ONS: 09 March 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 10, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Special forces operatives in two helicopters staged an overnight raid on Somalia’s Al-Shebab insurgents, government officials said.
  • AMERICAS: US investigators have joined a Honduran probe into the killing of a prominent indigenous environmental activist.
  • ASIA: The US has entered talks with the Australian government about beefing up its military presence in northern Australia.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine demanded that Moscow “immediately” free Nadiya Savchenko, a hunger-striking military helicopter pilot on trial in Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran reportedly test-fired two ballistic missiles with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” written in Hebrew on them, a show of force by the Islamic Republic.
  • TECHNOLOGY: In the US, dozens of security experts gathered for a drill meant to thwart the kinds of cyber intrusions that have recently crippled health networks and retail giants.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: First publicly released photos of supposed-nuclear warheads.
    • North Korea caused a new stir by publicizing a purported mock-up of a nuclear warhead for the first time, with leader Kim Jong Un saying his country has developed miniaturized atomic bombs to be placed on missiles.
    • Kim made the claim at a meeting with his nuclear scientists and technicians, vowing to use the nuclear weapons if the US attempted to attack his country, North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said.
    • US military officials say North Korea likely has the ability to mount a nuclear explosive on a ballistic missile that could threaten the American mainland but also note that it hasn’t demonstrated such a capability.
    • South Korea’s defense ministry said after the release of the images that it did not believe the North has successfully miniaturised a nuclear warhead or deployed a functioning ICBM.
    • Coverage: Bloomberg, CNN, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Somalia: Special forces operatives in two helicopters staged an overnight raid on the country’s Al-Shebab insurgents, government officials said. (AFP)
  • Somalia: At least three police officers died when a car bomb exploded outside a tea shop in the Somali capital Mogadishu. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Tunisian security forces killed six “terrorists” overnight near Ben Guerdane after a deadly jihadist attack on the town near the border with Libya. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Ugandan police reported a break-in at two offices of lawyers representing a Ugandan presidential candidate who had challenged winner Yoweri Museveni in court. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US investigators have joined a Honduran probe into the killing of a prominent indigenous environmental activist. (AFP)
  • Cuba: The country has detected a third case of imported Zika virus infection on a health specialist who worked in Venezuela. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: A missing truck carrying potentially dangerous radioactive material was found and two men suspected of stealing it were arrested. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines is to lease from Japan five aircraft to help patrol the disputed South China Sea, President Benigno Aquino announced. (AFP)
  • Australia: The US has entered talks with the Australian government about beefing up its military presence in country’s north. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: A court issued an unprecedented order for a nuclear reactor in the country’s west to stop operating and ordered a second one to stay offline. (AP)
  • Thailand: The country’s ruling military junta ordered a fresh sweep of 6,000 corrupt “influential people”, the latest move by a regime that has touted a tough anti-graft stance, but with limited success. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Ukraine demanded that Moscow “immediately” free Nadiya Savchenko, a hunger-striking military helicopter pilot on trial in Russia. (AFP)
  • Region: Slovenia has introduced new border restrictions for migrants as part of efforts to close the Balkans route from Greece to Western Europe. (BBC)
  • Albania: The country will work with Germany to ensure its judicial system is up to par in its application for EU membership, parliament Speaker Ilir Meta has said. (Xinhua)
  • France: The country faces a wave of protests against deeply unpopular labor reforms that have divided an already-fractured government. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia exchanged prisoners with its foes in Yemen’s Houthi movement and a holding calm along their border a sign of unprecedented progress to end their 11-month war. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The country reportedly test-fired two ballistic missiles with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” written in Hebrew on them, a show of force by the Islamic Republic. (AP)
  • Iran: Australia hopes to send thousands of Iranian asylum seekers back to their homeland under a new deal with Tehran, Australian officials said. (AP)
  • Israel: Two Palestinians opened fire on a bus and near Jerusalem’s Old City, seriously wounding one person, as an upsurge in attacks marred a visit by US Vice President Joe Biden. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: In the US, dozens of security experts gathered for a drill meant to thwart the kinds of cyber intrusions that have recently crippled health networks and retail giants. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Suwanose-jima, Japan
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
  • Cases as of 09MAR: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
  • Deaths as of 09MAR: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
  • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
  • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
    • Suspected Cases as of 09MAR: 21,285 (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: 451
    • Deaths as of 09MAR: 0 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 09MAR: 1644 (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 09MAR: 590 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 09MAR: Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, El Salvador, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Cape Verde, Honduras, French Guiana, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Barbados, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guatemala, Curacao, Costa Rica, Maldives
      • Indication of Viral Circulation as of 09MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 09MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10MAR)

  • Canada and United States: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to meet with President Obama in Washington, DC
  • Europe Region: European Central Bank meeting

 

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