ONS: 12 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 13, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In South Africa, thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital Pretoria for further protests urging President Jacob Zuma to step down.
  • AMERICAS: In Brazil, a supreme court judge ordered investigations into eight cabinet ministers and scores of MPs.
  • ASIA: Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Trump that Beijing is willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program through peaceful means.
  • EUROPE: German prosecutors say Iran set in motion a spying operation in 2015, that targeted a prominent pro-Israeli politician and a Jewish newspaper in Berlin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad filed to run in Iran’s May presidential election, contrary to the Supreme Leader’s recommendation.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A declaration issued by the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven states all but singles out Russia for using cyber intrusions to meddle in democratic elections.

TOP STORY

  • US-Russia Talks: Tense talks begin with stern warning from Russian FM Lavrov.
    • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was met with a stern scolding by Russian FM Sergey Lavrov, as the two leaders convened for a full day of meetings in Moscow.
    • Tillerson told Lavrov that he wanted to use talks in Moscow to understand why Russia and Washington had sharp differences and find a way to bridge those differences.
    • In an ultimatum, Tillerson said Moscow must calculate the costs of remaining an ally of Assad, the Iranians and Lebanon’s Shiite militia Hezbollah – remarks Russia dismissed.
    • Lavrov accused the US of carrying out an unlawful attack against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.
    • Lavrov also complained about the mixed messages coming out of Washington on the Trump administration’s policy on Syria.
    • Coverage: ABC, AP, CNN, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The country’s Coptic Church announced it would cut back Easter celebrations to a simple mass after twin bombings killed 45 worshippers last weekend. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Security forces freed eight Indian sailors who had been taken ashore by pirates earlier this week. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital Pretoria for further protests urging President Jacob Zuma to step down. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Thousands of citizens took to the streets to renew their demand for an end to femicide, an issue that has re-surged with the recent murder of a young woman. (EFE)
  • Brazil: A Brazilian Supreme Court judge ordered investigations into eight cabinet ministers and scores of MPs. (BBC)
  • Cuba: Cuban dissidents planning to run in November’s local elections were arrested, threatened and harassed by the authorities, said opposition leader Manuel Cuesta Morua. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Trump that Beijing is willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program through peaceful means. (USA Today)
  • Region: The Japanese and US navies plan a joint show of force aimed at deterring the secretive North Korean regime from further missile tests. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Philippine troops killed Moammar Askali, a key Abu Sayyaf commander who has been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadians and a German hostage. (AP)
  • Thailand: The country’s ruling junta plans to lift the ban on political party gatherings before next year’s elections, although no date has been chosen. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: The country’s deficit will grow more than anticipated in the next few years, due to slower growth and increased government spending, the finance ministry said. (AFP)
  • Germany: German investigators are looking into the possible involvement of Islamist militants or anti-Nazi activists in blasts that hit a bus carrying players from soccer club Borussia Dortmund. (Reuters)
  • Germany: German prosecutors say Iran set in motion a spying operation in 2015, that targeted a prominent pro-Israeli politician and a Jewish newspaper in Berlin. (WSJ)
  • Greece: The country finalized the sale of 14 regional airports to Germany’s Fraport as part of a huge international bailout. (AFP)
  • Turkey: An explosion that hit a police station in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir was the result of a “terror attack,” Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Five Sudanese soldiers were killed while fighting for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition against Houthi forces in Yemen. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad filed to run in the country’s May presidential election, contrary to the Supreme Leader’s recommendation. (AP)
  • Syria: The government and rebels exchanged 30 prisoners and nine bodies, part of an agreement to evacuate four besieged areas in different parts of the country. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A declaration issued by the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven states all but singles out Russia for using cyber intrusions to meddle in democratic elections. (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Cook
    • Location: 550 NM SE of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: SE at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinaburg, Indonesia
    • Multiple eruptions pumped hot gas clouds up to three kilometres into the sky. (AFP)
  • 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 (13APR)

  • Lebanon: Anniversary of outbreak of civil war – 1975

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