ONS: 23 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 24, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gambian authorities seized assets including 86 bank accounts and 131 properties linked to former president Yahya Jammeh.
  • AMERICAS: Officials said President Trump asked two of the top US intelligence officials to help him push back against the FBI Russian collusion probe.
  • ASIA: South Korea fired warning shots at an unidentified object flying south from rival North Korea, which may have been a North Korean drone.
  • EUROPE: EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen said grant money from his grouping is meant to promote development, not system change, in foreign countries.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Trump said he will “do everything” to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace, after meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
  • TECHNOLOGY: More evidence emerged that North Korean hackers were behind the WannaCry global ransomware attack that still holds hundreds of thousands of computers hostage.

 

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Suicide bomber kills 22 at Manchester concert.
    • A lone attacker blew himself up at a pop concert filled with teenagers and their parents killing 22 people in an apparent effort to harm as many young people as possible in the city of Manchester.
    • British PM Theresa May chaired an emergency Cabinet meeting and said the explosion was being treated as an “appalling terrorist attack.”
    • Ian Hopkins, the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, said the authorities are now trying to determine whether the attacker, whose nationality he declined to identify, was working on his own or with the assistance of a network.
    • Campaigning in the UK general election has been suspended as party leaders expressed their horror at the attack.
    • Countries from the US to Japan and Singapore are now considering tightening security ahead of major theater and sports events.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Conflict has forced at least 1.5M people to flee their homes within the country this year. (Reuters)
  • The Gambia: Gambian authorities seized assets including 86 bank accounts and 131 properties linked to former president Yahya Jammeh. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The country declared a unilateral ceasefire and promised to release political prisoners, with no guarantee of agreement from the rebels. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela rejected Colombia’s explanation for the deployment of Colombian armored vehicles along the countries’ shared border. (EFE)
  • United States: Officials said President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials to help him push back against the FBI Russian collusion probe. (WP)
  • Venezuela: Doctors rallied in the latest street protests against President Nicolas Maduro as the death toll climbed to 49 with the deepening unrest entering its eighth week. (Al-Jazeera)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US delivered six coastal patrol boats to Vietnam’s coast guard, expanding the two nation’s security cooperation amid tension in the disputed South China Sea. (AP)
  • Region: Raytheon Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp are working on rival projects to develop new radars to enhance Japan’s shield against any North Korean missile strike. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea fired warning shots at an unidentified object flying south from rival North Korea, which may have been a North Korean drone. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The country’s army cleared itself of allegations that troops may have carried out ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, despite contrary UN reports. (AFP)
  • South Korea: Former President Park Geun-hye denied that she engaged in bribery and leaking government secrets at the start of her criminal trial. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen said grant money from his grouping is meant to promote development, not system change, in foreign countries. (AP)
  • Region: The Commonwealth of Independence States is planning to create a joint aerospace defense system for the destruction of space attack weapons. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Germany’s highest court upheld a complaint by a Syrian whose asylum claim was rejected because he’d already been granted asylum in Greece. (AP)
  • Russia: The country doesn’t expect sanctions against it to be dropped soon, Vladimir Markin, speaker of Russian Federation Council said. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US President Trump said he will “do everything” to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace, after meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. (BBC)
  • Bahrain: Police opened fire on a long-running sit-in in support of leading Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassimon in the town of Diraz. (AFP)
  • Syria: US-led air strikes in the country killed a total of 225 civilians over the past month, the highest 30-day toll since the campaign began in 2014. (AFP)
  • Syria: A car bomb killed four people and wounded more than two dozen in the city of Homs, days after the government regained full control. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Members of the US Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6 killed seven militants in an early raid on a compound associated with Al Qaeda. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: More evidence emerged that North Korean hackers were behind the WannaCry global ransomware attack that still holds hundreds of thousands of computers hostage. (NYT)

 

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)
    • 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 (24MAY)

  • Europe: Leaders of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to meet with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini for a working dinner in Brussels
  • Eritrea: Eritrean Independence Day – 1993
  • Ethiopia: Anniversary of Israel’s Operation Solomon, when it evacuated Ethiopian Jews to Israel – 1991
  • Israel: Anniversary of Israeli troops withdrawing from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation – 2000
  • The Holy See: US President Trump to visit the Vatican, and meet with Pope Francis

 

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