ONS: 07 March 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 8, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Sierra Leone, voters are choosing a new president in a race that has sparked debate over dual nationality and eligibility for the country’s highest office.
  • AMERICAS: US President Trump warned Moscow that his administration would counteract any attempts to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections.
  • ASIA: In Sri Lanka, police fired teargas to disperse rioters in curfew-bound Kandy after a state of emergency was imposed in a bid to quell anti-Muslim violence.
  • EUROPE: Russia says the unexplained illness of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom is being used to fuel an anti-Russian campaign.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman says Qatar will not be barred from an Arab summit in Riyadh later this month, but predicted the standoff with Doha could last a long time.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The UN called for urgent global action to protect privacy in cyberspace, as the issue has crossed national borders and lies “at the intersection of privacy and security interests.”

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: Expectations tempered for North-South summit.
    • South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on sanctions on North Korea will not be eased for the sake of a summit between the two sides.
    • Washington and Tokyo reacted with skepticism to the North’s offer of talks on denuclearization, seeing a familiar pattern of threats followed by talks that fail to win significant concessions.
    • A North-South summit and possible talks between North Korea and the US risk diplomatically isolating Japan.
    • The North’s Kim dynasty has a history of dangling the prospect of a negotiated settlement on its nuclear arsenal, and then walking away after winning concessions.
    • Meanwhile, the US determined North Korea ordered the assassination last year of its leader Kim Jong-Un’s estranged half-brother with a banned nerve agent, resulting in new sanctions on the country.
    • Coverage: Bloomberg, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2, Reuters-3

AFRICA

  • Niger: The White House has yet to approve a Pentagon request to provide imminent-danger pay to American troops assigned to the country. (NYT)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram killed 10 people in three separate attacks in the country’s northeast. (AFP)
  • Sierra Leone: Voters are choosing a new president in a race that has sparked debate over dual nationality and eligibility for the country’s highest office. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico threatened to retaliate against US President Donald Trump’s planned tariffs by hitting the most “politically sensitive” US exports with tariffs of its own. (AFP)
  • Region: Mexico will host the 13th Summit of the Pacific Alliance on 24-25JUL. (Xinhua)
  • United States: President Trump warned Moscow that his administration would counteract any attempts to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections. (WP)
  • Venezuela: UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said that crimes against humanity may have been committed in the country and voiced alarm at “the erosion of democratic institutions” in the Andean nation. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan says it shot down an Indian “spy drone” after it entered Pakistani airspace in the disputed region of Kashmir. (AP)
  • Myanmar: UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said he strongly suspected that “acts of genocide” may have taken place against Muslim Rohingyas in the country since AUG2017. (Reuters)
  • Papua New Guinea: At least 18 people were killed by a magnitude 6.7 quake that struck the mountainous Southern Highlands, adding to the death toll from a larger quake last week. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte said there is no chance of him going on trial at the International Criminal Court, because it would not have jurisdiction to indict him. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: Police fired teargas to disperse rioters in curfew-bound Kandy after a state of emergency was imposed in a bid to quell anti-Muslim violence. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia says the unexplained illness of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom is being used to fuel an anti-Russian campaign. (AP)
  • Region: European police smashed an international weapons-smuggling ring operating in at least four countries, including Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France. (AP)
  • Region: Turkey demanded that Greece arrest and prosecute right-wing demonstrators who burned a Turkish flag during a weekend protest in Athens. (AP)
  • Spain: An alleged racist attack on actor Marius Makon, who is of African descent, sparked outrage in the country. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police in the city of Adana detained 13 Islamic State suspects allegedly plotting attacks on a number of buildings in the city, including the US Consulate. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman says Qatar will not be barred from an Arab summit in Riyadh later this month, but predicted the standoff with Doha could last a long time. (AP)
  • Region: Yemeni officials say the United Arab Emirates is barring ships carrying some USD 680M from entering the southern port of Aden. (AP)
  • Region: Turkey called on the US to prevent the reinforcement of US-backed Kurdish forces battling a Turkish offensive in the Syrian Afrin enclave. (AP)
  • Iran: The country has increased its missile production three-fold, senior Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Syrian government forces pounded the eastern Ghouta area with air strikes in an effort to slice the rebel enclave in two. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The UN called for urgent global action to protect privacy in cyberspace, as the issue has crossed national borders and lies “at the intersection of privacy and security interests.” (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Dumazile
    • Location: 366 NM S of St Denis, La Reunion
    • Movement: SSE at 12 mph
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Hola
    • Location: 110 NM NNW of Port Vila, Vanuatu
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 112km SW of Porgera, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Shinmoe, Japan
    • Powerful volcanic eruptions continued, with smoke reaching up to three kilometers. (Kyodo)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 22DEC: 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 22DEC: 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 22DEC: 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 05MAR: 2,143 (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 05MAR: 750 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08MAR)

  • Global: International Women’s Day – 1975
  • Armenia: President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA) George Tsereteli to pay an official visit (to 09MAR)
  • Chile: 11 parties to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership to sign the new trade agreement
  • Sweden: Council of Baltic Sea States Baltic Sea Future Congress (to 09MAR)
  • Syria: Revolution Day – 1963

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