ONS: 04 April 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 6, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Sudanese state security prosecutor has charged the main opposition leader, Sadiq al-Mahdi, with collaborating with rebel groups to overthrow President Omar al-Bashir.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of Brazilians demonstrated in favor of prison for former president and election frontrunner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on the eve of his court ruling.
  • ASIA: Seoul’s top diplomat said that North Korea’s human rights record is unlikely to be discussed at this month’s summit, after Pyongyang denounced the South for supporting a fresh UN resolution against the North.
  • EUROPE: German police defused a parcel bomb in Berlin that was “in all likelihood” sent by the same DHL blackmailer who caused the evacuation of a Christmas market last December.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  The Israeli Shin Bet security service says it has arrested 10 Palestinians suspected of planning an attack against a navy ship off the Gaza coast.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A woman identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam injured three people during a shooting at YouTube headquarters in Northern California, and then killed herself.

TOP STORY

  • China retaliates with $50 billion further in tariffs on goods from the United States.
    • The tariffs will reportedly cover soybeans, aircraft, and automobiles, which are among China’s top imports from the US.
    • President Trump had earlier announced tariffs of up to $50 million on Chinese goods, as punishment for theft of intellectual property.
    • The back-and-forth has alarmed observers, who warn of the global implications of a full on trade war.
    • These moves mark a sharp escalation from the relatively modest $3 billion tariffs announced days ago.
    • China has said it will not implement said tariffs until the US measures come into effect, thus still offering a window for negotiation.
    • Reporting: AP, AFP, Reuters, NYT, BBC

AFRICA

  • C. African Republic: One Peacekeeper was killed and 11 were wounded when Anti-Balaka militants attacked a UN base near Bambari. 22 militants were killed. (AP)
  • Libya: A Tripoli court acquitted Saadi Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, of the murder of the late athlete Bashir al-Rayani. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The state security prosecutor has charged the main opposition leader, Sadiq al-Mahdi, with collaborating with rebel groups to overthrow President Omar al-Bashir. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Donald Trump’s strategy for the U.S.-Mexico border includes mobilizing the National Guard, the White House said (Reuters)
  • Bolivia: A U.S. jury found former president of Bolivia Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and his defense minister responsible for killings by security forces during 2003 unrest. (AP)
  • Brazil: Thousands demonstrated in favor of prison for former president and election frontrunner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on the eve of his court ruling. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Leading opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called on France and other EU nations not to recognize elections set for May, calling them a sham. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Cambodia: The government invited foreign observers to monitor the July general election, which Prime Minister Hun Sen is poised to win after the main opposition party was dissolved. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked South Korean President Moon Jae In to visit Japan before the planned summit between North and South Korea. (Kyodo)
  • South Korea: Seoul’s top diplomat said that North Korea’s human rights record is unlikely to be discussed at this month’s summit, after Pyongyang denounced the South for supporting a fresh UN resolution against the North. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Kremlin has demanded an apology from British Prime Minister Theresa May for implicating President Vladimir Putin in the nerve agent attack on a former double agent, saying this “idiocy has gone too far.” (AFP)
  • France: Millions of travelers suffered a second day of disruption as rail workers pressed on with strikes that pose one of the toughest challenges yet to President Macron. (AFP)
  • Germany: Police defused a parcel bomb in Berlin that was “in all likelihood” sent by the same DHL blackmailer who caused the evacuation of a Christmas market last December. (AFP)
  • Italy: President Sergio Mattarella is opening formal consultations to see if any party or coalition can muster support to form a government after the country’s inconclusive March 4 elections. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia meet for their second tripartite summit in under six months, aiming to speed the peace process for Syria and bolster their influence in the country. (AFP)
  • Israel: The Shin Bet security service says it has arrested 10 Palestinians suspected of planning an attack against a navy ship off the Gaza coast. (AP)
  • Yemen: The United States will provide about $87 million in aid to Yemen to address the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country, the State Department said. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A woman identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam injured three people during a shooting at YouTube headquarters in Northern California, and then killed herself. (CNN)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Iris
      • Location: 299 nm E-SE of Cairns, Australia
      • Wind: 65 mph
      • Movement: S-SE at 4 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Cyclone Josie
      • Location: 304 mi S-SE of Suva, Fiji
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Movement: SE at 18 mph
      • 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)
      • 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 (05APR)

  • Nothing to report

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