ONS: 25 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 26, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt has banned 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based al Jazeera television, for “supporting terrorism”
  • AMERICAS: In Ecuador, Lenin Moreno was sworn in as president, signaling a shift to the right in the country’s politics.
  • ASIA: China protested a US Navy patrol that brought a guided missile destroyer near a group of man-made islands controlled by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: US President Donald Trump met the heads of EU institutions in Brussels ahead of a summit of NATO leaders.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahrain joined Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in blocking access to websites run by Al-Jazeera, part of a growing regional dispute with Qatar.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A newly found flaw in widely used networking software leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially vulnerable to an attack similar to that caused by WannaCry.

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Manchester bombing investigation widens.
    • Intelligence sources reveal Manchester bomber Salman Abedi visited Germany just four days before launching his attack, but was not on an international database or a list of potential Islamists being tracked through Europe.
    • German authorities are investigating whether Abedi was meeting with extremist contacts in Germany, or whether he was simply on his way back to Britain from his family’s home in Libya.
    • Counter-terrorism police in Greater Manchester arrested two more men in connection with the bomb attack, bringing the number of people in UK custody to eight.
    • Police investigating the Manchester Arena bomb attack have stopped sharing information with the US after leaks to the media.
    • The ban is limited to the Manchester investigation only, as British police believe the leaks are unprecedented in their scope, frequency and potential damage.
    • British PM Theresa May is likely to meet with US President Donald Trump during Thursday’s NATO summit to address the issue of regular investigation leaks.
    • Also, bomb disposal units responded to a call at a college in Trafford in the suburbs of Manchester.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, Guardian, Guardian-2, INDE, WP

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Government security forces prevented an Amnesty International press conference to call for the release of three men jailed in 2015 for sharing a joke. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The country has banned 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based al Jazeera television, for “supporting terrorism” (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Kenyan security officers are interrogating two key suspects over terror incidents in the northeast Mandera and Garissa counties over the past two weeks. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Ten people were killed during a police operation in the northern state of Para. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Crude production at the La Cira-Infantas oil field has fallen more than 80 percent during the last week, due to protests by local residents. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: Lenin Moreno was sworn in as president, signaling a shift to the right in the country’s politics. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: China protested a US Navy patrol that brought a guided missile destroyer near a group of man-made islands controlled by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea. (AP)
  • Region: Taiwan simulated a Chinese assault as part of annual military addressing the threat from across the Taiwan Strait. (AP)
  • Indonesia: President Joko Widodo urged calm after suspected suicide bombers killed three police officers at a Jakarta bus terminal in an attack that authorities believe is highly likely to be linked to the Islamic State group. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea reiterated its diplomacy-based approach to the issue of North Korea’s nuclear program. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Philippine security forces bombed the city of Marawi as they battled Islamist militants who were holding hostages and reported to have murdered at least 11 civilians. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: US President Donald Trump met the heads of EU institutions in Brussels ahead of a summit of NATO leaders. (Reuters)
  • Region: NATO will approve counterterrorism measures that alliance officials hope will expand its security role, in a bow to repeated calls by visiting US President Donald Trump. (WSJ)
  • Estonia: Government minister Mihhail Korb resigned for saying that he did not support his country‘s membership of the NATO military alliance. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Bahrain joined Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in blocking access to websites run by Al-Jazeera, part of a growing regional dispute with Qatar. (AP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units initiated a new advance to recapture areas scattered near Iraqi-Syrian border in west of Mosul. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The UN urged the country to improve conditions for Palestinians in custody, especially the more than 1,000 whose hunger-strike was into its 38th day. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The UN urged authorities in Houthi-controlled Sanaa to investigate a “grave attack” on the convoy of the UN envoy to the country. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A newly found flaw in widely used networking software leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially vulnerable to an attack similar to that caused by WannaCry. (Reuters)

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 (26MAY)

  • Global: G-7 Summit to be held in Taormina, Sicily, Italy (to 27MAY)
  • Europe: CIS Council of Heads of Government to meet in Kazan, Russia
  • Europe: NATO Parliamentary Assembly to meet in Brussels (to 29MAY)
  • Tunisia: The first public hearing into the June 2015 attack in the Tunisian resort of Sousse that killed 38 foreign tourists

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