ONS: 13 April 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 14, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In CAR two inmates were killed and a third was injured as UN forces helped prevent a prison breakout in the capital.
  • AMERICAS: A major Colombian arms trafficker and supplier to the Clan del Golfo was arrested by the National Police in Cucuta, on the border with Venezuela.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Supreme Court has barred former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from running in elections for life.
  • EUROPE: Russian officials have said it would not accept the conclusions of the world’s chemical arms watchdog on the poisoning of a former spy in England unless Russian experts could access the samples used.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Gulf crisis, which has seen Qatar isolated by Saudi Arabia and its allies, is not on the table at the upcoming meeting of Arab League states, Riyadh’s foreign minister said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The chief executive of Backpage pleaded guilty to California money-laundering charges, while the company itself pleaded guilty to human trafficking in Texas.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ecuador: President leaves regional summit amid fears of hostages execution.
    • Three Ecuadorian newspaper journalists were captured by hardline ex-FARC militants near the Colombian border some three weeks ago.
    • Throughout the crisis it has been unclear where the hostages have been held, or what the takers’ demands are.
    • Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno decided to return home early from the regional Summit of the Americas in Lima, to oversee the situation.
    • After receiving some gruesome images from the militants, allegedly of the hostages, Moreno issued an ultimatum that they show the hostages alive within 12 hours, or they will be presumed dead and the militants targeted with extreme measures.
    • Reporting: AP, AFP, AP2, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • C. African Republic: Two inmates were killed and a third was injured as UN forces helped prevent a prison breakout in the capital. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: PM Abiy Ahmed made a rare outreach to opposition parties, calling on them to prepare for “peaceful dialogue and negotiations.” (AP)
  • Mali: Canada is still “several months” away from deploying peacekeepers in support of a UN mission, rejecting a UN envoy’s call to accelerate its plans. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: 50 Cuban government supporters and 10 Venezuelans boycotted the start of a meeting among representatives of the Peruvian government and members of civil society during the Summit of the Americas. (EFE)
  • Brazil: Luis Inacio Lula da Silva’s Workers’ Party is still backing him to contest presidential elections despite his arrest. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A major arms trafficker and supplier to the Clan del Golfo was arrested by the National Police in Cucuta, on the border with Venezuela. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Officials said prosecutors are investigating the killing of two women and four men in the border city of Reynosa, apparently victims of crossfire. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A local official said a Taliban attack in western Herat province has killed 10 police and wounded four. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The Supreme Court has barred former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from running in elections for life. (AP)
  • Philippines: The president threatened to arrest members of the Hague-based International Criminal Court if they entered the country. (EFE)
  • Sri Lanka: The President suspended Parliament until May 8, days after a failed no-confidence motion attempt against the prime minister and the defection of several ministers forced a cabinet reshuffle. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Three Syrian men accused of membership in Islamic extremist groups have been arrested; one of them is believed to have tried to recruit people to fight in Syria’s civil war. (AP)
  • Russia: Officials have said it would not accept the conclusions of the world’s chemical arms watchdog on the poisoning of a former spy in England unless Russian experts could access the samples used. (AFP)
  • Sweden: Authorities said they have charged a man with spying for China, on suspicion that he gathered information on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Gulf crisis, which has seen Qatar isolated by Saudi Arabia and its allies, is not on the table at the upcoming meeting of Arab League states, Riyadh’s foreign minister said (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Saudi air defenses intercepted a missile fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom’s southern city of Jizan (AFP)
  • Syria: Seven US military aircraft have conducted reconnaissance missions near the coast, where Russia’s Hmeymim airbase and Tartus naval base are located. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The chief executive of Backpage pleaded guilty to California money-laundering charges, while the company itself pleaded guilty to human trafficking in Texas. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes:
    • Mt Manaro, Ambae Island, Vanuatu
    • 1cm ash fall
    • Map
  • 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 (14APR)

  • Nigeria: Anniversary of the abduction of 270 Chibok girls by Boko Haram – 2014

 

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