ONS: 03 March 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 7, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to give Nigeria the needed support to defeat the terror group Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: In El Salvador, officials say homicides are continuing to rise, after last year had what is believed to be the world’s highest rate of violent deaths for any country not in open war.
  • ASIA: A senior Pakistani official has admitted publicly for the first time that the Afghan Taliban’s leadership is living in Pakistan.
  • EUROPE: EU President Donald Tusk warned economic migrants not to come to Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Amnesty International says Russian and Syrian government forces have been targeting hospitals as a war strategy, a practice it says amounts war crimes.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google said that it is working with UNICEF to map the spread of Zika and pitching in a million dollars to support the group’s efforts on the ground.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Regime fires unidentified projectiles in response to UN sanctions.
    • North Korea fired several short-range projectiles into the sea, hours after the UN Security Council voted to impose tough new sanctions on the isolated state.
    • South Korea’s Defense Ministry said it was trying to determine if the projectiles were short-range missiles or artillery fire.
    • The UN resolution that brought about the sanctions aims to cripple the economic factors that fuel North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
    • As a result, all cargo going in and out of the country will be inspected, while 16 more people and 12 organizations have been blacklisted.
    • The effectiveness of the sanctions will depend in large measure on Beijing’s implementation and enforcement.
    • Coverage: CNN, Fortune, Independent, Reuters, VOA

AFRICA

  • Benin: The Economic Community of West African States urged the country to ensure the 06MAR presidential elections are peaceful. (Xinhua)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: The UN supports political dialogue convened by President Joseph Kabila, but in strict respect of the Constitution that limits presidents to two terms. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Authorities in Lagos have ordered security to be increased at schools after heavily armed gunmen abducted three girls. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to give the country the needed support to defeat the terror group Boko Haram. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: A New York judge removed injunctions preventing the country from making payments on its debt, opening the way for a resolution of a decade-old dispute with creditors. (AFP)
  • Canada: Aboriginal leaders demanded a bigger role in the country’s fight against climate change, on the eve of a meeting between PM Justin Trudeau and provincial leaders. (AFP)
  • El Salvador: Salvadoran officials say homicides are continuing to rise, after last year had what is believed to be the world’s highest rate of violent deaths for any country not in open war. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: A senior Pakistani official has admitted publicly for the first time that the Afghan Taliban’s leadership is living in Pakistan. (RFE/RL)
  • Region: Three militants belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit were killed in an overnight gunfight with Indian troops in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: The country announced it would ban landmines and promised to destroy its stockpiles of the explosive devices, nearly seven years after its protracted civil war ended. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Four people have been gunned down in the country’s Muslim-majority southernmost provinces. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU President Donald Tusk warned economic migrants not to come to Europe. (AFP)
  • Region: France would relocate its migrant camp from Calais to Britain and roll out “a red carpet” for bankers fleeing London if the UK leaves the EU, according to French Economic Minister Emmanuel Macron. (FT)
  • Region: Britain will contribute around USD 21M in extra funding to boost security at the French port of Calais, said French Minister for European Affairs Harlem Desir. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The army clashed with fighters of the illegal Kurdistan Workers‘ Party PKK, leaving three troops and eight militants dead. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran said a decision by a Saudi-led bloc of Gulf states to label the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah a terrorist organization is a “mistake.” (AP)
  • Region: Two Israeli police officers were wounded in two separate Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks in the occupied West Bank. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Turkey has not shelled any positions held by the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party inside the country since a ceasefire was implemented, a Turkish official said. (AFP)
  • Syria: Amnesty International says Russian and Syrian government forces have been targeting hospitals as a war strategy, a practice it says amounts war crimes. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google said that it is working with UNICEF to map the spread of Zika and pitching in a million dollars to support the group’s efforts on the ground. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 7.8
    • Depth: 24 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Fuego, Guatemala
    • Guatemalan authorities issued a warning as the volcano, located near the capital, spewed ash into the air. (AFP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 03MAR: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 03MAR: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 03MAR: 18,080 (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: 376
      • Deaths as of 03MAR: 0 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 03MAR: 1638 (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 03MAR: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 03MAR: Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, El Salvador, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Cape Verde, Honduras, French Guiana, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Barbados, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guatemala, Curacao, Costa Rica, Maldives
      • Indication of Viral Circulation as of 03MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 03MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04MAR)

  • South Korea and United States: U.S.-South Korea space policy dialogue
  • Samoa: Legislative assembly elections
  • Zimbabwe: Anniversary of President Mugabe coming to power – 1980
  • Iran: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to visit (to 05MAR)

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