ONS: 22 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 23, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Africans are seeing a steady improvement in the quality of their lives, with some countries nearing world averages, according to an African Development Bank report.
  • AMERICAS: In Brazil, protesters called for President Michel Temer to step down after the supreme court opened an investigation into bribery allegations.
  • ASIA: A bomb wounded at least 20 people at a military-owned hospital in Bangkok on the third anniversary of the army’s seizing power in Thailand.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, the trial opened of more than 220 suspects accused of organizing an attempted coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel approved measures aimed at improving the Palestinian economy and facilitating crossings, rare moves said to be at Donald Trump’s request hours ahead of the US president’s arrival.
  • TECHNOLOGY: More than 100 leaked internal documents give unprecedented insight into the blueprints Facebook has used to moderate issues such as violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism and self-harm.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Advanced missile technology proclaimed ‘ready for deployment’
    • North Korea declared its medium-range Pukguksong-2 missile ready for deployment after a weekend test.
    • The latest test confirmed reliable late-stage guidance of the warhead and the functioning of a solid-fuel engine.
    • South Korea held a National Security Council meeting after the launch, and said the incident “throws cold water” on efforts to ease tensions on the peninsula.
    • This would be North Korea’s 10th detected missile launch this year.
    • Outside experts agree that the country is making progress in its stated aim of gaining the ability to strike the mainland US with nuclear weapons.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Africans are seeing a steady improvement in the quality of their lives, with some countries nearing world averages, according to an African Development Bank report. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: A fourth person has likely died from Ebola in the country’s remote northeast, the World Health Organization said, as the overall number of cases rose to 37. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country must not become a “mafia state,” admitting his African National Congress party had become associated with corruption. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said US President Donald Trump is deeply involved in “terrorist” activities and the violence that is unfolding in the South American nation. (EFE)
  • Brazil: Protesters around the country called for President Michel Temer to step down after the supreme court opened an investigation into bribery allegations. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The total number killed in recent protests rose to 48, after an opposition activist was shot dead. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines downplayed Chinese threats of war if Manila insisted on drilling for oil in the disputed South China Sea. (AP)
  • Region: Chinese authorities detained six Japanese men in March, possibly for suspected spying, a Japanese government source said. (Kyodo)
  • China: The country defended its right to investigate actions threatening national security but declined to comment on a report that authorities killed or jailed up to 20 CIA sources. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A roadside bomb killed at least five people and wounded several others in a northwest tribal region close to the Afghan border. (AP)
  • Thailand: A bomb wounded at least 20 people at a military-owned hospital in Bangkok on the third anniversary of the army’s seizing power in the country. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU urged member states to strengthen public finances and push through reforms that tackle social inequality. (AP)
  • Germany: German police evacuated the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party in Berlin after a suspicious object was found in the mailroom. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The trial opened of more than 220 suspects accused of organizing an attempted coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Two suspected Islamic State militants who were shot dead in a police operation were aiming to attack the ruling Justice and Development Party’s congress. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel approved measures aimed at improving the Palestinian economy and facilitating crossings, rare moves said to be at Donald Trump’s request hours ahead of the US president’s arrival. (AFP)
  • Region: Palestinians are holding a general strike in the West Bank in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails. (AP)
  • Iraq: An attack on a military training center in Diyala north of Baghdad killed at least four soldiers and wounded four, including two officers. (AP)
  • Syria: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack against Ahrar al-Sham fighters that killed at least 14 insurgents. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: More than 100 leaked internal documents give unprecedented insight into the blueprints Facebook has used to moderate issues such as violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism and self-harm. (Guardian)

 

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 as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 12MAY: 34,465 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 12MAY: 13,534 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 12MAY: 9 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 29APR: 1,952 (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 29APR: 693 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 13APR: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 13APR: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 13APR: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23MAY)

  • Nothing to Report

 

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