ONS: 28 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 29, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia in Libya has announced its “dissolution” in a communique published online.
  • AMERICAS: A US federal judge threw out a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two Americans killed in the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, ruling Clinton didn’t defame them when disputing allegations that she had lied.
  • ASIA: Sri Lanka’s rescuers pulled out more bodies under enormous mudslides as the death toll climbed to 146 with 112 others missing.
  • EUROPE: Britain’s intelligence authorities have identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in the country as potential terrorist attackers.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv in support of a Palestinian state ahead of the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Britain is making good progress with technology companies on getting access to the encrypted messages of militant suspects.

TOP STORY

  • Philippines: A six-day occupation by Islamist rebels resisting a military onslaught took a more sinister turn.
    • Bodies of what appeared to be executed civilians were found in a ravine outside a besieged Philippine city.
    • The eight dead men, most of them shot in the head and some with hands tied behind their backs, were laborers who were stopped by Islamic State-linked militants on the outskirts of Marawi while trying to flee clashes.
    • 2,200 people are trapped in the conflict zone.
    • The official death toll from a week of fighting has been raised to at least 85.
    • Most of the militants are believed to belong to the local Maute group, which is estimated to have about 260 armed followers that have declared allegiance to the Islamic State militant group.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, DPA

AFRICA

  • Libya: The jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia has announced its “dissolution” in a communique published online. (AFP)
  • Morocco: The country’s authorities have arrested 20 people following violent clashes between police and protesters in the city of Al-Hoceima.(Reuters)
  • Tanzania: Health authorities in the country’s western regions of Katavi and Rukwa say they are well prepared to fight any upcoming ebola cases. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: Andrew Scheer, former speaker of the House of Commons of Canada, was elected as the new leader of the federal Conservative Party. (Xinhua)
  • United States: A federal judge threw out a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two Americans killed in the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, ruling Clinton didn’t defame them when disputing allegations that she had lied. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Demonstrators clashed with the country’s police as they descended on the offices of the state media regulator. (AFP)

ASIA

  • India: Government forces have enforced strict curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir after soldiers killed a prominent rebel commander. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The country’s ultra-nationalist Ma Ba Tha movement announced it was rebranding under a new name. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The country’s leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the test of a new anti-aircraft weapon system and ordered its mass production and deployment throughout the country. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: The country’s rescuers pulled out more bodies under enormous mudslides as the death toll climbed to 146 with 112 others missing. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Regional: Turkey’s military killed 13 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party in airstrikes in northern Iraq. (Reuters)
  • Britain: The country’s intelligence authorities have identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in the country as potential terrorist attackers. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: Tens of thousands of people rallied in Madrid for a “march of dignity” to demand better wages and job security. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Two border guards were killed and five others injured in an armed clash with the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan militants in northwest of Iran. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Officers say the advance of troops has slowed in the last push to drive Islamic State group militants from remaining pockets of Mosul. (AP)
  • Israel: Thousands of Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv in support of a Palestinian state ahead of the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Britain is making good progress with technology companies on getting access to the encrypted messages of militant suspects. (Reuters)

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 as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 26MAY: 57,826 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 26MAY: 28,596 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 26MAY: 13 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (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 29APR: 1,952 (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 29APR: 693 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24MAY: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 24MAY: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 24MAY: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29MAY)

  • Global: International Day of UN Peacekeepers – 2003
  • Argentina: Army Day – 1810
  • France: Russian President Putin to visit French President Macron in Versailles
  • Nigeria: Democracy Day – 1999
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of the founding of the Palestinian Liberation Organization – 1964
  • Sweden: Veteran’s Day – 2010

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