ONS: 10 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 11, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt approved a state of emergency for three months, a day after two church bombings killed at least 44 people.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico condemned recent acts of violence in Venezuela, which damaged public buildings and the offices of banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles.
  • ASIA: China held talks in Seoul on the North Korean threat, as the US sent a naval strike group to the region and signalled it may act to shut down Pyongyang’s weapons program.
  • EUROPE: Sweden held a moment of silence for the victims of the 07APR Stockholm truck attack.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel closed its Taba border crossing to Egypt following a warning by its anti-terrorism office of an “imminent” militant attack there.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Russian computer scientist arrested in Spain is reportedly being held over a computer virus linked to Donald Trump’s US election victory.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International pressure rises on Russia to abandon support for Assad.
    • At the G7 meeting in Italy, foreign ministers will focus on how to pressure Russia to distance itself from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
    • The UK is pushing G7 countries to collectively impose new sanctions on Russia if it does not cut ties with Bashar al-Assad amid the ongoing conflict in Syria.
    • US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has highlighted dual US goals of defeating the Islamic State group and removing Assad from power.
    • The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would put pressure on Moscow over its support for Assad on his upcoming visit to Moscow.
    • Ambassador Haley said nothing “is off the table” when it comes to imposing tougher sanctions on Russia and Iran.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, CNN-2, INDE

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The government approved a state of emergency for three months, a day after two church bombings killed at least 44 people. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The US will proceed with the sale of high-tech aircraft to the country for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists despite concerns over abuses by the African nation’s security forces. (AP)
  • Somalia: A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Mogadishu army camp, killing at least three soldiers. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: South Sudanese villagers are eating leaves and precious seed stocks in areas that are on the brink of famine, a Norwegian Refugee Council report said. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico condemned recent acts of violence in Venezuela, which damaged public buildings and the offices of banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: One Colombian soldier died and four were injured in an attack likely carried out by dissident former members of the FARC rebel group in the Guaviare Department. (UPI)
  • Mexico: Authorities apprehended  Ivan Margarito Esquivel Garcia, a high-ranking operator of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China held talks in Seoul on the North Korean threat, as the US sent a naval strike group to the region and signalled it may act to shut down Pyongyang’s weapons program. (AFP)
  • Region: Pakistan sentenced an Indian naval officer to death on charges of espionage and sabotage. (AP)
  • China: The country offering financial rewards ranging from USD 1,500 to 73,000 to citizens who blow the whistle on suspected foreign spies. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea played down the possibility of a pre-emptive US attack on North Korea, saying both countries want to settle North Korea’s nuclear issue peacefully. (Yonhap)
  • Thailand: Barisan Revolusi Nasional, the most prominent insurgent group in the country’s south, rejected the military’s peace plan. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: Italian police arrested the former governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, Tomás Yarrington. (BBC)
  • Poland: The country marked the seventh anniversary of a plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski, the first lady and 94 others. (AP)
  • Sweden: The country held a moment of silence for the victims of the 07APR Stockholm truck attack. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The country’s Central Bank Governor Valeria Gontereva, a tough reformer who received praise and threats, has resigned. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel closed its Taba border crossing to Egypt following a warning by its anti-terrorism office of an “imminent” militant attack there. (AP)
  • Region: Sinai militants fired a rocket at southern Israel after border closure, but with no injuries. (AP)
  • Region: Sporadic clashes killed eight people continued in the Palestinian Ain al-Hilweh camp in southern Lebanon, as an extremist group battled a local security force. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A Russian computer scientist arrested in Spain is reportedly being held over a computer virus linked to Donald Trump’s US election victory. (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 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 07 APR: 15,873 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 07 APR: 4,438 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Perú, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 07 APR: 6 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
  • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
  • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
    • Cases as of 05APR: 1,936 (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 05APR: 690 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
  • Zika Virus
    • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 10MAR:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
    • Outbreak Terminated as of 10MAR: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
    • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 10MAR: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11APR)

  • Cyprus: Greek and Turkish Cypriots leaders to resume peace talks
  • North Korea: Fifth session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly to be convened in Pyongyang
  • Buddhism: Theravada New Year

 

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