ONS: 08 April 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 9, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Algeria and Angola confirmed “great potential” for exchanges between the two countries, stressing the importance of enhancing economic cooperation and political relations.
  • AMERICAS: Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived at the prison in Curitiba where he is to serve a 12-year sentence for corruption.
  • ASIA: Washington has agreed to allow US defense contractors to help Taiwan construct its own submarines, supporting Taipei’s efforts to build up its fleet to counter the threat from China.
  • EUROPE: UN war crimes judges will rule Wednesday in an appeal brought by prosecutors against the surprise acquittal of radical Serb Vojislav Seselj, accused of atrocities committed during the 1990s Balkans wars.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian doctors and rescue workers said that scores of people had died in an apparent chemical attack on a besieged enclave near Damascus, as government forces escalate their battle there.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a U.S. flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”, the Iranian IT ministry said.

TOP STORY

  • Hungary: Voters head to the polls in an election that will determine whether Prime Minister Viktor Orban will win an expected third term
    • Hungary started general elections on Sunday to elect a 199-seat parliament.
    • Opinion polls predicted the triumph of Orban’s Fidesz party and its allied Christian Democratic People’s Party.
    • Orban’s main challengers are Gergely Karacsony, the candidate of the Socialist and Dialogue parties, and Gabor Vona from the nationalist Jobbik party.
    • Orban’s campaign has been based near exclusively on his unyielding anti-migration policies, though voters say they are more concerned with poverty, corruption and the country’s underfunded health care system.
    • “We’re electing not just parties, not just a government, not just a prime minister, but a future for ourselves,” Orban told reporters after voting.
    •  Voter turnout in the first hours of voting in is the highest since 1998.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, Guardian, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: Algeria and Angola confirmed “great potential” for exchanges between the two countries, stressing the importance of enhancing economic cooperation and political relations. (Xinhua)
  • Congo: President Joseph Kabila’s government said it will boycott a UN donor conference that aims to raise $1.7 billion for the violence-wracked country. (NYT)
  • Ghana: Six miners were killed and two injured when the roof of a tunnel collapsed at a gold mining site operated by US-based Newmont. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived at the prison in Curitiba where he is to serve a 12-year sentence for corruption. (WaPo)
  • Brazil:  Four suspects have been killed after a police operation to combat a militia group in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Santa Cruz ended in a shootout. (AP)
  • United States: A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower in Manhattan killed a man inside. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: As many as 22 militants affiliated with the Taliban were killed and 10 others wounded following a series of the U.S. and NATO-led coalition’s air raids in the southern province of Uruzgan. (Xinhua)
  • China:  Chinese state media called on industrial and commercial sectors in the US to rally against President Donald Trump’s plans for an additional $100 billion in tariffs against Chinese goods. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: Washington has agreed to allow US defense contractors to help Taiwan construct its own submarines, supporting Taipei’s efforts to build up its fleet to counter the threat from China. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia’s embassy in London accused Britain of “deliberately” withholding information on probes into the targeting of several Russians on its soil. (AFP)
  • Germany: Prosecutors said they still have no indication why a 48-year-old German man drove a van into a crowd of people in Muenster, killing two and injuring 20 before shooting himself to death inside the van. (Telegraph)
  • Serbia: UN war crimes judges will rule Wednesday in an appeal brought by prosecutors against the surprise acquittal of radical Serb Vojislav Seselj, accused of atrocities committed during the 1990s Balkans wars. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Saudi Arabia: A Saudi soldier was killed during a raid against suspected militants in the town of al-Awamiya in the kingdom’s eastern Qatif province, Al Arabiya TV reported. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country’s public prosecutor has begun investigations and opening arguments in the corruption cases of princes, top officials and businessmen who were detained late last year, an official told pan-Arab newspaper Al Sharq Al Awsat. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Syrian doctors and rescue workers said that scores of people had died in an apparent chemical attack on a besieged enclave near Damascus, as government forces escalate their battle there. (WaPo)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a U.S. flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”, the Iranian IT ministry said. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Iris
      • Location: 426 nm east-southeast of Cairns, Australia
      • Wind: 35 mph
      • Movement: NNW at 9 mph
      • Map
  • 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 (09APR)

  • Algeria: High-level African meeting on combating terrorism financing to take place
  • Egypt: Sham el-Nessim – Unknown
  • Georgia: Day of National Unity – 1989
  • Kenya: The inaugural Africa Climate week meeting to open in Nairobi (to 13APR)
  • Tunisia: Martyr’s Day – 1938

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