ONS: 26 May 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 27, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Greece has shut down its airspace for flights from Libya until 08SEP, fueling speculation of a first step for a possible NATO mission in the nation.
  • AMERICAS: A Romanian citizen has been convicted in New York of conspiring to sell military-grade weapons to informants who said they wanted to shoot down American helicopters in Colombia.
  • ASIA: The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, due to new US weapons systems.
  • EUROPE: Turkey must uphold its side of a deal made with the EU over stemming the flow of migrants, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said, warning “threats” against the bloc will not work.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, only 800 people have been able to flee Fallujah since Iraqi forces launched a major offensive to retake the city, the UN said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Bangladesh police are reviewing a nearly forgotten 2013 cyber heist at the nation’s largest commercial bank for connections to February’s USD 81M heist at the country’s central bank.

TOP STORY

  • Group of Seven: Global conference begins with focus on world economy.
    • Leaders from the world’s top seven industrialized nations gathered in Japan for what will be US President Barack Obama’s last such meeting before leaving office.
    • Group of Seven leaders voiced concern about emerging economies as their host, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, made a pointed comparison to the 2008 global financial crisis.
    • Abe presented documents showing that commodity prices had fallen by 55 percent between 2014 and January 2016, similar to the margin by which they fell in 2008-2009, among other data.
    • In addition to the economy, the world leaders were expected to discuss trade, politics, climate change, and energy.
    • Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, Reuters, USA Today, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: The party of President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has won municipal elections seen as a key step in the country’s transition to democracy from the authoritarian rule. (AFP)
  • Libya: Greece has shut down its airspace for flights from the country until 08SEP, fueling speculation of a first step for a possible NATO mission in the nation. (DPA)
  • Uganda: The son of President Yoweri Museveni, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, has rejected claims that he plans to succeed his father. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan authorities dismantled a drug-trafficking ring with links to a Mexican cartel after seizing more than 3.4 metric tons of cocaine. (AP)
  • Brazil: Thousands of citizens lined up at a Rio jobs fair, desperate to escape the country’s economic nosedive. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A Romanian citizen has been convicted in New York of conspiring to sell military-grade weapons to informants who said they wanted to shoot down American helicopters in the country. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, due to new US weapons systems. (Guardian)
  • Australia: Counter-terrorism police arrested a 24-year-old man in Sydney on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack, the latest in a string of arrests connected with radical Islamist-inspired violence. (Reuters)
  • Bangladesh: Police said they suspect local Islamists may have murdered a one-legged Hindu shop owner who was hacked to death outside his store, the latest in a wave of killings of liberals and religious minorities. (AFP)
  • Japan: The Okinawa assembly prepared a protest calling for the withdrawal of US Marines from the island prefecture following the arrest of a civilian US base worker linked to the death of a local woman. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey must uphold its side of a deal made with the EU over stemming the flow of migrants, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said, warning “threats” against the bloc will not work. (AFP)
  • Region: Germany says the EU is facing difficult talks on extending sanctions against Russia due to the increased resistance of some member states. (AFP)
  • Estonia: Prime Minister Taavi Roivas is asking for a permanent presence of NATO troops in the Baltic states. (DPA)
  • Spain: Police say 11 people were injured in a third consecutive night of clashes with protesters supporting squatters in the northeastern city of Barcelona. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Israeli air force carried out attacks on the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack targeting the Jewish state. (AFP)
  • Region: Syria was the most dangerous place for health care workers to operate last year, ahead of other conflict zones like the Palestinian territories, and Yemen, the World Health Organization said. (AFP)
  • Iraq: PM Haider al-Abadi has appealed to Iraqis to postpone weekly Friday protests so that security forces can focus on a key military operation aimed at retaking the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Iraq: Only 800 people have been able to flee Fallujah since Iraqi forces launched a major offensive to retake the city, the UN said. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Bangladesh police are reviewing a nearly forgotten 2013 cyber heist at the nation’s largest commercial bank for connections to February’s USD 81M heist at the country’s central bank. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Ash eruption 2.5 km into the sky. (Xinhua)
  • 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 (27MAY)

  • Azerbaijan: Republic Day
  • Colombia: Anniversary of FARC founded – 1964
  • Europe Region: NATO Parliamentary Assembly to be held in Tirana, Albania (to 31MAY)
  • Japan: US President Barack Obama to visit Hiroshima
  • Kyrgyzstan: Country to host the next session of the Council of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

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