ONS: 08 April 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 9, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Djibouti, voters went to the polls, with incumbent Ismail Omar Guelleh expected to extend his 17-year rule in the strategic African nation courted by world powers.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro said he would ask the Supreme Court to strike down an amnesty law passed by opposition lawmakers to free those they describe as political prisoners.
  • ASIA: In Myanmar, anxious families of detained activists rushed to prisons, as officials indicated dozens of students could be freed after Aung San Suu Kyi hinted at a mass amnesty for political prisoners.
  • EUROPE: Two ethnic Armenian troops died in fighting with Azerbaijani forces as the arch-foes accused each other of breaching a ceasefire.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkey and Israel are on the brink of restoring their ties after a bitter falling-out five years ago, the Turkish foreign ministry announced after talks in London.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey has confirmed that the law enforcement agency’s hack on the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5C will not work on newer iPhones.

TOP STORY

  • Europe: Second wave of migrant deportations begins.
    • A second group of deported migrants has arrived by ferry in Turkey from Greece as part of an EU deal to reduce the numbers reaching Europe.
    • Some 45 migrants, mainly from Pakistan, were placed on a boat in the Greek islands of Lesbos and made the short trip to the Turkish port of Dikili across the Aegean Sea.
    • The accord aims to help end a chaotic influx into the EU of migrants and refugees.
    • The resumption of expulsions came amid protests in Greece by activists who say thousands of migrants are being held there in poor and overcrowded conditions.
    • Meanwhile, Germany has announced that the number of new asylum applications it has received dropped severely from February to March, totaling only 20,000 compared to 60,000 a month earlier.
    • Coverage: BBC, Reuters, USA Today, VOA, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Egypt: At least five Egyptian soldiers, a military officer and a civilian woman were killed, and 15 injured in the Sinai peninsula, after armored personnel carriers exploded in two separate incidents. (Reuters)
  • Djibouti: Voters went to the polls, with incumbant Ismail Omar Guelleh expected to extend his 17-year rule in the strategic African nation courted by world powers. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Deputy President William Ruto said the International Criminal Court’s case against him and broadcaster Joshua Sang collapsed this week because they are innocent. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro appeared in public for the first time in nine months, chatting with school children and criticizing Barack Obama’s recent visit. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said he would ask the Supreme Court to strike down an amnesty law passed by opposition lawmakers to free those they describe as political prisoners. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Government supporters and opposition activists clashed in a rock-hurling brawl near the country’s election council headquarters triggered by an opposition recall campaign against President Maduro. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Vietnam demanded China remove an oil exploration rig from a sea area where the countries are still negotiating a delineation of control. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: Thirteen North Koreans working at the same restaurant in a foreign country have defected to South Korea, Seoul officials said. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Anxious families of detained activists rushed to prisons, as officials indicated dozens of students could be freed after Aung San Suu Kyi hinted at a mass amnesty for political prisoners. (AFP)
  • North Korea: France will adopt strong standalone sanctions against the country as Pyongyang shows no intention of giving up its weapons programs through talks, a senior French diplomat said. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Region: Two ethnic Armenian troops died in fighting with Azerbaijani forces as the arch-foes accused each other of breaching a ceasefire. (AFP)
  • Germany: Twenty-four Tunisians were sent back to their homeland on a charter plane out, the first use of an agreement between the two countries aimed at making deportations easier. (DPA)
  • Iceland: The government of new prime minister, Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, faces a no-confidence vote, a day after taking office following fallout from the Panama Papers. (DPA)
  • Portugal: Armed forces chief General Carlos Jeronimo has resigned, days after being summoned to explain comments about gay soldiers made by the deputy head of the military college. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey and Israel are on the brink of restoring their ties after a bitter falling-out five years ago, the Turkish foreign ministry announced after talks in London. (AFP)
  • Region: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iran to help end wars in Yemen and Syria, where Tehran and its Gulf Arab rivals are backing opposing sides. (AFP)
  • Iraq: US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced stop in Baghdad to meet with top Iraqi officials to show support for its stability and against the Islamic State. (AP)
  • Syria: Syrian rebels have seized control of the strategically important northern town of al-Rai from so-called Islamic State (IS). (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey has confirmed that the law enforcement agency’s hack on the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5C will not work on newer iPhones. (Guardian)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 07APR: 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 07APR: Micronesia, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 07APR: United States of America, France, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09APR)

  • Iraq: Baghdad Liberation Day
  • Philippines: Bataan Day
  • Syria: The U.N.’s Syria envoy has set April 9 as a ‘target date’ for indirect peace talks to resume in Geneva.
  • Tunisia: Tunisian ‘Martyrs Day’, commemorates a 1938 massacre of nationalists by French troops – 1938

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