ONS: 30 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 31, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been dogged by reports of poor health, has returned to Luanda after nearly a month in Spain.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles was tear-gassed during a protest in the capital, Caracas.
  • ASIA: In the Philippines, militants who have laid siege to the southern city of Marawi are aiming to establish a regional branch of the Islamic State group, the Philippine military said.
  • EUROPE: Deputy FM Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow was concerned that contacts with the US Trump administration had not yet led to positive shifts in the relations between the two nations.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Nighttime and early morning car bombings in Baghdad killed at least 31, one of which was claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The EU will provide free internet access in thousands of cities and towns across Europe by 2020.

 

TOP STORY

  • Panama: Former dictator Manuel Noriega dies.
    • Manuel Noriega, ex-Panamanian military dictator ousted by a US invasion, died at age 83.
    • Noriega had been in intensive care since 07MAR after complications developed from surgery to remove what his lawyer described as a benign brain tumor.
    • Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced the death on Twitter, saying that the passing closes a chapter in the country’s history.
    • A strong supporter of the US in Washington’s attempts to battle the influence of communism in central America, Noriega was eventually imprisoned for drug trafficking and money laundering.
    • Noriega was trained at the notorious US-run School of the Americas, whose graduates include the disgraced former Peruvian spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos and the former Argentinian dictator Leopoldo Galtieri.
    • Coverage: BBC, Guardian, LAT, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been dogged by reports of poor health, has returned to Luanda after nearly a month in Spain. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The government fired Minya provincial security chief Maj-Gen. Faisal Dewidar where Islamic State militants killed 29 Christians. (AP)
  • Somalia: A small plane chartered by US contracting firm Bancroft crashed at a Mogadishu airport, with all passengers surviving. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: A military court opened the trial of 13 soldiers accused of raping foreign aid workers and murdering a local journalist during fighting in Juba in JUL2016. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan Congress president Julio Borges accused Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs of financing Venezuela’s dictatorial regime following a report that it had bought USD 2.8B in bonds from the cash-strapped country. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The government pushed back by 20 days the deadline for leftist rebels to turn over their weapons under a peace deal. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Henrique Capriles was tear-gassed during a protest in the capital, Caracas. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: The government will cancel the passports of convicted paedophiles to prevent them travelling overseas to offend again, a measure the government hailed as a “world first”. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The UN named a trio of independent experts to investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya Muslims. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Militants who have laid siege to the southern city of Marawi are aiming to establish a regional branch of the Islamic State group, the military said. (AP)
  • South Korea: President Moon Jae-in ordered an investigation into the unauthorized delivery of four more mobile launchers of the US THAAD missile shield to the country. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Portuguese and Spanish rescue services have saved 34 migrants who leaped into the sea after their inflatable craft caught fire in the Mediterranean. (AP)
  • France: French customs officials intercepted 300 pounds of Captagon, dubbed the “jihadists’ drug,” a first for the country. (AFP)
  • Russia: Deputy FM Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow was concerned that contacts with the US Trump administration had not yet led to positive shifts in the relations between the two nations. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Manchester Victoria train station next to the scene of last week’s suicide bombing in Manchester has reopened. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Nighttime and early morning car bombings in Baghdad killed at least 31, one of which was claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Two policemen were wounded when a bomb exploded in Awamiya, where many of the country’s Shi’ite Muslim minority live. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least 13 civilians were killed when Islamic State militants shelled government-held neighborhoods in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The EU will provide free internet access in thousands of cities and towns across Europe by 2020. (DW)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Mora
    • Location: 78 NM S of Chittagong, Bangladesh
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Movement: N at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 26km WNW of Kasiguncu, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 9.2
    • Map
  • 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 (31MAY)

  • Global: World No-Tobacco Day – 1998
  • Israel: Anniversary of Israel’s flotilla raid – 2010
  • Namibia: Namibia to launch its fifth National Development Plan
  • South Africa: Anniversary of the Union of South Africa becoming the Republic of South Africa – 1961
  • Venezuela: OAS to meet on the Venezuela issue
  • United States: Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to visit US President Trump at White House

 

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