ONS: 10 March 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 11, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The African Union mission (AMISOM) Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) officers should help speed up Somalia stabilization process by facilitating the implementation of quick impact projects, the mission’s military official said.
  • AMERICAS: Canada and the Latin American trade bloc Southern Common Market (Mercosur) on Friday began negotiations for a free-trade agreement at a meeting of foreign ministers in Asuncion, Paraguay.
  • ASIA: An investigation into anti-Muslim riots that spread in central Sri Lanka prompting the authorities to declare a nationwide state of emergency was announced by President Maithripala Sirisena.
  • EUROPE: Putin, who is expected to be reelected for a fourth term in an upcoming ballot, said he had no plans to change the constitution to stay in the Kremlin beyond 2024.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian army has intensified its operations in the central part of rebel-held eastern Ghouta, an area where it is close to cutting the enclave in two.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The UN was in talks with South Sudan’s government after it ordered a UN radio broadcaster be shut down.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Former Soldier Kills Three
    • A gunman and three female hostages were found dead at a military veterans’ home in Northern California, officials said, a grim end to a standoff that lasted nearly eight hours.
    • The Pathway Home program said in a statement that 42-year-old Jennifer Golick and 29-year-old Jennifer Gonzales were accomplished mental health therapists. The program said director 48-year-old Christine Loeber was also killed.
    • The suspect was identified by Napa County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office as Albert Wong, 36, from Sacramento. The county said in a statement that he was “formerly from the Pathway Home” at the veterans’ home. The Pathway Home is a privately run program that treats veterans’ of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.
    • A family member of Jennifer Golick says she recently kicked Wong out of the treatment program.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, NBC, NYT, VOA

AFRICA

  • Region: S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has canceled a day of events in Kenya due to illness. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have killed at least five people in central Plateau state, in the latest violence linked to tensions over grazing rights. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The African Union mission (AMISOM) Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) officers should help speed up stabilization process by facilitating the implementation of quick impact projects, the mission’s military official said. (XIN)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Canada and the Latin American trade bloc Southern Common Market (Mercosur) on Friday began negotiations for a free-trade agreement at a meeting of foreign ministers in Asuncion, Paraguay. (XIN)
  • Canada: Indigenous leaders are calling on people to raise their voices to stop a $5.7 billion pipeline ($7.4 billion Canadian) expansion project that pumps oil from tar sands to the Pacific Coast. (AP)
  • United States: A “good relationship with China” is beneficial for the economy of Alaska, said state senator Lisa Murkowski. (XIN)
  • Venezuela: Maduro said that the presale of the country’s cryptocurrency “Petro”, which will finish on March 20, has already raised over 5 billion U.S. dollars. (XIN)

ASIA

  • North Korea: The country kept up its usual war rhetoric against the US in its official media, despite its supreme leader’s invitation to the US President for a meeting, which has not been mentioned yet in any state media outlet. (EFE)
  • Sri Lanka: An investigation into anti-Muslim riots that spread in central Sri Lanka prompting the authorities to declare a nationwide state of emergency was announced by President Maithripala Sirisena. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Hundreds of pro-democracy Thais rallied in Bangkok to skewer the ruling junta with T-shirts, signs and speeches, as activists grow bolder in their defiance of a ban on protests. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Romania: Romania’s ruling Social Democracy party has begun a congress amid criticism of the government and the party chairman’s leadership. (NYT)
  • Russia: Russians accused of allegedly meddling in the US presidential elections could have worked for an American presidential candidate, Putin said in an interview with the NBC television network. (TASS)
  • Russia: Putin, who is expected to be reelected for a fourth term in an upcoming ballot, said Saturday he had no plans to change the constitution to stay in the Kremlin beyond 2024. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey should “take into account Arab sovereignty and deal with its neighbors wisely and rationally,” said the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates. (XIN)
  • Region: Turkey’s president has criticized NATO for not supporting the country’s ongoing military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian army has intensified its operations in the central part of rebel-held eastern Ghouta, an area where it is close to cutting the enclave in two. (REU)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The UN was in talks with South Sudan’s government after it ordered a UN radio broadcaster be shut down. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 22DEC: 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 22DEC: 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 22DEC: 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 05MAR: 2,143 (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 05MAR: 750 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11MAR)

  • Colombia: Congressional elections
  • Cuba: Legislative Elections
  • Lesotho: King Moshoeshoe I’s Anniversary – 1870
  • Lithuania: Day of Restoration of Independence – 1990

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