolgirl’s plan to travel to Syria to join Islamic State has been disrupted after an undercover newspaper investigation, police have said. (BBC)
  • Poland: With two days to go before the second round of Poland’s presidential election, incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski was slightly ahead with 45 percent support, a survey by pollster TNS for Gazeta.pl web portal showed. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The EU and the country have signed a 1.8 billion euro ($2 billion) loan deal in an effort to help revive the cash-strapped nation’s economy. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Assistant Secretary of State Tom Countryman is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, US officials and UN diplomats said. (Reuters)
  • Region: Gaza’s economy is on the “verge of collapse,” a new World Bank report warned, saying the unemployment rate there is now the highest in the world. (AP)
  • Iraq: A tribal leader says Islamic State militants have seized Husseiba, a small town in the country’s western Anbar province, less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, Ramadi. (AP)
  • Yemen: Saudi Arabia-led air strikes continued to target Iran’s Houthi allied fighters in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Russia’s media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws at the risk of  being blocked. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • 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 15MAY: 1,110,034 (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: 24,375
      • Deaths as of 15MAY: 178 (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)

  • Asia Region: APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting (to 24MAY)
  • Jamaica: National Labour Day

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