ONS: 03 April 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 4, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Boko Haram killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens in coordinated attacks on a military camp and villages around the Nigerian city of Maiduguri.
  • AMERICAS: The security chief of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henri Falcon was attacked during a campaign event and is being treated for a “severe” head injury.
  • ASIA: A boat carrying dozens of Rohingya from Myanmar has arrived in Malaysia, and authorities said they would be allowed to stay.
  • EUROPE: German prosecutors asked a court to order the extradition to Spain of Catalonia’s ousted president Carles Puigdemont on a rebellion charge.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended a resettlement deal for African migrants faced with deportation, just hours after his office had announced the agreement with the UN refugee agency.
  • COMMUNICATIONS: India’s government issued, and later rescinded an order allowing reporters’ press credentials to be suspended on an accusation of spreading “fake news.”

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: UN to probe civilian casualties after airstrike on Madrasa kills 59.
    • Afghan Air Force helicopters struck a religious school in the Dashte Archi district in Kunduz province, a Taliban-controlled area.
    • 59 people were reported killed, at least 35 of whom were identified as Taliban, including several commanders.
    • Afghan authorities identified the target as a “training center” for an elite cell of Taliban fighters, conceding 5 civilian casualties.
    • The Taliban has denied any presence at the school, and alleged that 150 civilians were killed.
    • US forces were reportedly not involved.
    • The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan issued a statement saying it would investigate reports of civilian casualties on the ground.
    • Reporting: Reuters, AFP, Reuters(2), AFP(2), BBC, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: The United Nations disputed claims by Morocco that the Polisario Front had carried out incursions in a buffer zone of Western Sahara (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens in coordinated attacks on a military camp and villages around the northern city of Maiduguri. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, died aged 81, triggering an outpouring of tributes. (AFP)
  • Zambia: The government gave the Cuban ambassador a seven-day ultimatum to leave the country following his public endorsement of an opposition political party. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The attorney general’s office launched an investigation to into whether officials from state-run oil company Ecopetrol could be held responsible for an oil spill of 550 barrels in Santander province. (Reuters)
  • United States: The administration will pressure immigration judges to process cases faster by establishing a quota system tied to their annual performance reviews. (WaPo)
  • Venezuela: The security chief of opposition presidential candidate Henri Falcon was attacked during a campaign event and is being treated for a “severe” head injury. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: A boat carrying dozens of Rohingya from Myanmar has arrived in Malaysia, and authorities said they would be allowed to stay. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The government has agreed to a visit by the UN Security Council after months of resistance, but it remains unclear whether ambassadors will be allowed to go to Rakhine state. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Intelligence services mounted raids against militants of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) as part of an operation in the border regions. (TNI)

EUROPE

  • Region: The presidents of three Baltic States are asking President Trump to do more to deter Russia by bolstering U.S. forces on NATO’s eastern flank. (RFE-RL)
  • France: A major railway strike has brought trains to a halt, with only 12% running, posing the biggest test so far for President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms. (AP)
  • Germany:  Prosecutors asked a court to order the extradition to Spain of Catalonia’s ousted president Carles Puigdemont on a rebellion charge. (AFP)
  • Romania: The general prosecutor has requested that former President Ion Iliescu and former Premier Petre Roman be charged with crimes against humanity for their roles in the country’s bloody anti-communist revolution. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: The parliament has preliminarily approved a new law to establish a supreme council for combating terrorism, at President Sisi’s request. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended a resettlement deal for African migrants faced with deportation, just hours after his office had announced the agreement with the UN refugee agency. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The crown prince said Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land, in another public sign of ties between Riyadh and Tel Aviv appearing closer. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent pledge to pull U.S. troops out of Syria “very soon” (RFE-RL)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: India’s government issued, and later rescinded an order allowing reporters’ press credentials to be suspended on an accusation of spreading “fake news.” (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Iris
      • Location: 184 nm E of Cairns, Australia
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: E at 1 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Cyclone Josie
      • Location: 221 mi S-SE of Suva, Fiji
      • Wind: 45 mph
      • Movement: E-SE at 4 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes:
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Location: 12 km N-NE of Carandaiti, Bolivia
    • Depth: 568 km
    • Map
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04APR)

  • Global: International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action – 2005
  • Angola: Peace Day – 2002
  • Brazil: Federal Supreme Court to decide whether ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will be incarcerated immediately or only after exhausting all of his appeals
  • France: 204th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board to meet in Paris (to 15APR)
  • Russia: Seventh Moscow Conference on Global Security to open (to 05APR)
  • Senegal: Independence Day – 1959
  • Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to host the presidents of Russia and Iran for summit on Syria
  • United States: Labor Department to release March jobs report

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