ONS: 06 April 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 7, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s UN-backed unity government moved to cement control over the country’s finances and institutions after the rival administration ceded power in an effort to end years of chaos.
  • AMERICAS: Some 50,000 people marched in the Peruvian capital, Lima, to protest against the presidential candidacy of frontrunner Keiko Fujimori, 24 years to the day after the coup d’état staged by her father.
  • ASIA: Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was set to leave his post after 10 years to pave the way for a successor to be appointed.
  • EUROPE: Breakaway forces in Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region said a ceasefire agreed with Azeri forces largely held overnight.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian army and its allies launched an attack overnight on insurgents south of Aleppo, described as the fiercest government assault since February’s ceasefire came into effect.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Fang Binxing, the “father” of China’s Great Firewall, was forced to use a VPN to bypass his own creation during a public lecture.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: New missile system, illegal funding show a secure regime.
    • North Korea has developed a large-caliber multiple launch rocket system and could use it to strike South Korea as soon as this year, the South’s defense minister said.
    • The completion of the new weapon has drawn attention to North Korea’s escalating artillery threats to South Korea, especially along the inter-Korean border region and the capital city of Seoul.
    • Despite purges of numerous high ranking officials and last year’s removal of the country’s defense minister, there are no indications of growing instability in the North Korean leadership, an unnamed South Korean official said.
    • Detailed in the leaked Panama Papers, Nigel Cowie, a British banker with ties to North Korea, set up an offshore company allegedly used by the isolated and heavily sanctioned state to fund its nuclear quest and sell weapons.
    • Under the mid-term defense plan, South Korea’s military plans to deploy surface-to-surface guided missiles with a range of 120 km by 2019 in response to the DPRK’s new multiple rocket launchers.
    • Coverage: Reuters, VOA, WP, Xinhua, Yonhap

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: The death toll from yellow fever outbreak in the country has risen to 225, with an estimated 1,600 cases now recorded, Health Minister Luis Sambo said. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The nation’s UN-backed unity government moved to cement control over the country’s finances and institutions after the rival administration ceded power in an effort to end years of chaos. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Calls are growing for President Jacob Zuma to resign despite a defeated opposition motion to remove him because of a spending scandal. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A Brazilian legislative committee decided to schedule a vote for 11APR on whether to pursue impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. (Xinhua)
  • Peru: Some 50,000 people marched in the capital, Lima, to protest against the presidential candidacy of frontrunner Keiko Fujimori, 24 years to the day after the coup d’état staged by her father. (AFP)
  • Puerto Rico: Lawmakers approved a moratorium on servicing the US commonwealth’s crushing USD 70B debt. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China has begun operating a lighthouse on one of its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The “Islamic State” terror group located in the nation is growing and wants to use the country “as a springboard to expand further,” Russian Foreign Ministry official Zamir Kabulov said. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: Nearly 20 million Bangladeshis are still drinking water poisoned with high levels of arsenic, a new Human Rights Watch report suggests. (Guardian)
  • Vietnam: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was set to leave his post after 10 years to pave the way for a successor to be appointed. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Breakaway forces in Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region said a ceasefire agreed with Azeri forces largely held overnight. (Reuters)
  • Region: Arrivals in Greece of migrants crossing by sea from Turkey fell sharply, on the third day of an agreement to seal off a popular route used by hundreds of thousands of people. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The country will work on new rules to strip citizenship from Turks found to be supporting terrorism, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag sais. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko denied he put his assets in an offshore trust to minimize taxes, after his offshore assets were included in the “Panama Papers.” (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Nilesat, a leading Arab satellite operator, cut transmission of Hezbollah’s television channel Al-Manar amid soaring tensions between the Lebanese Shiite group’s backer Iran and Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia. (AFP)

●     Region: Qatar’s Foreign Ministry says a Qatari hunter and an Asian kidnapped in Iraq while on a hunting trip there in December have been released. (AP)

  • Region: Israeli and Palestinian officials agreed to stop several days of rolling blackouts in the occupied West Bank over what Israel says is some USD 450M in debt. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian army and its allies launched an attack overnight on insurgents south of Aleppo, described as the fiercest government assault since February’s ceasefire came into effect. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Fang Binxing, the “father” of China’s Great Firewall, was forced to use a VPN to bypass his own creation during a public lecture. (Wired)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18P (Zena)
    • Location: 321 NM W of Suva, Fiji
    • Wind: 103 mph
    • Movement: ESE at 29 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 102km W of Sola, Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 33 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 01APR: 36,596 (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: 1,600
      • Deaths: 2
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 82 (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 29MAR: 1698 (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 29MAR: 609 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 31MAR: Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Aruba, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Dominica, United States Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, Curacao, Suriname, French Guiana, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Gabon, Maldives, Bangladesh, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 31MAR: Micronesia, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 31MAR: United States of America, France, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07APR)

  • Global: World Health Day
  • Global: A high-level conference on preventing violent extremism is to take place in Geneva (to 08APR)
  • Egypt: Egyptian and Italian prosecutors and policemen will meet in Rome to discuss investigations into the murder of Giulio Regeni (to 08APR)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Russian State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin to visit (to 08APR)
  • Rwanda: Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide

 

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