ONS: 05 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 6, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least seven people were killed and 10 wounded when a car bomb exploded at a restaurant near the Somali ministry of internal security in Mogadishu, Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan security forces clashed with protesters in Caracas as thousands protested a decision by the country’s Supreme Court to seize power from the legislature.
  • ASIA: North Korea fired a projectile into the Sea of Japan, which the US believes was likely a ballistic missile.
  • EUROPE: Six people were detained in St. Petersburg, Russia, on suspicion of recruiting for the Islamic State jihadist group and aiding terrorist activity.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 31 people were killed, including 14 police officers, and more than 40 wounded in attacks by Islamic State militants in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google will roll out a mobile YouTube application designed for India, boosting the search company’s presence in a burgeoning market with spotty Internet access.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Diplomatic showdown over chemical attack, as death toll rises.
    • The US, Britain and France proposed a UN Security Council resolution to condemn a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria, blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for the incident.
    • Russia said a Syrian airstrike targeting militant workshops producing chemical weapons was responsible for the deaths of scores of civilians in Idlib province.
    • The death toll from the attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun rose to at least 72 people killed, making it the deadliest chemical assault since 2013.
    • UN Security General António Guterres said there must be a “very clear investigation to remove all doubts and we need to have accountability based on the results of that investigation.”
    • Russia suggested it would publicly stand by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite international outrage over the attack, setting course for a head-on diplomatic collision between Washington and Moscow.
    • Syria denies the accusations and Russia says it had no warplanes in the vicinity.
    • Coverage: CNN, Guardian, Reuters, Reuters-2, USA Today, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: Over one hundred Gambian migrants returned home, after journeying across the Sahara in harsh conditions only to get stuck in Libya. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Health workers in the country began a mass vaccination program to try to halt a mass outbreak of meningitis that has killed nearly 340 people since late last year. (AFP)
  • Somalia: At least seven people were killed and 10 wounded when a car bomb exploded at a restaurant near the Somali ministry of internal security in Mogadishu. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The government asked its diplomats to help increase exports of weapons as the country suffers through one of the worst economic crises in decades. (AP)
  • Ecuador: President-elect Lenín Moreno warned Julian Assange not to meddle in the country’s politics after the WikiLeaks founder taunted a rival candidate following his loss. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Prosecutors indicted the former social welfare minister and two others on negligent homicide charges over a blaze last month in a children’s shelter that killed 41 girls. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Security forces clashed with protesters in Caracas as thousands protested a decision by the country’s Supreme Court to seize power from the legislature. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea fired a projectile into the Sea of Japan, which the US believes was likely a ballistic missile. (CNN)
  • Afghanistan: Eighteen militants were killed after Afghan Special Operation Forces carried out raids in two provinces within the last 24 hours. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bombing in eastern Punjab province killed six people, including two census workers and four soldiers escorting them. (AP)
  • Thailand: Thai police are seeking ten soldiers over the fatal beating of a 22-year-old army conscript in a military prison. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Free movement of people from the EU to the UK could be extended after Brexit, UK PM Theresa May suggested. (BBC)
  • Region: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says he seeks to avoid “parallel talks” on different issues during negotiations with the UK. (AP)
  • Russia: Investigators searched the home of Akbardzhon Dzhalilov, the suspected suicide bomber behind the 03APR deadly explosion on the St. Petersburg subway. (AP)
  • Russia: Six people were detained in St. Petersburg on suspicion of recruiting for the Islamic State jihadist group and aiding terrorist activity. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: One person was killed and four were injured in a 6.0 earthquake in Khorasan Razavi province that disrupted the power and telecommunication network in the region. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: At least 31 people were killed, including 14 police officers, and more than 40 wounded in attacks by Islamic State militants in the northern city of Tikrit. (Reuters)
  • Syria: International donors are seeking to drum up billions of dollars in aid for the country, as UN relief coordinator Stephen O’Brien said USD 8B is needed for 2017 alone. (AP)
  • Syria: Unidentified warplanes mounted five air strikes in the rebel-held Idlib where dozens of people were killed the day before in a suspected chemical attack. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google will roll out a mobile YouTube application designed for India, boosting the search company’s presence in a burgeoning market with spotty Internet access. (Reuters)
  • Technology: Canadian security agencies launched an investigation into the reported use of devices that can track and spy on cell phones in the capital Ottawa’s parliamentary district. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 71km NNW of Torbat-e Jam, Iran
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • 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 05APR: 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 05APR: 690 (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 (06APR)

  • Global: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace – 2013
  • Argentina: General strike to protest Macri government
  • Gambia: Legislative elections
  • Italy: Anniversary of L’Aquila Earthquake – 2009
  • Kosovo: French court to examine Serbian extradition request of former PM Ramush Haradinaj
  • Mali: Anniversary of Tuareg rebels proclaiming independence of north Mali – 2012
  • Tanzania: 18th EAC Summit to be held in Arusha
  • Thailand: King Rama I Memorial and Chakri Day – 1782
  • United States: Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, meet with US President Trump (to 07APR)

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