ONS: 27 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 27, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Burundi’s main opposition parties said holding of free and fair elections next week was “impossible” and that the result would not be recognized if they take place.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro said his government opened talks with a special envoy of US President Obama and that the talks are “going well”.
  • ASIA: Nuclear envoys from South Korea, Japan and the US agreed to step up pressure on North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons, while keeping diplomatic options “open.”
  • EUROPE: A top NATO commander said that “continual attacks” against Ukraine were hampering Kiev’s efforts to modernize its army enough to one day join the Western military alliance.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Iraqi military spokesman said ISIS militants carried out multiple suicide attacks targeting the army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US cable company Charter Communications announced it is acquiring Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at USD78.7 billion.

 

TOP STORY

  • Burma: Government to continue efforts to address illegal migration amid mixed domestic response.
    • Several hundred Buddhist nationalists protested in Yangon against mounting international pressure for the country to stem the exodus of Muslim Rohingya migrants and aid those still stranded at sea.
    • Protesters carried banners reading, “The boat people are not from Myanmar” and “The UN and the international media are making up stories!”
    • The UN and Burma vowed to cooperate in tackling “boat people” issue both nationally and regionally.
    • The UN’s refugee agency said that hundreds more could still be stranded at sea with diminishing supplies of food and water.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The main opposition parties said holding of free and fair elections next week was “impossible” and that the result would not be recognized if they take place. (AFP)
  • Libya: The internationally recognized government said that PM Thinni escaped an assassination attempt in the eastern city of Tobruk. (DPA)
  • Madagascar: Parliament voted overwhelmingly to dismiss President Rajaonarimanpianina for alleged constitutional violations and general incompetence. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Six people were killed and four wounded in a clash between drug-cartel gunmen and an indigenous militia in the western state of Michoacan. (EFE)
  • Peru: Authorities mobilized security forces in response to a grenade explosion in Lima that damaged the building of a financial institution and some homes in the Miraflores district. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said his government opened talks with a special envoy of US President Obama and that the talks are “going well”. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Nuclear envoys from South Korea, Japan and the US agreed to step up pressure on North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons, while keeping diplomatic options “open.” (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Police ended a multi-hour Taliban siege of a guesthouse owned by a prominent political family, the latest attack on a venue frequented by foreigners in Kabul. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least three policemen were killed when gunmen opened fire at their vehicle in Karachi. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The junta confirmed that elections will not be held until September 2016. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Denmark: PM Thorning-Schmidt called a general election for June 18, even as opinion polls showed her center-left coalition trailing the opposition. (Reuters)
  • Finland: The three center-right parties vying to form a new government agreed on all details in their platform, and were to present it later in the day. (DPA)
  • Ukraine: A top NATO commander said that “continual attacks” against the country were hampering Kiev’s efforts to modernize its army enough to one day join the Western military alliance. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron’s Conservatives are to unveil their program for government in a speech scripted by Cameron’s center-right government and delivered by Queen Elizabeth II. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A military spokesman said ISIS militants carried out multiple suicide attacks targeting the army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Amnesty International accused Hamas of committing war crimes against fellow Palestinians to “settle scores” during last year’s Gaza war with Israel, executing at least 23 people. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Arab warplanes and ships bombed the country’s largest military port in the Red Sea city of Hodaida, heavily damaging the facility and partly destroying two warships. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US cable company Charter Communications announced it is acquiring Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at USD78.7 billion. (AFP)

 

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: 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 (28MAY)

  • Africa Region: Anniversary of the creation of the Economic Community of West African States – 1975
  • Nepal: Nepal National Day, anniversary of Constituent Assembly declaring Nepal as a federal republic – 2008
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of the creation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization – 1964
  • Turkey: Anniversary of Gezi Park protests near Taksim Square – 2013
  • Yemen: A United Nations conference to re-launch political talks in Yemen will open in Geneva

 

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