ONS: 01 April 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 2, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Botswana’s new President Mokgweetsi Masis said he would give priority to tackling youth unemployment and diversifying its economy.
  • AMERICAS: The Brazilian Supreme Court authorized the release of three associates of President Michel Temer, plus several other people detained Thursday as part of a port investigation that has implicated the head of state.
  • ASIA: Indian officials say at least eight rebels have been killed in fighting with government troops in disputed Kashmir, triggering a new round of anti-India protests and clashes.
  • EUROPE: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stressed his country’s continued willingness to engage in dialogue with Russia despite the conflict surrounding an alleged chemical weapon attack in Britain.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu hit back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his sharp criticism of Israel after its soldiers killed 16 Palestinians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) communication satellite GSAT-6A has suffered a serious setback.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Evacuation deal reached for last rebel holdout in East Ghouta
    • A “final” deal has been reached to evacuate rebels and civilians from Douma, the last opposition holdout in Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
    • Under the deal, fighters of Jaish al-Islam, the rebel faction in control of Douma, their families and civilians will leave to north-eastern Aleppo.
    • Rebel fighters had been pushed into Douma during a recent government offensive that broke rebel lines and cleaved the eastern Ghouta region in three.
    • Reporting: AP, AFP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Botswana: New President Mokgweetsi Masisi, sworn in as the landlocked country’s fifth post-colonial leader, said he would give priority to tackling youth unemployment and diversifying its economy. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The army announced six jihadists and two soldiers were killed last week during a sweeping operation against Islamic State group militants in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP)
  • Ghana: South Korea deployed an anti-piracy warship to the Gulf of Guinea after three South Korean sailors were kidnapped by pirates, Seoul’s foreign ministry said. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Emmerson Mnangagwa said his country is seeking deeper economic ties with China to leapfrog its economy battered by years of Western sanctions. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Federal Supreme Court authorized the release of three associates of President Michel Temer, plus several other people detained Thursday as part of a port investigation that has implicated the head of state. (EFE)
  • Costa Rica: An Easter vote will decide whether conservative Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz can capture the presidency, a result that would mark a sharp turn from the current government’s embrace of gay rights. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Five police officials are suspected of being responsible for a fire that killed 68 people in a police station jail and have been detained, the nation’s chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab said. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A boat carrying dozens of Rohingya refugees trying to reach Malaysia briefly stopped on a Thai island, an official said, as fears grow about overcrowded camps for the stateless minority fleeing violence in Myanmar. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: At least four militants affiliated to the hardliner Islamic State (IS) group were killed and their attack to expand foothold in Haska Mina district has failed, provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqwal said. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: Ratish Chandra Bhowmik, a respected prosecutor and champion of minority rights who fought the state’s case in a high-profile murder trial against Islamist extremists has disappeared, police said, with grave fears for his safety. (AFP)
  • India: Officials say at least eight rebels have been killed in fighting with government troops in disputed Kashmir, triggering a new round of anti-India protests and clashes. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stressed his country’s continued willingness to engage in dialogue with Russia despite the conflict surrounding an alleged chemical weapon attack in Britain which has led to tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats by Moscow and western countries. (DPA)
  • Russia: Aman Tuleyev, the governor of the Kemerovo Region in Siberia, tendered his resignation in the wake of the March 25 shopping mall fire that left 64 people dead. (Tass)
  • United Kingdom: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing growing criticism over his handling of reported anti-Semitism among some of his supporters. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said troops acted appropriately by only firing on Palestinian protesters who charged toward Gaza’s border with Israel. (AP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu hit back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his sharp criticism of Israel after its soldiers killed 16 Palestinians when a major demonstration led to clashes. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation suspended the implementation of the new “good conduct certificate” until further notice, local media reported. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Satellite Communications: Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) communication satellite GSAT-6A has suffered a serious setback, local television news channel NDTV reported. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Josie
    • 139 mi SW of Suva, Fiji
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: SSE at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes:  Tropical Storm Jelawat
    • 386 mi N of Anderson AFB
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: NE at 11 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20JAN: 61,613 (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 20JAN: 123,087 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20JAN: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 20JAN: 2,123 (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 20JAN: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02APR)

  • Global: World Autism Awareness Day – 2007
  • Global: Chinese space station Tiangong-1 to enter Earth’s atmosphere
  • Argentina: Malvinas Day – 1982
  • China: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa to pay a state visit (to 06APR)
  • Ethiopia: New prime minister to be sworn in
  • Iran: Sizdah Be-dar (Nature Day) – Unknown
  • Malaysia: 31st ASEAN-United States Dialogue to open in Kuala Lampur (to 03APR)

 

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