ONS: 02 April 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 3, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution setting the stage for deployment of U.N. police to Burundi.
  • AMERICAS: Former minister of education, Cid Gomes, presented an impeachment requirement against Vice President Michel Temer, leader of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), which left the government this week.
  • ASIA: Gunmen have kidnapped four Malaysians from a ship off the east coast of Sabah state in waters where Abu Sayyaf militants are known to operate.
  • EUROPE: Turkey has begun work on two centres to process Syrian and other migrants after they return from Greece under a deal with the EU which comes into force next week
  • MIDDLE EAST: Activists say al-Qaida’s Syrian branch and other insurgents have captured a strategic overlook from government forces south of Aleppo after weeks of government air raids, in fighting that could unravel a month-old cease-fire.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Palestinian militant group Hamas lashed out at Twitter on Friday, after the social media giant allegedly closed a number of its accounts.

 

TOP STORY

  • Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Armenian, and Azerbaijani forces clashed along the front line between the Nagorno-Karabakh region and Azerbaijan
    • The Armenian Defense Ministry said Azerbaijan used warplanes, tanks and artillery to try to make inroads into Nagorno-Karabkh and that “Azerbaijani authorities bear all responsibility for the unprecedentedly supercharged situation.”
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an immediate end to fighting along the front line.
    • The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said the fighting began when Armenian forces fired mortars and large-caliber artillery shells across the front line. Ministry spokesman Vagif Dargyakhly told The Associated Press that more than 120 shots were fired, some of which hit civilian residential areas.
    • The Armenian-backed defence ministry in Karabakh said a 12-year-old boy was killed and two other children injured on their side, while Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry said one Azeri civilian died.
    • The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry denied a claim by Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan that an Azerbaijani helicopter was downed.
    • AFP, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution setting the stage for deployment of U.N. police to Burundi. (AP)
  • Egypt: At least one Egyptian policeman and a civilian were killed, and another policemen wounded Friday night when an explosive device targeted a security patrol in Al-Arish city in North Sinai, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said in a statement Saturday.
  • Nigeria: Dozens of protesters waving banners demanding “Free Zakzaky!” marched down a northern highway to support the Shiite leader who has been detained without charge for more than three months. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil:  Former minister of education, Cid Gomes, presented an impeachment requirement against Vice President Michel Temer, leader of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), which left the government this week. (Xinhua)
  • Peru: Half of the candidates in the country’s presidential election have abandoned or been banned from next week’s polls and one of the leading contenders may follow, plunging the South American country into political uncertainty. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan:  Eight Taliban militants were killed and 10 others sustained injuries as the government forces targeted Taliban hideouts in parts of the northern Kunduz province. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: An official says gunmen have kidnapped 11 land mine clearers in the west. (AP)
  • India:  Five policemen were injured by a landmine planted by suspected leftwing guerrillas in the central state of Jharkhand Saturday. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: Gunmen have kidnapped four Malaysians from a ship off the east coast of Sabah state in waters where Abu Sayyaf militants are known to operate. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Turkey:  The country has begun work on two centres to process Syrian and other migrants after they return from Greece under a deal with the EU which comes into force next week. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities detained the suspected perpetrator of a car bomb attack in its main Kurdish-majority city that killed seven police, as a new bombing hit the troubled southeast. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: U.S. President Barack Obama said that his administration is preparing to address concerns that Iran is not getting the full benefit of sanctions relief under its nuclear accord with world powers. (RFE/RL)
  • Iraq: The United Nations says violence killed at least 1,119 Iraqis in March, a sharp increase from the previous month, as the Islamic State group stepped up attacks on civilians despite suffering battlefield setbacks. (AP)
  • Syria:  Activists say al-Qaida’s Syrian branch and other insurgents have captured a strategic overlook from government forces south of Aleppo after weeks of government air raids, in fighting that could unravel a month-old cease-fire. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian army has found a mass grave containing the bodies of 42 civilians and soldiers executed by the Islamic State jihadist group in Palmyra. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: The Palestinian militant group Hamas lashed out at Twitter on Friday, after the social media giant allegedly closed a number of its accounts. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: Chignik, United States
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 17.9
    • Map
  • Earthquake: Angoram, Paupa New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 14.8
    • 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 18MAR: 31,005 (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, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 1,487
      • Deaths: 2
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 82 (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 29MAR: 1698 (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 29MAR: 609 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24MAR: Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Aruba, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Dominica, United States Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, Curacao, Suriname, French Guiana, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Gabon, Maldives, Bangladesh, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 24MAR: Micronesia, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 24MAR: United States of America, France, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03APR)

  • Denmark: Denmark to end temporary controls at its border with Germany
  • Guinea: Second Republic Day – 1984

 

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