ONS: 30 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 1, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mali extended a state of emergency by six months as the nation battles a jihadist insurgency.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian authorities arrested 15 people believed to be part of country’s dominant Gulf Cartel.
  • ASIA: South Korea and the United States wrapped up their annual large-scale military drills, but continued a separate joint naval exercise.
  • EUROPE: Several hundred Russians protested in Moscow, calling for Putin to step down.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance is advancing against the IS group in the key town of Tabqa near the jihadist bastion of Raqqa.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A hacker leaked unreleased episodes of television shows from several major networks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Tensions rise between Turkey and US along the Syrian border
    • Tensions rose as both Turkey and the US moved armored vehicles into the area.
    • Erdogan once again demanded that the United States stop supporting Syrian Kurdish militants.
    • Erdogan says his country may take further military action against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Syria, to prevent it from turning into a base for the Kurdish militia.
    • Erdogan stated: “The YPG, and you know who’s supporting them, is attacking us with mortars. But we will make those places their grave, there is no stopping.”
    • Erdogan said he would discuss the issue at a meeting with US President Donald Trump next month.
    • Coverage: AP-1, AP-2, Reuters, Independent

AFRICA

  • Algeria: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika promised that parliamentary elections on May 4 will be fair and free, urging people to vote in order to actively contribute to the stability of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The Coast Guard seized two foreign-flagged oil tankers and detained their crews for allegedly smuggling fuel after an hours-long gunbattle off the west coast. (AFP)
  • Mali: The country extended a state of emergency by six months, until October 31, as the nation battles a jihadist insurgency. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Acts of vandalism and violence erupted during a nationwide anti-austerity general strike, the first in more than two decades. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Authorities have arrested 15 people believed to be part of country’s dominant Gulf Cartel. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Police killed drug lord known as ”Zorro” in an operation in an area formerly dominated by left-wing FARC rebels. (DPA)
  • Chile: The center-left governing coalition split ahead of November election, likely boosting the chances of a victory for the right. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: A top opposition figure Freddy Guevara called for more marches aimed at taking back the courts and the National Electoral Council. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and the United States wrapped up their annual large-scale military drills, but continued a separate joint naval exercise that triggered threats from North Korea. (AFP)
  • Region: ASEAN leaders urged North Korea to comply with its international obligations, voicing concerns over Pyongyang’s test-firing of mid-range ballistic missiles. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Forty-three armed militants were killed during the latest military operation across several provinces. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Under pressure from the military, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ousted two of his top officials over leaks to the news media of a meeting at which civilian leaders confronted the military over its alleged reluctance to halt Islamist groups in the country. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Europe’s energy commissioner is leading more than 50 European firms in a business forum in Iran. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Hundreds of people participated in a peaceful protest in Moscow calling for Putin to step down. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Ankara expelled more than 3,900 more people from the civil service and military calling them threats to national security; this is the second major purge since Erdogan was granted new powers by popular referendum. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: At least 95 people have been killed amid fighting that erupted near Damascus this week among rival rebel groups, with fatalities including 87 rebel fighters and eight civilians. (DPA)
  • Syria: A US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance is advancing against the Islamic State group in the key town of Tabqa near the jihadist bastion of Raqqa in northern Syria. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The Pentagon says a US airstrike killed eight al-Qaeda operatives. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A hacker leaked unreleased episodes of television shows from several major networks. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: TC Frances
  • Location: 4 S 122.1 E
  • Wind: 40.0 mph
  • Movement: WSW
  • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Klyuchevsky volcano, Russia
  • Eruption reported
  • 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 21APR: 22,480 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 21APR: 7,366 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 21APR: 7 (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 13APR: 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 13APR: 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 13APR: 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 (01MAY)

  • Global: May Day/International Worker’s Day
  • Colombia: FARC rebels intend to surrender another 30% of their weapons
  • India: Maharashtra Day – 1960
  • Iraq: Anniversary of US President George W. Bush announcing the end of major combat operations in Iraq – 2003
  • United States: Anniversary of US President Barack Obama announcing that Osama bin Laden had been killed by US special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, bin Laden was actually killed on 02MAY.

 

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