ONS: 28 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 28, 2015

Overnight News Summary

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, an al-Shabaab spokesman said that senior leader Hassan Abdullah Hersi Turki had died of natural causes.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos warned the military to stay prepared for conflict after FARC rebels dropped their unilateral ceasefire.
  • ASIA: In South Korea, the US Army said that as many as 22 personnel may have been exposed to anthrax during a laboratory training exercise at a US military base in the country.
  • EUROPE: Serbian PM Vucic said his country will accept US calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas supplies by adding a pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, the leader of the Nusra Front said they have no plans to attack the West and denies that the Khorasan group exists.
  • TECHNOLOGY: CNN reported that a data breach that affected some 100,000 US tax filers appears to have originated in Russia.

 

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron to meet EU leaders amid competing EU policy pushes.
    • PM Cameron starts a two-day tour of European capitals including Paris and Berlin in a push to secure EU reforms before a referendum on whether the UK should leave.
    • Foreign Secretary Hammond said the UK needs the EU to agree to amend its founding treaties as part of its renegotiation drive.
    • French FM Fabius said a British referendum on whether to leave the EU was “very risky”.
    • EU nations and legislators reached a deal in principle to create a fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros in private- and public-sector investment.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, BBC, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Niger: Authorities released a journalist and human rights activist on bail after he was arrested for “collaborating” with Boko Haram Islamists earlier in the week. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Authorities increased security in and around Abuja amid final preparations for the inauguration on Friday of Muhammadu Buhari as president. (AFP)
  • Somalia: An al-Shabaab spokesman said that senior leader Hassan Abdullah Hersi Turki had died of natural causes. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US government called talks held with Caracas in recent weeks “positive and productive” and said that it hopes they continue. (EFE)
  • Region: A US senator leading a delegation to Cuba predicted the two countries are weeks away from full diplomatic relations. (AP)
  • Brazil: Several hundred protesters gathered in Brasilia to demand the impeachment of President Rousseff after they completed a 1,000-kilometer march on the capital. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos warned the military to stay prepared for conflict after FARC rebels dropped their unilateral ceasefire. (AFP)
  • United States: The US EPA unveiled expanded safeguards for streams and wetlands that supply drinking water to more than 100 million people. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Law and Justice Minister Huq said the government is moving to set up seven special courts across the country to try people smugglers. (AFP)
  • China: Hong Kong Chief executive Leung Chun-ying was challenged to step down as he clashed with pro-democracy lawmakers over the government’s controversial electoral reform package. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The US Army said that as many as 22 personnel may have been exposed to anthrax during a laboratory training exercise at a US military base in the country. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Six prominent protest leaders were sentenced to two years in prison for storming the prime minister’s office compound during massive anti-government rallies in 2008. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: FM Fabius said that European countries “aren’t doing many things” against ISIS, even as hundreds of European extremists have joined the group. (AP)
  • Greece: The country’s fourth-largest party, pro-EU To Potami, pledged to back a new deal between the country and its creditors. (AFP)
  • Serbia: PM Vucic said his country will accept US calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas supplies by adding a pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan. (AP)
  • Serbia: Far-right leader Vojislav Seselj said he will launch a legal battle to fight the order to return to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Two Saudi border guards were killed and five others wounded by shellfire on the frontier with Yemen. (AFP)
  • Iran: FM Zarif warned global powers against making “excessive demands” in talks aimed at sealing a nuclear deal, after France demanded access to its military installations. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Authorities exhumed the remains of 470 people believed to have been executed by jihadists near Tikrit last year. (AFP)
  • Syria: The leader of the Nusra Front said they have no plans to attack the West and denies that the Khorasan group exists. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: CNN reported that a data breach that affected some 100,000 US tax filers appears to have originated in Russia. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression One-E
    • Location: 685 miles SW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (29MAY)

  • Global: International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • Japan: Japan and the European Union will hold an annual summit in Tokyo
  • Nigeria: Nigeria handover to winner of elections mandated
  • Singapore:  Asia Security Summit in Singapore (until 31MAY)
  • Thailand: Thailand will host a regional summit on the flow of migrants through the Bay of Bengal

 

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