ONS: 03 March 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 4, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended by two weeks an amnesty for people and companies that externalized foreign currency and assets during former president Robert Mugabe’s administration.
  • AMERICAS: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan for tariffs on steel and aluminum imports “absolutely unacceptable” and warned of serious disruption.
  • ASIA: The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Hun Sen won all the Senate seats at stake in an election on Feb 25, according to official results released by the National Election Committee.
  • EUROPE: Ten people were injured and dozens arrested in Kiev following clashes between police and anti-corruption protesters who have set up camp outside the parliament.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN Human Rights Council postponed voting on a British resolution condemning the crisis in the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Toyota starts a new $2.8 billion company called Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, or TRI-AD, to develop self-driving car software.

 

TOP STORY

  • Burkina Faso: Islamic extremists attacked the Army HQ and French embassy in the capital Ouagadougou.
    • Sixteen people were killed, including the eight attackers, and more than 80 were wounded.
    • Nationalities of the casualties are unknown at this time.
    • Four militants each attacked the HQ and the embassy, arriving in pickup trucks carrying firearms and explosives.
    • Authorities believe they may have been targeting a high-level meeting at the Army HQ, which had been moved prior to the attack.
    • Burkina Faso is part of the G5 Sahel force, aimed at countering jihadist groups in the region.
    • Reporting: AP, AFP, Reuters, BBC, CNN

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan will send its ambassador back to neighboring Egypt on Monday, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said, two months after withdrawing him amid heightened tensions. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Police said that they have launched a major manhunt for Al-Shabaab group leader that attacked two police camps in Mandera county in northeast region. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced that the mission will reopen an office in the eastern city of Benghazi for the first time in years. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended by two weeks an amnesty for people and companies that externalized foreign currency and assets during former president Robert Mugabe’s administration. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Canada and Mexico should be exempt from proposed U.S. tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, a Mexican trade negotiator said. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan for tariffs on steel and aluminum imports “absolutely unacceptable” and warned of serious disruption. (Xinhua)
  • Region: The U.S. State Department said that the United States and Colombia had held a bilateral high-level dialogue, reaching agreements of cooperation with the focus on counter-narcotics campaign. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Argentina’s government backed its spy chief after Brazilian authorities accused him of involvement in a money laundering scheme that is part of the biggest corruption scandal in Brazil’s history. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Hun Sen won all the Senate seats at stake in an election on Feb 25, according to official results released by the National Election Committee. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: The regime’s representative told the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva last month that Pyongyang stands ready to fight back against any military provocation from the United States. (Yonhap)
  • Pakistan: Parliament held the election for its Senate to elect 52 members of the upper house in the parliament for the next six years. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A Turkish court has ordered two Greek soldiers to be held on charges of ‘military espionage. The soldiers claim they lost their way in bad weather before being apprehended by a Turkish border patrol. (DPA)
  • Greece: The government announced that EU experts have approved a fresh cash injection under its bailout loan programme which is due to wrap up later this year. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: Police in the capital of Berne arrested a man carrying objects wrapped in wires in what they called a suspected bomb threat. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Ten people were injured and dozens arrested in Kiev following clashes between police and anti-corruption protesters who have set up camp outside the parliament. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman travels to Egypt on the first leg of his maiden foreign tour as heir to the throne. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The public prosecutor ordered the detention of a woman interviewed by the BBC, alleging in a statement that she had committed the offense of spreading “false news”. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The UN Human Rights Council postponed voting on a British resolution condemning the crisis in the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Toyota starts a new $2.8 billion company called Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, or TRI-AD, to develop self-driving car software. (The Verge)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Dumazile
      • Location: 389 nm N of St Denis, La Reunion
      • Movement: S at 11mph
      • Wind: 45mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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)
    • 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04MAR)

  • Israel: US-Israeli joint military drills, code-named “Juniper Cobra 2018,” begin (to 15MAR)
  • Italy: General Elections
  • Lithuania and Poland: Saint Casimir’s Day – Unknown

 

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