ONS: 03 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 4, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Pirates hijacked an Indian commercial ship off Somalia’s coast and the vessel is heading toward the shore.
  • AMERICAS: Former VP Lenin Moreno appeared to be the winner in the country’s presidential runoff, with opponent Guillermo Lasso contesting the results.
  • ASIA: Japan is sending back its ambassador to South Korea despite an ongoing impasse over a “comfort women” statue.
  • EUROPE: Armenia’s pro-Russian President Serzh Sargsyan and his party will retain power with victory in the first parliamentary elections since becoming a parliamentary republic.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has no future in post-conflict Syria but his fate is ultimately up to the Syrian people, EU foreign ministers said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The News Integrity Initiative will launch with USD 14M from Facebook, the Ford Foundation, Mozilla and others to combat “fake news” and improve public understanding of journalism.

 

TOP STORY

  • Gibraltar: UK and Spain to contest territory as Brexit unfolds.
    • As the process of Brexit unfolds, Spanish ministers suggested they’ll seek joint sovereignty of Gibraltar, to the dismay of residents, most of whom want to remain in the UK.
    • British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says Gibraltar’s status can only be changed by the territory’s people and UK citizens, as the enclave becomes an issue in Brexit negotiations.
    • Spanish FM Alfonso Dastis said the Spanish government is “surprised by the tone of comments coming out of Britain” about Gibraltar and warned the UK not to “lose their temper.”
    • The EU has proposed offering Spain a right of veto over Gibraltar’s future trade relations with the bloc.
    • In the Brexit referendum, Gibraltar voted by over 96 percent to remain within the EU, but Gibraltarians also do not want to repudiate UK sovereignty, as the “local economy depends on its institutional separation from Spain.”
    • Britain has controlled Gibraltar since 1713.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Bloomberg, INDE, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: South Korea will discuss “Green Growth” programs with Tanzania, Kenya and other African countries in cooperation with the World Bank. (Yonhap)
  • Mali: A peace conference held under the auspices of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita urged government talks with jihadist groups, the Macina Liberation Front and Ansar Dine. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Pirates hijacked an Indian commercial ship off the country’s coast and the vessel is heading toward the shore. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Dozens of children are among the death toll of mudslides in the country’s south-west, which has now reached 254 with hundreds also injured. (BBC)
  • Ecuador: Former VP Lenin Moreno appeared to be the winner in the country’s presidential runoff, with opponent Guillermo Lasso contesting the results. (LAT)
  • Venezuela: Opposition lawmakers demanded the dismissal of the seven Supreme Court judges who issued a ruling stripping legislative power from the opposition-controlled National Assembly. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea, Japan and the US held a joint naval exercise aimed at countering missile threats from North Korean submarines. (AFP)
  • Region: Japan is sending back its ambassador to South Korea despite an ongoing impasse over a “comfort women” statue. (AP)
  • Region: Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire and targeted each other’s positions on the Line of Control, which divides the disputed region of Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • New Zealand: An 11th person has been taken to hospital with typhoid in Auckland as a probe into the outbreak of the potentially deadly disease continues. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The custodian of the Sufi shrine was charged with murder and terrorism, after allegedly torturing and killing 20 worshippers with knives and clubs. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Polish prosecutors alleged new analysis into the 2010 plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski shows that Russian air traffic controllers and a third person in the control tower willingly contributed to the disaster. (AP)
  • Armenia: The country’s pro-Russian President Serzh Sargsyan and his party will retain power with victory in the first parliamentary elections since becoming a parliamentary republic. (FT)
  • Serbia: Conservative PM Aleksandar Vucic won the country’s presidential election on 02APR by a huge margin. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Two police officers were wounded in a bomb attack in the southern province of Mersin. (Xinhua)
  • United Kingdom: British police say as many as 20 people may have been involved in an attack on a 17-year-old Iranian-Kurdish asylum-seeker in south London. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Human Rights Watch accused Israel of barring foreign researchers from entering the Gaza Strip to document abuses. (AP)
  • Region: Increased screening of passenger baggage will take place on flights from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: The country’s top court reduced the jail sentence of Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, imprisoned since 2014, from nine to four years. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Bashar al-Assad has no future in post-conflict Syria but his fate is ultimately up to the Syrian people, EU foreign ministers said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The News Integrity Initiative will launch with USD 14M from Facebook, the Ford Foundation, Mozilla and others to combat “fake news” and improve public understanding of journalism. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Klyuchevsky, Russia
  • 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 31MAR: 10,694 (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 31MAR: 2,275 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 31MAR: 1 (Brazil)
        • 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 03APR: 1,936 (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 03APR: 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 (04APR)

  • Global: International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action – 2005
  • Angola: Anniversary of peace agreement ending civil war – 2002
  • China: Tomb Sweeping Day Holiday – 2008
  • China: Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand to visit (to 11APR)
  • Gambia: Campaigning to end for 06APR parliamentary elections
  • Japan: King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain to visit to meet with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in Tokyo (to 07APR)
  • NATO Nations: Anniversary of the creation of NATO – 1949
  • Senegal: Anniversary of Independence from France – 1960
  • United States: Anniversary of Founding of Microsoft – 1975
  • United States: Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. – 1968

 

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