ONS: 24 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 24, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Activists behind weeks of protests against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said they were suspending talks with the government after the murder of an opposition figure.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s security forces have killed at least five fighters from the FARC rebel group in an air strike in the north-western region of Antioquia.
  • ASIA: A group of women peace activists, led by American feminist Gloria Steinem, made a rare crossing of one of the world`s most militarized borders to promote reconciliation between North and South Korea.
  • EUROPE: Voting started in Poland’s presidential run-off election that pits challenger Andrzej Duda against incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian negotiation team has accepted inspections into the Iran’s military sites in talks with world powers for a possible nuclear deal, Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Nigeria’s biggest mobile phone operator MTN has warned that its network faces shutdown due to fuel shortages that have crippled the nation.

TOP STORY

  • Southeast Asia: Nations still search for best ways to accommodate migrants
    • Indonesia has begun search and rescue operations for stranded migrant boats carrying Bangladeshis and ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar.
    • A mass grave believed to contain bodies of Myanmar Rohingya migrants has been found by police in northern Malaysia, the home minister said.
    • Thailand refused a US request to use a maritime patrol base to help Rohingya migrants at sea in the region, a news report said, citing an unnamed military source.
    • Myanmar has enacted a population law that rights groups said targets persecuted Rohingya Muslims, a minority group at the center of a migration crisis that has seen thousands flee the country.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, DPA, DPA-2

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Activists behind weeks of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza said they were suspending talks with the government after the murder of an opposition figure. (AFP)
  • Burundi: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the killing of an opposition leader in the capital, Bujumbura. (Xinhua)
  • Ethiopia: Ethiopians voted in a parliamentary election that is expected to hand a landslide win to the ruling party. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The country’s security forces killed at least five fighters from the FARC rebel group in an air strike in the north-western region of Antioquia. (BBC)
  • Ecuador: Ecuadoran police have smashed an international drug trafficking ring that attempted to ship cocaine to China, the interior ministry said. (AFP)
  • United States: The acquittal of a white Cleveland police officer set off angry but mostly orderly protests in Ohio. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said he is beginning a hunger strike and called for a mass anti-government protest next week in a leaked video. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: A group of women peace activists, led by American feminist Gloria Steinem, made a rare crossing of one of the world`s most militarized borders to promote reconciliation between North and South Korea. (AFP)
  • Region: Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific economies agreed on details of a study to identify challenges and ways toward the creation of a region-wide free trade zone, as they wrapped up a two-day meeting in the Philippines. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints in the country’s volatile southern region, killing at least 10 officers in the ongoing assault, authorities said. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Two civilians were killed while six others wounded after a roadside bomb struck a vehicle in eastern province of Wardak, said the provincial government. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: PM Tony Abbott said that the government is expected to announce tougher measures on Australian citizens who joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Poland: Voting started in the country’s presidential run-off election that pits challenger Andrzej Duda against incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski. (DPA)
  • Russia: The US said it was “deeply troubled” after President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be “undesirable” non-governmental organizations. (AFP)
  • Spain: The Spanish “Indignado” protesters who inspired the worldwide Occupy movement are out to conquer city halls and regional governments across the country in elections. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi forces and Yemen’s Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire which blew up part of the main border crossing between the two countries overnight. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The Iranian negotiation team has accepted inspections into the country’s military sites in talks with world powers for a possible nuclear deal, Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State group seized the Iraqi side of a key border crossing with Syria after isolated government forces pulled out, a police officer and a provincial official said. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces regained ground from Islamic State militants in the country’s western region, advancing towards the city of Ramadi one week after it fell to the insurgents. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Iran-backed Houthi rebels mounted their heaviest attacks in weeks in the central Yemeni city of Taiz in an attempt to capture the strategic area, residents said. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Nigeria’s biggest mobile phone operator MTN has warned that its network faces shutdown due to fuel shortages that have crippled the nation. (AFP)

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: 26,969 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,135 (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 (25MAY)

  • Africa Region: Africa Unity Day – 1963
  • Argentina: First Government Day – 1810
  • Jordan: Jordan Independence Day / Renaissance Day – 1946
  • Middle East Region: Anniversary of the creation of the Gulf Cooperation Council – 1981
  • United States: Memorial Day

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