ONS: 12 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 13, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The military and the government of Nigeria have proclaimed that the countryside outside Maiduguri is mostly safe now, and that it is time for nearly two million displaced farmers and fisherman to go home.
  • AMERICAS: Cuba and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) announced in Havana a joint “strategic work plan” for raising the region’s global profile and strengthen the bloc’s development in various fields.
  • ASIA: Authorities managed to return to China, 164 corruption suspects previously on the run in an international manhunt that began in 2014.
  • EUROPE: The Belgian Parliament has passed legislation giving the government extraordinary powers to deport legal residents on the mere suspicion of engagement in terrorist activities.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Jordanian soldier, who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls during a class trip to his country, was released after serving 20 years in prison.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the worldwide web, has called for tighter regulation of online political advertising, which he says is being used in “unethical ways.”

TOP STORY

  • Europe: Diplomatic Dispute between Turkey and the Netherlands Widens
    • The Netherlands has barred Turkish ministers from speaking in Rotterdam in a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among emigres for a referendum that would increase President Erdogan’s presidential powers.
    • The row began when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was barred from landing in the Netherlands and Turkish officials closed off the Dutch Embassy and called its ambassador no longer welcome.
    • The Dutch government said it withdrew landing permission because of “risks to public order and security,” leading Cavusoglu to say: “So is the foreign minister of the Turkish republic a terrorist?”
    • In response to Mr. Cavusoglu’s treatment, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a rally in Istanbul said the Dutch “do not know politics or international diplomacy” and called the fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organization member “Nazi remnants” and “fascists.”
    • In addition, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, Turkey’s family and social policies minister, was being escorted back to the German border.
    • Protests broke out in Rotterdam and in front of Dutch diplomatic missions in Turkey
    • Germany and other European nations also blocked similar campaign events.
    • Turkey told the Netherlands that it would retaliate in the “harshest ways.”
    • Coverage: Guardian, CNN, WSJ, AFP, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Libya: Thousands of armed men are converging on the country’s main oil shipping terminals, which the rival powers in the country’s east and west are fighting to control in a battle being watched by global oil markets. (AP)
  • Madagascar: Fifty people are dead in the wake of Tropical Storm Enawo, and a further 183 people were wounded and 20 were still missing. (DPA)
  • Nigeria: The military and the government have proclaimed that the countryside outside Maiduguri is mostly safe now, and that it is time for nearly two million displaced farmers and fisherman to go home. (NYT)
  • Tanzania: The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) sacked 12 members and relieved six others of their leadership roles for what it described as “sabotaging the party”. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) announced in Havana a joint “strategic work plan” for raising the region’s global profile and strengthen the bloc’s development in various fields. (Xinhua)
  • Bolivia: President Evo Morales stated that a nodule in his throat, which led him to seek treatment in Cuba, did not pose a risk to his life. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The capital is on edge ahead of the expected opening of scores of corruption cases this week against sitting and former politicians in a crisis that could threaten President Michel Temer’s rule. (AFP)
  • United States: Over 130 US foreign policy experts denounced President Trump’s revised travel ban, saying it undermines America’s national security and interests as much as the original order barring travelers from some Muslim-majority countries and refugees. (AFP)

ASIA

  • China: Authorities managed to return to the country 164 corruption suspects previously on the run in an international manhunt that began in 2014. (Xinhua)
  • China: The convictions of a prominent defense attorney and his associates, have been criticized by Western governments and rights groups. (AP)
  • Japan: The opposition Democratic Party pledged to step up efforts to challenge the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at its first convention. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • Belgium: Parliament has quietly passed legislation giving the government extraordinary powers to deport legal residents on the mere suspicion of engagement in terrorist activities. (NYT)
  • Finland: Demonstrations of supporters and opponents of asylum seekers in downtown Helsinki peacefully protested, although police warned of possible skirmishes in advance. (Xinhua)
  • Georgia: Nearly two dozen people were hospitalized in the Black Sea port of Batumi after police used tear gas and rubber bullets against hundreds of stone-throwing rioters. (AFP)
  • Hungary: Left-wing parties formed a rare united front against Prime Minister Viktor Orban in a parliamentary vote for the largely ceremonial presidential position. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Jordan: A soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls during a class trip to his country was released Sunday, after serving 20 years in prison. (AP)
  • Iraq: Security forces pushed further toward the old city center of the western side of Mosul amid fierce clashes with Islamic State (IS) group militants. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: A mass grave containing the remains of about 500 people has been found at Badoush prison near Mosul. (BBC)
  • Syria: At least 59 people died and scores were wounded in a double bomb attack against buses full of Shiite pilgrims, mostly Iraqis, parked in front of a cemetery in downtown Damascus. (EFE)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the worldwide web, has called for tighter regulation of online political advertising, which he says is being used in “unethical ways.” (Guardian)

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 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 (13MAR)

  • Japan: Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi to visit (to 16MAR)
  • Moldova: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin to visit Tiraspol, Transnistria
  • South Korea: Joint computer simulation military exercise with US to begin
  • South Korea: Intended deadline for Constitutional Court to rule on President Park’s impeachment
  • Vatican City: Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis

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