ONS: 11 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 12, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN warned “the risk of mass deaths from starvation … is growing” among people in conflict and drought-hit areas of the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria.
  • AMERICAS: Cuba urged Latin American countries to unite in the face of mounting right-wing pressure on Venezuela’s socialist government.
  • ASIA: North Korea warned it would respond to “reckless acts of aggression” by the US, as a US aircraft carrier strike group headed toward the Korean Peninsula.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, a large explosion near a police headquarters rocked the mainly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir, with reports of at least four people injured.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Syrian government still possessed chemical weapons capacity and urged for measures to prevent its potential usage.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US authorities moved to take down a global computer botnet behind the massive theft of personal data and unwanted spam emails, as Spain arrested the notorious Russian hacker who operated it.

 

TOP STORY

  • Group of Seven: International pressure mounts against Russia over Syria.
    • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and top foreign diplomats held an urgent meeting to strategize on a way forward to end the protracted civil war in Syria.
    • Secretary Tillerson carried a unified message from world powers to Moscow, denouncing Russian support for Syria and taking up America’s traditional role as leader of the West on behalf of Donald Trump’s administration.
    • However, the G7 group of nations failed to reach agreement over threatening new sanctions against Russia and Syria.
    • UK PM Theresa May and US President Donald Trump agreed there is a “window of opportunity” to persuade Russia to abandon its support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
    • German FM Sigmar Gabriel said Russia, and Assad ally Iran, must be involved in any peace process to end Syria’s six-year civil war.
    • According to a US official, the US has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, but has no proof of Moscow’s involvement.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, AP-3, BBC, BBC-2, INDE, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN warned “the risk of mass deaths from starvation … is growing” among people in conflict and drought-hit areas of the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen kidnapped two Turkish nationals from their hotel in the country’s southern Akwa Ibom state. (AFP)
  • Zambia: Zambian police surrounded opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s home in the capital Lusaka, but gave no reason why. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba urged Latin American countries to unite in the face of mounting right-wing pressure on Venezuela’s socialist government. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The UN mission is on the verge of completing the registry of about 7,000 weapons formerly held by the FARC guerrillas. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Venezuelan opposition said more than 200 people were injured in the anti-government demonstrations in several states across the country. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: India warned Pakistan of serious consequences if it executes a retired Indian naval officer convicted of espionage and sabotage. (AP)
  • Korea Peninsula: North Korea warned it would respond to “reckless acts of aggression” by the US, as a US aircraft carrier strike group headed toward the Korean Peninsula. (CNN)
  • Myanmar: The country started shutting down three displacement camps in strife-torn Rakhine state, although it was not immediately clear where the inhabitants would go. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Nine people were killed following a battle between government forces and suspected Abu Sayayaf militants in the central resort island of Bohol. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island restarted with rival leaders hoping to claw back diminished trust and lost momentum after a two-month halt. (AP)
  • France: A camp housing 1,500 migrants near Dunkirk was destroyed in a fire that officials said began during a fight between Afghans and Kurds, injuring at least 10 people. (BBC)
  • Russia: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he would keep organizing large anti-Kremlin demonstrations despite being jailed for orchestrating the biggest protests against the authorities in years. (Reuters)
  • Sweden: Rakhmat Akilov, the main suspect in the deadly truck attack in Stockholm that killed four and injured 15, admitted in court to committing a terrorist crime. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: A large explosion near a police headquarters rocked the mainly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir, with reports of at least four people injured. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country opened registration for those hoping to run in the 19MAY presidential race. (AP)
  • Iraq: The Iraqi military says the Islamic State group has lost more than three-fourths of the territory it seized since 2014. (AP)
  • Syria: Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Syrian government still possessed chemical weapons capacity and urged for measures to prevent its potential usage. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The US airstrike on the Shayrat airbase destroyed about 20% of the Syrian government’s operational aircraft, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said. (CNN)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US authorities moved to take down a global computer botnet behind the massive theft of personal data and unwanted spam emails, as Spain arrested the notorious Russian hacker who operated it. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Cook
    • Location: 170 NM S of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: SSE at 15 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (12APR)

  • Global: International Day of Human Space Flight – 2011
  • China: Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki to pay an official visit to China (to 15APR)
  • Kazakhstan: Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow to visit Kazakhstan
  • Russia: Bangladeshi FM Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali to visit Russia

 

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