ONS: 29 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 29, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president in the country’s first peaceful transfer of power.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities detained a senior operative of drug cartel Jalisco New Generation that has clashed with security forces in Jalisco in recent weeks.
  • ASIA: US surveillance imagery showed that China has positioned weaponry on one of the artificial islands it is developing in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: British PM Cameron met with Polish PM Kopacz in Warsaw to gather backing for EU reforms.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian troops retreated as regime warplanes bombarded al-Qaeda-led rebel fighters, a day after the insurgents overran the last government-held city Idlib.
  • TECHNOLOGY: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access.

 

TOP STORY

  • Southeast Asia: Regional leaders meet on refugee crisis.
    • The gathering in Bangkok brings together 17 countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and elsewhere in Asia, the US, Switzerland and the UNHCR.
    • Burmese Foreign Ministry Director-General Htin Lynn rebuked the UN’s refugee agency for calling on the country to recognize the Muslim Rohingya minority as citizens to stem their exodus.
    • Thai FM Patimaprakorn said that the upsurge of boat people in Southeast Asia has reached an “alarming level,” and said that “no country can solve this problem alone.”
    • A Thai official said the government agreed to allow the US military to operate flights out of Thailand to search for migrants stuck on boats.
    • Cambodia rescued a new group of 199 people who were trafficked to work as illegal fishermen in Indonesia.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, Reuters, NYT, WSJ, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN reported that the number of people displaced by conflicts in the Sahel region has more than doubled in just over a year to 3.5 million. (AFP)
  • Libya: Military aircraft belonging to a rival government attacked ISIS positions in and around the central city of Sirte. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: PM Benkilane vowed to strengthen counterterrorism cooperation with France after a meeting with French President Hollande. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president in the country’s first peaceful transfer of power. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse stone-throwing students protesting what they call inadequate education reforms. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A total of six soldiers and guerillas were killed in fresh fighting between FARC rebels and government troops in the Arauca region. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Authorities raided properties linked to former VP Roxana Baldetti, who resigned amid a customs corruption scandal that implicated her former private secretary. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities detained a senior operative of drug cartel Jalisco New Generation that has clashed with security forces in Jalisco in recent weeks. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: Local media reported that at least 12 women from one city attempted to join ISIS, warning of a trend towards a “romanticized view” of violent jihadists. (AFP)
  • China: US surveillance imagery showed that the country has positioned weaponry on one of the artificial islands it is developing in the South China Sea. (WSJ)
  • India: A radioactive material leak was detected at New Delhi’s international airport on a shipment of nuclear medicine from Turkey. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe is to meet with European Commission President Juncker and European Council President Tusk for talks on trade. (AFP)
  • New Zealand: The government said that FM McCully will tour the Middle East and Cyprus next week to prepare for issues that will arise when the country heads the UNSC. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Commission said it requested 11 member states to fully implement the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. (Xinhua)
  • Italy: The Coastguard said it had rescued a total of 741 migrants originating from Libya in the Mediterranean. (AFP)
  • Poland: British PM Cameron met with PM Kopacz in Warsaw to gather backing for EU reforms. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Diplomats said the IAEA will report a standstill in attempts to probe allegations the country worked on nuclear arms. (AP)
  • Iraq: Authorities said the casualties from bombings that targeted two Baghdad hotels have increased to 15 people killed with another 42 wounded. (AP)
  • Syria: Government troops retreated as regime warplanes bombarded al-Qaeda-led rebel fighters, a day after the insurgents overran the last government-held city Idlib. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Andres
    • Location: 795 miles SSW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 102km NNW of Chirikof Island, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 55.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Shindake, Japan
    • Eruption and evacuations. (CNN)
  • 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 (30MAY)

  •    Nothing to report

 

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