ONS: 06 March 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 7, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Benin goes to the polls to choose a new president but with lingering concerns about the distribution of voters’ cards that has already forced a two-week postponement to the election.
  • AMERICAS: The top leader of powerful Clan Usuga gang was killed in a police raid, authorities said Saturday, in another major blow to Colombia’s most important gang.
  • ASIA: The Taliban said on Saturday it would not take part in peace talks brokered by representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States, casting doubt on efforts to revive negotiations.
  • EUROPE: European leaders will push Turkey at a summit to agree to “large-scale” deportations of economic migrants from Greece, as EU chief Donald Tusk says he sees the first hints of a resolution to the migrant crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A car bomb exploded at a crowded checkpoint outside the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing at least 29 people, police and medical sources said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: As Apple went to court to fight the FBI over encryption, Amazon quietly disabled the option to protect data stored on its Fire tablets. After complaints from customers, Amazon issued a statement that full disc encryption would be restored with a Fire operating system update in the spring.

TOP STORY

  • Korea, North: Tensions continue to simmer in the days after the West placed more sanctions on North Korea, and North Korea conducted nuclear drills in return.
  • The Philippine coastguard said it was closely watching a North Korean vessel and its 21 crew members, as officials waited for a response from the United Nations days after the ship was seized in compliance with new sanctions.
  • South Korea will soon announce its own tougher sanctions on North Korea, a move set to further heighten tensions as Seoul and Washington begin their largest-ever joint military exercise.
  • AFP, AFP-1

AFRICA

  • Benin:  Benin goes to the polls to choose a new president but with lingering concerns about the distribution of voters’ cards that has already forced a two-week postponement to the election. (AFP)
  • Djibouti:  Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh has concluded his two-day state visit to Rwanda with a stance on strong bilateral relations between the two countries. (XIN)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Supporters of Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva rallied in their hundreds outside his Sao Paulo house Saturday a day after his dramatic detention in a corruption probe. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The top leader of powerful Clan Usuga gang was killed in a police raid, authorities said Saturday, in another major blow to Colombia’s most important gang. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Tajik border guards killed an armed fighter who had crossed over from Afghanistan and lost an officer during a clash along the border, a statement said Sunday. (AFP)
  • Afghansitan: The Taliban said on Saturday it would not take part in peace talks brokered by representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States, casting doubt on efforts to revive negotiations. (Reuters)
  • China: China’s third-ranked Communist Party leader Zhang Dejiang said Hong Kong shouldn’t “politicize everything” and should instead focus on integrating its economy with China’s. (Reuters)
  • India:  India has rushed elite security forces to its western state of Gujarat after an intelligence report that some 10 militants may have crossed over from Pakistan, police said Sunday. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Austria: The country does not want to take part in any quota system for distributing refugees among European countries because it has done enough on its own, its defense minister was quoted as saying. (Reuters)
  • Turkey:  European leaders will push the country at a summit to agree to “large-scale” deportations of economic migrants from Greece, as EU chief Donald Tusk says he sees the first hints of a resolution to the migrant crisis. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region:  Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says that both Iran and Turkey support the current Syrian cease-fire and the preservation of Syria’s territorial integrity. (AP)
  • Region: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said the kingdom will keep French military supplies previously intended for Lebanon under a $3 billion aid programme, as Riyadh toughens its stance against Hezbollah. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A car bomb exploded at a crowded checkpoint outside the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing at least 29 people, police and medical sources said. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: As Apple went to court to fight the FBI over encryption, Amazon quietly disabled the option to protect data stored on its Fire tablets. After complaints from customers, Amazon issued a statement that full disc encryption would be restored with a Fire operating system update in the spring. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
        • Cases as of 06MAR: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths as of 06MAR: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 06MAR: 18,080 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 376
      • Deaths as of 06MAR: 0 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 06MAR: 1638 (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 06MAR: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
      • Zika Virus
        • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 06MAR: Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, El Salvador, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Cape Verde, Honduras, French Guiana, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Barbados, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guatemala, Curacao, Costa Rica, Maldives
        • Indication of Viral Circulation as of 06MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
        • Deaths as of 06MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07MAR)

  • Europe Region: EU-Turkey migrant talks
  • Syria: Syria’s government and rebels will re-start peace talks
  • United States and South Korea: Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises, largest ever South Korea-United States joint war games (to 30APR)

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