ONS: 06 April 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 7, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Talks held in Khartoum to ease Egypt’s concerns over a controversial dam that Ethiopia is building along the Nile have failed, a Sudanese minister said.
  • AMERICAS: Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was given 24 hours to surrender to police and start a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.
  • ASIA: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that Parliament will be dissolved to pave the way for general elections, expected to be held next month.
  • EUROPE: German prosecutors say they have ordered the immediate release of ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont after he posted 75,000 euros bail.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Palestinians are streaming to tent camps along Gaza’s border with Israel, ahead of what Hamas hopes will be the second mass protest in a planned, weeks-long series.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  A Brazilian judge has ordered that Facebook Inc. pay $33.4 million for failing to cooperate with a corruption investigation.

TOP STORY

  • South Korea: Ex-President Park sentenced to 24 years for corruption
    • Former President Park Geun-hye was convicted of accepting bribes and abuse of power while in office.
    • Last year, she was driven from office over the same charges after months of protests.
    • In addition to jail time, she will be fined $17 million.
    • Park has been in jail since March last year, and was not in court at the time of sentencing.
    • She is now the third former head of State in South Korea to be jailed for corruption charges.
    • Current President Moon Jae-In has promised in the past to end the practice of pardoning public figures jailed on such charges.
    • Reporting: AP, AFP, Reuters, WaPo, Yonhap

AFRICA

  • Region: Talks held in Khartoum to ease Egypt’s concerns over a controversial dam that Ethiopia is building along the Nile have failed, a Sudanese minister said. (AFP)
  • Congo: The United Nations is downgrading Congo from its highest level of humanitarian emergency after the arrival of aid – and an outcry from government officials. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Two UN peacekeepers were killed and 10 others wounded during an attack likely by Boko Haram militants on their camp in Aguelhok. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Panama expelled the ambassador of Venezuela, while Venezuela suspended flights and sanctioned officials in an escalating diplomatic spat. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was given 24 hours to surrender to police and start a 12-year prison sentence for corruption. (AFP)
  • Canada: Four Russian diplomats expelled by the Canadian government from the country over the Skripal case, have left Ottawa. (Tass)
  • United States: President Donald Trump said the National Guard deployment to the southern US border would range “anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000” (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in Afghanistan and was received in Kabul by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. (Xinhua)
  • China: The Ministry of Commerce said it was ready to pay “any cost” in a possible trade war with the US, after President Donald Trump warned he was considering US$100 billion in extra tariffs. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that Parliament will be dissolved to pave the way for general elections, expected to be held next month. (AP)
  • Thailand: Border police clashed with drug traffickers along the border with Laos, seizing more than 41,000 tablets of methamphetamine. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • France: President Emmanuel Macron said unions’ strikes and protests were “legitimate” but would not dictate the government’s policy. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: Prosecutors say they have ordered the immediate release of ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont after he posted 75,000 euros bail. (AP)
  • Italy: Police have arrested Giuseppe Pelle, a fugitive boss from the notorious ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate in a night raid on his isolated hideout in Calabria. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Palestinians are streaming to tent camps along Gaza’s border with Israel, ahead of what Hamas hopes will be the second mass protest in a planned, weeks-long series. (AP)
  • Lebanon: France announced it would offer development loans and aid worth 550 million euros to Lebanon at an international donors conference in Paris. (AFP)
  • Syria: U.S. military policy toward fighting Islamic State militants in Syria remains the same following discussions with President Donald Trump this week, the Pentagon said. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A Brazilian judge has ordered that Facebook Inc. pay $33.4 million for failing to cooperate with a corruption investigation. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Iris
      • Location: 476 nm E-SE of Cairns, Australia
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: NE at 5 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 (07APR)

  • Global: WHO World Health Day
  • Global: International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda – 2003
  • Kyrgyzstan: People’s April Revolution Day – 2010
  • Slovenia: National Flag Day – 1848
  • Tanzania: Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume Day – 1972

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