ONS: 31 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 1, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Morocco, several thousand people took to the streets to demand the release of Nasser Zefzafi, the leader of months of protests in the neglected northern Rif region.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico’s top diplomat Luis Videgaray said Venezuela is no longer a functioning democracy.
  • ASIA: Philippine authorities vowed to secure the freedom of hostages in Marawi city where a week of fighting has killed 129 people.
  • EUROPE: UK investigators say Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi likely purchased most of the key bomb components himself and many of his actions were carried out alone.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russian warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired four cruise missiles at the Islamic State group’s positions in the area of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Department of Homeland Security does not plan to announce an expansion of a ban on laptops in cabins on flights from Europe.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Massive bombing strikes diplomatic heart of Kabul.
    • A massive blast tore through the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital of Kabul killing at least 80 people, underlining the fragility of the country as it buckles under a wave of rebel attacks.
    • The attack struck close to the German embassy in Zanbaq Square, with civilians said to be the main casualties.
    • In addition to the fatalities, 300 others were injured.
    • It was not clear whether the embassy had been specifically targeted.
    • The German foreign office said one of its embassy security guards was killed and some staff members were injured but all remaining staff was accounted for.
    • The Taliban have denied they carried out the attack, with no word so far from so-called Islamic State.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Fuel shortages have paralyzed the nation, threatening further damage to an economy already moribund after years of political violence. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: The country opened a major new railway between the port city of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi – the biggest infrastructure project since Kenyan independence. (BBC)
  • Morocco: Several thousand people took to the streets to demand the release of Nasser Zefzafi, the leader of months of protests in the neglected northern Rif region. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Mexican government said their country is open to updating the North American Free Trade Agreement, but within limits. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Mexico’s top diplomat Luis Videgaray said Venezuela is no longer a functioning democracy. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Police have arrested nearly 3,000 people in the two months since a wave of anti-government protests erupted. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe told China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi that he would like to work with China to try to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea returned six North Koreans rescued at sea to the North after Pyongyang did not respond to repeated attempts to communicate. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Philippine authorities vowed to secure the freedom of hostages in Marawi city where a week of fighting has killed 129 people. (AP)
  • South Korea: The country’s parliament approved President Moon Jae-in’s selection of Lee Nak-yon as prime minister. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia is ready to cooperate with its European partners to fight terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. (Xinhua)
  • Region: US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he is open to continuing talks on a proposed trade pact with the EU. (CNBC)
  • Italy: The nation’s high public debt is “a factor of serious vulnerability” that Italian politicians must tackle more aggressively, central bank chief Ignazio Visco warned. (DPA)
  • United Kingdom: Investigators say Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi likely purchased most of the key bomb components himself and many of his actions were carried out alone. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A Bahraini court ordered the dissolution of the main secular National Democratic Action Society opposition group, accusing it of supporting terrorism. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russian warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired four cruise missiles at the Islamic State group’s positions in the area of the ancient city of Palmyra. (AP)
  • Yemen: The UN warned the country is facing “total social, economic and institutional collapse”. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US Department of Homeland Security does not plan to announce an expansion of a ban on laptops in cabins on flights from Europe. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (01JUN)

  • Global: Global Day of Parents – 2012
  • Global: Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism to meet in Tokyo (to 02JUN)
  • China: Restriction requiring Chinese Internet users to provide their real names when accessing online news sources to go into effect
  • Colombia: Original deadline for FARC to disarm and disband as part of peace agreement with government
  • Indonesia: Pancasila Day – 2016
  • Kenya: Madaraka Day (National Day) – 1963
  • Mexico: Mexican Navy Day – 1942
  • Russia: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (to JUN03)
  • Samoa: Independence Day – 1962
  • Tunisia: Victory Day – 1952

 

END

 

 

 

 

Comments on this entry are closed.