ONS: 11 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 12, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Madagascar, Cyclone Enawo killed 38 people, injured 180 others, and displaced 53,000, according to the national disaster management agency.
  • AMERICAS:  Foreign ministers and other officials from 25 Caribbean countries met in Havana to discuss a joint response in the face of Trump administration threats to migrants and trade.
  • ASIA: In India, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the assembly polls in the politically important northern state of Uttar Pradesh by a thumping majority.
  • EUROPE: A new poll of voter intentions in France showed Emmanuel Macron still likely to defeat candidate Marine Le Pen in the May presidential run-off.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  At least 22 civilians were killed and dozens wounded when a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a market in western Yemen causing a fire to break out.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross gave no indication of any plans to change privacy protections underpinning a pact enabling billions of dollars of data flows.

 

TOP STORY

  • India: Maoist Rebels Kill at least 11 Police
    • Suspected Maoist rebels killed 11 paramilitary commandos in a remote part of central India after ambushing their convoy.
    • The attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel took place in the forested area of Sukma district, a known area of Maoist activity, about 400 kms from the state capital, Raipur.
    • The attack also left three soldiers wounded in the rebel-infested Sukma forest area in Chattisgarh state.
    • It wasn’t clear if any rebels were killed or injured when the Central Reserve Police Force soldiers returned fire.
    • Last May, rebels attacked a convoy carrying state Congress leaders and party workers in Sukma, killing 27 people, including some top state politicians.
    • The Maoists, who have been described by the Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, as the country’s most serious internal security threat, have been fighting since 1967 for a communist society.
    • Coverage in AFP, AP, Reuters, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Hundreds of school teachers held a silent protest in the capital Ouagadougou, against rising terrorism in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Madagascar: Cyclone Enawo killed 38 people, injured 180 others, and displaced 53,000, according to the national disaster management agency. (AFP)
  • Mali: The government proposed a bill to establish a new Senate chamber as part of a shake up of its constitution. (Reuters)
  • Niger: More than half of schoolchildren have quit class due to a drought, which is forcing entire families of farmers to move. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Foreign ministers and other officials from 25 Caribbean countries met in Havana to discuss a joint response in the face of Trump administration threats to migrants and trade.(Reuters)
  • Canada: The country is making it easier for companies to hire highly skilled foreign talent by fast-tracking work-permit applications. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The central state of Puebla announced that the police had seized 87 suspects linked to kidnappings and fuel robbery. (Xinhua)
  • United States: A federal judge in Washington state declined to declare immediately that his freeze of President Trump’s original travel ban applied to the new executive order. (WP)

ASIA

  • Region: Police arrested six suspected militants who they believed to be linked to the Islamic State group and plotting a rocket attack on Singapore. (Reuters)
  • China: The government tried to downplay concerns it is reducing market access for foreign enterprises, days after a report by an EU group accused Beijing of trying to skew its business playing field towards domestic firms. (AFP)
  • India: The country’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the assembly polls in the politically important northern state of Uttar Pradesh by a thumping majority. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The liberal opposition is on the verge of retaking the presidency with the historic court ruling that ousted its conservative enemy, President Park Geun-hye, who was impeached in a corruption scandal. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The activists warned they would disrupt train movements between Ukraine and Russia if Kiev does not “revise its trade ties” with Moscow. (Xinhua)
  • France: A new poll of voter intentions showed Emmanuel Macron still likely to defeat candidate Marine Le Pen in the May presidential run-off. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Police in the western city of Essen ordered a shopping center in the center of town to remain closed due to “concrete indications about a possible attack.” (Reuters)
  • Kosovo: President Hashim Thaci threatened to resign and force a parliamentary election if lawmakers do not approve changes that would effectively create a national army. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The country’s UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim there was “no evidence” that Islamic State had used chemical weapons in Mosul. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: Trump invited Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for a visit to the White House, in the first phone call between the two leaders since 20 Jan. (Aljazeera)
  • Syria: Russia and the US have exchanged opinions on setting up a ‘three-star’ Syrian communication channel at the level of generals. (TASS)
  • Yemen: At least 22 civilians were killed and dozens wounded when a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a market in the west of the country causing a fire to break out. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross gave no indication of any plans to change privacy protections underpinning a pact enabling billions of dollars of data flows. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Eleven
    • Location: -16.5N 68.9E
    • Wind Gusts: 45 mph
    • Movement: S at 5mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Enawo
    • Location: -28 N 49.3 E
    • Wind Gusts: 45 mph
    • Movement: SE at 14 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 03MAR: 4,008 (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 03MAR: 616 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 03MAR: 1 (Brazil)
        • 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 10FEB: 1,917 (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 10FEB: 677 (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, Panama, 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 (12MAR)

  • India: Anniversary of 1993 Bombay bombings which killed 257 – 1993
  • Japan: King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia to visit to hold meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito (to15MAR)
  • United States: Daylight Saving Time starts
  • Hinduism: Holi (to 13MAR)

 

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