ONS: 07 April 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 8, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A UN peacekeeper was shot dead by militants in northern Mali.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is expected to turn himself in on Saturday, local media reported.
  • ASIA:  South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea held talks to discuss setting up a hotline between leaders of the two countries, Seoul’s presidential Blue House said.
  • EUROPE: Germany’s justice minister has applauded a court’s decision to free former Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont on bail, two weeks after his arrest in Germany.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Trump and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed of the UAE agreed to push for unity among Gulf nations, the White House said, amid a bitter standoff between Qatar and other US allies in the region.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook said that it had suspended Canadian political consultancy AggregateIQ from its platform after reports that the data firm may have improperly had access to the personal data of Facebook users.

TOP STORY

  • Gaza: Death toll rises as Palestinian protesters face off with Israeli soldiers
    • The Gaza border with Israel has been enflamed by violence since Israeli forces opened fire on a protest march on March 30.
    • More than 30 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more wounded since last week.
    • A Palestinian journalist was among nine people killed by Israeli army gunfire during protests along the border on Friday.
    • The U.N. human rights office said that it has indications that Israeli forces used “excessive force” against protesters last week.
    • The Israeli military has said it fired only at “instigators” involved in attacks on soldiers or the border fence.
    • Hamas Yahya Sinwar pledged Palestinians would eventually “break the border and return to our land and pray in Jerusalem”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, LAT, NYT, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Libya: Libyan coast guards rescued more than 200 illegal immigrants on two rubber boats off the coasts of the western cities of Sabratha and Zuwara, navy spokesman said. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: A UN peacekeeper was shot dead by militants in Gao City. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: President Paul Kagame appointed Uzziel Ndagijimana as finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is expected to turn himself in on Saturday, local media reported. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Texas and Arizona announced plans to send National Guard troops to the southern border with Mexico after President Trump ordered a deployment to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration. (AFP)
  • United States: President Trump signed a memo ordering the end of the “catch and release” immigration policy, in which illegal immigrants are released from detention while awaiting a court hearing on their status. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea held talks to discuss setting up a hotline between leaders of the two countries, Seoul’s presidential Blue House said. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: According to one of the country’s most respected political polls, voters want Malcolm Turnbull to remain prime minister. (Reuters)
  • Japan: The country activated its first marine unit since World War Two to bolster defenses against China. (Reuters)
  • North Korea:  EU has added one person and 21 entities to its list of those subject to restrictive measures against the country in line with the latest sanctions imposed by the UN. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany’s justice minister has applauded a court’s decision to free former Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont on bail, two weeks after his arrest in Germany. (AP)
  • Italy: The 5-Star Movement will propose an economic plan which will keep the budget deficit near the level forecast for this year by the outgoing center-left government, its leader Luigi Di Maio said. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has made a renewed call for Spanish authorities to open negotiations over the region’s secession bid. (AP)
  • UK: British police say they are deploying 300 more officers on the streets of London this weekend to confront a spike in stabbing and shootings that has sparked fears about rising crime. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Some 108 Kurdish militants have been “neutralized” in operations targeting southeast Turkey and northern Iraq over the past week, Turkey’s armed forces said. (Reuters)
  • Region: US President Trump and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed of the UAE agreed to push for unity among Gulf nations, the White House said, amid a bitter standoff between Qatar and other US allies in the region. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Fresh air strikes pounded the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma, rescuers and a monitor said, after a night of heavy bombing on the opposition holdout outside Damascus. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook said that it had suspended Canadian political consultancy AggregateIQ from its platform after reports that the data firm may have improperly had access to the personal data of Facebook users. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Iris
      • Location: 426 nm east-southeast of Cairns, Australia
      • Wind: 35 mph
      • Movement: NNW at 9 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes:
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Location: 88km WSW of Porgera, Papua New Guinea
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • 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 (08APR)

  • Global: International Romani Day – 1990
  • Hungary: General Elections
  • Japan: Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival/Buddha’s birthday) – Unknown

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