ONS: 02 March 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 3, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN said two of its staffers were among 11 people killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on a northeast Nigerian military base.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan presidential election was postponed until 20MAY, but did little to quell critics calling for a boycott.
  • ASIA: In Thailand, registration for new political parties began with 34 groups registering, the first sign of political activity being officially allowed since a 2014 coup.
  • EUROPE: Snow storms shut most of Ireland and forced Britain to call in the army to battle some of the worst weather seen in nearly 30 years.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed that a UN Security Council resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria must be implemented immediately.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Nations including China and Russia that launch cyberattacks against the US don’t fear retribution and see no reason to change their behavior, US Army Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone told the Senate.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Trump’s trade tariffs spark international outcry.
    • President Donald Trump is to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports next week, hitting producers like Canada and China.
    • Trump said he would impose tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum for “a long period of time.”
    • World stock markets posted steep declines, adding to global losses in reaction to the announcement as it sparks fears of a trade war.
    • Allies in Asia and Europe lobbied for a change of heart and took issue with Mr. Trump’s invocation of a little-used Cold War-era law that gives presidents broad discretion to curb imports deemed a threat to national security.
    • China expressed “grave concern” about a US trade policy report that pledges to pressure Beijing but had no immediate response to President Donald Trump’s plan to hike tariffs on steel and aluminum.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, BBC, Bloomberg, Fortune, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: An explosion rocked the country’s army headquarters in the capital Ouagadougou, as witnesses reported masked gunmen with backpacks in the area. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The country’s civil society has been roiled by accusations of sexual misconduct directed at two prominent human rights lawyers. (AP)
  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian lawmakers approved a state of emergency to control continuing anti-government protests in various parts of the country. (AP)
  • Kenya: Five Kenyan policemen were killed in an attack by suspected al Shabaab jihadists near the Somali border. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The UN said two of its staffers were among 11 people killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on a northeast military base in Rann. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombia and the US agreed to expand their antinarcotics collaboration with the aim of cutting the Andean nation’s cocaine production in half by 2023. (EFE)
  • Region: Brazil accused Argentine intelligence chief, Gustavo Arribas, of receiving $850,000 as part of a money-laundering scheme that involved front companies in several Brazilian cities. (NYT)
  • Guatemala: A Guatemalan judge ruled an investigation will proceed against former President Alvaro Colom in a case of alleged corruption during his 2008-2012 administration. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The presidential election was postponed until 20MAY, but did little to quell critics calling for a boycott. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Myanmar defended deploying troops to a border zone with Bangladesh where thousands of Rohingya refugees are camped, labeling the situation a militant threat. (AFP)
  • Region: India told top officials to avoid events held by Tibet’s exile government, fearful of hurting relations with China. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide car bombing in the capital, Kabul, killed at least one person, a young girl, and wounded 15. (AP)
  • India: Police killed at least 10 Maoist rebels in a raid on one of their strongholds in the eastern Chhattisgarh state. (AP)
  • Thailand: Registration for new political parties began with 34 groups registering, the first sign of political activity being officially allowed in the country since a 2014 coup. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German police arrested Andrei Kovalchuk, the alleged mastermind of a plot to smuggle cocaine to Russia from Moscow’s embassy in Argentina. (AFP)
  • Region: Snow storms shut most of Ireland and forced Britain to call in the army to battle some of the worst weather seen in nearly 30 years. (Reuters)
  • Armenia: The Armenian parliament chose Armen Sarkissian to a seven year term as the country’s new president. (Reuters)
  • Azerbaijan: About 25 people were killed after a fire ripped through a drug rehabilitation centre in the capital Baku. (BBC)
  • Russia: The Kremlin rejected a US allegation that the country had been developing destabilizing weapons systems in direct violations of its treaty obligations. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US President Donald Trump told Persian Gulf leaders to resolve the Qatar crisis, or he will cancel a proposed Camp David summit. (AP)
  • Israel: Israeli police questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time in a corruption case that involves the country’s largest telecommunications company Bezeq. (WSJ)
  • Syria: US President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed that a UN Security Council resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in the country must be implemented immediately. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The US is making a push at the UN to set up a new inquiry into Syrian chemical weapons attacks, three months after Russia killed a previous UN inquiry. (RFE/RL)
  • Syria: Turkish warplanes attacked pro-Syrian government forces, killing at least 17 people in the Afrin region. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Nations including China and Russia that launch cyberattacks against the US don’t fear retribution and see no reason to change their behavior, US Army Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone told the Senate. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 22DEC: 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 22DEC: 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 22DEC: 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 19FEB: 2,143 (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 19FEB: 750 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03MAR)

  • Global: World Wildlife Day – 2013
  • Bulgaria: Liberation Day– 1878
  • East Timor: Veterans Day – Unknown
  • Kyrgyzstan: Flag Day – 2010
  • Malawi: Martyr’s Day – 1959

 

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