ONS: 13 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 14, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to officially get back to work after nearly two months in London on medical leave.
  • AMERICAS: Investigators are zeroing in on CIA contractors who may have provided WikiLeaks with classified information about the agency’s purported computer-hacking techniques.
  • ASIA: Malaysia will give relatives of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother two to three weeks to claim his body.
  • EUROPE: Georgia says legislative elections held by Russia-backed separatists who control the breakaway Abkhazia region were illegal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria’s six-year civil war has killed just over 320,000 people, a Syrian Observatory for Human Rights report said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A British intelligence agency told political parties to protect themselves against potential cyber attacks, citing allegations Russian hackers tried to influence last year’s US presidential election.

TOP STORY

  • The Netherlands & Turkey: Diplomatic spat deepens as Dutch elections loom.
    • Turkey summoned the Netherlands’ top diplomat to formally protest the treatment of a Turkish minister as well as “disproportionate” use of force against demonstrators in a protest that ensued.
    • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Netherlands should be sanctioned for refusing to allow Turkish government ministers to address election rallies there.
    • The Netherlands issued a new travel warning to Dutch citizens in Turkey urging them to take care amid a bitter row between the two countries.
    • Political analysts said the international incident could benefit both Dutch PM Mark Rutte’s Liberals and the anti-Islam Freedom Party of populist Geert Wilders in national elections on 15MAR.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, CNN

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Paramilitary police surrounded Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho’s home and office to prevent him from attending a presidential event and answering accusations of corruption. (AP)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to officially get back to work after nearly two months in London on medical leave. (AP)
  • Somalia: A suicide car bomber detonated near a hotel in the capital Mogadishu, killing at least six people and injuring four others. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Honduras: Primary elections took place in a relative calm atmosphere, with three political parties electing representatives for the NOV2017 general elections. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The Trump administration is exploring how to dismantle or bypass constraints intended to prevent civilian deaths from drone attacks, commando raids, and other counterterrorism missions outside conventional war zones. (NYT)
  • United States: Investigators are zeroing in on CIA contractors who may have provided WikiLeaks with classified information about the agency’s purported computer-hacking techniques. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and the US began their annual joint military exercise amid heightened tensions with North Korea. (Kyodo)
  • Japan: The government and scientists are seeking to update preparations for any influenza pandemic amid growing concerns following avian flu’s global spread among birds this winter. (Kyodo)
  • Malaysia: Police arrested seven suspects in connection with the Islamic State jihadist group. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: The country will give relatives of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother two to three weeks to claim his body. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian military inspectors began a visit to a designated district in Norway to check military activity in the area. (Xinhua)
  • France: Self-proclaimed revolutionary Carlos the Jackal is on trial again over a deadly 1974 shopping center attack in the country. (BBC)
  • Germany: Staff at Berlin’s two airports will extend their strike until 13MAR in a pay dispute that has already cancelled more than 1,000 flights. (Reuters)
  • Georgia: The country says legislative elections held by Russia-backed separatists who control the breakaway Abkhazia region were illegal. (RFE/RL)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights called for an investigation of Palestinian security forces after they violently broke up an anti-government protest. (AP)
  • Region: Israeli troops raided the home of a Palestinian man, arresting four members of his family, after he allegedly stabbed two policemen in Jerusalem and was shot dead. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The Syrian army and its allies gained control of an arterial road in a rebel enclave in northeast Damascus, bringing them close to splitting the enclave in two. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The country’s six-year civil war has killed just over 320,000 people, a Syrian Observatory for Human Rights report said. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A British intelligence agency told political parties to protect themselves against potential cyber attacks, citing allegations Russian hackers tried to influence last year’s US presidential election. (Reuters)

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 10MAR: 4,519 (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 10MAR: 629 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 10MAR: 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 (14MAR)

  • Russia: Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to visit, meet with President Putin (to 15MAR)
  • Syria: Peace talks to be held in Kazakhstan
  • United States: German Chancellor Merkel to meet with President Trump in Washington

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