ONS: 10 March 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 11, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The African Union will send a mission to northern Mali to look into setting up a counter-terrorism force to support vulnerable UN peacekeepers.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s top diplomat in Washington was called back to Caracas after US President Barack Obama renewed a decree imposing sanctions on several top Venezuelan officials.
  • ASIA: China expressed alarm about an agreement in which the Philippines will lease five aircraft from Japan to help patrol the disputed South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: Austria’s interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner hit out about a proposed deal between the EU and Turkey on migrants and refugees, saying Europe was in danger of “throwing its values overboard”.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran insists the missile tests carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard this week do not violate Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers or a UN Security Council resolution.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google announced it is joining the Open Compute Project (OCP), a five-year-old project that aims to drive IT infrastructure development forward through open source hardware.

TOP STORY

  • Islamic State: Questions surround massive IS document leak.
    • Thousands of documents identifying 22,000 supporters of Islamic State in over 50 countries were handed over to British Sky News by a disillusioned former member of the group.
    • Sky News claims that the portable computer drive was stolen from the group’s internal security police chief.
    • German intelligence officials said they are in possession of the documents, but did not provide details on how they got them.
    • The information reportedly shows that people from 51 countries, including the UK, had filled in 23 question forms for IS.
    • The potential value of such a list to Western intelligence agencies willing to pay handsomely for information, and the grave risk to the person stealing it, given Islamic State’s renowned brutality, has raised some doubts over its authenticity.
    • Coverage: CNN, DPA, Guardian, Independent, Reuters, Sydney Morning Herald

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Three civilians were injured in an explosion in a populated neighborhood in the capital Cairo. (AFP)
  • Mali: The African Union will send a mission to the country’s north to look into setting up a counter-terrorism force to support vulnerable UN peacekeepers. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: One South African soldier was killed in the country’s Darfur region and another was wounded in an ambush on a military convoy escorting humanitarian aid trucks. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela’s top diplomat in Washington was called back to Caracas after US President Barack Obama renewed a decree imposing sanctions on several top Venezuelan officials. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: State prosecutors have filed charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a money laundering investigation. (AP)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos said he won’t sign a “bad deal” just to make peace with the FARC rebels by 23MAR, the latest indication the two sides will miss their self-imposed deadline. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: China expressed alarm about an agreement in which the Philippines will lease five aircraft from Japan to help patrol the disputed South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Bangladesh: Hardline Islamist groups in the country threatened large-scale protests if a court moves to scrap Islam as the official state religion of the Muslim-majority nation. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea is to liquidate all South Korean assets on its territory following the imposition of the latest round of sanctions by Seoul. (DPA)
  • Philippines: Islamic militants holding two Canadians and a Norwegian in the southern Philippine jungles have set a one-month deadline for millions of dollars in ransom to be paid. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Austria’s interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner hit out about a proposed deal between the EU and Turkey on migrants and refugees, saying Europe was in danger of “throwing its values overboard”. (AFP)
  • Region: Hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who faces up to 25 years in a Russian jail, has started consuming liquids, her lawyer said. (Reuters)
  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has blamed European nations for “unilaterally” shutting the Balkan route for migrants. (BBC)
  • Poland: The country will challenge the findings of an international human rights commission which is expected to deliver a scathing assessment of democratic backsliding in the ex-communist state. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country will not take back migrants already on Greek islands under a deal proposed to EU leaders this week, Ankara’s EU affairs minister Volkan Bozkir said. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Six Palestinians were trapped and another was missing after a Gaza smuggling tunnel collapsed. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country insists the missile tests carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard this week do not violate Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers or a UN Security Council resolution. (AP)
  • Israel: The country said it is looking into the shooting death of a Palestinian attacker who killed an American student in a stabbing spree earlier this week. (AFP)
  • Jordan: US VP Joe Biden is holding talks with King Abdullah II, a key US military ally in the region, including in the battle against Islamic State extremists. (AP)
  • Syria: Syrian troops killed over 70 militants from the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in the central province of Hama. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google announced it is joining the Open Compute Project (OCP), a five-year-old project that aims to drive IT infrastructure development forward through open source hardware. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Sinaburg, Indonesia
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
  • Cases as of 10MAR: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
  • Deaths as of 10MAR: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
  • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
  • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
    • Suspected Cases as of 10MAR: 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 10MAR: 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 10MAR: 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 10MAR: 590 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 10MAR: 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 10MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 10MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11MAR)

  • Iraq: Anniversary of establishment of Kurdish Autonomous Region – 1970
  • Japan: Anniversary of Japan 8.9 earthquake and tsunami – 2011
  • Spain: Anniversary of Madrid train bombings – 2004
  • Ukraine and Russia: Anniversary Russia annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea – 2014

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