ONS: 10 April 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 11, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Voting began in a presidential election in Chad in which incumbent Idriss Deby is favored to win a fifth term and extend a tenure that began in 1990.
  • AMERICAS: On the eve of presidential elections in Peru, two attacks by guerillas left three soldiers and a civilian dead and seven others wounded.
  • ASIA: More than 100 people were killed in a religious fireworks display gone wrong in an Indian temple.
  • EUROPE: Hours after the United States warned its citizens about “credible threats” to tourist areas in Turkey, a small bomb left on the side of a road in central Istanbul exploded, slightly wounding three people.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In reference to recent remarks by Secretary Kerry, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the country’s missile program is not up for negotiation with the United States.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Turkey’s election authority denied that a massive data leak which saw the personal information of 50 million citizens posted online came from its system.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: The regime and loyalists battle the opposition factions for control of strategic Aleppo
    • Three days before delegations meet in Geneva, the Russian air force and Syrian army are preparing for a joint operation to take Aleppo.
    • According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “Fierce fighting [between regime and opposition factions] raged past midnight on several fronts in the south of Aleppo province.”
    • East of the city of Aleppo, the scramble by the regime, anti-government rebels and Kurdish militia to recapture areas from the Islamic State group has been given added urgency by the upcoming Geneva talks and the prospect of a possible federal system.
    • Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said that around Aleppo in particular, “the ceasefire has all but collapsed on the main front lines.”
    • Coverage: RFE/RL, AFP, AFP, AFP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: According to witnesses, police briefly detained dozens of protesters in the capital Luanda after they tried to march in support of a group of activists jailed for planning a rebellion. (Reuters)
  • Burkina Faso: A source close to the Prime Minister said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to grant 20 billion CFA Francs loans unless the country is able to rectify economic indicators. (Xinhua)
  • Chad: Voting began in a presidential election in which incumbent Idriss Deby is favored to win a fifth term and extend a tenure that began in 1990. (Reuters)
  • Comoros:  Voters head to the polls in the Indian Ocean archipelago in a likely face-off between the current vice president and a former coup leader who ruled the country for seven years. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Latin America: The Japanese government agreed with the Inter-American Development Bank to boost co-financing in the next four years to build infrastructure in Latin America. (Kyodo)
  • Brazil: Most members of a special lower-house impeachment committee argued in a more than 13-hour debate that the proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff should proceed. (EFE)
  • Peru: On the eve of presidential elections, three soldiers and a civilian were killed, and seven others wounded, in two attacks by guerrillas. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Sri Lanka’s prime minister said a port project being built in Colombo by the Chinese is not a threat; amid concerns Beijing is trying to boost its influence in the Indian Ocean. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: During his unannounced trip to the country, Secretary Kerry called on the Afghan Taliban to restart direct peace talks with Kabul, weeks after the militant group refused to return to the negotiating table. (AFP)
  • India: More than 100 people were killed in a religious fireworks display gone wrong in a temple. (BBC)
  • Philippines: Military officials said at least 18 soldiers were killed in fierce daylong fighting with Abu Sayyaf militants in the south. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Speaking at the congress of the Latvian Green Party, Latvian Minister of Defense Raimonds Bergmanis said the national armed forces require a dramatic military personnel increase and a new permanent unit deployed in the Russia-neighboring region of Latgale. (Interfax)
  • France: Sporadic violence erupted as tens of thousands of people took to the streets in dozens of cities in the latest protests against labor reforms seen as threatening workers’ rights. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the country’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV), said the Islamic State group wants to carry out attacks in the country and the security situation is “very serious.” (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Hours after the United States warned its citizens about “credible threats” to tourist areas, a small bomb left on the side of a road in central Istanbul exploded, slightly wounding three people. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The United States Air Force deployed B-52 long range bombers to join air strikes agains the Islamic State group. (UPI)
  • Region: Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan poured scorn on Secretary Kerry’s accusations that Tehran is “destabilizing” the Middle East, countering that America should get out of the region. (AFP)
  • Region: Saudi Arabia and Egypt signed agreements to specify maritime borders, allowing both countries to benefit from maritime zones that were previously untapped. (Reuters)
  • Iran: In reference to recent remarks by Secretary Kerry, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the country’s missile program is not up for negotiation with the United States. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Data Leak: Turkey’s election authority denied that a massive data leak which saw the personal information of 50 million citizens posted online came from its system. (AFP)

 

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 30MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 30MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 08APR: 39,090 (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: 1,959
      • 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 10APR: 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 10APR: 609 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 10APR: 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 10APR: Micronesia, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 10APR: United States of America, France, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11APR)

  • Global: Meeting of Group of Seven foreign ministers in Hiroshima, Japan
  • China: Nigerian President Buhari to visit (to 15APR)
  • Iran: UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to visit Tehran
  • Iraq: Kurdish delegation to visit Moscow (to 12APR)
  • Russia: Swiss FM Burkhalter to visit to discuss Ukraine and Syria with Russian FM Lavrov
  • Sudan: Voting on Darfur referendum (to 13APR)

 

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