ONS: 11 March 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 12, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said a Libyan government must be formed that would allow for action against the Islamic State group and he would push for sanctions against individuals.
  • AMERICAS: Barack Obama will make history this month by becoming the first US president to visit Cuba in almost a century, but he also hopes to remake the US’s image in Latin America.
  • ASIA: China expressed anger after the US State Department said it had authorized the sale of two surplus navy frigates to Taiwan, amid rising tension in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s main opposition party has criticized the government for demanding EU funds to stem the flood of migrants streaming through the bloc.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli forces raided the West Bank offices of Palestine Today television overnight and arrested its manager over allegations of inciting violence.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The gatekeeper of Internet addresses approved a plan to break from US oversight, shifting those symbolic functions to the broader global online community.

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: UN report depicts war crime conditions over past 12 months.
    • South Sudan’s government operated a “scorched earth policy” of deliberate rape, pillage, and killing of civilians during the civil war in 2015, a report published by the UN human rights office said.
    • In its 102-page report, the UN assessment team estimated that 10,553 civilians had died in the 12 months that ended in November, with most appeared to have been killed deliberately.
    • Zeid Raad al-Hussein said attacks against civilians, forced disappearances, rape and other violations could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
    • While “all parties in the conflict” were behind violations, in 2015 “government forces and associated militia bore the greatest responsibility,” the UN office said.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Bloomberg, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Angola: President Jose Eduardo dos Santos said he plans to step down in 2018 after being at the helm since 1979. (Reuters)
  • Libya: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said a Libyan government must be formed that would allow for action against the Islamic State group and he would push for sanctions against individuals. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: At least one civilian was killed and two others injured in a hand bomb attack at a restaurant in a town in the southern Gedo region. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Barack Obama will make history this month by becoming the first US president to visit Cuba in almost a century, but he also hopes to remake the US’s image in Latin America. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The country dismantled an international money laundering network with the arrest of 13 suspects, including five flight attendants, prosecutors said. (AFP)
  • United States: A Russian foreign ministry official said the country is beefing up its nuclear arsenal at an unprecedented speed. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: China expressed anger after the US State Department said it had authorized the sale of two surplus navy frigates to Taiwan, amid rising tension in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the country hopes 37 countries will lift their embargo on food imports from the region. (IANS)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers that the number of North Korean cyberattacks has doubled over the past month. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: The country will accede to a 1997 UN treaty banning the use of anti-personnel mines nearly seven years after a three-decade-long ethnic civil war ended in the Indian Ocean island. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • Region: Greek authorities say they hope an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border can be emptied within two weeks. (AP)
  • Region: US President Obama criticized British PM David Cameron and then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy for their unhelpful roles during the 2011 NATO-led military intervention in Libya. (AFP)
  • Germany: A 23-year-old German man is in custody after falsely claiming to have a bomb inside a suitcase he was trying to bring into the US Embassy. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country’s main opposition party has criticized the government for demanding EU funds to stem the flood of migrants streaming through the bloc. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli forces raided the West Bank offices of Palestine Today television overnight and arrested its manager over allegations of inciting violence. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: The US embassy urged nationals to remain alert to the threat of attack by extremists after an American was stabbed and wounded in the country. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri signaled a deal to elect a president was almost ready, raising hopes a two-year presidential vacuum could soon be filled. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The country will hold a presidential election in 18 months, the UN’s peace mediator on Syria Staffan de Mistura said. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The gatekeeper of Internet addresses approved a plan to break from US oversight, shifting those symbolic functions to the broader global online community. (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 11MAR: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 11MAR: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
  • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 11MAR: 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 11MAR: 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 11MAR: 1652 (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 11MAR: 591 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 11MAR: 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 11MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 11MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12MAR)

  • India: Anniversary of deadly Bombay bombing – 1993
  • Russia and South Africa: Russian-South African anti-drug conference (to 12MAR)

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