ONS: 26 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 26, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Thirteen Kenyan police are missing following an overnight ambush by suspected Shebab militants in the northeast of the country close to the border with Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian military killed at least five FARC guerrillas in the northwest of the country Monday, part of a new offensive that has challenged ongoing peace talks with the rebel group.
  • ASIA: Australian PM Tony Abbott is facing opposition from within his own ranks over a proposal that the Immigration Minister be given the power to strip an Australian of his or her sole citizenship.
  • EUROPE: An opposition party candidate has been hospitalized after being shot in the knee while campaigning for Turkey’s general elections on June 7.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China will outpace the US to become the world’s largest 4G market this year.

 

TOP STORY

  • Southeast Asia: South China Sea dispute beginning to involve more countries
    • China is comparing its controversial island reclamation project in the South China Sea to ordinary construction going on in other parts of the country.
    • China outlined its defense strategy to boost its naval capability farther from its shores on Tuesday, saying it faced a grave and complex array of security threats including in the disputed South China Sea.
    • Taiwan proposed a peace initiative on Tuesday to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
    • Japanese troops will take part in a major US-Australian military exercise for the first time in July, as Washington looks to bolster links among its allies in the face of an increasingly assertive China.
    • The United States does not recognize China’s territorial claims, and other claimants — including several U.S. allies — are alarmed by China’s recent move to reclaim and militarize islands in the region.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, CNN, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The government on Tuesday condemned mounting diplomatic pressure over President Pierre Nkurunziza`s controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive term, signaling it would not bow to international criticism. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Thirteen Kenyan police are missing following an overnight ambush by suspected Shebab militants in the northeast of the country close to the border with Somalia. (AFP)
  • Libya: Two suspects in an April attack on the South Korean embassy in the nation have been arrested, Seoul’s foreign ministry said. (Yonhap)
  • Mali: Militants opened fire on two Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers in the capital, Bamako, on Monday, killing one and wounding the other. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil:  The number of dengue fever cases in Brazil is expected to further increase. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The Colombian military killed at least five FARC guerrillas in the northwest of the country Monday, part of a new offensive that has challenged ongoing peace talks with the rebel group. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: A female lawmaker with the governing Alianza Pais movement identified as M.E.G. was arrested for allegedly receiving $800,000 from a company that supplied infrastructure services to the state (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two police personnel and four assailants were killed after militants attacked a local court office in Maidan Shar city, capital of eastern Afghan province of Wardak on Tuesday, authorities said. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Six people, all civilians, sustained injuries as three short-range BM-1 type rockets slammed into Pul-e-Khumri city, the capital of northern Baghlan province on Tuesday. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: PM Tony Abbott is facing opposition from within his own ranks over a proposal that the Immigration Minister be given the power to strip an Australian of his or her sole citizenship. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: Immigration authorities prevented Joshua Wong, a prominent Hong Kong student leader from entering the country. (DPA)
  • North Korea: Leader Kim Jong-Un has hailed the recent test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) — which was viewed with wary skepticism outside the reclusive state — as a miraculous leap forward. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Online retail giant Amazon said it has started declaring sales made in major European markets. (AFP)
  • Austria: A 15-year-old Austrian schoolboy with alleged ties to Islamist extremists and accused of intending to bomb a Vienna train station went on trial Tuesday facing up to five years in prison. (AFP)
  • Turkey: An opposition party candidate has been hospitalized after being shot in the knee while campaigning for the country’s general elections on June 7. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia’s envoy over an airstrike near Tehran’s embassy in Yemen. (AP)
  • Iran: The trial of Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post journalist detained in the country for almost 10 months on charges that include “espionage” has opened in the capital Tehran behind closed doors. (BBC)
  • Iraq: The country on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province. (AP)
  • Israel: An Israeli newspaper says PM Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to renew peace talks with the Palestinians. (AP)
  • Yemen: Almost two-thirds of the population of the war-torn country have no access to clean water, relief agency Oxfam said Tuesday. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: China will outpace the US to become the world’s largest 4G market this year. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Wolf Volcano, Galapagos Islands
  • 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 (27MAY)

  • Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan Republic Day
  • Japan and United States: Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga will visit Washington and Hawaii to convey local opposition to the relocation of a U.S. military base (to 05JUN)

 

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