ONS: 13 March 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 14, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least four Al-Shabaab militants were killed and five others wounded after locals launched assault against the insurgents at Wabho neighborhood close to Elbur town in Somalia’s Galgudud region.
  • AMERICAS: Embattled Brazil President Dilma Rousseff called for non-violence on the eve of what are expected to be massive anti-government protests.
  • ASIA: Floods hitting Indonesia have killed two people, left three others missing, and forced more than 3,000 others to flee homes.
  • EUROPE: US President Barack Obama will travel to London, UK, in April and urge voters to back continued membership of the European Union.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaeda fighters and allied jihadists pushed back the rebel group known as Division 13 and seized their weapons cache in Syria’s northwest.
  • TECHNOLOGY: North Korea blasted Seoul’s accusation that Pyongyang had launched a series of cyber attacks targeting South Korean government officials.

 

TOP STORY

  • Germany: Citizens head to polls in a test of Merkel’s refugee policies.
    • There is renewed pressure to shut the country’s doors to migrants — a step the Prime Minister has so far rejected despite about one million arrivals last year.
    • The elections could see the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party make its biggest gains since its founding three years ago.
    • Already represented in five of Germany’s 16 regional parliaments, the anti-immigration party looks set to burst into three more after the weekend’s elections.
    • However, a strong result for the AfD (Alternative for Germany) would not have an immediate impact on how the government manages the migrant crisis, as key decisions are made on the federal level and not by the states.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Euronews, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Gabon: The country’s ruling party confirmed President Ali Bongo Ondimba as its candidate for this year’s national elections, which will see him face a challenge from both the opposition and a breakaway faction of his own party. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: With Boko Haram now on the run after a sustained military counter-offensive over the last year, business leaders believe trade should be at the forefront of the region’s revival. (AFP)
  • Somalia: At least four Al-Shabaab militants were killed and five others wounded after locals launched assault against the insurgents at Wabho neighborhood close to Elbur town in Galgudud region. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombia’s government is eager to ensure that ties to the US military endure after a potential historic peace accord with leftist FARC guerrillas is signed. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Embattled President Dilma Rousseff called for non-violence on the eve of what are expected to be massive anti-government protests. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Crowds marched in Caracas and other cities to express their anger at the country’s economic crisis and called on Maduro to stand down. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Up to two dozen militants affiliated with Islamic State (IS) have been killed in eastern Nangarhar province over the past couple of weeks. (Xinhua)
  • China: The country plans to set up an “international maritime judicial center” to help protect the country’s sovereignty and rights at sea, in order to become a “maritime power.” (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Floods hitting the country’s West Java province have killed two people, left three others missing, and forced more than 3,000 others to flee homes. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: At least five Al-Qaeda linked militants were killed in an armed clash with police in Karachi. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Britain: U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to London in April and urge voters to back continued membership of the European Union. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Police in Rome early arrested one suspect and issued warrants for another two suspects who were attempting to join the Islamic State in Iraq. (Xinhua)
  • Netherlands: More than 20 years after the siege of Sarajevo and the massacre of almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, Radovan Karadzic will on March 24 hear whether judges have found him guilty of 11 charges, including two of genocide. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The collapse in the price of oil, thanks to a decision by Saudi Arabia to start a price war with its geopolitical foes Iran and Russia, has slashed the Iraqi government’s budget. (Telegraph)
  • Syria: Rebels shot down a government warplane in the west of the country as the nation and opposition groups traded barbs ahead of fragile peace talks in Geneva on Monday. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: Al-Qaeda fighters and allied jihadists pushed back the rebel group known as Division 13 and seized their weapons cache in the country’s northwest. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber warfare: North Korea blasted Seoul’s accusation that Pyongyang had launched a series of cyber attacks targeting South Korean government officials. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 65km SSE from Atka, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 22.4km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 13MAR: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 13MAR: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 13MAR: 21,285 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 451
      • Deaths as of 13MAR: 0 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 13MAR: 1652 (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 13MAR: 591 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 13MAR: Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, El Salvador, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Cape Verde, Honduras, French Guiana, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Barbados, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guatemala, Curacao, Costa Rica, Maldives
      • Indication of Viral Circulation as of 13MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 13MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14MAR)

  • Ukraine: Canadian Minister of National Defense of Canada Harjit Singh Sajjan will visit the country.

 

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