ONS: 13 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 14, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The violence in South Sudan is now genocide that is being perpetrated along tribal lines, UK International Development Secretary Priti Patel said.
  • AMERICAS: The UN will wrap up its peacekeeping mission in Haiti by OCT2017 after more than 20 years.
  • ASIA: North Korea may already have the capability to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve agent, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said.
  • EUROPE: Russia called the approval by the US of Montenegro’s accession to NATO a “deeply mistaken” move that creates divisions in Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been sent to Turkey to investigate last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed 87 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Russian Foreign Ministry says it is regularly the target of cyberattacks from the US.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Satellite images indicate imminent nuclear test
    • North Korean monitoring service 38 North said Wednesday the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear site is “primed and ready” for a sixth nuclear test.
    • China, North Korea’s sole major ally and benefactor, has called for talks leading to a peaceful resolution and the denuclearization of the peninsula.
    • South Korean officials, however, played down speculation that a nuclear test was imminent.
    • Despite heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, there were few signs of strain on the main border post between China and the reclusive nation.
    • Coverage: AFP, CNN, Guardian, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Authorities identified the suicide bomber who attacked a cathedral in Alexandria as 31-year-old Mahmoud Hassan Mubarak Abdullah, a fugitive with links to militant cells. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A bloody clash between the army and police in the northeastern Yobe state left one soldier and three police dead. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The violence in the country is now genocide that is being perpetrated along tribal lines, UK International Development Secretary Priti Patel said. (INDE)

 

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: The UN will wrap up its peacekeeping mission in the country by OCT2017 after more than 20 years. (AP)
  • Peru: The UN warned that thousands of children in the country are at risk of severe malnutrition as a result of recent floods and mudslides. (AP)
  • United States: Two suburban Chicago men were arrested on charges alleging their intention to commit terrorist acts on behalf of the Islamic State. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Government opponents said a teenage boy was shot dead in fresh protests against President Nicolas Maduro, one of four people killed in a week of unrest. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea may already have the capability to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve agent, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said. (CNN)
  • Region: Malaysia’s central bank said it will support law enforcement agencies investigating the possible flow of funds to North Korea. (Reuters)
  • China: Chinese exports surged in MAR2017, the largest jump in two years, as concerns ease over a possible trade war with the US. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Amnesty International slammed a ban by the country’s ruling junta on using the Internet to communicate with three trenchant critics of the monarchy. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia called the approval by the US of Montenegro’s accession to NATO a “deeply mistaken” move that creates divisions in Europe. (AFP)
  • France: A building housing French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s campaign headquarters was hit by an arson attempt, with only minor damage caused. (AFP)
  • Germany: Federal prosecutors cleared the sole suspect – an ‘Islamist’ – for the bomb attack against the Borussia Dortmund football team bus. (AFP)
  • Russia: The European Court of Human Rights condemned the country over its failure to protect the hundreds of people who died during the 2004 Beslan school massacre. (INDE)
  • Turkey: Turkish police detained 412 suspected Kurdish militants in a security sweep. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been sent to Turkey to investigate last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed 87 people. (Reuters)
  • Region: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will take “unprecedented steps” to end the political division between his West Bank-based autonomy government and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. (AP)
  • Region: A Yemeni rebel court sentenced veteran journalist Yahya al-Jubaihi to death on charges of spying for neighboring Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
  • Iran: European airplane manufacturer ATR sealed a USD 536M sale with Iran Air for at least 20 aircraft. (AP)
  • Syria: US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces entered the fourth stage of their campaign to capture the Islamic State group’s de facto capital Raqqa with an advance on the militants in a valley north of the city. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Russian Foreign Ministry says it is regularly the target of cyberattacks from the US. (DPA)

 

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 07APR: 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 07APR: 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 (14APR)

  • Afghanistan: Russia to host talks on Afghan conflict in Moscow
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of Boko Haram attack on Chibok School and abduction of 276 female students – 2014
  • Christianity: Good Friday

 

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