ONS: 29 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 30, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South African President Jacob Zuma defeated a no-confidence motion against him at a meeting of top officials of the ruling African National Congress party.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan government’s opposition called to scale up the street protests against the government of president Nicolas Maduro to block the Constituent Assembly.
  • ASIA: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s upcoming visit to Europe from May 31 to June 2 is expected to further deepen and enrich China’s relations with the EU.
  • EUROPE: The trial against 23 army officers who allegedly planned the Istanbul stage of last summer’s failed military coup in Turkey began in the outskirts of the city.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian opposition activists say more airstrikes and artillery shelling have hit the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s cybersecurity law will take effect on 1 June, banning online service providers from collecting and selling users’ personal information.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: The government fires a Scud-class ballistic missile
    • North Korea launched a ballistic missile test.
    • This was its third such test in just over three weeks.
    • The missile was fired from Wonsan, a city located on North Korea’s east coast.
    • Japan said the missile landed within its Exclusive Economic Zone, an area of water extended 200 nautical miles from the Japanese coast.
    • Experts say North Korea appears to be gaining meaningful data that is fed into its effort to build an intercontinental ballistic missile.
    • Coverage: AlJazeera, AP, CNN, Guardian, NBC, NYT, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Libya: Warplanes carried out three airstrikes on the city of Derna days after Egypt launched strikes on militant camps against those it claimed were responsible for killing Egyptian Christians. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: Protesters in the country rallied for a third night running in Al-Hoceima, a northern region of the country. (AFP)
  • South Africa: The country’s President Jacob Zuma defeated a no-confidence motion against him at a meeting of top officials of the ruling African National Congress party. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Regional: US Senator John McCain met with Australian leaders for security talks in the Canberra. (AP)
  • Regional: German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared a new chapter in US-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.” (WP)
  • Venezuela: The country’s opposition called to scale up the street protests against the government of president Nicolas Maduro to block the Constituent Assembly. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Regional: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s upcoming visit to Europe from May 31 to June 2 is expected to further enrich China’s relations with the EU. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The country’s forces gained control of most of Marawi where militants linked to the Islamic State group launched a bloody siege nearly a week ago. (AP)
  • South Korea: The country’s authorities questioned six North Koreans rescued over the weekend as they drifted in the sea off the east coast. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Albania: The country’s Health Ministry reports that at least 76 people from an opposition party rally sought medical attention after complaining of feeling ill. (WP)
  • France: The country’s President Emmanuel Macron hosts Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, vowing firm stands on Ukraine and Syria. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The trial against 23 army officers who allegedly planned the Istanbul stage of last summer’s failed military coup has opened in the outskirts of the city. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US President Trump called for a grand regional strategy among Sunni nations to isolate the country. (NYT)
  • Iraq: Civilians are hit hardest as the country’s military assault on Mosul enters its final phase. (BBC)
  • Syria: Opposition activists say more airstrikes and artillery shelling have hit the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China’s cybersecurity law will take effect on 1 June, banning online service providers from collecting and selling users’ personal information. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Mora
    • Location: 17 N 90.9 E
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Movement: N
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcano: Bogoslof, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States
    • Ash spewed 35,000 feet into the air and lasted 55 minutes
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • 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 (30MAY)

  • Europe: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to pay an official visit to Germany and Belgium (to 02JUN)
  • Croatia: Parliament Day – 1990
  • Dominican Republic: Anniversary of the assassination of dictator Rafael Trujillo – 1961
  • Israel: Anniversary of the Lod Airport Massacre – 1972
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of the Eastern Region declaring independence as the Republic of Biafra – 1967
  • Spain: Indian PM Modi to visit Spain, meet President Rajoy (to 31MAY)

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