- AFRICA: Malawian authorities announced that nearly half the population faces severe food shortages in the coming year.
- AMERICAS: An Argentine court found fifteen ex-military officials guilty of conspiring to kidnap and assassinate leftist dissidents in the 1970s and 80s.
- ASIA: Sri Lankan authorities announced that 100 people still missing after landslides last week are now assumed to be dead.
- EUROPE: Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former NATO Secretary-General and Danish prime minister, has been named an adviser to Ukraine’s president.
- MIDDLE EAST: US-led coalition strikes killed 70 Islamic State militants in Fallujah, Iraq, including the group’s commander.
- TECHNOLOGY: Security researchers say North Korea might be responsible for the theft of over $100 million from the Central Bank of Bangladesh.
- Japan: Mixed reactions to US President Obama’s visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial
- The bombs that the United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 killed more than 200,000 people.
- This was the first visit by a sitting US president to Hiroshima.
- In his speech President Obama did not explicitly apologize for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but acknowledged that the the use of atomic weapons caused great suffering.
- After his speech President Obama spoke personally with victims of the Hiroshima bombing.
- China and North Korea criticized President Obama’s decision to visit the site, calling him hypocritical.
- The president also faced criticism in the US by opponents who argued that the use of nuclear weapons was necessary at the time.
- The visit left some in Japan hopeful that Obama will use his remaining time in office to further progress on nuclear disarmament.
- Sourcing: NYT, WP-1, WP-2, WSJ-1, WSJ -2, AP,
- Chad: The special court’s verdict in the war crimes trial of former dictator Hissene Habre will be announced on 30MAY. (AFP)
- Malawi: Authorities announced that nearly half the population, up to 8.4 million people, faces severe food shortages in the coming year. (IPS)
- Mali: The family of an an elderly man claimed he died as the result of abuse he suffered while he was detained on suspicion of involvement in an attack on UN peacekeepers. (AFP)
- Argentina: Fifteen ex-military officials were found guilty of conspiring to kidnap and assassinate leftist dissidents as part of the Operation Condor program in the 1970s and 80s. (Reuters)
- Mexico: Lawyers for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman filed a legal challenge against his extradition to the United States. (Reuters)
- Venezuela: A poll indicated that the country faces shortages of more than 80 percent of basic consumer products, including food and medicine. (AFP)
- Japan: The US military announced a 30-day restriction on recreational entertainment on its bases in Okinawa to honor a Japanese woman murdered by an American contractor. (Reuters)
- Malaysia: The parliament moved to support an Islamic penal code that includes amputations and stoning, stoking fears of sectarian tensions in the country. (Reuters)
- Sri Lanka: Authorities announced that 100 people still missing after landslides last week are now assumed to be dead. (AFP)
- Turkey: Hours after rockets fired from Syria struck a Turkish town and wounded five people, US-led coalition airstrikes and Turkish artillery fire killed 104 Islamic State militants. (AP)
- Ukraine: Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former NATO Secretary-General and Danish prime minister, has been named an adviser to Ukraine’s president. (AP)
- Region: An Iranian delegation concluded a visit to Saudi Arabia without reaching a final agreement on arrangements for Iranians to participate in the Hajj pilgrimage. (AFP)
- Iraq: US-led coalition strikes killed 70 Islamic State militants in Fallujah, including the group’s commander. (Reuters)
- Syria: Islamic State group militants continued their advance on opposition forces, and entered the city of Marea, an opposition stronghold, near the Turkish border. (AP)
- Yemen: Security forces reported arresting seven Islamic State militants, one allegedly a “Westerner.” (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: A US appeals court ruled that law enforcement retention of personal computer data unrelated to a suspect’s crime does not violate the Fourth Amendment. (Reuters)
- Technology: Security researchers at Symantec say North Korea might be responsible for recent cyber attacks on other Asian banks, including the theft of over $100 million from the Central Bank of Bangladesh. (AP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Two
- This depression is forecast to become a tropical storm within one day
- Currently located 310 miles SE of Charleston, South Carolina, and moving WNW at 12mph
- Is predicted to reach the coast of South Carolina at approximately 2000 hours Saturday, 29MAY
- Sourcing: National Hurricane Center, Weather Underground
- Earthquakes: 50 km NNE of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Magnitude: 7.3
- Depth: 93 km
- Earthquakes: 206 km WSW of Vaini, Tonga
- Magnitude: 6.6
- Depth: 420 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 27MAY: 101,228 (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 27MAY: 14,071
- Deaths: 15
- 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 25MAY: 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 25MAY: 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, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 25MAY: 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 (29MAY)
- Global: International Day of UN Peacekeepers – 2003
- Kazakhstan: Secretary General of the OSCE PA Montella and OSCE PA Vice President, Special Representative for Central Asia and Eastern Asia Muttonen to visit Kazakhstan (to 01JUN)
- Kyrgyzstan: Day of the Armed Forces