ONS: 31 May 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 1, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan has deported hundreds of Eritreans back to the hardline government they fled contravening international law, Human Rights Watch said.
  • AMERICAS: The government of acting Brazilian president Michel Temer took a fresh hit as the anti-corruption minister Fabiano Silveira resigned after a recording revealed him criticizing a probe into graft at state oil giant Petrobras.
  • ASIA: The Taliban pulled passengers from several buses in northern Afghanistan, killed at least 16 and took dozens of others hostage.
  • EUROPE: In Ukraine, pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was released from Russian custody last week, was sworn in as a lawmaker in the national parliament.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, Russian warplanes pounded an Al-Qaeda-held city in northwest Idlib, killing 23 civilians in the heaviest strikes in months.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Indian police said they had asked YouTube and Facebook to block a video poking fun at cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, sparking the country’s latest row over freedom of expression.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Attempted missile launch fails, strains regional tensions.
    • North Korea has attempted to fire a ballistic missile off its east coast but the launch appears to have failed, South Korean military officials say.
    • The country appeared to have attempted to launch an intermediate-range Musudan missile.
    • China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged all parties “to refrain from taking any action that may escalate tensions” on the Korean Peninsula.
    • Japan condemned the incident as an unacceptable and “provocative” act.
    • South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff North Korea seems to be pushing for a continued string of ballistic missile launches following leader Kim Jong-un’s orders for such tests to be carried out on 15MAR.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, Reuters,  Yonhap

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan has deported hundreds of Eritreans back to the hardline government they fled contravening international law, Human Rights Watch said. (AFP)
  • Libya: Petroleum Facilities Guard forces in the country’s east said it had captured the town of Ben Jawad from Islamic State, pushing the militant group back along a coastal strip they control east of their stronghold of Sirte. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari will on 02JUN visit the Niger Delta region, rocked by attacks on oil and gas facilities, for the first time since taking office. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The government of acting president Michel Temer took a fresh hit as the anti-corruption minister Fabiano Silveira resigned after a recording revealed him criticizing a probe into graft at state oil giant Petrobras. (AFP)
  • Colombia: More than 2,500 riot police officers and heavily armed soldiers participated in a raid on the country’s largest open-air drug market in one of Bogota’s most dangerous neighborhoods. (AP)
  • Haiti: A special verification commission recommended throwing out the disputed results of the country’s first-round presidential election because it appeared to be tainted by fraud. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Allies of President Nicolas Maduro accused his opponents of fraud in their petition for a vote on removing him from office, saying 10,000 people who supposedly signed it are dead. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban pulled passengers from several buses in the country’s north, killed at least 16 and took dozens of others hostage. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The number of Afghans internally displaced by conflict has “dramatically” doubled to 1.2 million in just three years, Amnesty International said. (Reuters)
  • India: A fire broke out at a major ammunitions depot in western Pulgaon ammunitions depot, killing at least 17 army personnel. (AP)
  • Singapore: Four Bangladeshi workers held on suspicion of planning attacks linked to the Islamic State group in their own country were convicted of financing terrorism. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU drug agency says ecstasy is becoming popular again, with online sales and targeted marketing helping to drive the revival among a new generation of users. (AP)
  • Belgium: Public-sector employees are striking across the country, disrupting train and bus services as well as schools, prisons and mail delivery. (AP)
  • Poland: The country relaunched a procedure to extradite director Roman Polanski to the US to face sentencing over a 1977 case of statutory rape. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was released from Russian custody last week, was sworn in as a lawmaker in the national parliament. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Gaza’s Hamas rulers have executed three Palestinians convicted of murder without the required approval of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP)
  • Region: Saudi Arabia has intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, saying it may be forced to reconsider a truce that has been place since April. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour attack by the Islamic State group in the city’s south. (AP)
  • Syria: Russian warplanes pounded an Al-Qaeda-held city in northwest Idlib, killing 23 civilians in the heaviest strikes in months. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Indian police said they had asked YouTube and Facebook to block a video poking fun at cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, sparking the country’s latest row over freedom of expression. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Bonnie
    • Location: 39 miles NNE of Charleston, South Carolina
    • Winds: 15 mph
    • Movement: SE at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 92km ENE of Keelung, Taiwan
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 242.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • 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 26MAY:  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 26MAY: 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 26MAY: 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 (01APR)

  • Global: Global Day of Parents – 2012
  • Azerbaijan: Turkish PM Binali Yildirim to visit
  • Kazakhstan: 15th Session of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Astana
  • Kenya: Madaraka Day (National Day) – 1963
  • Libya: Country’s eastern government’s central bank to begin distributing its own money
  • Mexico: Navy Day – 1821
  • Spain: Armed Forces Day – 1978
  • Sweden: Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif to visit
  • Syria: Air drops to besieged areas to begin

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