ONS: 12 April 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 13, 2018

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Algerian military plane crashed near the capital killing 257 people on board, officials said.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian Federal Police chiefs called for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be transferred immediately to a military facility for security reasons.
  • ASIA: Six Sri Lankan ministers tendered their resignations to President Maithripala Sirisena, stating they were unable to continue work in the nation’s unity government.
  • EUROPE: The Macedonian government easily survived a no-confidence motion initiated by the conservative opposition, which accused it of failing to control corruption or halt economic stagnation.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kuwait’s national carrier halted flights to Beirut citing security concerns, after an air safety watchdog warned of potential military strikes on Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cambridge Analytica’s acting CEO Alexander Taylor is stepping down, following the massive fallout of an ongoing data breach scandal.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Final rebels evacuate from besieged Eastern Ghouta.
    • Pro-Regime forces marched in and raised their flag in Douma, the last bastion of resistance, in a major victory for Assad.
    • Jaish al-Islam, the rebel faction formerly holding the area, agreed to withdraw after a chemical attack that has raised the prospect of US intervention.
    • Russian military police were on site to oversee the evacuation of some 40,000 people, rebels and their families, on their way to opposition-controlled territory in the north of the country.
    • The rebels handed over all remaining heavy weapons to regime forces.
    • Iranian advisors expressed satisfaction with the outcome, as did the Russian commander.
    • Reporting: AFP, Reuters, AFP2, AFP3, BBC

AFRICA

  • Algeria: A military plane has crashed near the capital killing 257 people on board, officials say. (BBC)
  • Libya: Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has reportedly been taken to hospital in Paris following a severe stroke. (Guardian)
  • Sierra Leone: Sylvia Olayinka Blyden’s petition asks the Supreme Court to nullify the results of the Presidential election in which Julius Maada Bio was declared the winner. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: China’s ambassador to Peru warned that it would be disrespectful for the United States to drag Latin America into its trade dispute with Beijing. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: Federal Police chiefs called for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be transferred immediately to a military facility for security reasons. (EFE)
  • Colombia: An explosives blast killed at least eight police officers in San Pedro de Uraba, where armed drug smugglers are active, officials said. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban militants launched a pre-dawn raid on a district government compound in Ghazni, killing at least seven people including the local governor. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Student leaders demanded the release of detained demonstrators as they agreed to end days of violent protests against government job quotas. (AFP)
  • China: Sun Zhengcai, former party leader of the western megacity of Chongqing pleaded guilty to bribery and plotting against the Communist Party. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: Six ministers tendered their resignations to President Maithripala Sirisena, stating they were unable to continue work in the nation’s unity government. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Hungary:  A list was published of more than 200 names of people Prime Minister Viktor Orban calls “mercenaries” paid by philanthropist George Soros to topple the government. (AP)
  • Macedonia: The government easily survived a no-confidence motion initiated by the conservative opposition, which accused it of failing to control corruption or halt economic stagnation. (AP)
  • Spain: The crown prince of Saudi Arabia arrived on an official visit, while activists are protesting past and possible future sales of military equipment to the kingdom. (AP)
  • Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US counterpart Donald Trump discussed the crisis in Syria during a telephone conversation. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Kuwait’s national carrier halted flights to Beirut citing security concerns, after an air safety watchdog warned of potential military strikes on Syria. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Egypt and Russia have resumed direct flights after they were suspended in the wake of a bombing that brought down a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
  • Iraq: Four people were killed and eight others injured in two attacks by Islamic State (IS) militants in the central province of Salahudin. (Xinhua)
  • Gaza: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that rival Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has decided to cooperate with “peaceful struggle” against Israel. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Cambridge Analytica’s acting CEO Alexander Taylor is stepping down, following the massive fallout of an ongoing data breach scandal. (Politico)

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 20JAN: 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 20JAN: 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 20JAN: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • 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 20JAN: 2,123 (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 20JAN: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13APR)

  • Liberia: Fast and Prayer Day – 1883
  • Peru: The 8th Summit of the Americas to open in Lima (to 14APR)
  • Poland: World’s Day of Remembrance for Victims of Katyn Massacre – 1945
  • South and Southeast Asia: Festival for the Solar New Year (to 15APR) – Unknown
  • United States: Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday – 1743
  • United States: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to open in Indio, California (to 22APR)

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