ONS: 31 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 31, 2015

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

31 May 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: East African officials were to meet in Tanzania for a summit on the crisis in Burundi sparked by a divisive bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza to stand for a third term.
  • AMERICAS: Suriname’s ruling party National Democratic Party (NDP), led by president Desi Bouterse, has disputed results in several districts of the capital, which now will be recounted.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani demanded tough action from Pakistan against Taliban militants, after facing strong public criticism over a controversial intelligence-sharing deal between the neighbors.
  • EUROPE: The EU has responded angrily to Russia’s entry ban against 89 European politicians, officials and military leaders.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Six world powers have agreed on a way to restore UN sanctions on Iran if the terms of a future nuclear deal are broken, clearing a major obstacle to an accord ahead of a June 30 deadline, according to Western officials.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US will extend its cyber defense umbrella over Japan, to combat the growing threat of online attacks against military bases and infrastructure such as power grids.

 

TOP STORY

  • MERS: South Korea & China on high alert as quarantine expands
    • Eighteen people having close contact with a South Korean man infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been sent to a quarantine camp, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government has said.
    • South Korea’s health minister Moon Hyung-Pyo apologized for failing to halt an outbreak of the MERS virus, vowing “utmost efforts” to curb the disease’s spread as the number infected rose to 15.
    • China has isolated 65 people who came in close contact with a South Korean man with MERS, the country’s first confirmed case of the virus.
    • The South Korean Health Ministry said it will take “stern” action, including launching police investigations, against those who intentionally spread groundless rumors about the disease.
    • Hong Kong authorities were asking other passengers of Asiana Airlines Flight 723 to contact them.
    • Coverage: AFP, NBC, PTI, Xinhua, Yonhap

 

AFRICA

  • Region: East African officials were to meet in Tanzania for a summit on the crisis in Burundi sparked by a divisive bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza to stand for a third term. (AFP)
  • Burundi: Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza will not attend a summit of regional leaders in Tanzania focusing on the crisis in his country, his spokesman said. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Security officials say suspected Islamic militants have blown up a natural gas pipeline outside el-Arish, the provincial capital of North Sinai. (AP)
  • Nigeria: A spokesperson says Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari has publicly declared his assets – a far cry from his predecessor’s adamant refusal to do so. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s recent visit to the nation marked a milestone in bilateral relations, said Jorge Tarud, a Chilean congressman who used to serve as his country’s ambassador to China. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: Thousands gathered in the main square of capital Guatemala City to protest against corruption after a wave of graft scandals prompted a Cabinet shake-up and the resignation of the vice president. (Reuters)
  • Suriname: The country’s ruling party National Democratic Party (NDP), led by president Desi Bouterse, has disputed results in several districts of the capital, which now will be recounted. (AFP)
  • United States: US police have killed people at a rate of more than two a day this year, a level far higher than typical federal counts, The Washington Post reported. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani demanded tough action from Pakistan against Taliban militants, after facing strong public criticism over a controversial intelligence-sharing deal between the neighbors. (AFP)
  • China: The country rejected US demands to stop reclamation works in the South China Sea, saying it was exercising its sovereignty and using the controversial outposts to fulfill international responsibilities. (AFP)
  • India: The country successfully test-fired its home-made Pinaka-II rocket from a military base near Pokhran in the western state of Rajasthan. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Seismologists warned the country to stay vigilant for the next “Big One” after a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of the quake-prone nation, injuring a dozen people. (AFP)
  • Nepal: Thousands of schools across the districts worst hit by two major earthquakes in the country reopened Sunday. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU has responded angrily to Russia’s entry ban against 89 European politicians, officials and military leaders. (BBC)
  • Italy: Italians voted in regional elections seen as a key measure of the fading fortunes of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi and an important test for center-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. (AFP)
  • Italy: Italian PM Matteo Renzi on repeated his commitment to refloat the wreck of the trawler which sank in April with the deaths of around 800 migrants and lay to rest the victims. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has been appointed governor of the country’s southern Odessa region. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia’s state news agency has reported that shelling from Yemen has killed a border guard and wounded seven as a coalition the kingdom leads continues to target Shiite rebels there. (AP)
  • Iran: Six world powers have agreed on a way to restore UN sanctions on the country if the terms of a future nuclear deal are broken, clearing a major obstacle to an accord ahead of a June 30 deadline, according to Western officials. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The country’s UN envoy Staffan de Mistura condemned the reported killing of more than 70 civilians by barrel bombs dropped by government helicopters on northern Aleppo province. (AFP)
  • Syria: Regime air strikes killed at least 20 civilians in a rebel-dominated area of the country’s northwest, a monitor said. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition struck military bases aligned with the country’s Houthi rebels in the capital Sanaa overnight and early in the  morning, residents said. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US will extend its cyber defense umbrella over Japan, to combat the growing threat of online attacks against military bases and infrastructure such as power grids, the two nations said. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Andres
    • Location: 700 miles SSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 189km WNW of Chichi-shima, Japan
    • Magnitude: 7.8
    • Depth: 410 miles
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 29MAY: 316,971(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: 9,339
      • Deaths as of 29MAY: 30 (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 (01JUN)

  • Italy: National Day – 1946
  • Kenya: Madaraka Day (National Day) – 1963
  • Mexico: Mexican Navy Day
  • Spain: Armed Forces Day
  • United States and Netherlands: U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

 

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