ONS: 08 March 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 9, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Chairman Moussa Faki of the African Union Commission says he considers President Donald Trump’s slur about Africa to be an incident “of the past.”
  • AMERICAS: Mexico said progress on joint policy concerns was needed before any meeting between US President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
  • ASIA: Buddhist mobs are still sweeping through Sri Lanka’s Muslim neighborhoods, despite a curfew, a state of emergency and heavy deployment of security forces.
  • EUROPE: With warmer weather on the horizon, the EU is weighing more ways to prevent migrants from reaching its shores but remains divided over how to share responsibility for those people entitled to stay.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross postponed a second aid convoy to the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus because of the violence.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI views companies hit by cyber-attacks as victims and will not rush to share their information with other agencies investigating whether they failed to protect customer data.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Trump to formalize tariffs, despite outcry and possible retaliation.
    • President Donald Trump will likely formalize plans for stiff and sweeping steel and aluminum tariffs, which have sparked domestic and international outcry.
    • Some countries, including Canada and Mexico, may be exempt from the planned tariffs, the White House announced.
    • China said it would make a “necessary response” in the event of Trump introducing punitive tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
    • Conversely, eleven nations — including major US allies like Japan, Canada and Australia — are set to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership that challenges Trump’s view of trade as a zero-sum game filled with winners and losers.
    • Trump’s tariff plan has caused domestic political chaos with Democrats and Republicans voicing opposition, plus the resignation of Gary Cohn, his top economic advisor.
    • Coverage: BBC, Guardian, NBC, NYT, NYT-2

AFRICA

  • Region: Chairman Moussa Faki of the African Union Commission says he considers President Donald Trump’s slur about Africa to be an incident “of the past.” (AP)
  • Region: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said African countries should weigh Chinese loans carefully, while adding that Washington was not trying to keep Chinese investment away from the continent. (Reuters)
  • Region: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika called on Arab nations to work together to fight illegal migration and the networks that feed them. (AP)
  • Egypt: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemned UN criticism of the “pervasive climate of intimidation” in the country ahead of the presidential election later this month. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico said progress on joint policy concerns was needed before any meeting between US President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. (Reuters)
  • Region: Former Colombian President Andres Pastrana and ex-Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga said they were denied entry to Cuba. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: Former Petrobras CEO Aldemir Bendine was sentenced to 11 years in prison for corruption and money laundering. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Bangladeshi finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith condemned the Myanmar government as “evil” and said he did not believe the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees could be repatriated. (Guardian)
  • Afghanistan: Two missiles fired from a US drone hit a militant facility, killing 21 insurgents, including the son of the head of the Pakistani Taliban. (AP)
  • Philippines: The Philippine Supreme Court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno vowed save judicial independence as President Rodrigo Duterte’s congressional allies launched an impeachment process to remove her from office. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: Buddhist mobs are still sweeping through the country’s Muslim neighborhoods, despite a curfew, a state of emergency and heavy deployment of security forces. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: With warmer weather on the horizon, the EU is weighing more ways to prevent migrants from reaching its shores but remains divided over how to share responsibility for those people entitled to stay. (AP)
  • Region: German police arrested a 17-year-old Iraqi suspected of planning an explosives attack for the Islamic State jihadist group in Germany or Britain. (AFP)
  • Austria: Austrian police detained a 23-year-old suspect in connection with knife attacks in Vienna in which four people were injured. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Britain will work out who carried out a nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in the country, then take action, interior minister Amber Rudd said.  (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkish and Iraqi forces will carry out a joint operation against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The widow of an Iranian-Canadian university professor who died under disputed circumstances in a Tehran prison has been barred from leaving the country. (AP)
  • Syria: Since 18FEB, more than 900 civilians have been killed in Eastern Ghouta since Syrian government forces launched its assault on the rebel enclave. (AFP)
  • Syria: The International Committee of the Red Cross postponed a second aid convoy to the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus because of the violence. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The FBI views companies hit by cyber-attacks as victims and will not rush to share their information with other agencies investigating whether they failed to protect customer data. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Dumazile
    • Location: 476 NM S of St Denis, La Reunion
    • Movement: SE at 8 mph
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Hola
    • Location: 157 NM W of Port Vila, Vanuatu
    • Movement: WSW at 6 mph
    • Wind: 105 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 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 (09MAR)

  • Belize: National Heroes and Benefactors Day – 1926
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Civil opposition groups call for a general strike

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