- AFRICA: Angola’s yellow fever outbreak has killed more than 300 people since December, with cases spreading to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and even China, the World Health Organization said.
- AMERICAS: A mission of the US Conference of Mayors promised to advocate for ending the US trade embargo against Cuba, which has crippled the island’s economy for more than five decades.
- ASIA: Russia’s defense ministry said it was taking unprecedented measures to upgrade its military facilities on the far-eastern Kuril Islands claimed by Japan.
- EUROPE: The G7 leaders have issued a joint declaration in which they warn that Britain leaving the EU would be a threat to the global economy.
- MIDDLE EAST: A US-led coalition has carried out at least 150 air strikes on the Islamic State group to back an offensive near the jihadists` northern Raqa stronghold.
- TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc have agreed to jointly build a subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean to meet growing demand for high-speed cloud and online services.
- Japan: US President Obama makes historic visit to Hiroshima.
- US President Barack Obama paid a solemn visit to Hiroshima to offer respects to the victims of the world’s first deployed atomic bomb and the sacrifices of the US troops that helped justify the act.
- In a speech that reviewed humanity’s history of war, Mr. Obama expressed his desire to reduce the danger of nuclear weapons.
- President Obama said the memory of 06AUG1945 must never fade, but did not apologize for the US attack.
- Following his speech, the President met with survivors of the bombing.
- Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said Obama’s visit opened new chapter of reconciliation for the US and Japan.
- Coverage: BBC, CNN, USA Today, WP, WSJ
- Region: Angola’s yellow fever outbreak has killed more than 300 people since December, with cases spreading to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and even China, the World Health Organization said. (AFP)
- Egypt: The chief investigator in last week’s EgyptAir plane crash said search teams in the Mediterranean have picked up a beacon believed to be from the doomed aircraft. (CBS)
- Nigeria: The Niger Delta Avengers militant group said they had blown up a large gas and crude pipeline operated by the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Company near the town of Warri. (Reuters)
- Region: A mission of the US Conference of Mayors promised to advocate ending the US trade embargo against Cuba, which has crippled the island’s economy for more than five decades. (Xinhua)
- United States: A new census of the American nuclear arsenal shows that the Obama administration last year dismantled its smallest number of warheads since taking office. (NYT)
- Venezuela: The country’s opposition-controlled legislature is investigating 89 alleged cases of corruption involving current and former government officials amounting to USD 69B. (AFP)
- Region: Russia’s defense ministry said it was taking unprecedented measures to upgrade its military facilities on the far-eastern Kuril Islands claimed by Japan. (AFP)
- China: The country “resolutely opposes” a probe by the US International Trade Commission into complaints of price fixing by Chinese steel companies. (Xinhua)
- Philippines: Police shot dead eight drug suspects this week, following repeated calls by president-elect Rodrigo Duterte for security forces to kill criminals. (AFP)
- Singapore: Six Bangladeshi men, who were detained last month for planning attacks in their home country, were charged for involvement in terrorism financing activities. (Reuters)
- Region: The G7 leaders have issued a joint declaration in which they warn that Britain leaving the EU would be a threat to the global economy. (Guardian)
- France: President Francois Hollande pledged he would press on with his unpopular labor reforms, despite strikes that have paralyzed the nation. (AFP)
- Turkey: The nation’s ruling Justice and Development Party is seeking a quick revision to the constitution that would allow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to renew his party political activity, sources said. (AFP)
- Bahrain: Two Bahraini policemen were wounded in clashes with protesters in Bilad al-Qadim, the hometown of jailed Shiite opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salmanthe. (AFP)
- Israel: Environment minister Avi Gabbay announced his resignation, saying the appointment of a hardline nationalist Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister had created an “extremist government”. (AFP)
- Syria: A US-led coalition has carried out at least 150 air strikes on the Islamic State group to back an offensive near the jihadists` northern Raqa stronghold. (AFP)
- Syria: Turkey accused the US of hypocrisy after US commandos in the country were photographed supporting a major ground offensive led by a Kurdish militia. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc have agreed to jointly build a subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean to meet growing demand for high-speed cloud and online services. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 19km S of Ndoi Island, Fiji
- Magnitude: 6.4
- Depth: 572.1 km
- 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 (28MAY)
- Africa Region: Anniversary of the creation of the Economic Community of West African States – 1975
- Bangladesh: Phase four of elections
- Ethiopia: Dergue Downfall Day – 1991
- 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