- AFRICA: Niger’s security forces killed twelve Boko Haram militants near the country’s border with Nigeria.
- AMERICAS: The World Health Organization stated the Zika virus does not pose enough of a threat to public health to postpone or cancel the Summer Olympics in Brazil.
- ASIA: North Korea embarked on a “loyalty campaign,” set to last 200 days, in an attempt to encourage citizens to work more.
- EUROPE: The French president and German chancellor commemorated one hundred years since the Battle of Verdun, the longest battle of World War I.
- MIDDLE EAST: Fighting between Islamic State and Syrian opposition fighters continued near the Turkish border of Syria, with dozens of people killed in the past two days.
- TECHNOLOGY: An amendment introduced in the Illinois state senate that would have diminished social media users’ rights to privacy was defeated this week.
- Mediterranean: Hundreds feared drowned as migrant crossings spike
- An EU patrol of Italian, German, and Irish ships operating in the Mediterranean rescued between 13,000-14,000 migrants this week alone.
- UNHCR says over 700 migrants are feared dead in three Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks south of Italy in the last few days.
- Save the Children reports an increase in the number of unaccompanied minors among the migrants.
- Recent warm weather and calm seas have increased the rate of migration.
- Italy’s southern islands are the main destinations for smuggling boats launched from the shores of Libya.
- Nineteen people were rescued attempting to cross the English Channel early this morning.
- Pope Francis encouraged European countries to welcome the migrants, who he says are “not dangerous, but in danger.”
- AP, Reuters-1, Reuters-2, Reuters-3, BBC-1, BBC-2
- DR Congo: US senators called on President Obama to impose sanctions on DRC officials for human rights violations. (Reuters)
- Guinea: 59 people were injured in clashes with security officials after youths were prevented from entering a mosque in favor of local dignitaries. (Reuters)
- Niger: Security forces killed twelve Boko Haram militants near the country’s border with Nigeria. (Reuters)
- Zimbabwe: The opposition to President Mugabe staged protests calling on the leader to step down. (AFP)
- Brazil: The World Health Organization stated that the Zika virus does not pose a substantial enough threat to public health to postpone or cancel the Summer Olympics. (AP)
- Haiti: The country prepared for unrest in expectation of the results of an investigation into last year’s contested election. (AP)
- Venezuela: The German airline Lufthansa announced that it will suspend flights to the country from 18JUN due to its economic difficulties. (BBC)
- Bangladesh: Ten people were killed and thousands injured in clashes between supporters and candidates of rival parties during local elections. (AFP)
- Malaysia: Several ministers threatened to resign if a legal amendment in favor of Sharia Law is approved by Parliament. (EFE)
- North Korea: The country embarked on a “loyalty campaign,” set to last 200 days, in an attempt to encourage citizens to work more. (Yonhap)
- Philippines: Three drug suspects were killed in a shootout with police on the island of Banacon; the latest in a string of similar incidents in the country recently. (AFP)
- France: French President Hollande and German Chancellor Merkel attended ceremonies commemorating one hundred years since the Battle of Verdun, the longest battle of World War I. (AP)
- Spain: Police arrested seven people suspected of being involved in the July theft of five paintings by Francis Bacon worth more than 25 million euros ($27.8 million). (AP)
- Turkey: New Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s government won a vote of confidence in parliament as well as approval for his legislative program. (Reuters)
- Egypt: The nation of Fiji withdrew nearly one-quarter of its peacekeepers stationed in the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
- Iran: Moderate conservative Ali Larijani retained the speakership of parliament despite major gains for reformists in February elections. (AFP)
- Jordan: King Abdullah dissolved parliament and appointed veteran politician Hani Mulqi as the new prime minister. (Reuters)
- Syria: Fighting between Islamic State and opposition fighters continued near the Turkish border, with dozens of people killed in the past two days. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: An amendment introduced in the Illinois state senate that would have diminished social media users’ rights to privacy was defeated this week. (NYT)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Bonnie
- 60 miles SE of Charleston, South Carolina
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: N at 8 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- 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 (30MAY)
- Bangladesh: Anniversary of President Zia Rahman’s assassination in Chittagong – 1981
- Europe Region: Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli to visit Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia (to 07JUN)
- Russia: FM Lavrov to meet with SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov