ONS: 25 May 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 26, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian authorities have deported French journalist Remy Pigaglio without explanation.
  • AMERICAS: The Brazilian congress approved a deficit spending plan proposed by the interim government of President Michel Temer.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif met with US Ambassador David Hale to express Islamabad’s serious concerns over the drone strike that killed the former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour.
  • EUROPE: In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet is meeting to finalize details of new measures to help integrate some 1.1 million migrants into German society.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a coalition deal that will make far-right opposition legislator Avigdor Lieberman defense minister and broaden a razor-thin governing majority in parliament.
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Korea’s Air Force website has been experiencing problems for 13 days due to an unidentified hacking attack.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Taliban confirms leader Mansour’s death, names successor.
    • The Taliban broke their silence over the death of their leader, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, confirming in a statement that he had been killed in an American drone strike.
    • Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada has been named as Mansour’s successor.
    • A senior Taliban source said Akhundzada’s hard-line views, including his opposition to peace talks with the Afghan government and the US, were popular among the militants.
    • Akhundzada is a religious scholar known for issuing public statements justifying the existence of the extremist Taliban and their war against the Afghan government, but lacks military experience.
    • Coverage: BBC, CBS, CNN, LAT, NBC, NYT, WP

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Gunmen killed a policeman and a civilian in a nighttime raid, the latest in a string of attacks in the country. (AFP)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Public demonstrations have been banned in parts of the country ahead of a planned opposition rally to denounce a controversial court ruling allowing President Joseph Kabila to remain in power beyond his mandate. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Authorities have deported French journalist Remy Pigaglio without explanation. (AP)
  • Eritrea: In a speech, President Isaias Afwerki claimed the exodus of youth to Europe is a deliberate policy fomented by foreign powers to weaken the country. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Congress approved a deficit spending plan proposed by the interim government of President Michel Temer. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Protesters seeking to drive President Nicolas Maduro from office have vowed fresh street rallies today and Thursday. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The country reported irregularities in signatures handed over by the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) in a petition to hold a referendum to oust President Nicolas Maduro. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: The South China Sea dispute and China’s aggressive actions were a highlight of the annual meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ defense ministers in the Laotian capital Vientiane. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: A Taliban suicide bomber targeted a minibus carrying court employees in Kabul, killing 11 people. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif met with US Ambassador David Hale to express Islamabad’s serious concerns over the drone strike that killed the former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: The nation appealed for foreign aid to recover from massive floods that caused an estimated $2 billion worth of damage and claimed more than 100 lives. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: The country has started using its fuel reserves to deal with gasoline shortages caused by strikes and protests over a bill weakening worker protections. (AP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet is meeting to finalize details of new measures to help integrate some 1.1 million migrants into German society. (AP)
  • Spain: Six police officers were slightly injured in a second night of clashes with protesters supporting squatters in the northeastern city of Barcelona. (AP)
  • Switzerland: Swiss regional authorities reversed one school’s controversial decision to grant exemptions for Muslim students wary of touching the opposite sex. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Government forces pushed towards Islamic State group bastion Fallujah from areas to the south as part of operations to retake the city from jihadists. (AFP)
  • Israel: B’Tselem, a leading Israeli rights group, announced it was giving up taking complaints over soldier conduct to the military, after years of going through official channels brought few prosecutions. (AFP)
  • Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a coalition deal that will make far-right opposition legislator Avigdor Lieberman defense minister and broaden a razor-thin governing majority in parliament. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the country’s warring parties were closer to agreement at peace talks in Kuwait. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: South Korea’s Air Force website has been experiencing problems for 13 days due to an unidentified hacking attack. (Yonhap)

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 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20MAY: 100,672 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20MAY: 13,443
      • Deaths: 84
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (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 16MAY: 1,733 (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 16MAY: 628 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 19MAY:  American Samoa, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 19MAY: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 19MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26MAY)

  • Global: G7 Summit in Mie Prefecture, Japan (to 27MAY)
  • Global: UN climate talks in Bonn to end
  • France: State of emergency to expire
  • Guyana: Anniversary of independence from the UK – 1966

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