ONS: 04 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 5, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: More than 3,000 South Sudanese fled into neighboring Uganda after government soldiers attacked the border town of Pajok, killing men, women and children indiscriminately, according to refugees.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia declared a state of economic emergency in the town of Mocoa, after mudslides left more than 270 people dead, including 43 children.
  • ASIA: China and Southeast Asian countries have made progress in talks on a code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea, the Philippines said.
  • EUROPE: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged Germany and other European nations to invest more in defense spending.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, at least 58 people have been killed and 160 wounded in a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that could eventually allow internet providers to sell information about their customers’ browsing habits.

 

TOP STORY

  • Russia: Suspect in St. Petersburg metro bombing identified.
    • A native of Kyrgyzstan with Russian citizenship is believed to be responsible for the deadly blast in St. Petersburg that killed 14 people and wounded more than 50, including children, the Kyrgyz authorities said.
    • The state security service of Kyrgyzstan said the suspect is 22-year-old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, who was born in Osh, a city that has seen bloody ethnic conflicts and the growth of jihadist movements since the Soviet Union began disintegrating.
    • No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which led to the shutdown of the city’s metro system.
    • Separately, in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan, two policemen were killed in in a suspected Islamist militant attack.
    • Coverage: AP, CBS, CNN, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: More than 3,000 South Sudanese fled into neighboring Uganda after government soldiers attacked the border town of Pajok, killing men, women and children indiscriminately, according to refugees. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: The country has discussed ways with South Korea to step up their collaboration on a range of economic issues, including investment and trade. (Yonhap)
  • South Africa: The country’s largest trade union Cosatu said President Jacob Zuma must step down after his change of finance ministers triggered a credit rating downgrade to “junk”. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Colombian government declared a state of economic emergency in the town of Mocoa, after mudslides left more than 270 people dead, including 43 children. (AFP)
  • French Guiana: France will not give an “unrealistic” USD 2.7B aid package for the country, despite ongoing social unrest, French PM Bernard Cazeneuve said. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The Organization of American States said the Venezuelan Supreme Court ruling nullifying the opposition-controlled Congress was “incompatible with democratic practice.” (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China and Southeast Asian countries have made progress in talks on a code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea, the Philippines said. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Twelve army officers including two generals were sacked for negligence over an militant attack on the Sardar Daud Khan hospital in Kabul, which pointed to a spectacular intelligence failure. (AFP)
  • Australia: The Australian Government announced a major crackdown on foreign bribery. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: The US put the country back on the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, after being removed in 2008. (EFE)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte sacked his interior secretary and close political ally over reports of alleged corruption, in what his officials said was a warning that he will not tolerate wrongdoing even in his Cabinet. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged Germany and other European nations to invest more in defense spending. (DPA)
  • Region: French maritime authorities rescued six Iranian migrants whose fishing boat was sinking in the English Channel as they sought to reach Britain. (AP)
  • Spain: Police in the country’s south staged raids targeting assets of the family of Syrian leader Bashar Assad. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The UN warned the plight of millions of Syrian refugees was becoming “desperate,” with aid funds running low as donors and humanitarian groups met in Brussels to discuss the next steps. (AFP)
  • Iraq: More than 300,000 people have fled Mosul since the start of the campaign to dislodge Islamic State from the city, the UN said. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least 58 people have been killed and 160 wounded in a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. (AFP)
  • Syria: The evacuation of more than 30,000 people from the towns of Fuaa, Kafraya, Madaya and Zabadani, brokered by Qatar and Iran, has been delayed. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that could eventually allow internet providers to sell information about their customers’ browsing habits. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (05APR)

  • Chile: Anniversary of Battle of Maipú – 1818
  • Chile: Anniversary of first European contact with Rapa Nui (Easter Island) – 1722
  • Kazakhstan: Meeting of secretaries of the Security Council of states to be held in Astana (to 06APR)
  • Syria: European Union to host Syria peace conference in Brussels
  • United States: Jordan’s King Abdullah to visit the White House

 

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