ONS: 09 April 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 10, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US military has resumed air operations out of Djibouti, which had been suspended by the government due to safety concerns.
  • AMERICAS: Talks to rework NAFTA are not advanced enough for the US, Mexico and Canada to announce a deal “in principle” at this month’s Summit of the Americas in Lima.
  • ASIA: North Korea has confirmed directly to the Trump administration that it is willing to negotiate with the United States about potential denuclearization
  • EUROPE: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban won a fourth term in office, and appears to retain the two-thirds parliamentary control his party has enjoyed.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A double suicide bombing by unidentified militants killed four at the headquarters of a prominent Sunni political party in Iraq’s Anbar province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg will hold meetings with specific U.S. lawmakers the day ahead of an address formal hearing.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Possible Israeli missile strike on a regime air base kills 14, including Iranian troops.
    • The strike comes the day after the Assad regime allegedly killed up to 70 civilians in a gas attack.
    • US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron had both issued vague threats to Assad in response.
    • However at the time of writing, both the US and French militaries have denied responsibility for the missile strike.
    • The target was the T-4 airbase, one of the country’s largest, in central Homs province. Reports did not specify the extent of material damage.
    • The US had conducted a similar strike in response to a Syrian gas attack last year, fueling speculation that this was a similar episode.
    • The Syrian government and its main ally Russia have accused Israel of conducting the strike. Israel has not commented.
    • Reporting: AP, AFP, AFP2, Reuters, BBC

AFRICA

  • C. African Republic: At least one civilian was killed and dozens of United Nations peacekeepers, civilians and militia fighters were injured during an operation against militants in the capital. (Reuters)
  • Djibouti: The US military has resumed air operations out of the country, which had been suspended by the government due to safety concerns. (CNN)
  • Somalia: The speaker parliament, Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari, has resigned ahead of a confidence motion against him, ending weeks of political tension. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  •  Region: Talks to rework NAFTA are not advanced enough for the US, Mexico and Canada to announce a deal “in principle” at this month’s Summit of the Americas in Lima. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Central American immigrants traveling through Mexico in a caravan that drew the attention of President Trump protested in front of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Venezuela denounced the imprisonment of Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as a “judicial inquisition” to derail his re-election bid. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea has confirmed directly to the Trump administration that it is willing to negotiate with the United States about potential denuclearization (WaPo)
  • Myanmar: Authorities are planning to shut down four camps of internally displaced persons the western Rakhine state. (Xinhua)
  • South Korea: Prosecutors indicted former President Lee Myung-bak on bribery, embezzlement and other charges. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged Germany to abandon plans to build a controversial second pipeline to bring gas from Russia, saying it would enable a “blockade” against his country. (AFP)
  • Germany: Six people were detained in connection with what police and prosecutors allege was a plan to carry out an attack on Berlin’s half-marathon. (AP)
  • Hungary: Prime Minister Viktor Orban won a fourth term in office, and appears to retain the two-thirds parliamentary control his party has enjoyed. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would respond in “less than a week” if the United States violated the nuclear deal. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A double suicide bombing by unidentified militants killed four at the headquarters of a prominent Sunni political party in Anbar province. (MEE)
  • Israel: IDF jets targeted a Hamas “military target” in northern Gaza in response to militants infiltrating the border and laying bombs. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communication: Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg will hold meetings with specific U.S. lawmakers the day ahead of an address formal hearing. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Keni
      • Location: 188 nm E-NE of Port Vila, Vanuatu
      • Movement: E-SE at 6mph
      • Wind: 45mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (10APR)

  • United States: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before a joint hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees

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