ONS: 04 May 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 4, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Burundi, protestors took to the streets of the capital Bujumbura after the end of a two-day truce following a week of violent political protests.
  • AMERICAS: The Costa Rican government declared an emergency zone along about 100km of the country’s Pacific coastline, after a ship full of toxic chemicals sank.
  • ASIA: The head of Taiwan’s ruling party Eric Chu met with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of ongoing rapprochement efforts.
  • EUROPE: The Italian coast guard reported that 5,800 migrants trying to reach Europe were rescued this weekend as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu is to meet members of the country’s Ethiopian community in a bid to ease tensions after clashes over allegations of police brutality and widespread discrimination.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook is launching an open platform for online content and application developers to join its Internet.org service.

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: Government asks aid groups to leave capital as aid efforts continue.
    • Information Minister Minendra Rijal said the major rescue work in Kathmandu and surrounding areas have been completed and that the remaining operations can be handled by local workers.
    • “In two to three weeks a serious reconstruction package needs to be developed, where we’ll need enormous help from the international community,” said Information Minister Minendra Rijal, adding “There’s a huge, huge funding gap.”
    • Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said Nepal will seek financial help from the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.
    • US transport aircraft were due to make “an immediate difference” to the aid effort, shuttling supplies and rescue teams to remote areas.
    • US ambassador to Nepal Peter W. Bodde said the aircraft will “have multiple aims. They’ll be delivering relief supplies, they might do some rescues, they’ll also do assessments”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, DPA, Kyodo, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Benin: The Constitutional Court said that the party of President Yayi won parliamentary elections with 33 seats out of 83, but failed to secure an absolute majority. (AFP)
  • Burundi: Protestors took to the streets of the capital Bujumbura after the end of a two-day truce following a week of violent political protests. (AFP)
  • Kenya: US Secretary Kerry called for unity in the face of terror attacks, as he visited a memorial to the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in the country. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Costa Rica: The government declared an emergency zone along about 100km of the country’s Pacific coastline, after a ship full of toxic chemicals sank. (BBC)
  • Puerto Rico: Governor Padilla signed an executive order to authorize the use of medical marijuana in the US territory in an unexpected move following a lengthy public debate. (AP)
  • United States: Baltimore’s mayor lifted a curfew that was imposed across the city following widespread riots, as thousands of National Guard troops began to pull out. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: The head of Taiwan’s ruling party Eric Chu met with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of ongoing rapprochement efforts. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A Taliban suicide bomber struck a government bus in Kabul killing one civilian and wounding 15 others. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Muslim rebel leaders and the military said a Filipino on the US’s list of most wanted “terrorists” was killed in a firefight in the south of the country. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Police arrested a man they believe is the key figure behind a human trafficking network that ran a jungle camp where dozens of bodies were found. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Italian coast guard reported that 5,800 migrants trying to reach Europe were rescued this weekend as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean. (AFP)
  • France: President Hollande arrived in Qatar to oversee the signing of a multi-billion-euro deal to sell 24 Rafale fighter jets to the country. (AFP)
  • Italy: The lower house of parliament is due to take a final vote on a bill to overhaul the electoral system aimed at ending decades of political instability. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif said the country is determined to end the “manufactured crisis” over its nuclear program and that the drafting of a final deal with world powers was progressing. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu is to meet members of the country’s Ethiopian community in a bid to ease tensions after clashes over allegations of police brutality and widespread discrimination. (AFP)
  • Israel: Two UN peacekeepers were wounded when mortar shells fired from Syria hit their base in the Israeli-held sector of the Golan Heights. (AFP)
  • Syria: A group of rebels on motorcycles attacked a regime-controlled neighborhood in Damascus, detonating a suicide bomb when security forces closed in. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook is launching an open platform for online content and application developers to join its Internet.org service. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 06W (Noul)
    • Location: 24 NM ESE of Ulithi
    • Movement: WNW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 26 044 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 10 808 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 10APR: 1,338,026 (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: 30,309
      • Deaths as of 10APR: 184 (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 29APR: 1110 (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 29APR: 422 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05MAY)

  • Ethiopia: Liberation Day/Patriots’ Victory Day – 1941
  • Europe Region: Anniversary of the establishment of the Council of Europe – 1949
  • Kyrgyzstan: Constitution Day – 1993
  • Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
  • Vietnam: Anniversary of first large U.S. military units arriving in Vietnam – 1965

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