ONS: 25 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 25, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN, the EU and African nations urged Burundi’s government and the opposition not to let violence derail dialogue.
  • AMERICAS: Suriname goes to the polls in general elections with its convicted drug trafficker President Desi Bouterse striving to tighten his controversial grip on the reins of power.
  • ASIA: Malaysian police said they had found 139 grave sites and 28 abandoned “detention” camps capable of housing hundreds of people.
  • EUROPE: Kyrgyzstan begins joint military exercises with Russia that involve 250 Russian paratroopers and servicemen of Kyrgyzstan’s National Guard.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s state news agency, IRNA, is reporting the Islamic Republic will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent as a result of cutting subsidies.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Abe Administration unveiled a draft strategy to bolster Japan’s defense against potential cyberattacks.

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Fall of Ramadi sparks criticism from all sides in war on ISIS
    • Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has said that the city of Ramadi could be taken back from Islamic State militants “in days”.
    • Washington accused Iraqi forces of lacking the will to fight the Islamic State group, which scored a resounding victory a week earlier with the capture of Ramadi.
    • Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds unit, has accused the US of having “no will” to stop the Islamic State group.
    • Criticism from US Defense Secretary Ash Carter raises new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, NYT, WP

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The UN, the EU and African nations urged the government and the opposition not to let violence derail dialogue. (Reuters)
  • Burundi: The UN Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the killing of the leader of a Burundian opposition party in the capital Bujumbura. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Drug agents say Senator-elect Buruji Kashamu will appear in court to fight his extradition to the US on 20-year-old drug charges. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos will meet Pope Francis in mid-June as part of a European tour, Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said. (AFP)
  • Suriname: The country goes to the polls in general elections with its convicted drug trafficker President Desi Bouterse striving to tighten his controversial grip on the reins of power. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Prominent jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has announced he has gone on hunger strike demanding “freedom for political prisoners”. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Australia: The country moved to increase cooperation between its security agencies against the threat of Islamic State group militants by appointing two new counterterrorism coordinators. (AP)
  • China:  A total of 181 terror gangs have been busted after police in the northwest Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region started a sweeping anti-terror campaign a year ago. (Xinhua)
  • China: The nation has lodged a complaint with Washington over a US spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea last week, the Foreign Ministry said. (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: Police said they had found 139 grave sites and 28 abandoned “detention” camps capable of housing hundreds of people. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country’s president said, defying China’s challenges. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Kyrgyzstan begins joint military exercises with Russia that involve 250 Russian paratroopers and servicemen of Kyrgyzstan’s National Guard. (TASS)
  • Greece: Investigators were to question a Syrian caught trying to sneak tens of thousands of bullets into Turkey, a police source said. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Citizens from most EU countries living in the UK will not get a vote in the referendum on Europe, a PM source has said. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Arab army chiefs of staff have drawn up a plan for a new Arab joint force to intervene in the Mideast to combat terrorism. (AP)
  • Iran: State news agency IRNA is reporting the Islamic Republic will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent as a result of cutting subsidies. (AP)
  • Israel: A Jerusalem court sentenced former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to eight months in prison, after convicting him of corruption. (AFP)
  • Syria: The air force carried out some 15 strikes in and around the central city of Palmyra. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Abe Administration unveiled a draft strategy to bolster Japan’s defense against potential cyberattacks. (Kyodo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Sinabung, Indonesia
  • 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 (26MAY)

  • Global: Trans-Pacific Partnership countries to hold ministerial talks in Philippines (to 28MAY)
  • Europe Region: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Brussels to address the European parliament
  • Iran: Nuclear talks on drafting a final accord take place in Vienna
  • Pakistan: Belarusian President Lukashenko visits Islamabad (to 27MAY)
  • United States: President Obama hosts NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Washington, DC (to 29MAY)

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