ONS: 02 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 3, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The new finance minister of South Africa said the country needs to radically transform its economy and redistribute the wealth.
  • AMERICAS: The Supreme Court in Venezuela reversed parts of a decision to strip the national legislature of its powers.
  • ASIA: In Myanmar, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy claimed victories in at least 19 of the 45 available seats in parliament.
  • EUROPE: 18 people were injured in an accidental explosion prompted by a mishandled bonfire at a town fair north of Paris.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hamas warned it would take radical measures against Palestinians who collaborated with Israel.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Telecom companies in the United States claimed they will not sell personal web browsing histories.

 

TOP STORY

  • Colombia: Mudslides kill more than 250 people
    • At least 220 people are missing, 400 injured, and 300 families displaced.
    • About 1,100 soldiers and police are involved in the rescue effort.
    • With no electricity to light Mocoa, authorities were forced to suspend the search for the night.
    • President Juan Manuel Santos has declared a state of emergency.
    • Authorities say the death toll may rise.
    • Casualties are the result of heavy rain causing rivers to overflow, and torrents of water and debris to crash onto houses in Putumayo province.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Some 20 soldiers on trial over a failed raid on an arms depot said they were tortured to confess. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Two children were killed in a landmine explosion in the south of the country. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: New finance minister Malusi Gigaba said the country needs to radically transform its economy and redistribute the wealth. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: South American countries urged Venezuela to guarantee the separation of powers and ensure timely elections. (AFP)
  • Paraguay: President Horacio Cartes fired interior minister and top police official following violent protests. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The Supreme Court reversed parts of a decision to strip the national legislature of its powers. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Security forces in Takhar province repelled an attack by the Taliban and killed at least 10 militants. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy claimed victories in at least 19 of the 45 available seats in parliament. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The custodian of a local shrine and his accomplices murdered 20 devotees, including four women. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Armenia: Parliamentary elections began, the first since the adoption of constitutional reforms. (AFP)
  • France: 18 people were injured in an accidental explosion prompted by a mishandled bonfire at a town fair north of Paris. (AP )
  • Serbia: The country’s presidential election began, with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic seeking to win the office. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Hamas warned it would take radical measures against Palestinians who collaborated with Israel. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A booby-trapped motorcycle exploded outside a police training center north of Cairo, wounding 16 people. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The army carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State group outside Mosul, killing more than 100 militants. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon claimed they will not sell personal web browsing histories. (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 17MAR: 10,180 (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela)
      • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
    • Confirmed Cases as of 17MAR: 2,265 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico)
      • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
    • Deaths as of 17MAR: 1 (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 16FEB: 1,917 (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 16FEB: 684 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 10MAR: 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 10MAR: 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 10MAR: 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 (03APR)

  • Guinea: Second Republic Day – 1984
  • Russia: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to visit St. Petersburg to meet with President Putin
  • United States: Egyptian President Sisi to meet with President Trump in Washington
  • United States: Drugs trial for former Haitian coup leader Guy Philippe to begin

 

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