ONS: 05 April 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 6, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  The Egyptian, Sudanese, and Ethiopian foreign ministers arrived in Sudan for a meeting on a planned Ethiopian Nile dam that Egypt fears will harm its water supply.
  • AMERICAS: A caravan of Central American migrants scrapped plans to cross into the United States, as President Trump ordered the National Guard to deploy to the border.
  • ASIA: North and South Korea started working-level talks to discuss security and protocol issues for the upcoming inter-Korean summit.
  • EUROPE: The first of a group of 60 US diplomats who have been expelled from Russia in the wake of the poisoned spy row departed from Washington’s embassy in Moscow.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  American troops will remain in Syria for now to finish off Isil, the White House has said despite Donald Trump pushing for them to return home.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australia’s Privacy Commissioner said she had opened a formal investigation into social media giant Facebook over privacy violations.

TOP STORY

  • Brazil: Supreme Court rejects Lula’s bid to avoid jail, dooming campaign run
    • The Court ruled 6-5 that he be jailed while appealing his conviction on graft charges.
    • His sentence stands at 12 years, and he is expected to be arrested within a few days.
    • Lula dismisses the charges against him as politically motivated, aiming to keep him out of office.
    • Wildly popular as President, he has since become a divisive figure due to a far-reaching corruption scandal across Brazilian politics.
    • On the eve of the Court ruling, Lula was leading national polls for the upcoming Presidential election, but incarceration will prevent him standing as a final candidate.
    • Reporting: BBC, Guardian, AP, AFP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: The Egyptian, Sudanese, and Ethiopian foreign ministers arrived in Sudan for a meeting on a planned Ethiopian Nile dam that Egypt fears will harm its water supply. (AFP)
  • Sierra Leone: Opposition challenger Julius Maada Bio secured his first term in office as a civilian — but his opponent vowed to contest the result. (AFP)
  • South Africa: The government signed long-delayed renewable energy contracts worth $4.7 billion with independent power producers, in the first major investment deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Security agents brought home from Libya seven Sudanese women who they said were members of the Islamic State jihadist group. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US Senator Dick Durbin traveled to Venezuela as pressure mounted on President Nicolas Maduro to hand over a jailed Utah man. (AP)
  • Mexico: A caravan of Central American migrants scrapped plans to cross into the United States, as President Trump ordered the National Guard to deploy to the border. (AFP)
  • United States: National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said administration is weighing further retaliation against Russia for meddling in the election and interfering in the affairs of the United States and its allies. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: North and South Korea started working-level talks to discuss security and protocol issues for the upcoming inter-Korean summit. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Communist guerrillas are willing to resume peace talks with the government after President Rodrigo Duterte revived the idea but reject any preconditions (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe survived a no confidence vote in parliament after a majority of legislators voted to support his coalition government. (Reuters)
  • Vietnam: A court in Hanoi opened trials on six human rights activists accused of attempting to overthrow the government as authorities stepped up their crackdown on dissent. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Estonia: President Kersti Kaljulaid called for US Patriot missiles and troops to be deployed to the small Baltic state, saying it was necessary to make deterrence “believable” for Russia. (AFP)
  • Italy: Anti-establishment and far-right leaders jostle for power as they meet with the president for talks on who can lead a new national government. (AFP)
  • Russia: The first of a group of 60 US diplomats who have been expelled from Russia in the wake of the poisoned spy row departed from Washington’s embassy in Moscow. (AFP)
  • Turkey:  The Intelligence agency said it had brought back from abroad a total of 80 suspected members of the Gulenist movement blamed for the 2016 failed coup. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Chinese Navy’s 29th Fleet, with about 700 personnel, was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden, in support of ongoing escort missions. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Authorities released a small group of African migrants who had been awaiting deportation after the collapse of an international deal to send them to Rwanda. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Saudi coalition air defenses intercepted a missile fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen at a Saudi Aramco storage facility. (Reuters)
  • Syria: American troops will remain in Syria for now to finish off Isil, the White House has said despite Donald Trump pushing for them to return home. (WH)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Australia’s Privacy Commissioner said she had opened a formal investigation into social media giant Facebook over privacy violations. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Iris
      • Location: 402 nm E-SE of Cairns, Australia
      • Wind: 45 mph
      • Movement: E-NE at 6 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes:
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Location: 45km SE of Tarragona, Philippines
    • Depth: 64.4km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes:
    • Mt. Shinmoe
    • Location: Kyushu, Japan
    • Eruption: 5km
  • 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 (06APR)

  • Global: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace – 2013
  • Burundi: President Ntaryamira Day – 1994
  • Cocos Islands: Act of Self Determination Day – 1984
  • South Africa: Former president Jacob Zuma to appear in court to face corruption charge
  • South Korea: Verdict in the trial the trial of former President Park Geun-hye to be broadcast live from Seoul Central District Court
  • Thailand: Chakri Memorial Day – 1782

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